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Sally Williams' nougat achieves top safety certification

Sally Williams NougatMaker of what is widely considered to be one the world’s finest honey nougats, Sally Williams has recently achieved its FSSC 22000 food safety system certification through Lloyds Register.

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Food Explorer #4: A South African food scientist explores Grolsch

Grolsch bottleLisa Ronquest is one of South Africa's top young food scientists, now transferred to The Netherlands in a global food R&D role by Mars. She's been sharing her impressions and insights with FOODStuff SA readers in a regular column, and we're proud here to publish the fourth of her essays on her big move. This time, Lisa explores Grolsch!

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Starbucks coming to South Africa next year!

Starbucks1Starbucks is jumping into the surging coffee market in South Africa and will open shop here in mid 2016.

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Profiling the super success/scam of Ultimate Sports Nutrition

USN productsFrom niche, sports nutrition products and supplements are now packing many SA retail aisles to the rafters. In fact, there are very few countries in the world where sport supplements take up so much shelf space. Playing big and winning big in this poorly-regulated game is SA's own Ultimate Sports Nutrition (USN), born in Pretoria and now a global brand. However, one leading SA scientist believes USN products are mostly scams - and has been taking the company to task for years.

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Nestlé Tex bar ain't what it used to be

Tex BarA recent ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) - largely SA consumers only point of effective redress despite the Consumper Protection Act - has uncovered another example of 'shrinkflation' so prevalent in the confectionery aisles.

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Half-billion rand upgrade at Unilever's Indonsa KZN savoury factory

Unilever logoEarlier this month, Unilever South Africa opened the R511-million expansion at its state-of-the-art Indonsa factory in Durban, making it the group's largest savoury factory by volume. The plant was only commissioned three years ago in December 2011.

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Noakes vs ADSA: The ongoing saga

Noakes TimThe 'Tim Noakes trial' may have been postponed until November, but the story continues. His accuser, the Association of Dietetics in SA (ADSA) has issued a statement strongly denying accusations that it's acting as a proxy for Big Food by reporting Noakes to the HPCSA for unprofessional conduct; Big Food in the form of Kellogg SA has done similarly, refuting that it tries to influence food policy or dietitians; and Noakes has issued a lengthy article outlining why he has chosen to go on 'trial'. Read on!

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Nestlé's scaling down in Africa: what it forgot to say

Nestle AfricaFive years ago, Nestlé announced its bold expansion plan for the sub-saharan Africa region. Now, in 2015, the tune has changed and Nestlé wants to scale down. Was this a misguided strategy, debates this article?

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Nestlé layoffs in Africa ‘won’t affect SA’

Nestle buildingPlans by the world's biggest food and drinks company, Nestlé, to reduce staff across the continent will not affect SA, its Bryanston-based unit has said.

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Nkunzi deal approval lets Clover in at Woolies

Ayrshire MilkClover has got the green light from the competition authorities to acquire the fresh dairy business of Nkunzi Milkyway, allowing SA’s biggest dairy distributor to manufacture and pack Ayrshire organic milk and dairy products, including lactose-free yoghurt, for Woolworths. The approval was made in late April 2015.

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Top International Stuff

There is an economic and political battle taking place in America over the labelling of GM foods. In 2015, 19 US states considered GM food labelling legislation and three states, Connecticut, Maine...
Food labels should contain more detail about how much sugar is in a product, the US FDA has declared.
A wave of Silicon Valley-style disruption is hitting the food industry. Laboratory-grown meat, vegan cheese and "animal free" milk and eggs are heading for consumers, often with backing from the...

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