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More listeriosis workshops – book now!

More listeriosis workshops – book now!

You asked – and SAAFoST listened! After a sellout first workshop, SAAFoST’s second Listeriosis Workshop will take place on March 7 at the Premier Hotel, OR Tambo airport.

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Cherry boom in the Western Cape

Cherry boom in the Western Cape

Once a very small-volume crop in the Western Cape, cherries have more than quadrupled their export market share over the last four years and continue to show excellent potential as an alternative crop.

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Beaten-up wine and cheesemaker inspires SA with indomitable spirit

Beaten-up wine and cheesemaker inspires SA with indomitable spirit

The ever-innovative and irrepressible Charles Back of Fairview Estate in Paarl has survived a brutal attack at his farm in which he suffered a number of broken bones, making it into work the next day to demonstrate what “real work commitment looks like”.

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SA’s listeriosis outbreak: huge jump in deaths

SA’s listeriosis outbreak: huge jump in deaths

The latest update (Feb 14) from the NICD (Nat Inst for Communicable Diseases) confirms that all nine provinces are affected; that cases have jumped from 852 on February 6 to 872 (20 more), BUT that there has been a huge jump from 107 deaths to 164! This update from expert food safety consultant, Lucia Anelich.

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Nestlé accused of selling ‘substandard’ baby formula in SA

Nestlé accused of selling ‘substandard’ baby formula in SA

The Swiss multinational Nestlé has been accused of violating ethical marketing codes and manipulating customers with misleading nutritional claims about its baby milk formulas, including in this country.

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SA’s deadly listeria outbreak: WHO reports ‘strong lead’ being investigated

SA’s deadly listeria outbreak: WHO reports ‘strong lead’ being investigated

The catastrophic listeriosis outbreak in South Africa is ongoing and unresolved. As of January 16, 2018, a total of 852 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases from all provinces across the country were reported to NICD since January 1, 2017, with 107 deaths recorded so far.

Here are historic and latest updates on the outbreak…..

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Pick n Pay prioritises convenience foods as customers shift to dining in

Pick n Pay prioritises convenience foods as customers shift to dining in

Pick n Pay promises innovation in its convenience and ready-made meals range in 2018, noting that South Africans’ dining preferences may be shifting as many seek to entertain at home as a more affordable option to eating out.

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The status of food safety management systems in South Africa 2007 vs 2017

The status of food safety management systems in South Africa 2007 vs 2017

In the light of Listeria outbreak, it is the right time to reflect on the status of food safety management systems in South Africa. Have we made the progress we should have?

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Vital Health Foods issues precautionary product recall on Mini Corn Cakes and Mini Rice Cakes

Vital Health Foods issues precautionary product recall on Mini Corn Cakes and Mini Rice Cakes

Vital Health Foods has issued an immediate recall of its Mini Corn Cakes and Mini Rice Cakes as a precautionary measure following an investigation into two consumer complaints regarding metal fragments found within the products. 

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Western Cape drought and food industry safety-hygiene

Western Cape drought and food industry safety-hygiene

Food Focus spoke to the City of Cape Town about the impact of the drought on the food industry in the Western Cape.

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Latest Trends Reports!

The dirty lies in the clean label mania

The dirty lies in the clean label mania

“Clean label” is arguably the biggest trend in processed food today. This brilliant article unpacks this trend and its inherent contradictions — and concludes that while it has a long way to go, clean label has the opportunity to become what it purports to be right now: a shift towards transparency, increased corporate responsibility, and better values.

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10 macro trends driving food innovation

10 macro trends driving food innovation

Each year US food consultancy, Mattson, identifies a number of macro trends. It’s goal is to think beyond “the next kale”. It aims to identify lifestyle trends that have the power to influence F&B purchases, behaviour, beliefs and, of course, innovation — the business it’s in. The reason to track trends is, ultimately, to translate them into viable business opportunities. Here are its fascinating 2018 picks, American in focus.

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Kerry predicts 2018 ingredient and flavour trends

Kerry predicts 2018 ingredient and flavour trends

What are the emerging flavours and ingredients food and beverage manufacturers should watch in 2018 as they formulate new products, and refresh existing ones? Kerry has put together some charts to help firms explore new possibilities in sweet, savoury, salty snacks, soft drinks, dairy and hot beverages – with an American focus.

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The long slow decline of breakfast cereal

The long slow decline of breakfast cereal

The breakfast cereal category’s problems show no signs of going away. With the exception of a few speciality brands, it is a category that is increasingly “off trend”, asserts New Nutrition Business.

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Firmenich names fig the 2018 “Flavour of the Year”

Firmenich names fig the 2018 “Flavour of the Year”

Firmenich recently announced fig as “Flavour of the Year” for 2018 based on the growing appeal for this healthy and fruity flavour worldwide.

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Mintel announces five global packaging trends for 2018

Mintel announces five global packaging trends for 2018

Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, recently announced five trends set to impact the global packaging industry over the coming year.  

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Frozen foods, rebranded

Frozen foods, rebranded

Can new frozen foods startups succeed with health-conscious consumers? When it comes to “healthy eating,” frozen foods doesn’t naturally spring to mind. Today, a new wave of start-ups is reinvigorating the category through modern branding and nutritious options that serve every type of dietary requirement.

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The Future 100 : Trends and change to watch in 2018

The Future 100 : Trends and change to watch in 2018

JWT’s Innovation Group has again published its always fabulous report, The Future 100 2018, an annual snapshot of the year ahead and the most compelling trends to keep on the radar. Food and drink make up a sizeable part of its cutting-edge insights.

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Mintel announces the ingredients to watch in 2018

Mintel announces the ingredients to watch in 2018

With the doors once again swinging open for Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) in Frankfurt today (Tuesday, Nov 28), Mintel asserts there is a hunger for new ingredients across Europe.

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Food trends to look forward to in 2018

Food trends to look forward to in 2018

Upmarket US food retailer, Whole Foods, which was acquired by Amazon earlier this year, has put its hand to trend forecasting, with the chain’s global buyers and experts culling their data and coming up with a list of what they’re predicting to be the top food trends of 2018. They’re very American in flavour, but interesting nonetheless…

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