EXCISE DUTY INCREASES – WINE INDUSTRY APPRECIATES GREATER UNDERSTANDING

20 February 2019. During the annual National Budget Speech, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced a 7.4% increase in wine and brandy excise and 9% on sparkling wine. Read more…


19 unpalatable truths about UK wine duty

30 January 2019 – New duty rates from 1 February 2019. Read more…


South African retailers abroad impeded by trade barriers

23 January 2019 – Some SADC members have imposed trade restrictions and local content requirements on imports of certain food products from South Africa. Read more…


SA economy expected to grow 1.3% in 2019 – World Bank

9 January 2019 – The Bank’s forecast compares with the 1.7 percent given by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in October, while the South African Reserve Bank kept its own prediction unchanged at 1.9 percent in November. Read more…


South African fruit industry expansion shows faith in the future

11 December 2018 – South Africa has in the past missed some opportunities in pushing its agricultural agenda during broader trade negotiations, says Dr Konanani Liphadzi, Fruit SA CEO (right), but she considers that the recent change in government has brought an increased appreciation of the value of the fruit sector for the South African economy. Read more…


Africa farmers need finance that is focused on the entire value chain

11 December 2018 – A key inhibitor to achieving long-term sustainability for Africa’s agricultural practitioners, particularly small-holder and subsistence-level farmers lies in accessing adequate financing. Read more…


In pursuit of prosperity

4 December 2018 – Why do some emerging economies grow rapidly while others languish? New research highlights the role of public policy, effective government, and globally competitive companies.


Italy ranks as the world’s most competitive country

30 November 2018 – Closely followed by France and Spain. The three European countries, and world’s leading producers, are challenged by three Southern Hemisphere countries: Australia, Chile and the United States (third, fourth and fifth respectively). Read more…


Illegal imports are damaging the South African economy

27 November 2018 – While we have all seen the extent of public sector fraud and corruption, private sector corruption is just as damaging to the state and our economy. One such example is the illegal importation of goods into our country that flood mostly, but not exclusively, informal sector markets, which are most vulnerable and therefore receptive to cheap commodities. Read more…


Impact of the Draft Brexit Deal on European Food and Agribusiness

27 November 2018 – This RaboResearch F&A cross-sectoral report describes the impact of the draft Brexit deal and the accompanying political declaration on food & agribusiness companies in Europe.