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OVERVIEW

Agriprocessing Food and beverages are produced on a large scale in KwaZulu-Natal.

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urning agricultural products into tasty food and beverages is done on a large scale in KwaZulu-Natal. Dairy company Clover SA is one of several big brands that originated in KwaZulu-Natal. In Pinetown, Clover has a long-life UHT milk processing and packaging facility; a Queensburgh factory makes fresh pasteurised milk, juice, dairy mix and fermented products; in Estcourt, milk powder is manufactured. Clover buys nearly 30% of all milk produced by South Africa’s farmers. Dairybelle makes milk and milk products at Pinetown. International giant Unilever is strongly associated with KwaZuluNatal. The South African company’s headquarters are in La Lucia. In 2016, Nestlé South Africa invested R1.2-billion in adding instant coffee to the products made at its plant in Estcourt. The company makes infant formula at Harrismith. Two of RCL’s four processing plants (dealing with four-million chickens per week) are in KwaZulu-Natal. RCL used to be Rainbow Chickens but the base of the new company is still in Westville, about 12km west of Durban. The Remgro Group is a 75.9% shareholder in RCL Foods. KwaZulu-Natal has a large number of food and beverage producers, but there are countless opportunities that still remain in the agri-processing sector. Agri-processing will no longer be the preserve of big companies, thanks to a provincial government initiative in Ngwanase in the uMkhanyakude District Municipality. R30-million has been invested in a marula processing plant, designed to produce jams and oils. Most of the money came from the KZN Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (KDARD) with the national Department of Rural Development and Land Reform contributing a R5-million de-stoner machine. Forty-nine local farmers will provide feedstock to the plant.

CONTACT INFO Agricultural Research Council: www.arc.agric.za Food & Beverage Reporter: www.fbreporter.com Milk Producers Organisation: www.mpo.co.za National Agricultural Marketing Council: www.namc.co.za

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SECTOR INSIGHT Nestlé South Africa has a new instant coffee plant in Estcourt. Edible oil products are made by the Willowton Group at its national headquarters and plant in Pietermaritzburg. Other wellknown food producers include: Sasko (Estcourt and Durban), Beacon (Jacobs), Nature’s Source and National Brands (both Durban) and Snackworks biscuits (Westmead, Pinetown). The South African Breweries plant at Prospecton is one of the biggest producers in the region. Bergville subsistence farmers have contracts to supply SAB with yellow maize, an arrangement that will allow them to plan ahead and to invest in production. Coca-Cola has a plant in Durban and a large bottling plant, run by Amalgamated Beverage Industries, at Phoenix. The Ceres Beverage Company has a plant in Durban and bottled-water company aQuelle is based at Kranskop.

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