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Gourmet can't beef up Famous Brands
Gourmet can't beef up Famous Brands

Famous Brands has joined the ranks of local restaurateurs buckling under the weight of global names.

18 Aug 2017

#FreshConnections: The realities of trading in Africa
#FreshConnections: The realities of trading in Africa

It's often agreed that the trickiest part of the supply chain is not the sourcing, but getting the product to the consumer. And if you're planning to extend your supply network into a Third World continent like Africa, you should know that logistical issues tend to rise in complexity.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 18 Aug 2017

R10m investment in digital printing to revive local textile industry
R10m investment in digital printing to revive local textile industry

The arrival of digital textile printing in Cape Town can revive the local clothing and textile manufacturing industry and salvage some of the job opportunities lost to China. Craig Whyte, CEO of digital printing specialists ArtLab, has invested close to R10-million in new printing equipment over the past few years to bring digital textile printing to South Africa.

18 Aug 2017

Amendment to Liquor Products Act widely welcomed
Amendment to Liquor Products Act widely welcomed

The Liquor Products Amendment Bill has been widely welcomed by alcohol industry players who say it will go a long way to curbing illicit trade.

By Bekezela Phakathi 17 Aug 2017

Clothing retail sector hits the skids
Clothing retail sector hits the skids

SA's clothing retail sector is hanging by a thread after nearly a decade's strong performance. Factors such as unemployment, credit, competition and saturation in the market are likely to make it nearly impossible for the sector to grow the way it did in its glory days.

By Ann Crotty 17 Aug 2017

Sweet treats and creative eats - Tessa's Bakery opens in Cape Town
Sweet treats and creative eats - Tessa's Bakery opens in Cape Town

On an ordinary Tuesday afternoon, the very extraordinary Tessa's Bakery opened the doors of its brand new store. The ‘Made like Mom's' bakery chose a unique location in Milnerton, Cape Town, opting to stay near to the loyal client base they've built up, while catering to the growing demand for their delicacies. Having officially launched in 2012 supplying coffee shops and later offering an online store, Tessa's Bakery has been 25-years in the making with humble beginnings in Tessa's very own home kitchen.

By Angie White 17 Aug 2017

Simply put? Cut the red tape and empower your staff. Scott Griessel © –
#CEMAfrica2017: CX predictions for the future, action to take TODAY

Customer experience or CX is undoubtedly a hot topic for your brand, but if all you do is talk about it in your silos, chances are you'll be left in the dust by your competitors who are taking those insights into what consumers want and making a change. Here's why you need to cut the red tape and take the plunge yourself, from the opening panel of CEM Africa 2017.

By Leigh Andrews 16 Aug 2017

Liberty Promenade in Mitchells Plain bucks bleak retail trading trend
Liberty Promenade in Mitchells Plain bucks bleak retail trading trend

While the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) Retail Trends Report recorded a turnover growth of -4% for the first quarter of 2017, Liberty Promenade in Mitchells Plain has remained resilient producing positive trading density growth year-on-year. The shopping centre's turnover grew by 11% in the year to May 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 and it has reported an improvement in the spend per head.

16 Aug 2017

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MultiChoice dominates first-ever CXA Awards

MultiChoice won four out of the six awards awarded at the first-ever CXA Awards held at the Century City Convention Centre in Cape Town last night. The other winners of the evening included the Gauteng Office of the Premier and Spree.co.za/Media24.

By Juanita Pienaar 16 Aug 2017

Fasa collaborates to effect transformation in franchise sector
Fasa collaborates to effect transformation in franchise sector

Over the past few years, Franchise Association of South Africa (Fasa) members have worked closely with government to effect transformation in the sector, with several initiatives to stimulate entrepreneurship, skills transfer and job creation.

16 Aug 2017

(L-R) Joana Filipe Simplício, legal consultant; Silvia Fernandes, head of department (Chefe de departamento in Portuguese), UTIP; Martin Bachmann, group head active management, Quantum Global Group.
Angolan beverage plant gets approval

LUANDA, Angola - A new Angolan beverage plant has been approved for development. Grupo Sun Ocean Lda is a project in Angola's beverage sector with capacity to produce, package and distribute juice, water and wine with significant capacity to contribute to positive economic and social impacts in Angola.

15 Aug 2017

Change or die: American malls confront Amazon era
Change or die: American malls confront Amazon era

NEW YORK, US - As the retail industry churns in the Amazon era, American shopping malls are turning to a new generation of stores, food and entertainment offerings to make up for an exodus of department stores.

15 Aug 2017

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The decrease in honey production and its impact on local producers and consumers

Honey production is a small market both internationally and in South Africa. A combination of factors, highlighted by the recent droughts, have led to a decrease in the availability of honey resulting in increased prices and a local producer market facing international competition. Senior Agriculture Economist at FNB, Paul Makube, addresses six questions around the production of honey and the hive of concern around its impact on local producers and consumer markets.

15 Aug 2017