The catastrophic listeriosis outbreak continues to make headlines in a plethora of media – the culprit may have been identified, but the human and economic/business fallout continues. As of March 14, 2018, a total of 978 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases from all provinces across the country were reported to NICD since January 1, 2017, with 183 deaths recorded so far.
Here are historic and latest updates on the outbreak…..
How is it that the food company’s rivals, like AVI, don’t seem to always find themselves in the dock for apparently breaking the rules, asks Business Day editor, Rob Rose, in this scathing editorial?
Consumer brands company, AVI, has plans to include healthier, low-to-no sugar biscuit products under its food portfolio in light of the sugar tax rates and in accordance with consumer lifestyle changes.
Bill Marler, renowned American food safety expert and litigator, shared two presentations with food industry professionals at the Food Focus listeria workshop on March 8, 2018. FoodFocus chatted with him about his visit to South Africa, his thoughts on the listeriosis outbreak and what this will mean for the food industry.
Leading this collation of stories gathered from SA media and Twitter is the Financial Mail’s questioning this: Motsoaledi says the source has been found, but Tiger Brands’ test results show ‘low levels’ of environmental listeria: who’s to be believed?
Euromonitor International has released the eight most influential packaged food megatrends for 2018. These megatrends, sharing common drivers, have the power to transform and disrupt entire categories while also providing sustainable growth and relevance for companies that succeed in these new ideas.
Behind the buzz words and hype, it easy to miss the fact that consumers are the real disruptors right now. They have shaken off their “automatic” post-World War II grocery shopping behaviour, and are using their own values to redefine modern food production.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.