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 Weekly Newsletter: 4 March 2011

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This week's news!
Afriplex/CSIR: uncovering innovative health solutions from indigenous plants.

SA plants more GM crops.
SABMiller to build new brewery in Nigeria.

US: Ronald McDonald sidelined as McDees ups its game.

McDonald’s: Maybe evil, definitely brilliant.

Tate & Lyle highlights four key food-bev trends for 2011.

Almond milk – New kid on the dairy-free block.
The new US craze for tea.

Nestlé’s first peelable ice cream to roll-out worldwide.

Coca-Cola gets another billion dollar brand.
The innovation lessons in  emerging markets.

Frito-Lay presents quieter compostable SunChips bag.
M&S to open its most sustainable UK store. 
EU ministers to ban fish discards.

New insights in to bacterial communication.

Nestlé's strategy to plug engineering skills gap.

Villain coconut oil charms health food world.
UK: Breast milk ice cream gets the chop!

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Editor's Stuff - A new era in green food packaging for SA!
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Let's put aside the depressing stuff - a new outbreak of foot and mouth disease and global food prices at their highest in history - and rather look at this exciting new development for eco-friendly food packaging in South Africa: the launch of Sappi Enviropack that will see the rollout of an extensive range of food (and other) packaging made from sugarcane bagasse.

Sappi Enviropack green packagingThis is a joint venture between Sappi, who will produce the packaging at its Stanger mill, and Enviropack, the 'green' arm of AGQPE, the packaging business run by Amotz Golan, and which is well-known for its functional and innovative food packaging solutions. I was thrilled to interview both parties when in Jo'burg recently, and they're bullish on this major step forward for enviro-friendly packaging in this country. And rightly so....

Sappi Enviropack's offerings tick all the right boxes: filling the essential packaging functions of protection, preservation and promotion, but with biodegradable options that are made from a sustainable waste resource and which have a reduced carbon footprint (local manufacture and far fewer chemicals in the processing). No greenwashing here! Click here for the full story
New-look FOODStuff SA is on line! At last, I've launched my revamped website. There are still some teething issues to resolve but it's up and running and looking good. Next is a newsletter makeover that will operate rather differently from the past ie from now on, all articles are hyperlinked directly to their home, either on, or other sites.

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What is causing food prices to soar: what can be done about it?

Food crisisAround the world, the food system is in crisis. Prices have rocketed; they are now higher in real terms than at any time since 1984... Companies and governments are sounding the alarm and this attention is welcome. But today’s spike is only part of a broader set of worries. As countries focus on food, they need to distinguish between three classes of problem: structural, temporary and irrelevant. Unfortunately, policymakers have so far paid too much attention to the last of these and not enough to the first.

Breathing more profit into chocolate bars

aerated chocThe recipe for chocolate bars is fairly standard: cocoa, cocoa butter or other oils, sweeteners, and perhaps some nuts or a fruity filling. Now, with prices for cocoa, sugar, and other commodities soaring, candy makers are finding a simple ingredient—air—can help pump up profits.

FOODStuff SA is published and edited by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." mce_href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">Brenda Neall.

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Latest South African News

Curvy new Cadbury Dairy Milk bars: another stealth price rise?

Dairy-Milk-RoundCadbury Dairy Milk bars have a new shape - with rectangular blocks giving way to a curves. Science has proven that a round shape is one of the best when it comes to chocolate melting and smoothness, but when launched in the UK in 2012, there was much media coverage of what was seen as another way to achieve a stealth price rise.


Sour blow for Botswana as Mondelez closes chewing gum plant

StimorolIn a rationalisation move that was inevitable, Mondelez International says it will close its chewing gum plant in Botswana in December and move production to Poland as African consumers ditch pellet gum for slab gum.


Rhodes Food Group set for R600m JSE listing

Rhodes-FoodRhodes Food Group, the mainly Cape-based manufacturer of canned produce, cheese, processed meat and ready meals, plans to raise R600-million in a main-board JSE listing.


Barentz opens an office in South Africa

Barentz-InternationalBarentz International, a global player in food ingredients, has announced that it's opening up shop in South Africa. It will be headed up by highly respected SA food industry veteran, Paul Vet.


Woolworths: Shining brightly in the gloom

Woolies-FoodThe economy may be weak, and the consumer depressed, but Woolworths is showing little sign of it as the retailer takes market share in both food and clothing and continues its expansion drive into the rest of Africa and Australia.


SA products feature poorly in Shoprite's African expansion

Shoprite1Shoprite is the African continent's retail kingpin but, alas, it's three top-performing countries outside South Africa are 80% stocked with non-SA products. The company is having a "hard time" with SA manufacturers, CEO Whitey Basson has said: "They don't really appreciate the fact that its cheaper to trade into formal businesses, but that you have to build your brands."


Tetra Pak appoints developing markets expert as head of its South African operation

John-StrombladJohn Strömblad has been appointed MD of Tetra Pak South Africa, and comes to our shores after extensive stints in Asian markets for the packaging/processing giant.


Shoprite shifts investment focus to Africa

Whitey-BassonAs local growth continues to stall, supermarket retailer Shoprite has shifted its investment focus from South Africa to the rest of Africa.


Shoprite's Hungry Lion aims to compete as a stand-alone chicken chain

Hungry-LionThe current refurbishing and rebranding of Shoprite's quick-service restaurant, Hungry Lion, will see the chain not only competing with the likes of KFC and Steers but also vying for dominance in other southern African countries in a few years, its chief executive Adrian Basson asserts.


Cadbury Dairy Milk and Oreo – a hot hook-up now in SA!

Dairy-Milk-OreoThe popular combination of South Africa's best-loved chocolate, Cadbury Dairy Milk, and Oreo- the world's number one biscuit, is now on SA shelves.


Top International Stuff

McDonald's has already admitted it has a problem with millennials, who want food that is healthier and fresher than much of what the chain offers. Now it looks as if McDonald's has a problem with...
Cargill, the largest privately held US company, has agreed to acquire Archer-Daniels-Midland's chocolate business for about $440-million to increase production in North America.
Burger King delivered Uncle Sam a real Whopper this week. It announced that it was buying Canadian doughnut outfit Tim Hortons in a move widely seen as a bid to lower its tax bills.

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