In an intensifying war for consumer share and brand growth and recognition, SA’s big five supermarket brands will need to do more to differentiate themselves when it comes to customer satisfaction.
South Africa is experiencing regular load shedding, a situation that may well be a reality for some time. Its duration and frequency will potentially affect the safety of food in a refrigerator. SA’s food safety and microbiology doyenne, Dr Lucia Anelich, offers this advice….
Pick n Pay has introduced dedicated shop space to promote local South African products, produced by small businesses, to customers. The ‘Meet the Maker’ showcase will be trialed in eight stores across the country over a three-month period.
South Africa’s leading milk producer, Clover Industries, has received a generous buyout offer from MilCo SA, a consortium that is part-owned by an Israeli firm. The South African wing of the Palestinian pressure group Boycott, Divest, Sanctions has promised militant protests and ‘direct action’. We should not let activists bully us into economic decisions that harm South Africa.
Is there anything baby boomers won’t accuse millennials of killing off? First it was napkins, then cereal, golf, out-of-town supermarkets, raw meat, hotels, chain restaurants and now, canned tuna.
As brand owners, from the giants to the smallest of startups, have found to their cost, no matter how smart your company is we are all at the mercy of trends. The power to influence them is limited. Success comes from keeping an eye on the approaching waves, and if they’re right for your brand, catching them at the right time and successfully surfing them.
Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, has announced three forward-looking trends which will lead the momentum of global food and drink innovation in 2019 and beyond. And you can download a FREE comprehensive report!
Provenance, authenticity and artisanal processes are transforming mainstream food-bev categories. The idea of “provenance” – having a back-story anchored in heritage and trust and perhaps made in a traditional, artisanal way – is now entering the strategies of largest companies, according to 10 Key Trends in Food, Nutrition and Health 2019, the annual trend report from New Nutrition Business.
Phil Lempert, known as ‘The SupermarketGuru’, is one of America’s leading food and consumer trend-watchers and analysts. Here’s his report on what trend-setting US retailer, Whole Foods – now owned by Amazon – predicts for the F&B development in 2019.
Targeting increasingly adventurous consumers, set on new discoveries and experiences, will be key to developments in the food and beverage industry in 2019, asserts Innova in its latest report on trends for 2019.
These days, everyone is talking about the future of food, and with good reason. With population growth, climate change and technological innovations, the landscape today isn’t the same as it was yesterday and it won’t be the same tomorrow.
Interest in vegan food has been booming across the rich world. Celebrity claims of veganism are everywhere: Bill Clinton and Al Gore, Serena and Venus Williams, Lewis Hamilton, Mike Tyson, Beyoncé, take your pick….The Economist takes a look at this burgeoning trend.