UK Wine Trade’s Brexit Blues

7 August 2018 – Like it or not, it’s happening. Here’s our guide to all things Brexit. Read more…


Fresh Plaza News

6 August 2018 – South Africa: Land reform announcement disquiets but delivers nothing new. Read more…


Food Price Index shows 1.3% drop for June

10 July 2018 – The decline is driven primarily by lower benchmark price quotations for wheat, maize and vegetable oils including those made from soybeans. Read more…


How trade deals will increasingly dictate what wine we buy and sell

10 July 2018 – If the world economy continues to be dominated by what trade deals different countries and continents can agree with each other then perhaps future wine and drinks events need to be organised not by which wine or spirit comes from which producer, but by trading blocs and what tariffs and costs are involved buying and importing that type of drink regardless of its quality. Read more…


South Africa: Development funding for land reform, not EWC

5 July 2018 – During 2017 Agri SA and its affiliates and partners spent R331 million on transformation and 108,307 new farmers in South Africa benefited from these programs. Read more…


Economist warns free trade agreements can be “job killers”

14 June 2018 – Free trade agreements can be “job killing” in the poorer countries who sign up to such agreements, and exert a downward pressure on wages even in advanced countries, warns Nobel Prize winning economist. Read more…


South Africa has all legislative and policy tools for land redistribution – politics, patronage and governance paralysis have made it impossible so far

5 June 2018 – The blunt reality is that the legislative and policy tools for land redistribution, restitution and reform to redress landlessness and inequality have existed for most of democratic South Africa. Read more…


IMD 2018 Global Competitiveness Report

24 May 2018 – Competitiveness index shows SA is still drifting. Read more…


China adjusts “Go Global” agriculture program

17 May 2018 – China’s foreign investment and cooperation in agriculture must recognize the “deep changes in the domestic and foreign environment,” “seize opportunities” and “take the initiative” according to exhortations issued at a Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Read more…