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Spaza shops thrive in SA

Spaza shopThe perception that South Africa’s Traditional Trade (TT) or spaza sector is shrinking in the face of increasing pressure from modern retail outlets could not be further from the truth asserts a new report by Nielsen.

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Rand purchasing power: Why not a Nando’s index?

Nandos Quarter ChickenFor reasons of national pride, wouldn't it be interesting if South Africans could refer to a Nando’s index, rather than constantly measuring our purchasing power by the Big Mac index?

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Food makers buckle under drought, rand pressure

SA droughtSouth Africa’s worst drought on record, a plunging currency and debt-burdened consumers are weighing on the country’s biggest food producers, who may sacrifice profits in order to keep prices affordable and preserve market share.

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Startups jump on the Banting bandwagon

Banting on the goSouth Africa's obsession with a high-fat, low-carb diet is creating a new niche food industry. LCHF items are now old hat on many restaurant menus countrywide, but now a flurry of entrepreneurs are hoping the diet trend will fatten their wallets.

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Now Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin-Robbins head to SA

Dunkin DonutsMore donut-ice cream heaven is going to hit SA shores.... Grand Parade Investments (GPI) has announced that it has signed a master franchise agreement with Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, to begin developing both brands in South Africa.

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Old Mutual buys big stake in In2Food

In2Food Old MutualOld Mutual's private equity unit has bought a stake in In2Food, a South African group that makes ready-made meals and snacks, and fruit juices, as it bets on an increasing appetite for convenience products among SA's growing middle class.
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Tiger Brands expects new CEO appointment in March

Noel DoyleSA's biggest food firm, Tiger Brands, says it has made "good progress" in its search for a new CEO after former head Peter Matlare gave notice late last year amid fallout from the group’s failed multibillion-rand Nigerian investment.

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SA's Bounty Brands buys first local and overseas food businesses

Liberty FoodsJSE-bound consumer goods group, Bounty Brands, has made its first local and international food acquisitions.

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How Parmalat conquered the township takeaway market

Parmalat Cheese SlicesLaunching a premium and improbable product into SA's township takeaway market has allowed Parmalat to generate hundreds of millions of rand in sales in an invisible market, a market which is now hotly contested by all the dairy industry players in the business.

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Propak Africa 2016 to highlight important role of packaging to the economy

Food packagingThe South African packaging industry plays an important role in the SA economy, contributing R79-billion in 2014. It will be putting a collective, and innovative, step forward at next March's showcase triennial expo, Propak Africa 2016.

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Top International Stuff

Steve Ells built Chipotle Mexican Grill into a restaurant-industry leader by playing offense, brashly touting fresher and more virtuous food than competitors. His company boasted of “food with...
The founder of easyJet has opened a discount food store that is selling everyday groceries for 25p each. Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has launched easyFoodstore in an attempt to take advantage of the...
McDonald’s is to introduce table service and cooked-to-order gourmet burgers at hundreds of restaurants across Britain as it tries to head off competition from upmarket rivals.

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