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The Western Cape has a well-established food and beverage manufacturing sector, boasting some of the country’s largest companies in the sector.
The regions vast and productive agricultural land with distinctive agricultural yields (including grapes, deciduous fruits and ostriches), its large international port, growing consumer population and a relatively strong skills base, makes it a very competitive location in which to base food and beverage manufacturing operations. South Africa’s vineyards are mostly situated in the Western Cape near the coast. Currently up to 95,775 hectares of vines producing wine grapes are under cultivation over an area some 800km in length. There is a Wine of Origin scheme that demarcates production zones in the Cape Winelands into six officially demarcated regions.
The industry is one of the manufacturing industries in Western Cape which has a positive trade balance and is a very important earner of foreign exchange for the city. Recent growth in food and beverage exports provides reason to believe that the sector is well placed to realise the opportunities presented by growing demand for food and beverage products on the African continent.
The Western Cape’s hosts competitive clusters in terms of the manufacture of spice and saucing products, the processing of fish products, the manufacture of grain mill products (especially cereals), beer brewing and soft drink production.
Food and beverage manufacturing is the largest of Cape Town’s manufacturing industries, contributing 20% of Cape Town’s GVA and formal employment.
Competitive advantages of the Food and Beverages industry in Cape Town
- The Western Cape has access to the country’s richest stocks of fish, especially hake.
- It has an established history in the food and beverage industry with some of the country’s largest firms in the sector.
- It has good proximity to a vast agricultural hinterland with distinctive agricultural yields (including grapes, deciduous fruits and ostriches).
- It has advantages in terms of having an international port.
- The Western Cape’s fast growing consumer population.
- Cape Town is a hub for artisanal food and beverage development being the largest producer of craft beer and the South African city with the largest per capita filter coffee consumption.
- The South African wine industry has shown a commitment to ethical wine production and fair trade, as well as organic production in the wine sector.