Creating the first lab-grown human breastmilk?
US startup BIOMILQ has just announced it “may have created” lab-grown human breastmilk directly from isolated human mammary cells. This may spell the beginning of the end for infant formula, and a new beginning for much other lactation research. Michelle Egger and Leila Strickland are the founders of BIOMILQ, and they’re on a mission to
Goodbye to Lay’s Salt & Vinegar chips in SA
PepsiCo/Simba has culled its Lay’s Salt & Vinegar chips due to tepid sales, a decision that’s caused a stir among South African lovers of this establishment flavour. “At the end of 2019, Lay’s Salt and Vinegar flavoured potato chips were not performing as well from a sales perspective vis-à-vis the other flavours in our range –
Unilever to change policy on marketing products to children
Unilever has announced that it will stop the marketing and advertising of its products to children under the age of 12. The pledge forms part of new marketing principles that are designed to help parents and caregivers when choosing products for their children. The implementation will be led by Unilever’s ice cream business, with Wall’s
Baby food pouches: gateway to bad habits?
Pouches of puréed baby food can seem like a godsend to busy parents, but some experts say that babies and toddlers who use them too much can miss out on the developmental skills that will contribute to healthy eating habits. The popular pouches, introduced about a decade ago, now account for 25 percent of baby
Tiger Brands takes a hammering from bad news
This past Wednesday 12 February 2020, Tiger Brands had one of its worst days in years, with its shares finishing 6% lower on the JSE to R188 – the steepest fall since April 2011 – the day Noel Doyle presented the company’s financial results to shareholders for the first time as new CEO. New Tiger
Supermarkets under future threat from food delivery disruptors
Food delivery apps have are chiselling away at the restaurant industry’s market share, and upping levels of competition. The impact for supermarkets is less direct but no less a threat, as SA futurist, Jonathan Cherry, comments… A new body of research out of the UK suggests that four out of every five shoppers in the
Parmalat SA becomes Lactalis South Africa
Lactalis South Africa is the new name for Parmalat SA as of 1 February 2020. This is a name change only, and it will not impact the company’s existing products, brands or business operations. Parmalat SA has been been part of the international Lactalis family for the past nine years since the Lactalis Group bought
SA competition watchdog approves Pioneer/PepsiCo merger
The Competition Commission has recommended that the Competition Tribunal give the green light to a R24bn deal that will see PepsiCo take over Pioneer Foods. The deal’s benefits are “significant”, the Commission said, while recommending that it be approved subject to conditions including job creation, local investment and a minimum R1.6-billion B-BBEE transaction. PepsiCo struck
SA plastics pact to tackle plastic waste and pollution
Research shows that eight million tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean every year… and while the statistics are overwhelming, initiatives like the newly launched and potentially game-changing South African Plastics Pact aim to tackle the problem head on by keeping plastics in the economy and out of the environment. Launched on 30 January 2020,
A new tomato ideal for urban gardens and even outer space
Farmers could soon be growing bunches of tomatoes in storage units, on the roof of a skyscraper, or even in space. That’s if a clutch of new gene-edited crops prove as fruitful as the first batch. The primary goal of this new research is to engineer a wider variety of crops that can be grown
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