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Newsletter 21 October 2011

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 21 October 2011 | Your weekly food industry news and insights….
SmartStuff:   “In good times, people want to advertise; in bad times, they have to.”  Bruce Barton, former Chairman of BBDO

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Editor’s Stuff: All the fun of the fair! Anuga report-back…
AnugaI’VE JUST RETURNED from nearly a month in Europe, with part of that time spent in Cologne, along with the rest of the food industry world at Anuga 2011, the world’s biggest food expo.
Anuga did not disappoint, quite the opposite, and was a sell-out success. It drew more than 6 500 exhibitors and over 155 000 visitors who, I could swear, were there, every one, on all of its five days. The place was packed, and the overall ambience of busy-ness and business belied the fact that we’re in the midst of global recession and financial crisis.
The food industry is more resistant to downturns than many others, but perhaps the SmartStuff quote above also helps explain this: in good times companies want to exhibit, in bad times, they have to.

It’s simply impossible to do complete justice to an event as massive as Anuga, but I’ve compiled a blog on things that captured my interest. I even go so far to vote a South African novel concept as “Best New Product of Anuga 2011”.


Brenda Neall: publisher & editor

PS I’ve added Google Translate to the website, so you can now read everything in several languages, including Afrikaans. It might not be perfect, but it’s one of the best instant translation tools available.

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 Local Food Industry News

Pick n Pay has launched a new premium house brand after two years of research, a move in line with international trends that show a major shift to private label brands.

The Consumer Goods Council of SA held its annual conference recently, and it dealt with many matters of prime interest and concern to food industrialists, notably the implementation of the Consumer Protection Act, SA’s new food labelling regulations and the “non-negotiable” that is food product quality and safety.

Breaking out of its traditional liquor mould, KWV South Africa is set to shake up the local industry as it expands into the growing ready-to-serve (RTS) market with the launch of new product Ciao.

Nestlé has introduced Krazy Monkey, claimed as the first ice cream that can be peeled, in South Africa. 


 Food Science, Ingredients and Health

Many people seem to think that adding acai and goji berries to their diet will give them a health kick and decrease the risk of cancer – because according to a new study by Bupa, the international medical insurance company, these ‘superfoods’ aren’t as super as they appear.

In the US alone, sales of top antioxidant supplements hit $5 billion last year, and they are commonly added as a functional benefit to everything from water and cereal to alcoholic drinks. But researchers now say antioxidants have been overhyped and widely misunderstood.

“Arbitrary” and “capricious” government sodium targets should be scrapped, immediately, along with “all legislative or regulatory actions based on them” unless officials can produce hard evidence that they are based on sound scientific evidence, the Salt Institute has argued.

Consumers seek healthy fats as low-fat trend fades
Consumers are beginning to reject low-fat diets as they become better informed of the health benefits of certain fats and oils, according to new research from Packaged Facts.

With the large variety of nutrition and snack bars to choose from, it can be challenging for food companies to rise above the pack. Knowing what consumers prefer can be of valued assistance in this product development.

Why Unilever canned €20m hoodia project
Part of the reasoning for Unilever’s controversial 2008 decision to sever a €20m partnership with UK firm Phytopharm to develop the weight management plant hoodia gordonii has become apparent, with disappointing trial results published this month.

France votes for total packaging ban on bisphenol A by 2014
The French Health Minister has given his backing to a law that would outlaw the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in all food packaging from 2014 – as well as proposing that the chemical should be banned in all packing aimed at children from 2013.

 Verni Superflor

 International Stories

The nationwide US listeria outbreak that has killed 25 people who ate tainted cantaloupe was probably caused by unsanitary conditions in the packing shed of the Colorado farm where the melons were grown, federal officials have said.

Denmark has imposed a “fat tax” on foods with a high saturated fat content, such as butter and oil, as a way to curb unhealthy eating habits.

Foods that are good for the waistline are also good for the bottom line. That’s the conclusion of a recent report out from the Hudson Institute, an American, non-partisan policy research organisation.

The world’s leading beverage and snacks maker, Pepsico, has reportedly decided to put its footing into the yoghurt world and is hatching a joint venture with Theo Müller Group, Germany’s largest privately-owned dairy business. 

A hybrid strain of broccoli containing higher levels of the cancer-fighting phytonutrient, glucoraphani, has been launched in UK supermarkets.

Savannah Fine Chemicals

 Weird, Whacky and Wonderful Stuff

BlackBerries (they’re a food, too, right!) have been much in the news this past fortnight, for all the wrong reasons, and tainting the reputation, globally, of what has now become one of SA’s new favourite brands. For some light relief on the matter, look at this hilarious take on blackberries that don’t work, a comedy sketch that’s had over 15 million views on YouTube.

How the potato changed the world
Brought to Europe from the New World by Spanish explorers, the lowly potato gave rise to modern industrial agricultureToday the potato is the fifth most important crop worldwide, after wheat, corn, rice and sugar cane. But in the 18th century the tuber was a startling novelty, frightening to some, bewildering to others — part of a global ecological convulsion set off by Christopher Columbus.

Food bites… This obsession with fat is really taxing

“For years, governments and health campaigners have been trying to make us afraid of what we eat, demanding that we only consume prescribed foods in prescribed amounts. It’s worked, to a degree. Even the most sceptical of people will have internalised some of this nonsense, turning their backs on foods they enjoy because they’ve been told that they’re deadly.

But clearly, in health campaigners’ minds, we’re not scared enough. So we must be cajoled and manipulated into further changing our diets, whether through food taxes, lectures about our children or fearmongering adverts. The aim is not, however, to make us slimmer or healthier – which is handy as such nagging and penalising doesn’t seem to make us any thinner anyway. No, the aim is to exercise influence over our lives, to give the powers-that-be a reason to be in power.”

Rob Lyons, writing in Read more

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