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SA conference on quackery and pseudoscience: call for papers

Quackery ConfStellenbosch University is hosting "Quackery and Pseudoscience: How the False Hope business endangers people’s health and wellbeing – and how science communication can counter it", a two-day conference in November, the first of its kind in Africa and the developing world.

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France's Mane acquires stake in local ingredients company

Deli Spices Mane SCape Town's Deli Spices reports a new step in its long-standing JV partnership with global flavour house, Mane, with the French business acquiring a stake, undisclosed, in the local business.
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Now Frutarom acquires SA's Unique Flavors

Unique Flavors SAcquisitive Israeli flavour firm, Frutarom, has acquired South African supplier, Unique Flavors, for R90-million as it edges towards its recently-set target of hitting sales of $2-billion by 2020.

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New twist in Noakes' case

Tim NoakesThe Medical Research Council is expected to probe a senior employee accused of teaming up with "big sugar" to discredit Banting-diet champion Tim Noakes (left), reports the Sunday Times.

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March of the dreaded armyworm into SA threatens maize crop

Army wormsOutbreaks were first reported in West and Central Africa at the beginning of last year. They have since jumped the Equator into Burundi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi and have spread to some of the northern areas of South Africa.

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South Africa’s sugar tax: a bold move, and the right thing to do

SugarThe reality is that the move to introduce a sugar tax in South Africa is necessary because of the scourge of non-communicable diseases and obesity in the country, write three University of Pretoria researchers.

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How big supermarket chains in southern Africa keep out small suppliers

Supermarket SThe food game gives rise to many entrepreneurs full of bright new ideas and concepts - which is all well and fine until it comes to the all important step of getting them to the consumer, as this article highlights.

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Mondi snaps up UK high-tech food packaging supplier

Mondi Excelsior SPaper producer Mondi has bought UK packaging company, Excelsior Technologies, in a deal worth R545-million.

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McDonald’s SA has been forced to make a U-turn on battery eggs. Here’s how

McDee eggs SIt has taken a small, under-reported, but highly effective campaign against MacDonald's SA, part of a powerful multinational fastfood chain, to change its mind on battery eggs.

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From farm to fork – Africa’s top F&B show gets a makeover

AB Expo SAfrica’s Big 7, the continent’s leading event for the food & beverage industry, newly rebranded, runs from June 25 to 27 at Gallagher Estate, and will attract senior buyers from across the sector.

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Top International Stuff

In an effort to cut down on confusion about labels on food items, US grocery manufacturers and retailers are being urged to get rid of terms like 'sell by' and 'best before'.
Kraft Heinz’s unsolicited $143-billion offer forUnilever [now spurned and off the table] comes at a time of vulnerability for the Anglo-Dutch giant, the world’s second-largest consumer-goods firm by sales...
Kraft Heinz has withdrawn its proposed £115 billion ($143bn) offer for Unilever, claiming that the decision had been amicable after talks between the companies, reports The Times, UK.

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