Back in 2014, we reported on Apeel Sciences, on the brink of commercialising bioengineered films for fruit, fresh produce and flowers to dramatically and naturally extend shelf life. Here's an update on this remarkable technology...
Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, has released its take on five key trends set to impact the global food and drink market over the coming year. Download this beautiful FREE 44-page report...
To determine TIME’s annual list of Best Inventions, it considers hundreds of inventions from around the world. It then names 25 unranked inventions that make annual cut, and there are some food-drink items among them for the 2017 list.
Personalisation and fragmentation are two of the biggest drivers of change in the food and health business, writes Julian Mellentin, founder and director of expert think-tank New Nutrition Business.
In the wake of the obesity pandemic, the concept and demonisation of "ultra-processed foods" has moved into the popular - and academic/professional - mindset. Here one of SA's leading food scientists, Nigel Sunley unpicks this thorny topic in an article based on a presentation he made at the SAAFoST Congress, Cape Town, in early September.
In almost all mammals, the placenta - the organ that develops in pregnancy to provide oxygen and nutrients to the baby and remove waste products - is eaten by the mother immediately after giving birth. Humans and aquatic mammals are the only exceptions.
Eating well is not just about the nutritional content of food – with a new study illustrating that it is also about how food is labelled and presented.
Here's an interesting item of food supply chain disruption... Introducing Quickspaza, an online business selling hampers of basic food, cleaning, cosmetics and other products, delivered for free, at supermarket prices, in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.
Innova Market Insights has released its top trends for 2018, with “Mindful Choices” tipped to be the number one trend for next year.
Nestle is leaving the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), a lobby group that represents hundreds of food companies in Washington, just months after a similar decision by Campbell Soup Co.
It appears that upper middle-class households in South Africa are doing less well than thought. With financial stress being particularly acute in the lower income and broad middle-class segments, there are stark indicators that wealthier consumers are also under pressure, and are tightening their belts.
Fred Kummerow, a scientist who fought the food industry and prevailing medical practices for decades until his early warnings about the dangers of trans fats were finally vindicated, died May 31 at his home in Urbana, Illinois. He was 102. [An amazing life! Ed]
Food delivery start-ups are a big trend globally and now busy Capetonians (that’s not an oxymoron) who don’t have the time nor will to make their own meals are finding help from JarBar, a company that delivers healthy, free-range salads and soups in a jar.
Demand for the pricey, land-farmed sea snail continues to exceed supply, sparking growth and creating sought-after jobs. Red tides and poaching seem to be the only things hurting profits.
In the vast anthropological catalogue of contemporary humanity that is YouTube, there's an entire universe of videos where cute kids bug out their eyes, gag and make hideous faces while trying not to spit out distressingly sour or disgustingly flavoured candy. Videos with titles like "Extreme Sour Candy Challenge" have millions or even tens of millions of views. So what is the appeal?
The US marijuana industry is growing so fast that if the government legalised it nationally it would outsell ice cream, crisps and movie tickets combined, by some margin!
Scholars in a variety of academic disciplines have started to critically explore exactly what is meant by the African middle class notion, and question its reality and relevance.