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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!
Dear ,

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 www.foodstuffsa.co.za, or other sites.

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Feature articles of the week

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.

Published every Friday on http://www.foodstuffsa.co.za/, this newsletter is a cherry-picking, agglomerating service for all food and beverage industrialists.

Latest South African News

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."

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

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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.

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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.

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

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Investigation uncovers unlawful food labelling

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October's Propak Cape to showcase latest products and innovation

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SA's Afriplex and Germany's Doehler join forces

Afriplex-DoehlerPaarl's well-known and pioneering African botanicals ingredient producer, Afriplex, is spreading its wings in a joint venture with Doehler, a global specialist of ingredients and ingredient systems, located in Darmstadt, Germany. This is the latest in a chain of deals in the past few years that has seen global ingredient vendors join forces with attractive South African players to expand and entrench their African footprint.

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Woolworths moves to ethical pork

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Useful SA food labelling guide

UFS-Labelling-GuideUnilever Food Solutions' new, easy-to-use Food Labelling Ingredients and Legislation Guide provides the answers to many questions that frequently come up in the food and food service industries about nutritional values, labelling and legislation issues.

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Top International Stuff

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.
Nestlé, the world's largest food and beverage company, has pledged new animal welfare standards for its 7 300 worldwide suppliers.
AmazonFresh's bright green trucks have become familiar sights in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, they have just appeared in San Diego, and may eventually trundle around the world,...

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