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OP-ED: Cowardly farmers' chickens come home to roost

Chicken dumpingLast year, South Africa's chicken farmers successfully lobbied for tariff protection from competitors in the United States, Brazil, and elsewhere. Red Rob Davies agreed to steal from the poor to give to the rich. But now, the snubbed exporters are getting irate, and are threatening revenge.

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Engen opens top-quality biltong bar

Butchers Best Biltong BarWould it be interesting to know the size and growth of SA's biltong market? It's likely to be galloping along despite the often ridiculous prices charged for the country's iconic meat snack - spurred by the interest in Banting/Paleo/LCHF eating regimes. True measurement is highly unlikely due to the informal nature of the category - but it's clearly one that's working for many vendors, including Engen.

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Spur ranks No 1 SA restaurant brand in new survey

Spur RestaurantsSpur has been identified as the country's leading restaurant brand in Acentric Marketing Research's new report, South Africa's Top Restaurant Brands 2015.

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Food labelling: Christian group's court challenge on hold as DoH relooks draft regs R429

R429 challenge2An application by a Christian group challenging government regulations allowing a wide range of food packaging to be religiously certified and to carry religious signs is on hold as the government takes a relook at the draft labelling regulations, R429.

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Food Explorer #2: A South African food scientist goes shopping abroad

Lisa ShoppingLisa Ronquest is one of South Africa's top young food scientists. After leading the R&D team for seven years with Mars Africa in Cape Town, she's now ensconced in The Netherlands in a new global food R&D role for the multinational. Keen to to share her impressions and insights with FOODStuff SA readers and her South African food industry compatriots, she's started writing about her experiences, and we're proud here to publish the second of her essays on her big move. This time, Lisa goes shopping!

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AVI boosts coffee creamer, Tiger Brands consolidates the mayo

Ellis Brown CreamerSome interesting production news that's come to light from two of SA's food giants... AVI is investing about R65m to grow its coffee creamer production capacity as demand for the milk and cream substitute grows, while Tiger Brands has shifted all its mayonnaise production to Gauteng.

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Crumbs … Pioneer about to toss its biscuit business?

Moirs BiscuitsCape Town-based consumer brands giant Pioneer Foods Group is looking very serious about cutting out operations that are not going to fatten up its operating margins. Next to go... Moir's?

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Official launch of new Food & Hospitality Africa expo

Food & Hospitality AfricaAs we reported last December, Hostex and IFEA are merging into one hospitality-food show in May 2016. The organisers took the opportunity to officially launch the new event at last week's Hostex expo at the Sandton Convention Centre.

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New food safety specialist for Consumer Goods Council's food safety unit

FSI appointmentFood safety expert, Dr Papiso Tshabalala, has been appointed to the Food Safety Initiative (FSI) business unit of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA). She is on a mission to educate and train food handlers on the proper methods to prevent foodborne illnesses.

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The reclusive SA entrepreneur who made R5bn from Nando’s

Nandos3Long lines at Nando's, which opened its first eatery in South Africa in the late 1980s, are a common sight at outlets far away from Cape Town. The fast-growing spicy-chicken chain has 1,100 locations in 22 countries, helping make its original backer, Dick Enthoven, a billionaire. In this fascinating insight into the family behind Nando’s, Bloomberg lifts the veil ever so slightly on one of South Africa’s most successful and most reclusive entrepreneurs.

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Top International Stuff

Earlier this month, you probably would't have heard of Yvette d'Entremont, aka Science Babe. But after posting a Gawker article attacking blogger darling Vani Hari titled “The ‘Food Babe’ Blogger Is...
Will Papa has one of the hardest jobs in the US food industry: getting Americans to chew more gum. So challenged is the category - US sales have fallen 15 percent to $3.5-billion since 2009 -...
When Quorn's existence was jeopardised not so long ago, it was the carnivores that marauded to its rescue. In meat-eaters the vegetarian staple found its unlikely salvation and, thanks to their...

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