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The ‘retail apocalypse’, as it’s been called, extends beyond Amazon; the industry is in flux. Retail futurist, Howard Saunders, was in Cape Town for the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) Annual Congress in September, and in his keynote titled ‘The future is scary,’ he delved into some of the shifts we're experiencing in consumer mindset and retail brand innovation.

Just as consumers now blame cigarette companies for lung cancer, so they are increasingly blaming food companies for the obesity crisis. How has the SA food-drinks sector responded to this assault? Apparently, not very nobly or wisely, asserts well-known SA food science consultant, Nigel Sunley, in this article where he also offers some ideas on cogent changes of strategy. (This is based on a talk Nigel presented at the SAAFoST Congress 2017 in Cape Town in September.)