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PepsiCo's Pioneer-led Africa push may face challenges 22 Jul 2019

Andy Coyne looks at PepsiCo's plans in sub-Saharan Africa after the US giant announced it is to buy South Africa's Pioneer Foods Group.


What are the next major markets for gluten-free? South Africa's fledgling but growing market 12 Oct 2016

The gluten-free market has taken root quickest in markets in North America and western Europe but manufacturers looking for more business opportunities could look to South Africa, a country where the category is in its early stages but one touted for expansion. John Shepherd reports.


Comment: Unilever raid shows South Africa eyeing food 4 Apr 2014

News the South African offices of Unilever and Sime Darby were raided by competition authorities this week comes as a further evidence that the country's competition watchdog has set its sights on the food sector, Katy Askew suggests.


The just-food interview: Ian Donald, Nestle CEO of equatorial Africa 5 Dec 2012

The importance of expanding in emerging markets is a constant message from Nestle, a company that has one of the industry's largest footprints in the developing world. While Nestle is expanding in high-growth markets like China, the world's largest food group is looking beyond the BRICs as it establishes a presence in every quarter of the globe. In this month's just-food interview, Katy Askew spoke to the chief executive of Nestle's operations in equatorial Africa, Ian Donald, to discover how the company is working to drive long-term growth in the region.


On the move: Brasher faces challenge as Pick n Pay CEO 8 Oct 2012

The appointment of former Tesco UK chief Richard Brasher as Pick n Pay's new CEO last week may not be enough to turn around the fortunes of the South African supermarket operator, some analysts have suggested.

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Clover Industries committed to creating jobs if takeover deal approved 19 Sep 2019

Clover Industries, South Africa's largest dairy group in the midst of a takeover deal, is to cut jobs as part of an efficiency drive.


Global food industry M&A deals totalled $2.46bn in July 22 Aug 2019

GlobalData, a data and analytics company and just-food's parent company, has revealed the food industry M&A deals total for July.


South African ostrich meat firms Klein Karoo and Mosstrich allowed to merge 20 Aug 2019

A planned merger between two South African ostrich meat companies - Klein Karoo International and Mosstrich - has been ruled on by the country's competition watchdog.


South Africa's RCL Foods confirms FY earnings slide 16 Aug 2019

RCL Foods, the South Africa-based manufacturer, has given more details on the extent to which its annual earnings have fallen in the company's most recent financial year.


Private-equity firm Actis invests in South African food firm Libstar 15 Aug 2019

South African food company Libstar Holdings has seen a portion of its business fall into the hands of another private-equity owner. 


Astral Foods CEO Chris Schutte to undergo "high-risk" surgery 14 Aug 2019

South Africa-based poultry processor Astral Foods is to see CEO Chris Schutte take a period of leave to undergo surgery.


PepsiCo moves to buy South Africa's Pioneer Foods Group 19 Jul 2019

PepsiCo has swooped to buy a South Africa-based food and drinks manufacturer with a bid worth around US$1.7bn, the US giant has announced.


Rebates under scrutiny in South Africa grocery inquiry 29 May 2019

Rebates offered by FMCG companies operating in South Africa to retailers give national chains an "unfair" advantage over smaller rivals, the local competition watchdog has argued.


PE firm SpearCapital takes 40% stake in South Africa's Peries Foods 16 Apr 2019

A stake in Peries Foods, a South African meat processor, has been sold to local private-equity firm SpearCapital.


Clover Industries investor Brimstone pulls out of consortium amid opposition 16 Apr 2019

A member of an investment consortium that struck a deal for South Africa's largest dairy company Clover Industries in February is pulling out.

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UN warns poor maize harvest likely 30 Apr 2015

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned lower maize harvests in Africa could "trigger food price increases".