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Warm winter and low demand lead to vegetable oversupply

Across the country, there is an oversupply of most vegetables, a product of the warm winter as well as depressed buying power on the part of South African consumers. In the tomato producing areas in the interior of the country, growers usually plant extra...

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Austria confirms find of tainted egg products

Austria on Monday became the latest European country to confirm that it has found the insecticide fipronil in egg products imported from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland. Of 80 random samples including baked goods and mayonnaise, 18 revealed t...

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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...

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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. The bill provides a framework for the introduction of beer and other fermented beverages into the Liquor Produc...

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Contaminated eggs show continuing problems with supply chain

Another food scandal: this time eggs used for making sandwiches and other processed products that contain traces of an insecticide called fipronil. Fipronil is banned in human food production because it can be harmful to human health if ingested in suffic...

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Retail trade sales may offer some relief

A jobs bloodbath looms over the retail sector, but economic data expected this week may show that retail trade sales continued with a trend of positive growth in June. Some retailers are taking strain in the poor economic climate, with Pick n Pay recently...

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4 design ideas for small retail spaces

If you have a small floor space or simply want to liven up a dark corner in your store, here are a few tips to get you started.

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Amazon to bring thousands of new jobs to Australia

After reports last week outlining Amazon’s plans for its first Australian warehouse, the retailer has today confirmed its intention to open a fulfilment centre in Melbourne’s Dandenong South.

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Study finds men more likely to make impulse purchases

A study by research trends agency Koji has found that men are more easily tempted to make impulse purchases than women. The study went on to show that women dominated budget grocery shopping as they tend to be more focused on saving money and making healt...

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Big decline in consumer goods industry

Consumer goods companies have been through the mill due to a slowdown in consumer spending, with interim earnings of 13 JSE-listed companies falling an average of 15%. “If you look at SA’s growth rate 10 years ago, compared with what it is now, it...

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