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No better time to start a small food business in SA!

No better time to start a small food business in SA!

No matter what the news media would have you believe – there is no better time to be thinking about starting a small business in South Africa than right now, argues Jonathan Cherry, well-known futures researcher and innovation practitioner.

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Making South African extra virgin olive oil, from grove to factory floor

Making South African extra virgin olive oil, from grove to factory floor

Most of South Africa’s olive groves are owned by just 11 growers, who each have more than 50 hectares of trees. This article goes behind the scenes to see how this luxurious liquid is made on a large scale.

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Milco-Clover merger approved, with conditions

Milco-Clover merger approved, with conditions

The Competition Tribunal has approved the merger between Milco South Africa (SA) and Clover Industries, subject to a range of employment, local procurement of bulk juice concentrate, and information sharing conditions.

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‘Biltong must secure geographical indication’ – economist

‘Biltong must secure geographical indication’ – economist

Biltong is of strategic importance to the South African economy and should have ‘geographical indication’ status, providing protection to unique agricultural products based on their geographical origins.

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The Libstar story: a major food player you didn’t know you knew

The Libstar story: a major food player you didn’t know you knew

Proven entrepreneurship, relentless innovation and a solid core of corporate best practice has put South African food giant Libstar Holdings in a powerful yet agile position in the consumer packaged goods industry. This report by Angus Powers.

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Vegan honey now on Woolies’ shelves

Vegan honey now on Woolies’ shelves

Woolworths has introduced a vegan “honee”, an animal-friendly alternative to honey.

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SA flavour association on use of food flavourants in e-cigs

SA flavour association on use of food flavourants in e-cigs

In reaction to several deaths in the US from an unknown lung illness apparently linked to vaping/e-cigarettes, here is a statement from SAAFFI (SA Association of the Flavour & Fragrance Industry) with regard to the use of food flavourings in these devices.

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Shoprite’s plans for growth in face of tough, tight times

Shoprite’s plans for growth in face of tough, tight times

In an effort to gear up growth, Shoprite wants to move to smaller stores, closer to where its customers are. 

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The private label revolution in SA

The private label revolution in SA

The sale of private label products in South Africa has been on an upward trend since 2016, with spend on this segment growing at almost twice the pace of named brands. And this rise is being fueled by increased innovation and differentiation by retailers and suppliers. 

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Leading retailers agree to standardise pack recycling info

Leading retailers agree to standardise pack recycling info

From August 27, Food Lovers Market, Pick n Pay, Spar, Shoprite, Clicks and Woolworths will be rolling out the same recycling labels on their packaging, dropping a confusing previous system.

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Latest Trends Reports!

Digestive health gains ground in new product development

Digestive health gains ground in new product development
Gut health is increasingly establishing itself within the food industry. An update on this trend from Innova Market Insights….

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Here comes cannabis: how legalisation will disrupt global industries

Here comes cannabis: how legalisation will disrupt global industries
The global legal market is expected to represent 77% of total cannabis sales in 2025, reaching $166-billion. Within the next decade, some form of cannabis will be a part of consumers’ daily routines, either as a functional ingredient in foods, beverages and beauty or as a wellness mood enhancer in health.

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The future of baby food is sleek, organic & rooted in science

The future of baby food is sleek, organic & rooted in science
It’s no secret that going organic is trendy. People want quality and transparency in everything from their produce to their beauty products these days. And it doesn’t stop there. The newest frontier in the organic revolution is baby food.

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The brave new world of food as medicine

The brave new world of food as medicine
The concept of food-as-medicine is as old as human civilisation – but US columnist Victor Martino argues it’s back in a big way and major packaged food-bev companies are taking notice.

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Innova: Holistic health speaks to all generations

Innova: Holistic health speaks to all generations
Nutrition that supports both physical and emotional wellbeing is thriving. It can target different generations with more specific holistic approaches to help identify opportunities and optimise innovation.

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Nielsen: The impact of double-edged demand in SA

Nielsen: The impact of double-edged demand in SA
The South African consumer landscape is currently fragmented and polarised, characterised by what Nielsen terms “the double-edged demand of the South African consumer”.

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OP-ED: Millennial veganism

OP-ED: Millennial veganism
The world is going vegan – or at least an apparently consensus narrative on this is playing on a media loop. Excellent UK investigative food journalist, Joanna Blythman, is not impressed. Read on!

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Euromonitor: Top 5 consumer trends impacting health and nutrition

Euromonitor: Top 5 consumer trends impacting health and nutrition
The landscape of consumer health and nutrition is rapidly shifting. With the growing shift towards a more holistic approach to healthcare, brands and companies need to ensure that they are looking at their products and services with the same view. These are the top five consumer trends impacting health and nutrition globally.

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It’s all about me: nutrition becomes more and more personal

It’s all about me: nutrition becomes more and more personal
The idea of ‘personalised nutrition’ is currently generating a significant buzz in the food industry, and innovators are seeking new ways to tackle the many and varied demands of the modern consumer.

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Flavour trends: on a ‘Discovery Mission’

Flavour trends: on a ‘Discovery Mission’
The search for something new, different, and exciting is leading flavour developments in food and beverage, supported by an ongoing interest in natural, clean label and healthier options, asserts Innova Market Insights.

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