The catastrophic listeriosis outbreak is on a marked downswing, but cases and deaths are still being reported. As of May 14, 2018, a total of 1,033 cases and 204 deaths from all provinces across the country were reported by the NICD since January 1, 2017. Included below is a link to several expert talks made at FoodFocus’ recent listeria workshops.
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It’s notoriously onerous for small food players to break onto mainstream retail shelves, but here’s a good news story about a PE start-up that has thrived as part of Pick n Pay’s ‘Pick Local’ project.
The JSE’s embrace has of late been anything but warm for consumer-focused groups: Consol canned its listing late last month and Libstar, owner of brands such as Denny and Lancewood, didn’t exactly get the reception it wanted, making a dull market debut on Wednesday June 9 with its shares falling below the pre-listing issue price.
Ireland’s Kerry Group continues to expand its South African presence via spicy acquisition, with the purchase the super-successful Jo’burg-based flavour company, Season to Season. No price tags have been released.
South Africa’s informal food sector makes up at least 40% of the food market, meaning that informal trading contributes notably to the economy, while providing consumers with easy access to food staples.
Woodlands Dairy, one of the country’s largest milk processors, has signed a significant deal with KZN’s Fairfield Dairy that will see the two major agri-processors effect a full merger over the next five years.
Taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre from May 6 to 8, 2018, the Hostex expo, incorporating Food & Hospitality Africa and IFEA, is set to deliver plenty of innovation and inspiration for the retail, hospitality and food service sectors.
As consumer interest in dairy alternatives climbs, so too does production of such products. Launches of dairy-alternative beverages, for example, have more than doubled globally since 2012. Get an update on this trend with this FREE White Paper published by Tate & Lyle…
Pundits are predicting that 2018 will be a growth year for FODMAPS, which has been bubbling under since its debut in Australia as a treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The acronym comes from Fermentable Oligo-Di, Mono-saccharides and Polyols, which are types of short-chain carbohydrates found in a variety of foods, including onions, garlic, wheat and apples.
Euromonitor International has released the eight most influential packaged food megatrends for 2018. These megatrends, sharing common drivers, have the power to transform and disrupt entire categories while also providing sustainable growth and relevance for companies that succeed in these new ideas.
Behind the buzz words and hype, it easy to miss the fact that consumers are the real disruptors right now. They have shaken off their “automatic” post-World War II grocery shopping behaviour, and are using their own values to redefine modern food production.
“Clean label” is arguably the biggest trend in processed food today. This brilliant article unpacks this trend and its inherent contradictions — and concludes that while it has a long way to go, clean label has the opportunity to become what it purports to be right now: a shift towards transparency, increased corporate responsibility, and better values.
Each year US food consultancy, Mattson, identifies a number of macro trends. It’s goal is to think beyond “the next kale”. It aims to identify lifestyle trends that have the power to influence F&B purchases, behaviour, beliefs and, of course, innovation — the business it’s in. The reason to track trends is, ultimately, to translate them into viable business opportunities. Here are its fascinating 2018 picks, American in focus.
What are the emerging flavours and ingredients food and beverage manufacturers should watch in 2018 as they formulate new products, and refresh existing ones? Kerry has put together some charts to help firms explore new possibilities in sweet, savoury, salty snacks, soft drinks, dairy and hot beverages – with an American focus.
The breakfast cereal category’s problems show no signs of going away. With the exception of a few speciality brands, it is a category that is increasingly “off trend”, asserts New Nutrition Business.