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Starbucks coming to South Africa next year!

Starbucks1Starbucks is jumping into the surging coffee market in South Africa and will open shop here in mid 2016.

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Profiling the super success/scam of Ultimate Sports Nutrition

USN productsFrom niche, sports nutrition products and supplements are now packing many SA retail aisles to the rafters. In fact, there are very few countries in the world where sport supplements take up so much shelf space. Playing big and winning big in this poorly-regulated game is SA's own Ultimate Sports Nutrition (USN), born in Pretoria and now a global brand. However, one leading SA scientist believes USN products are mostly scams - and has been taking the company to task for years.

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Nestlé Tex bar ain't what it used to be

Tex BarA recent ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) - largely SA consumers only point of effective redress despite the Consumper Protection Act - has uncovered another example of 'shrinkflation' so prevalent in the confectionery aisles.

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Half-billion rand upgrade at Unilever's Indonsa KZN savoury factory

Unilever logoEarlier this month, Unilever South Africa opened the R511-million expansion at its state-of-the-art Indonsa factory in Durban, making it the group's largest savoury factory by volume. The plant was only commissioned three years ago in December 2011.

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Noakes vs ADSA: The ongoing saga

Noakes TimThe 'Tim Noakes trial' may have been postponed until November, but the story continues. His accuser, the Association of Dietetics in SA (ADSA) has issued a statement strongly denying accusations that it's acting as a proxy for Big Food by reporting Noakes to the HPCSA for unprofessional conduct; Big Food in the form of Kellogg SA has done similarly, refuting that it tries to influence food policy or dietitians; and Noakes has issued a lengthy article outlining why he has chosen to go on 'trial'. Read on!

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Nestlé's scaling down in Africa: what it forgot to say

Nestle AfricaFive years ago, Nestlé announced its bold expansion plan for the sub-saharan Africa region. Now, in 2015, the tune has changed and Nestlé wants to scale down. Was this a misguided strategy, debates this article?

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Nestlé layoffs in Africa ‘won’t affect SA’

Nestle buildingPlans by the world's biggest food and drinks company, Nestlé, to reduce staff across the continent will not affect SA, its Bryanston-based unit has said.

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Nkunzi deal approval lets Clover in at Woolies

Ayrshire MilkClover has got the green light from the competition authorities to acquire the fresh dairy business of Nkunzi Milkyway, allowing SA’s biggest dairy distributor to manufacture and pack Ayrshire organic milk and dairy products, including lactose-free yoghurt, for Woolworths. The approval was made in late April 2015.

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Cape Town's Afoodable commissions saucy new plant

Afoodable saucesSauce manufacturer, Afoodable, a division of Lake Foods, has officially opened a new plant in the food production hub of Montague Gardens, Cape Town. This state-of-the art facility will enhance Afoodable's ability to tailor-make solutions for its customers in the sauces and marinade sectors.

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Noakes's HPCSA hearing postponed until November

Prof NoakesProf Tim Noakes must wait until November to defend his case on a unprofessional conduct charge, after advising a mother via Twitter to wean her child on low-carbohydrate, high-fat foods.

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Top International Stuff

A wave of Silicon Valley-style disruption is hitting the food industry. Laboratory-grown meat, vegan cheese and "animal free" milk and eggs are heading for consumers, often with backing from the...
In a long-awaited report, the UK government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has ditched a 10% upper limit on sugar intake instead recommending that less than 5% of daily energy...
Bye-bye temptation! Confectionery, crisps, cakes and biscuits are to vanish from the checkouts at Marks & Spencer stores after the company said it was removing them all from so-called ‘guilt...

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