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Tiger Brands' CEO on huge Nigerian loss and 2014 annual results

Tiger-CE-Peter-MatlareTiger Brand’s released its full year results this week for the year ended 30 September 2014. They weren't pretty. Here veteran business journalist, Alec Hogg, questions the group’s CE, Peter Matlare, on the shortcomings and accountability of the massive loss incurred with its Nigerian Dangote Flour investment.

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Choc giant takes on small SA jam producer

RoscherrsMaking front page, lead story headlines today in the Cape Times... A family-run jam and preserves producer in Montague, Western Cape, has found itself in a David and Goliath-like legal pickle - it is being taken on by internationally renowned confectioner Ferrero over its trademark, Roscherr's, which is the surname of the owner.

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SAAFoST Congress 2015: Save the date!

SAAFoST (SA Association for Food Science & Technology) has announced the dates and details of its biennial congress, taking place next year in Durban. An event to diarise for all local food industrialists.

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Polony wins at chicken's cost in protein trade down

PolonyChicken producers have cut back on volumes over the past two years as pressure on disposable incomes and strikes have forced some consumers to switch to other proteins such as polony and beans.

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Propak Cape 2014 in review: A winning expo

Propak-Cape-2014-tickThe biggest ever Propak Cape, incorporating FoodPro, Pro-Plas Expo, Print Expo and Pro-Label Cape, took place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) from October 21-23 and was a winner with 6 113 visitors who attended it over the three days.

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Food security beehive system is R1-million SAB social innovation winner

Bee-PakThe SAB Foundation has named local innovation, Bee-Pak, a compact bee farming system, as the R1-million prize winner in its 4th Annual Social Innovation Awards.

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Mama Chaka's: new, healthy, cheap fast food for SA's townships

Chakas1Internationally-acclaimed singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka is better known for entertaining South Africans, but now she's teamed up with Econ Food Concepts, a subsidiary of meat company, Roelcor Holdings, to help feed the nation through an exciting and necessary new food initiative.

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First Domino's Pizza outlet opens in SA

Dominos-PizzaThe first Domino's Pizza restaurant in South Africa has been opened by Taste Holdings. The new store is in Rivonia Junction, Sandton, and by the end of this week, there will be a further three outlets: one in Durban and two in Cape Town. These corporate stores and, together with another two outlets to be opened by end-November, will serve as training facilities for Scooters Pizza and St Elmo's Woodfired Pizza franchisees ready to convert to Domino's Pizza.

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Woolies joins the Banting craze with ready-meal range

CarbClever-2Restaurants are doing it, and it was only a matter of time before retailers joined the low-carb/high-fat, Banting craze in South Africa. Needless to say, Woolworths, always on top of latest fads and trends, is first to market with a new range of low-carb ready meals.

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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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Top International Stuff

Tucked away near Lake Geneva, a handful of Nestlé SA scientists are quietly working on realising every couch potato's dream: exercise that comes in a bottle.
A potato genetically engineered to reduce the amounts of acrylamide, a potentially harmful ingredient in French fries and potato chips, has been approved for commercial planting, the USDA has...
SIAL 2014 wowed the crowds in Paris again this week, the 50th anniversary of the famous food trade fair. A highlight of the expo are those products that won SIAL Innovation Awards. Here are the top...

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