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2024-01-23 8:48 AM

South African Food and Beverages Industry Sees Steady Growth Amidst Sector Fluctuations

  • Steady Growth: South Africa's food and beverages industry saw a 1.0% YoY increase in November 2023, driven by bar sales.
  • Restaurants Lead: Restaurants and coffee shops played a key role, contributing 1.3 percentage points to the industry's growth.
  • Seasonal Fluctuations: Despite annual growth, seasonally adjusted income decreased by 2.5% in November 2023, raising concerns and prompting analysis.
By Lethabo Ntsoane

In a recent report on the South African food and beverages industry, it was revealed that the total income generated by the sector increased by 1.0% in November 2023 when compared to the same month in 2022. The growth is measured in real terms at constant 2019 prices. Notably, bar sales stood out with the highest annual growth rate, soaring by an impressive 7.6%.

Enterprise Insights: Restaurants and Coffee Shops Lead the Way

Breaking down the figures by type of enterprise, the main driving force behind the 1.0% year-on-year increase was the performance of restaurants and coffee shops. This sector experienced a robust growth rate of 2.5%, contributing a substantial 1.3 percentage points to the overall industry upswing.

Year-on-Year Percentage Change in Food and Beverages Income (November 2023)

Type of IncomePercentage Change
Total Industry1.0%
Bar Sales7.6%
Restaurants and Coffee Shops2.5%

Three-Month Comparison: Restaurants and Coffee Shops Shine Again

Expanding the view to the three months ended November 2023 compared to the same period in 2022, the industry witnessed a commendable overall increase of 1.8%. Once more, restaurants and coffee shops took the lead, contributing significantly with a growth rate of 2.1% and accounting for 1.1 percentage points of the total growth.

Food and Beverages Income (Latest Three Months – November 2023)

Type of EnterprisePercentage Change
Total Industry1.8%
Restaurants and Coffee Shops2.1%

Seasonally Adjusted Income Shows a Downturn

While the year-on-year figures indicate positive growth, the seasonally adjusted income for the food and beverages industry paints a different picture. In November 2023, the industry experienced a decline of 2.5% compared to October 2023. This followed month-on-month changes of -2.9% in October 2023 and a notable 5.1% increase in September 2023.

Seasonally Adjusted Income Changes (November 2023 vs. October 2023)

MonthMonth-on-Month Change
September 20235.1%
October 2023-2.9%
November 2023-2.5%

Implications for the Industry

The positive year-on-year growth in the South African food and beverages industry showcases its resilience. However, the recent decline in seasonally adjusted income warrants a closer look at the factors influencing these fluctuations. Analysts suggest that external factors, such as economic conditions and global trends, may be contributing to the industry’s variable performance.

Stakeholders in the food and beverages sector are encouraged to monitor these trends closely and adapt strategies to navigate the ever-changing landscape. As the year comes to a close, the industry remains optimistic about its overall growth trajectory, driven in large part by the consistently robust performance of restaurants and coffee shops.

While challenges persist, the South African food and beverages industry continues to be a vital contributor to the country’s economic landscape, with dynamic enterprises at the forefront of shaping its future.

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Lethabo Ntsoane

Lethabo Ntsoane holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of South Africa. He is a Financial Product commentator at Rateweb. He is an expect financial product analyst with years of experience in reviewing products and offering commentary. Lethabo majors in financial news, reviews and financial tips. He can be contacted: Email: lethabo@rateweb.co.za Twitter: @NtsoaneLethabo