The catastrophic listeriosis outbreak is all but over, but it’s still in the news. As of June 21, 2018, a total of 1,053 cases and 212 deaths from all provinces across the country were reported by the NICD since January 1, 2017. Here are historic and latest updates and news on the outbreak, and much more…..
Blockchain, the technology that records information and is most famous for powering cryptocurrencies, could be an answer to SA’s food safety issues, if technology pundits are to be believed.
“Having spent the last 20 years of my life invested in food safety management systems in the South African food industry, I have to say the Listeriosis outbreak has caused some self-doubt. What have we done wrong? What have we missed?” These are some very big questions asked by Linda Jackson of compliance website and consultancy, FoodFocus.
The JSE-listed agribusiness investment company has backed two new start-ups, part of Zeder’s transition from focusing mainly on investments in agricultural co-operatives to holding interests in high-tech businesses across the food and beverage value chain.
SA has yet to unlock the full economic potential of recycling, say experts in the industry. But already many thousands of hard-working collectors and middlemen are earning a living in this way — a fact that has been lost on many in a country that posted a 26.7% unemployment rate in the first quarter of 2018.
Poland has a vibrant and sophisticated food-beverage sector that will be promoting its diversity, quality and affordability to visitors and trade buyers at the AB7 Expo, that starts Sunday 24 June at Gallagher Estate, Midrand.
Kombucha, Korean-inspired kimchi and even beauty care products are rising to the top of the food industry headlines. It’s all about fermentation, which adds good gut bacteria inside and absorption efficacy outside.
As consumer interest in dairy alternatives climbs, so too does production of such products. Launches of dairy-alternative beverages, for example, have more than doubled globally since 2012. Get an update on this trend with this FREE White Paper published by Tate & Lyle…
Pundits are predicting that 2018 will be a growth year for FODMAPS, which has been bubbling under since its debut in Australia as a treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The acronym comes from Fermentable Oligo-Di, Mono-saccharides and Polyols, which are types of short-chain carbohydrates found in a variety of foods, including onions, garlic, wheat and apples.
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.