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Middle class South Africa: Fat, lazy and unmotivated

Obecity-IndexMiddle-class South Africans are getting fatter and lazier, despite having access to discounted gyms and knowing the dangers of being overweight. This is according to the 2014 Discovery Vitality ObeCity Index, which measures eating habits, weight, time spent exercising and the mental wellbeing of about 170000 Vitality members.

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Sweet open innovation challenge for SA ingredient vendors

SugarAn international FMCG firm in South Africa is on the hunt for a radically new form or complete alternative to crystal sugar as raw ingredient in industrial food production, and anything that might be labelled "non-nutritive sweetener" will not cut it. It has presented this public challenge to potential supplier-partners via The Open Innovation Hub in Pretoria. [Surely such an ingredient is a global holy grail! Ed]

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Polyoak factories are now FSSC 22000 certified

FSC-22000-PolyoakPolyoak Packaging, a leading supplier of rigid plastic containers to SA's food-beverage sectors, has announced that all of its main manufacturing sites in Cape Town, Gauteng and Durban are now FSSC 22000-certified. It is the first local packaging company to win this stringent international food safety ticket through SGS South Africa.

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Tiger Brands issues product recall for banned colourants

Tastic-Simply-DeliciousIllegal colourants have again found their way into the SA food chain, with Tiger Brands announcing today that it is recalling some of its cooking sauces and rice products after tests found traces of banned methyl yellow and Sudan 1.

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SA's national scandal: Hunger on an epic scale, says Oxfam

Oxfam-reportA report released by Oxfam this week calls epic food insecurity and hunger in this country a "national scandal". As World Food Day (oct 16) approaches, the report "Hidden Hunger in South Africa: the faces of hunger and malnutrition in a food secure nation" reveals hunger is a daily and crippling reality for far too many.

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Stage set for spicy SA pizza war

Pizza-warsSouth Africa's two new challengers for the lucrative pizza market – Domino's Pizza and Pizza Hut – had better hold on to their mozzarella, because established operators will not take the competition lying down, reports MoneyWeb.co.za.

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Get ready for Propak Cape next week!

Propak-Cape-2014The packaging and food-drinks industries will converge on Cape Town's CTICC for Propak Cape 2014, incorporating FoodPro, Pro-Plas Expo, Print Expo and Pro-Label Cape. Running from 21-23 October, the biggest ever iteration of the expo will showcase the latest and best offered by SA's packaging, food processing, plastics, printing, labelling and wine equipment vendors.

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Nampak Glass commissions new furnace and huge capacity boost

Andre-de-RuyterGlass manufacturer Nampak Glass has increased its manufacturing capacity by 56% through the addition of a new R1.2-billion furnace and the third at its Germiston-based factory.

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Glanbia Nutritionals opens shop in SA

Glanbia-logoIrish-based global ingredient group, Glanbia, has established a local affiliate in South Africa, based in Gauteng, and aims to offer its nutritional and functional ingredients, as well as its specialist services in customised premixes, to the local market.

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Rhodes Food Group: set to go places with today's JSE listing

Rhodes-Food-Group-ListingRhodes Food Group (RFG) joined the main board of the JSE this morning - and is now in the illustrious company of the likes of Tiger Brands, AVI and Pioneer Foods. By all reports, RFG's prospects have excited the market.

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