Lean times in meat industry
NKULULEKO Luthuli, an emerging meat processor in Empangeni, says the industry is being “crippled” by the financial losses it continues to suffer.
“There is a potential that 153 jobs at our factory will be lost,” he said.
Luthuli is one of the owners of Best Cut Meats, the only blackowned manufacturer in the industry which supplies major retailers and wholesalers such as Shoprite, Spar, Masscash, Rhino and Boxer.
He said the losses were exacerbated by weak demand over the Easter holiday break, which was a peak manufacturing and sales period of the year.
“Some factories have suspended operations, others are only manufacturing for two or three days a week.
“What is important to understand is that there are a number of small and medium-sized manufacturers in the industry. This category or band of manufacturers is far more financially sensitive to production disruptions than the handful of large manufacturers,” Luthuli said.