SWEET DEAL 
as Bosch Projects Buys Booker Tate

Cedric Mboyisa

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Bosch Projects has acquired the UK-based Booker Tate from RCL Foods.


“The acquisition will achieve a greater depth of experience, capability and capacity thereby positioning Bosch Projects, in combination with Booker Tate, as the leading service provider to the global sugar industry.  Services now range from feasibility studies to detailed engineering design, construction and commissioning in both the agricultural and factory sectors,” said Steven Rosettenstein, Sugar Sector Director. Bosch Projects and Booker Tate collectively have more than 100 years’ experience operating in the sugar industries of some 100 countries.


Bosch Projects provides innovative consulting engineering solutions in both the broader industrial and infrastructure sectors. The company focuses on projects in the commercial, industrial, building developments, sugar, energy including renewable energy, and agricultural sector. Booker Tate is described as “an international sugar consultancy with extensive experience, knowledge and experience in the sugar industry including cane, beet, sugar, ethanol and bioenergy”. 


“Technology has ensured that sugar industries remain competitive in a highly competitive global environment.  This is particularly applicable to the South African sugar industry which has had to innovate to remain competitive globally.  Bosch Projects has been at the forefront of new sugar technology in the form of innovative sugar equipment and factory designs.  Technology has enabled the sugar industry to become more efficient i.e. more sugar produced per ton of cane which ultimately results in higher profits,” said Rosettenstein.


One of the challenges facing the South African sugar industry, which is only now recovering from the worst drought since the early 1990s, is the mooted Health Promotion Levy on Sugary Beverages. The levy is likely to have a devastating effect on the industry in terms of job and profitability losses. “Despite the controversy around the adverse health effects of sugar, there does not appear to be reliable scientific research to back up this claim.  The proposed tax on sugar sweetened beverages does not seem to be affecting the world sugar consumption which is increasing at 1.5 to 2% per annum,” said Rosettenstein.





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