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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.


BRICs and beyond: South-South the new direction for Fairtrade 24 Jul 2012

Having seen strong and resilient growth in established developed markets, the Fairtrade movement is increasingly turning its attention to 'South-to-South' trade. Ben Cooper reports.

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Danish Crown buys into South African foodservice sector 22 Nov 2017

Danish Crown has acquired a majority stake in the South African foodservice business Overberg Food Distributors. 


Unilever has complaint upheld in South African competition case 9 Nov 2017

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever has had a complaint over a South African competition investigation upheld.


Kraft Heinz to sell South African JV stake to Pioneer Foods 7 Nov 2017

US food giant Kraft Heinz is to sell its 50.1% stake in South African business Heinz Foods SA to joint venture partner Pioneer Foods.


Private-equity firm Abraaj said to delay IPO for South Africa's Libstar 6 Nov 2017

Private-equity firm Abraaj Group is said to be delaying an initial public offering of shares by South African food company Libstar Holdings.


Rhodes Food issues profit warning after "significant'' hit on international business 30 Oct 2017

Rhodes Food Group, the South African producer of condiments to canned food, issued a profit warning after its international business had a "significant adverse'' effect on performance.  


South Africa approves merger of Libstar and Sonnendal Dairies 26 Oct 2017

South African holding company Libstar is to merge with Sonnendal Dairies in the Western Cape following approval by the country's competition watchdog.


South Africa's Clover brings in Frantz Scheepers as new CFO 18 Oct 2017

South African dairy products group Clover Industries has appointed a new chief financial officer in the shape of Frantz Scheepers.


Sale of South Africa's Daybreak Farms gets green light 17 Oct 2017

South African poultry producer Daybreak Farms has effectively been taken into public hands after its acquisition by fund manager Public Investment Company (PIC) was allowed.


Finnish dairy co-op Valio wins South Africa export licence 17 Oct 2017

Finnish dairy cooperative Valio has received approval to export to South Africa.


Sovereign Food Investments shareholders vote to approve Capitalworks takeover 12 Oct 2017

Shareholders in Sovereign Food Investments have approved the takeover of the South African poultry processor by private-equity firm Capitalworks following a 9 October vote on a ZAR907m (US$66.8m) cash offer.

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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".