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Latest updates on SA’s deadly listeria outbreak

Latest updates on SA’s deadly listeria outbreak

The catastrophic listeriosis outbreak is on a marked downswing, but cases and deaths are still being reported. As of May 14, 2018, a total of 1,033 cases and 204 deaths from all provinces across the country were reported by the NICD since January 1, 2017. Included below is a link to several expert talks made at FoodFocus’ recent listeria workshops.

Click to view historic and latest updates on the outbreak, and much more…..

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Pick n Pay doing its bit for small food business

Pick n Pay doing its bit for small food business

It’s notoriously onerous for small food players to break onto mainstream retail shelves, but here’s a good news story about a PE start-up that has thrived as part of Pick n Pay’s ‘Pick Local’ project.

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Beyond Meat products coming to SA shelves

Beyond Meat products coming to SA shelves

US plant-based meat manufacturer, Beyond Meat, will expand its global presence in the coming months as it enters over 50 new markets around the world, including South Africa.

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Libstar makes subdued R1.5bn JSE listing

Libstar makes subdued R1.5bn JSE listing

The JSE’s embrace has of late been anything but warm for consumer-focused groups: Consol canned its listing late last month and Libstar, owner of brands such as Denny and Lancewood, didn’t exactly get the reception it wanted, making a dull market debut on Wednesday June 9 with its shares falling below the pre-listing issue price.

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New head of Tetra Pak Southern Africa

New head of Tetra Pak Southern Africa

Stefan Fageräng has taken over as MD of Tetra Pak Southern Africa in May, 2018 to replace former MD, John Strömblad.

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Kerry acquires Season to Season, leading flavouring player in SA’s savoury snacks sector

Kerry acquires Season to Season, leading flavouring player in SA’s savoury snacks sector

Ireland’s Kerry Group continues to expand its South African presence via spicy acquisition, with the purchase the super-successful Jo’burg-based flavour company, Season to Season. No price tags have been released.

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The amazing scope of SA’s informal food sector

The amazing scope of SA’s informal food sector

South Africa’s informal food sector makes up at least 40% of the food market, meaning that informal trading contributes notably to the economy, while providing consumers with easy access to food staples. 

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Woodlands Dairy’s merger with Fairfield Dairy gets go ahead

Woodlands Dairy’s merger with Fairfield Dairy gets go ahead

Woodlands Dairy, one of the country’s largest milk processors, has signed a significant deal with KZN’s Fairfield Dairy that will see the two major agri-processors effect a full merger over the next five years.

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Leading food safety lawyer commends Tiger Brands for transparency

Leading food safety lawyer commends Tiger Brands for transparency

Acknowledgement that listeriosis outbreak came from its factory earns praise from Bill Marler, leading US-based food safety attorney.

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Chatting to Astral Foods CEO, Chris Schutte

Chatting to Astral Foods CEO, Chris Schutte

Every week The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews a famous person about her or his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.) as part of his weekly “Make Money Mondays, Personal Edition” feature. Here’s a recent interview with Astral Foods CEO, Chris Schutte.

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Latest Trends Reports!

Milking it: Dairy alternatives present new opportunities for manufacturers

Milking it: Dairy alternatives present new opportunities for manufacturers

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…

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Are FODMAP foods the next gluten-free?

Are FODMAP foods the next gluten-free?

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.

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Eight food trends for 2018

Eight food trends for 2018

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.

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Forget Amazon and the internet — consumers are the real disruptors in the food sector

Forget Amazon and the internet — consumers are the real disruptors in the food sector

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.

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World goes nuts for nuts

World goes nuts for nuts

Nuts are growing ever more popular due to their relative health halo, the increase in snacking and the desire for tasty and convenient protein sources, according to Candy Industry.

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The dirty lies in the clean label mania

The dirty lies in the clean label mania

“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.

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10 macro trends driving food innovation

10 macro trends driving food innovation

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.

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Kerry predicts 2018 ingredient and flavour trends

Kerry predicts 2018 ingredient and flavour trends

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.

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The long slow decline of breakfast cereal

The long slow decline of breakfast cereal

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.

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Firmenich names fig the 2018 “Flavour of the Year”

Firmenich names fig the 2018 “Flavour of the Year”

Firmenich recently announced fig as “Flavour of the Year” for 2018 based on the growing appeal for this healthy and fruity flavour worldwide.

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