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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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Register now for the 21st SAAFoST Biennial International Congress & Expo

Congress 2015Hundreds of SA food and beverage industrialists are expected to gather in Durban in early spring for SAAFoST's biennial congress and expo.

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South Africa’s bold move on salt gets off to a shaky start

Salt legislationSouth Africa has been a trailblazer on the continent in the global battle to reduce salt intake through food. But three years after the bold food policy was first introduced in South Africa – and less than a year until it finally becomes law – the country has still not set up programmes to monitor how effective the legislation will be.

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Top International Stuff

Italian chocolate group Ferrero has agreed to buy smaller UK rival, Thorntons, in the latest cross-border deal by the once acquisition-shy maker of Kinder candy and Nutella spread.
The iconic American Hershey milk chocolate bar is getting a makeover after 120 years. The confectionery giant is undergoing a multi-year plan to overhaul all of its products which will ultimately...
American food giant, General Mills, will strip artificial flavours and colours from the remaining 40% of its cereals that still contain them, the latest response by the US food industry to changing...

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