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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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South Africa's AVI issues caution on macro trading outlook 13 Sep 2017

South Africa’s AVI Group has booked rising annual profits – but warned domestic trading conditions were likely to remain "difficult".


Clover Industries full-year EPS dives amid "constrained new reality" 12 Sep 2017

South African dairy group Clover Industries reported a 44% slide in its full-year operating profit, citing "once-off'' impacts from a prolonged drought, a wetter and cooler summer and volatility in the rand, factors it said were beyond its control.


Clover Industries profit warnings stack up as EPS forecast slashed 8 Sep 2017

South African dairy group Clover Industries issued another profit warning and slashed its earnings per share guidance by as much as 41% citing a prolonged drought and volatility in the rand.


Pioneer Food Group CEO Phil Roux to be replaced by Tertius Carstens 4 Sep 2017

Phil Roux, the chief executive of South Africa’s Pioneer Food Group has announced his retirement.


South Africa's Sovereign Food Investments receives takeover bid from PE firm Capitalworks 11 Aug 2017

South African private-equity firm Capitalworks has moved to buy a controlling stake in Sovereign Food Investments, the local poultry group.


Sovereign Food Investments in mystery talks 31 Jul 2017

Sovereign Food Investments is in unspecified talks the South Africa-based poultry group has said could have "a material effect" on the company's shares.


Clover Industries FD Elton Bosch to leave 31 Jul 2017

South Africa-based dairy group Clover Industries has announced the departure of financial director Elton Bosch.


South Africa's AVI reports full-year revenue growth 25 Jul 2017

South African food producer AVI grew its revenue by 8.2% in the year to the end of June, it has announced.


South Africa meat suppliers probed over 'price fixing' 14 Jun 2017

South Africa's Competition Commission said it raided the offices of several meat suppliers in the country today (14 June) as part of an investigation into alleged price-fixing.


Mondelez launches Cadbury biscuit lines in South Africa 6 Jun 2017

Mondelez International has added Cadbury Breakaway and Cadbury Fingers to its range on sale in South Africa.

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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".