Newsletter 29 August 2014


29 August 2014
We hunt down the latest food-drinks news
and trends so you don’t have to!

“I cannot stress often enough that what science is all about is not proving things to be true but
proving them to be false.”
Lawrence Krauss, theoretical physicist

Editor’s Stuff: Va va voom Woolworths!
Chirp One of the Week!
Amidst SA’s gloomy economy, Woolworths released sparkling annual results yesterday.
You have to love this quip from CEO Ian Moir: “My good friend Whitey [Whitey Basson, CEO of Shoprite] says the only reason I’m growing is that we are so small. But I’ll take that. At this rate small becomes big quickly. Whitey, we will get there.” Read on below….
Chirp Two of the Week!
Not everyone is happy about the Burger King merger with Canada’s Tim Hortons that was confirmed this week. Almost immediately, many observers accused Burger King of wanting to move their HQ to Canada to benefit from its cheaper corporate taxes ….. The comedian Kelly Oxford, tweeted “…if this is America’s retaliation for Justin Bieber, well done.” 
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SA products feature poorly in Shoprite’s African expansion

Shoprite is the African continent’s retail kingpin but, alas, it’s three top-performing countries outside SA are 80% stocked with non-SA products. The company is having a “hard time” with SA manufacturers, CEO Whitey Basson has said: “They don’t really appreciate the fact that its cheaper to trade into formal businesses, but that you have to build your brands.”

Read more...Tetra Pak appoints developing markets expert as head of its SA operation

John Strömblad has been appointed MD of Tetra Pak South Africa, and comes to our shores after extensive stints in Asian markets for the packaging/processing giant.


Burger King to buy Canada’s Tim Hortons, moves HQ to Canada

Burger King delivered Uncle Sam a real Whopper this week. It announced that it was buying Canadian doughnut chain Tim Hortons in a move widely seen as mainly a bid to lower its tax bills.

Read more...Nestlé signs major farm animal welfare commitment

Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage company, has pledged new animal welfare standards for its 7 300 worldwide suppliers.

Read more...Amazon makes play for online grocery market – but will it deliver?

AmazonFresh’s bright green trucks have become familiar sights in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, they have just appeared in San Diego, and may eventually trundle around the world, transforming grocery shopping.

The next big trend in protein may be protein-plus. Multiple functional claims, such as protein with probiotics or protein with energy, are expected to rise, according to a new Packaged Facts report.

The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets. Here’s an extract from the new book, The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet’, by Nina Teicholz.

Read more...The bacteria that may one day cure food allergies?

The presence of Clostridia, a common class of gut bacteria, protects against food allergies, a new study in mice finds. By inducing immune responses that prevent food allergens from entering the bloodstream, Clostridia minimise allergen exposure and prevent sensitisation – a key step in the development of food allergies.

Following years of R&D, Crisp Sensation Holdings, Swiss owner of a worldwide patented food coating system, has announced that its licensee Royaan has launched the first products made with its breakthrough crumb coating.

Read more...Carrageenan joining the ‘Villified Ingredients’ list?

America’s WhiteWave Foods Co, citing consumer feedback and not safety concerns, plans to remove carrageenan from its Silk and Horizon Organic products. Carrageenan, a purified extract of red seaweed, is used as a natural and approved thickener and stabiliser in many food and beverage products.

Read more...Is MSG bad for you? Debunking a long-running food myth

Few ingredients come with as much baggage as monosodium glutamate. More commonly known as MSG, the compound has had a bad reputation for nearly 50 years, – one that the American Chemical Society looks to refute. This video debunks MSG myths and explain why the scientific consensus is that this flavour enhancer, known for its savoury umami flavour, is perfectly safe for the vast majority of people.

There’s mozzarella, Cheddar, Colby and provolone… With so many different cheeses to choose from, which type or types will create the the best-looking pizzas? Food science has come up with the answer.

Three Datamonitor briefs: Uncovering some seriously interesting food innovation!

International research firm, Datamonitor, regularly publishes news of interesting FMCG product launches that it features as its “Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week”. Here are three new food concepts that recently won this accolade.

 Read more...Anchovies top the foods we love to hate

A survey of British attitudes to food by BirdsEye has revealed a nation of fussy eaters and deeply polite friends. In a poll of the ten least popular foods the anchovy took the top spot.

 Now on DRINKStuff SA!

Beer fans in Texas are rejoicing at news that a craft brewer in Austin has created a dream-come-true: a pack of beer with an eyebrow-raising 99 cans each!

Read more...Lagers all taste the same, says blind-tasting study

Beer companies may spend millions on branding, but a series of blind taste testings in a European study have revealed consumers struggle to distinguish between major beer brands. Beer fundis say this is good news.

Read more...US: Plant waters get ever-more trendy as soda sales stall

Coconut water, maple water, even birch, cactus and artichoke waters… A quick inventory of new-age beverages makes it clear – plant waters are rising.

Water is the primary ingredient in virtually all beverages, but process water can create as many problems as it solves. Using less water is the solution — except when it’s not.

Read more...New obesity study calls for soft drink tax in SA

South Africa, the most obese country in sub-Saharan Africa, could reduce the number of its overweight citizens by 220 000 should it institute a 20% tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. This is according to new research in the peer-reviewed, online journal Plos One published by the Public Library of Science on Tuesday.

 Read more...The truth we won’t admit: drinking is healthy

There is overwhelming evidence that abstinence is a cause of heart disease and early death. People deserve to know that alcohol gives most of us a higher life expectancy—even if consumed above recommended limits….

Read more...Ten key trends in soft drinks

Functional benefits, natural sweeteners and surprising ingredients are among top trends in the soft drinks category, according to Innova Market Insights.

Read more...Three Datamonitor briefs: Uncovering some seriously interesting beverage innovation!

International research firm, Datamonitor, regularly publishes news of interesting FMCG product launches that it features as its “Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week”. Here are three new beverage concepts that recently won this accolade.

 From this week’s global food-drinks wrap…
Stories that feature in this week’s NewsWrap – and much more besides! Click here to view!
  • SA: A tough, busy year for RCL Foods
  • Coega to develop R2bn aqua-farming facility
  • How to prevent organic food fraud
  • Salmonella outbreak across Europe may be caused by single batch of eggs
  • Fertile opportunity awaits for food waste processors
  • Fibre-based satiety ingredient shown to make you eat less
  • UK: Aldi introduces ‘healthier’ checkouts
  • Is this the answer to sealing cheese blocks?
  • Low-carb bakery to go mainstream, says expert
  • Jones Soda unveils a peanut butter and jelly beverage
  • Consumers wary of changes that make products greener
  • Chatting to Robert Lustig: the man who believes sugar is poison
 See all 2014 food trend reports here! And beverage here!

 Some great articles you may have missed!

Food bites…2014: The noxious GMO debate

“FORGET about the FDA, forget about the scientific journals, forget about research organisations, forget about all these players. The ultimate arbiter in these matters is the consumer. They hold the purse strings.”
Mark Kastel, co-founder of small-farming NGO, The Cornucopia Institute

“IF your objection to GMOs is the morality of selling non-prerennial seed stocks, then focus on that. If your objection to GMOs is the monopolistic conduct of agribusiness, then focus on that. But to paint the entire concept of GMO with these particular issues is to blind yourself to the underlying truth of what humans have been doing — and will continue to do — to nature so that it best serves our survival. That’s what all organisms do when they can, or would do, if they could. Those that didn’t, have gone extinct extinct.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson, prominent American astrophysicist, author,
and science communicator, read more

“IT is absolutely remarkable to me how Vandana Shiva [India’s anti-GMO queen] is able to get away with saying whatever people want to hear. Shiva is lionised, particularly in the West, because she presents the romantic view of the farm. Truth be damned. People in the rich world love to dabble in a past they were lucky enough to avoid—you know, a couple of chickens running around with the children in the back yard. But farming is bloody tough, as anyone who does it knows. It is like those people who romanticise villages in the developing world. Nobody who ever lived in one would do that.”
Gordon Conway, former president of the Rockefeller Foundation,
professor at London’s Imperial College
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