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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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Earnings summary - Lotus Bakeries posts "record'' 2017; Pioneer Food turnover drops on commodity prices; Fraser and Neave dairy gains crimped by drinks; Savencia FY sales up on higher prices 9 Feb 2018

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.


South Africa's Aspen puts infant-formula business under strategic review 29 Jan 2018

South Africa's Aspen Pharmacare is conducting a strategic review of its infant-formula business to "enhance the value'' of its nutritional division following an approach by a potential suitor last year.


South Africa conditionally backs Woodland Dairy, Fairfield Dairy merger 26 Jan 2018

The merger between Gutsche Family Investments, which controls Woodlands Dairy, and local peer Fairfield Diary has been conditionally approved by competition officials in South Africa.


South Africa to review Woodland Dairy merger with Fairfield Dairy 24 Jan 2018

South Africa's competition watchdog is expected to review a merger today (24 January) between dairy companies Woodland Dairy and Fairfield Dairy. 


South Africa's Sea Harvest to buy local peer Viking Fishing 12 Dec 2017

Sea Harvest, the largest frozen fish supplier in South Africa, has revealed it is to acquire local peer Viking Fishing for an undisclosed sum.


South Africa's Rhodes Foods ramps up capital investment in consolidation drive 29 Nov 2017

South Africa's Rhodes Food Group plans to invest a further ZAR350m (US$25.5m) this fiscal year to upgrade existing facilities and consolidate operations following its recent acquisitions.


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.

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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".