Food prices in South Africa in 2021: Joburg vs Cape Town vs Durban

The Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity research group (PMBEJD) has published its latest Household Affordability Index, detailing price changes for basic and essential food items across South Africa. The January 2021 index shows that a food basket consisting of 44 prioritised food items has increased marginally by 1.2% – or R49 – since December 2020. However, price increases have been sharper – around 5.1% or almost R200 more in the basket – since the index was restructured in September 2020. According to the PMBEJD, the average household food basket it…

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S.Africa’s glass packagers face $100 million hit from alcohol ban – Consol

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s glass packaging industry could lose a further 1.5 billion rand ($98 million) in sales if the latest ban on alcohol sales continues for long, the CEO of glass bottle maker Consol said on Monday. Bottles of beer move along a production line at the South African Brewery in Alrode, file. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko South Africa has recently banned alcohol sales for the third time as part of efforts to free up space for COVID-19 patients in hospitals burdened with alcohol-related injuries. The first two bans together…

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SA beer industry warns craft brewers will not survive extended alcohol ban

JOHANNESBURG – The Beer Association of South Africa (BASA) on Wednesday urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to lift a renewed ban on alcohol, saying small craft brewers would not survive if it was extended beyond mid January. In a national address last week in which he reintroduced restrictions aimed at trying to arrest a surge in Covid-19 cases, Ramaphosa said excessive alcohol consumption was adding pressure on the already strained health system by driving up the number of trauma cases in hospitals. Among other measures, he said the sale of alcohol…

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A year later, Poultry Industry Master Plan appears to be nothing but old chicken in new packaging

When the Poultry Industry Master Plan was signed a year ago this month, no one could have predicted the devastating effects that a pandemic would have on the world during 2020. And while the South African government is working out how to deliver on the promises of increased local production and job creation in terms of the president’s economic recovery plan, the SA Poultry Association has announced that positive gains have been made towards increasing exports of poultry. That said, despite hefty import tariffs being introduced earlier in 2020, poultry…

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TACKLING THE SCOURGE OF MODERN SLAVERY IN SUPPLY CHAINS

No matter which part of the world you live in or what industry you work in, modern slavery is closer to you, your business and your country than you may think, according to Rachel Wu, managing director: Asia at Axis Group International. Wu recently shared her insights and experiences on modern slavery in supply chains in a webinar hosted by SAPICS (The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management).  Her compelling presentation on the role that supply chain professionals must play in fighting modern slavery is also on the programme for…

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PepsiCo sees strong annual profit as snacks, sodas thrive in pandemic

  INTERNATIONAL – PepsiCo forecast full-year profit above market expectations on Thursday after a rebound in soda sales and increased demand for the company’s snacks during the Covid-19 crisis helped drive quarterly sales higher. The packaged food company beat revenue and profit estimates for the third quarter, sending its shares up 2 percent in premarket trading. People spending more time working from home and taking online classes has led to a rise in demand for salty snacks, boosting demand for PepsiCo’s Tostitos, Cheetos and Doritos from households across North America.…

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SA Food Loss and Waste Voluntary Agreement launched

  The agreement commits CGCSA food manufacturing and retail members to implement measures to minimise and reduce food waste in the country. Devdiscourse News Desk | Pretoria | Updated: 30-09-2020 15:00 IST | Created: 30-09-2020 15:00 IST CGCSA Food Safety Initiative Executive Matlou Setati said the current estimates show that about 10 million tonnes of local agricultural produce in South Africa is wasted each year. Image Credit: ANI The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) has launched the South African Food Loss and Waste Voluntary Agreement, which commits food manufacturers and retailers to reduce food…

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NESTLE TO HELP DEVELOP DAIRY ALTERNATIVES

  In addition to testing sustainable dairy products, the group plans to encourage work on plant-based dairy alternatives, it added. Picture: Pixabay.com BERN – Swiss food giant Nestle, which has made billions with dairy products, said Monday it will host start-ups that want to develop vegetarian alternatives. Nestle could thus find itself at the forefront of a sector that has strong growth potential, an analyst commented. It plans to open its research and development (R&D) centre in Konolfingen, Switzerland to “start-ups, students and scientists” a statement said. In addition to…

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July hotel, food and beverage data highlight lockdown’s mounting economic costs

  The third quarter of 2020 began on 1 July and data show some sectors picking up pace after the hard lockdown to contain the Covid-19 pandemic and the second quarter’s annualised 51% contraction. But things remained bleak on the hotel accommodation and food and beverage front. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) released two data sets for July on Monday 21 September that underscored the costs of lockdown to sectors that remained in effect shut down even as other parts of the economy were rebooting. “Measured in nominal terms (current…

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COVID-19 has hit SMEs in South Africa’s food sector hard. What can be done to help them

  COVID-19 has prompted widespread discussion of the resilience of food systems and how efficiency and competitiveness have been previously understood. Recent decades have seen the growth of increasingly complex food value chains. These are underpinned by just-in-time delivery systems, a growing share of food products sold through supermarkets, and increasing concentration of ownership among powerful, large food manufacturers. The pandemic has further emphasised the need for a more diverse and inclusive food system, in which small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) play a key role. As part of a larger…

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