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Fire at Nestlé's Potchefstroom factory stops production

FireA clean-up process has commenced at Nestlé South Africa's Cremora creamer manufacturing factory in Potchefstroom, North West province, where a fire broke out in the afternoon of Friday July 11. The blaze started in the electrical control room.

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Feed kids on organs, not pap, says Prof Tim Noakes

Noakes-in-headlinesThere's no keeping him out of the headlines! Prof Tim Noakes makes a large front-page splash in today's Cape Times with this report, advising in a talk he gave yesterday that instead of carbohydrates such as pap and bread, children should be fed animal organs, which carry more nutrition.

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Food for Africa at IFEA 2014

IFEA-2014-logoIFEA 2014 – Africa's international food and drink exhibition – is said to be attracting exhibitors from all over the world as they prepare to expose their brands to decision-makers from the burgeoning pan-African market who are looking for the latest and the best international and local products in the food and drink sector.

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The Banting diet phenomenon in SA

Real-Meal-RevolutionThere's a joke doing the rounds in Cape Town, where the so-called "Tim Noakes diet" has taken off: you can't find cauliflower or double cream yoghurt for love or money. The humble flower head is fast replacing starches such as rice, pasta and potatoes on the plate, leaving supermarkets struggling to meet demand. And full cream dairy is back in vogue. The Banting diet is currently huge news in South Africa, and here the Financial Mail weighs it up.... read on!

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New research could debunk Banting diet? No way, says Noakes!

Diet-studyLow carbohydrate diets, as advocated by Prof Tim Noakes of UCT's Sports Science Institute, result in no more weight loss than "recommended balanced diets", a Stellenbosch University study, just released, has found. Noakes has dismissed the findings.

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SA's maggot protein initiative moves to commercialisation

MaggotsWhen it comes to resolving a big global food problem, a new breed of farmers and their financial backers are thinking small. Work on the world's largest fly farm in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, has begun after the European firm behind the project won much-needed funding from investors, propelling the use of insects as livestock feed beyond academic theory and pilot plant to a commercial venture.

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South African ‘fly farm’ recycles food waste nutrients

Elsje-PieterseStellenbosch University animal nutrition expert, Dr Elsje Pieterse, is the one of the brains behind AgriProtein, the start-up initiative to commercially produce protein products from fly maggots that's much in the news of late. Will her ingenuity help feed the world?

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Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate bars shrink, again

Cadbury-Choc-BarYou could call it the amazing disappearing chocolate bar! With premium ingredient costs on a big upward curve, Mondelez SA has quietly shrunk the size of SA's best-loved chocolate bar, again.

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Zespri launches premium SunGold kiwifruit in SA

Zespri-SunGoldGlobal kiwifruit exporter, Zespri International, has launched Zespri SunGold, a golden variety kiwifruit, in major South African supermarkets just in time to boost consumers' immunity during the cold winter months. It is larger, sweeter and smoother-textured than its well-known green cousin.

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SA's entrants to 2014 IUFoST Global Food Industry Awards

IUFoST-2014The 17th World Congress of Food Science & Technology (IUFoST 2014) takes place in Montreal, Canada from August 17th - 21st, 2014. A popular aspect of the event is the Global Food Industry Awards, that recognise exceptional products, packaging and communication campaigns. These are the South African entries, as selected by a SAAFoST panel.

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Top International Stuff

Growing meat in labs could cut hunger, tackle climate change and end animal slaughter, but high-profile creator, Professor Mark Post, says the biggest beef will be convincing consumers. Here's an...
Lindt & Spruengli is gobbling up Russell Stover Candies, a move that will make the Swiss confectioner the third-biggest chocolate maker in North America.
Consumer goods giant Unilever has shed its Slim-Fast milkshake and snack bar brand in another belt-tightening move.

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