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 25 January 2012 | Your weekly food industry news and insights...                                                                 
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Editor's Stuff: A new blow for the supplements market!

Last year a UK report by the NHS on health supplements concluded: "Overall, it is clear that we may be placing our hope in products that still require far more testing."

This would indeed be the case in South Africa - a new study sent to me this week by scientists at CPUT's Functional Food Research Unit, and recently published in the Cardiovascular Journal of Africa, has concluded that the majority of omega-3 supplements available locally ain't what they say they are... This, I believe, is the first publicity given this revealing study that paints yet another tacky picture of unscrupulous and unethical practice by the unregulated supplements industry.

SA's omega-3 supplements - a load of old codswallop?

Here's another local fishy story that caught my attention, and what an interesting one!
 
The world urgently needs new and sustainable sources of protein. Two South African entrepreneurs believe one answer lies in the humble maggot (larva of a fly). Their Cape business, AgriProtein, is already well on the path to large-scale commercialisation of a win-win-win, non-marine-based alternative for livestock and fish farming feed.

Enjoy this week's read!
 
Brenda Neall: publisher & editor                      

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  Trends, Trends, Trends
Fair Cape Dairies has gone a green step further with its fresh milk, replacing its Free Range trademark with a new marque, Fair Cape ECO-FRESH, a milk range produced in an ecologically-friendly manner and with "a significantly lower carbon footprint".

Interesting to see more budget-conscious NPD coming to the fore and how apt for the times. Now in supermarket freeezers are I&J's new Tasty Fingers, which the company says "will provide all the taste, plenty of protein, and a truly economical solution to feeding your family".
A farming crisis? SA farmers going big ... and small
The number of farmers who feed SA has dwindled down the years as smaller producers are swallowed up and bigger ones consolidate to take greater advantage of economies of scale.
There are about 37000 commercial farmers in the country; about 20% of these produce 80% of the food that is consumed by the nation.

Farm crisis puts food supply in jeopardy
From 120000 in 1994, only 37000 commercial farmers remain in South Africa, which has led to the country teetering on the brink of becoming a net importer of food.



 International News and Developments
Swiss group, Barry Callebaut has announced a lucrative deal to supply Unilever, the world's third-largest consumer goods group, with 70 percent of its global cocoa and chocolate needs.
The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of vitamins. In 1912, a scientist named Casimir Funk coined the term “vitamins” to describe bioactive substances essential for human and animal health. 

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 Food Marketing, NPD and Innovation
America's bi-annual Fancy Food Show, the Winter edition, took place last week in San Francisco. The show, which attracted 17 000 visitors and 1 300 exhibitors, is a showcase for specialty food and a glimpse into the possible future of grocery shelves and/or dinner tables. From the aisles of the expo, this article uncovered 12 food trends for 2012...
Nestlé's new luxury chocolate brand Maison Cailler has launched in Switzerland and Liechentstein, a concept aimed at delivering the 'perfect personalised chocolate'.
Chobani is making Greek yoghurt as fast as Americans are eating it. Its plant in upstate New York already pumps out 1.5 million cases of the thick yoghurt every week, and its sales have rocketed to an estimated $700 million annually, only four years after it was launched. Greek yoghurt now accounts for a quarter of the total US yoghurt market after a dizzying growth spurt.
Led by rising sales of almond milk, the US market for dairy alternative beverages reached $1.33 billion in 2011, according to a new report from Packaged Facts. The report states that as consumers seek out healthier substitutes for dairy drinks, many are increasingly turning toward consumption of soy milk, almond milk, and rice milk.
Nestlé is adapting the packaging of some of its products to ensure consumers of all ages can use them without difficulty. One approach, established by the University of Cambridge in the UK, is called 'Inclusive Design'.

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 Food Science and Ingredients Stuff
A deadly toxin produced by certain kinds of E. coli, including those that caused a deadly outbreak in Europe last year, can be combated using the element manganese, according to research that may lead to an inexpensive treatment for infections.
A small group of people will meet in Washington later this year for what they hope will be a lunch to change the world. The meal should consist of fried chicken and nothing else, but while it may look like chicken, have the texture of chicken and even taste like chicken, it will never have lived or breathed.
Miracle metal could usher in food safety revolution, scientist
Copper could usher in a food safety revolution within processing plants, according to the author of a new study that revealed the metal’s impressive ability to kill deadly E.coli pathogens.
Sprouted seeds pose an unacceptable risk to health
Evidence is emerging that sprouted seeds could present an unacceptable risk to human health unless effective control measures such as irradiation can be used to make them safer.
Several new high-​tech bottle-​scanning technologies that will allow the lifting of the liquids ban at airports are currently being trialled in several countries. The UK-based Cobalt Light Systems’ explosives detector has just passed all its European civil aviation security tests.

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 Health and Nutrition Stuff
Ninety years after the breakthrough first use of insulin to treat diabetes, commemorated on Monday 23 January 2012, the disease remains one of the Western and developing worlds' most challenging pandemic health issues. 
 
Diabetes mystery: Why are Type 1 cases surging?
Researchers are baffled by the worldwide increase in type 1 diabetes, the less common form of the disease.

Prediabetes: the silent menace
A whopping 79 million Americans over the age of 20 have prediabetes, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One more cup of coffee for the (non-diabetic) road?
Heavy coffee drinkers have a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study by Chinese researchers published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Feeling cranky, fatigued and unable to focus? You might just need a drink of water, according to new research.

Study: no correlation between weight gain and the presence of junk food in the schools
A large study out of Penn State University in the US has concluded that there was no correlation between weight gain and the presence of junk food in the schools. This does not mean that junk food is healthy, only that junk food at school generally does not cause students to gain weight.
Dukan diet: Fallacy or fat-buster?
If your only reminder of Christmas is a tightened waistband, you may be considering starting the Dukan diet that's been much in the news. Devised by the French doctor and nutritionist, it may be faddy but even eminently sensible people have raved about it. The book has sold 7.5-million copies worldwide and several millions have tried the diet - so, what's it all about?

 Weird, Whacky and Wonderful Stuff
The ten most polarising foods
There are foods you love, foods you hate and foods that probably fall somewhere in between. But there are some foods that inspire more opinionated and polarised reactions than others. These foods are either the best tasting, or the worst tasting thing out there, depending on whom you talk to. Why such extremes? Check out some of the most polarising foods in this slideshow.

 Food bites... Food allergies are not rampant

"Living with a food allergy or intolerance can be a huge hassle. So it’s surprising how many people think they have sensitivities to certain foods — and alter their lives accordingly — when they really don’t.

“Research shows that as many as 20 percent of people claim to have food allergies when the number is actually around 3 to 4 percent,” says Hugh Sampson, director of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

He concedes that the number of people with milder reactions — nonallergic symptoms that flare up when they eat certain foods — is higher, but he thinks the problem is still generally overestimated. That’s partly because reactions to food can change over time. And various symptoms are sometimes mistakenly attributed to food when they really stem from something else."
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Brenda NeallPublished every Friday (except for this January) as part of www.foodstuffsa.co.za, this newsletter is a cherry-picking, agglomerating service for all food and beverage industrialists. It aims to be topical, insightful, provocative, intelligent... fast, fresh and full of additives!
 


 
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