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Footwear giants call tariffs 'catastrophic' in open letter to Trump
Footwear giants call tariffs 'catastrophic' in open letter to Trump

Some of the biggest names in footwear have signed an open letter to President Donald Trump urging him to reconsider the proposed tariffs on shoes made in China...

3 days ago

More transparency in the chicken industry - court action suspended
More transparency in the chicken industry - court action suspended

The Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE) and the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) have agreed to lift the veil of secrecy on 'confidential' documents on which the protectionist application on chicken imports is based, thereby averting a protracted court battle...

16 May 2019

Chocolate puts Ivory Coast on top in Africa's agriculture trade
Chocolate puts Ivory Coast on top in Africa's agriculture trade

Chocolate can certainly get one some brownie points, and no way is this truer than in Ivory Coast which in 2018 reported the largest agricultural trade balance in value terms in Africa, an amount of $5.1bn...

By Wandile Sihlobo 10 May 2019

Sugar imports leave a bitter taste in local industry
Sugar imports leave a bitter taste in local industry

There is a need for the local sugar industry to consider diversifying its product offering if it is to remain a viable industry that is able to create jobs, says the Department of Trade and Industry...

30 Apr 2019

Fashion production is modern slavery: 5 things you can do to help now
Fashion production is modern slavery: 5 things you can do to help now

Fashion shouldn't cost lives and it shouldn't cost us our planet. Yet this is what is happening today. Globalisation, fast fashion, economies of scale, social media and offshore production have created a perfect storm...

By Anika Kozlowski 26 Apr 2019

SA's fruit industry - Doing more with less
SA's fruit industry - Doing more with less

Doing more with less is a theme that's found its way into the narratives of all our economic sectors, in one way or another. The agricultural sector - and the fruit industry - has certainly not been spared, especially when it comes to the dwindling natural resource of water...

By Konanani Liphadzi 12 Apr 2019

Hot competition for the humble zipper
Hot competition for the humble zipper

Combine two rows of fine teeth that lock together, a slider and a tab, and all of a sudden you have a quick way of securely closing a bag, jacket or pair of pants - a zipper...

By François Lévêque 9 Apr 2019

Ethiopian coffee showcased at global expo in Pu'er City
Ethiopian coffee showcased at global expo in Pu'er City

A delegation from the Ethiopian Embassy in Beijing participated in the 2nd China International Specialty Coffee Expo from 12 to 17 March in Pu'er City, which is considered the 'coffee capital' of China...

26 Mar 2019

No-deal Brexit and its impact on South African poultry
No-deal Brexit and its impact on South African poultry

Britain's tortuous progress towards leaving the European Union presents an opportunity for South African poultry producers as post-Brexit trade deals are negotiated...

22 Mar 2019

Reviving Cape Town's clothing and textiles industry
Reviving Cape Town's clothing and textiles industry

The City of Cape Town has plans to commission a clothing, textile and fashion study in the 2019/20 financial year, to unpack the economic contribution of the sector...

19 Mar 2019

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Prospects of South Africa's avocado exports

The South African avocado market faces a threat due to a possible future ban...

By Gilberto Biacuana 19 Mar 2019

#Gulfood2019: SA beef export market reopens to the Middle East
#Gulfood2019: SA beef export market reopens to the Middle East

Unlocking exporting opportunities, especially within the agricultural sector, could be a major contributor to the South African economy...

18 Mar 2019

Africa's heightened appeal as a trade and export destination
Africa's heightened appeal as a trade and export destination

Africa is open for business. With average annual growth for sub-Saharan Africa forecast at 8% until 2023, the continent is looking increasingly attractive as a trade and export destination...

15 Mar 2019

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Status report: FMD outbreak

Since the last positive case was reported on 4 February, five weeks ago, there have been no new clinical cases of FMD or serologically positive test results in the epidemiological groups surveyed...

15 Mar 2019

Rooibos exports to Japan hit record high in 2018
Rooibos exports to Japan hit record high in 2018

More than 2,000 tonnes of rooibos was shipped to Japan in 2018 - the largest consignment since the South African indigenous tea was first introduced to the Japanese in the '80s...

13 Mar 2019

Govt support for poultry industry must translate into policy and action - FairPlay
Govt support for poultry industry must translate into policy and action - FairPlay

Last week's statement of government support for the South African poultry industry does not end the industry crisis caused by dumped imports. But it could mark the start of a new era of co-operation...

12 Mar 2019

Local companies urged to tap into Gulf agro-processing sector
Local companies urged to tap into Gulf agro-processing sector

South Africa's Consul General to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) David Magabe has urged local companies to tap into the Middle East's agro-processing sector...

22 Feb 2019

Macadamia industry, government collaboration needed to secure competitive advantage
Macadamia industry, government collaboration needed to secure competitive advantage

South Africa's macadamia industry is the largest producer globally, but its competitive advantage could be under threat due to a lack of collaboration with government...

13 Feb 2019

American whiskey imports continue to climb in SA
American whiskey imports continue to climb in SA

American spirits imports to South Africa through November 2018 topped $19 million in value. Imports of American whiskeys were worth over $13.9 million through November 2018...

30 Jan 2019

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Unmeltable chocolate and bean-to-bar: A cocoa expert highlights 3 sweet trends

'Tis the season to eat chocolate. And for the chocolate industry, there's nothing sweeter, since this is the time of year when it enjoys a spike in sales and, at least for some, rising profits...

By Kristy Leissle 21 Dec 2018

Global mutton market dominated by China
Global mutton market dominated by China

China is the world's largest producer, consumer and importer of sheep meat, according to the ABSA Agribusiness 2018 spring outlook...

By Karabo Takadi, Wessel Lemmer and Pieter de Jager 18 Dec 2018

#BestofBiz 2018: Retail
#BestofBiz 2018: Retail

Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Retail site over the past year below...

18 Dec 2018

#IATF2018: Paving the way to increased intra-African trade
#IATF2018: Paving the way to increased intra-African trade

According to Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, the African continent is an "extremely important" market for South African business, especially those that trade in value-added products...

12 Dec 2018

Import tariffs increase encouraged to protect SA poultry sector
Import tariffs increase encouraged to protect SA poultry sector

Economists, trade unions and civic organisations including Fair Play and Proudly SA have added their support to a new application by the SA Poultry Association for a steep increase in import tariffs...

11 Dec 2018

Why citrus pectin demand dominates in 2018
Why citrus pectin demand dominates in 2018

A new study by Fact.MR's has found that global consumption of citrus pectin is expected to reach 10,000 tonnes in 2018, a marginal rise of 400 tonnes over 2017...

7 Dec 2018

Local TV manufacturers call for heavy duties on imported devices
Local TV manufacturers call for heavy duties on imported devices

Local television manufacturers have called for government to impose heavy import duties on cheap imported decoders and TV sets, in order to grow the local electronic industry and accelerate the implementation of the broadcast digital migration project...

19 Nov 2018

Customs officials confiscate counterfeit goods worth R10m
Customs officials confiscate counterfeit goods worth R10m

South African Revenue Service (Sars) customs officials have intercepted suspected counterfeit clothing and shoes valued at approximately R10,722,364 in the Western Cape...

15 Nov 2018

China set to produce 63% of global macadamia crop by 2025
China set to produce 63% of global macadamia crop by 2025

Predominantly, macadamias are consumed in kernel form as a snack, and specifically in China, in-shell. Appetite from the ingredients sector is expanding rapidly...

13 Nov 2018

Agricultural safeguard levy will boost the local industry, says FairPlay
Agricultural safeguard levy will boost the local industry, says FairPlay

According to Francois Baird, founder of FairPlay, the recently gazetted agricultural safeguard levy of 35.3% imposed on bone-in chicken cuts will impact importers, not consumers...

9 Nov 2018

Cape Classics scoops Importer of the Year at Wine Star Awards
Cape Classics scoops Importer of the Year at Wine Star Awards

Wine Enthusiast Magazine has named South African and French wine importer, Cape Classics, as the 2018 Wine Star Award winner for Importer of the Year.

7 Nov 2018

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