The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
RCL Foods' earnings were boosted by its sugar division, while it battled with pricing pressures in the local poultry market due to an oversupply of chicken.
RCL Foods is appealing to the government to limit cheap imports of chicken and sugar after an influx from the Americas weighed on the local producer.
The bacteria, which has led to 183 deaths, has also rocked RCL Foods and Tiger Brands’ Enterprise Foods, whose facilities have been linked with listera monocytogenes.
The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health is waiting for a report which will reveal whether there has been a listeriosis outbreak in the province.
RCL Foods says tests conducted by an independent laboratory in France have confirmed that the company's Wolwehoek plant is clear of the ST6 listeria strain.
Tiger Brands has confirmed a full national recall of Enterprise Foods meat products amid the listeriosis scare, sending it's share price down 13% at one stage.
Despite avian flu creating a shortage of poultry products, RCL Foods’ financial results were positively impacted by the higher chicken prices.
In a bid to help workers and community members affected by the mass layoffs at Rainbow Chickens – renamed RCL Foods – in Hammarsdale in KwaZulu-Natal, the eThekwini Municipality has offered to buy two of the RCL farms.
Chicken producer to retrench due to soaring number of cheap, dumped imports and a five-year run of losses.
The deal will bring together two separate temperature-controlled distribution networks, the company said.
The Department of Health says tests have shown that RCL Foods’ processing facility in Wolwehoek, in the Free State, was not responsible for the recent listeriosis outbreak.
This figure includes the costs of recalls and returns from customers, distribution and handling, destruction and dumping, testing, and media and communications.
The Department of Health says RCL Food’s statement that a French laboratory cleared its Wolwehoek plant of the ST6 listeria strand does not change the fact that the department found listeria monocytogenes in various areas of its facilities.
RCL Foods says tests conducted by an independent laboratory in France show the Free State polony plant of its subsidiary Rainbow is clear of the ST6 listeria strain.
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Poultry producers have warned that the shortage of supply in poultry products, driven by the outbreak of bird flu, could result in higher prices.
While its chicken business appears to be on a downward spiral, RCL Foods has reassured the public that it is diversifying its business model to encourage growth.
The agriculture ministry has missed a court deadline to determine if poultry producers can sell down current stocks of brined chicken before new regulations kick in.
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