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.
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”.
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.
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…..
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.
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.
“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.
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…