While conditions on terra firma remain challenging across most sectors of the economy, Oceana Group is showing that there’s a lot to be said for a life on the ocean wave. The group is celebrating its centenary this year, and while that milestone may have been a little overshadowed by the remembrance of the cessation of hostilities in the Great War, Oceana has certainly come a long way from a small operation canning kreef in Lambert’s Bay. The company posted excellent results to mark its centenary, with strong performances across the group and a focus on operational efficiencies leading to an 86% rise in headline EPS. Very satisfactory news for Oceana is that the SA consumer, particularly when the wallet is feeling a squeeze, just can’t get enough of its Lucky Star pilchards. Local waters have been reluctant to provide a decent supply of the humble little fellows — indeed, conditions in Namibia have been so dire that it has suspended pilchard fishing entirely — but Oceana has kept th...

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