Daring to be different, Group 35 Foods took the bold decision to package its home-made hand-packed rusks in resealable stand-up pouches to differentiate these products on shelf. However, it’s not just the packaging that’s different – the flour in these rusks is made using the age-old method of stone-ground milling.
Back in 1999, a Tulbagh farmer fulfilled his dream of erecting a small stone flour mill to use the old-fashioned method of grinding wheat between two stone wheels, to retain and integrate the wheat germ oil to ensure its integrity, quality, flavour and nutritional value. Before long, with the help of 10 employees, he’d built up a small business milling two tons of stone-ground flour a day. Thus was Oude Tol Meulens born, and the operation survived until wheat price volatility in 2002/3 forced the farmer to find help. Buying wheat at the cooperatives’ high prices, he claimed, was no longer possible.
MCG’s Metal Closures division has been purchased by Italian-based Guala Closures. Emma Rowberry catches up with Guala’s André Barnard to discover the opportunities this acquisition offers South African brand owners.
Since PPM last reported on MCG Industries there have been some big changes. MCG’s Plastics Closures division has been purchased by Boxmore Plastics, while MCG Metal Closures business has been acquired by Italy’s Guala Closures Group. MCG’s Injection Moulding business, however, remains unaffected by these changes.
Established in 1954, the Guala Closures Group has a presence in more than 100 countries on five continents (now including Africa) with 24 production facilities producing more than 12-billion closures/year.
With a policy of continuous commercial development and technical innovation, Guala is widely recognised for its non-refillable closures for spirits, and as a leading manufacturer of aluminium closures in Europe, Latin America and Australasia.
Having started life nearly 40 years ago as an independent supplier of sewn potato sacks to the farming sector, Taurus Packaging is now a multi-million-rand bag and sack manufacturer, annually producing in excess of 300 million high-quality multilayer sacks and SO (self-opening) bags for leading brand owners.
Still owned by founder, Ludwig van Deventer, and headed by his son and executive chairman, Johann van Deventer, Taurus Packaging continues to operate according to the core values that shaped its firm foundation.
In 1979, having spotted growth potential and in order to be closer to the sack market’s prime customers and major paper suppliers, Ludwig relocated his entire operation from Stellenbosch in the Western Cape to Isithebe in KwaZulu-Natal. Since then, the factory has been extended three times and presently totals 20 000m2 spread over four sites.