Newsletter 31 March 2011


    31 March 2011 | Your weekly food industry news and insights….
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Editor’s Stuff: Welcome to a new start for FOODStuff SA!  
At long last, I’ve launched my new-look newsletter. You will note that it operates rather differently from the past ie from now on, all articles are hyperlinked directly to their home, either on, or other sites. You don’t have to click through to the website to read the newsletter, albeit a copy of this is posted there.

This new way of doing things is showing remarkable results – already the pages read have tripled from an average of 88 000 pm to over 218 000!
Apologies for the no-show last week; I was flattened by another lurgy and just as I got up and running, my ADSL crashed, shortly followed by my server in the USA! So, apologies,too, for being off-line for two days earlier this week. As a result, you are getting your newsletter a day early.

Enjoy this week’s read – there are some great stories!

Brenda Neall: publisher & editor

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 Local Food Industry Stuff


It’s the battle of the sea giants again as Sea Harvest and I&J are facing off in court, fighting over crumbed fish fillets…

Nando’s wins its multi-million rand fight, finally, over toxic dye Sudan 1
Nando’s has won its prolonged legal attempt to recover its costs and settle with Freddy Hirsch Group over the millions in damages it incurred when the latter supplied spices containing the toxic dye Sudan…
Kraft bullish on sub-Saharan African business growth
Africa is largely untapped territory and its growth potential is phenomenal, according to Johan van Zyl, manufacturing director of Kraft Foods Sub-Saharan Africa.
Kauai is hungry to expand
Kauai, the quick service health restaurant chain, plans to open 40 new stores in the next three years as the group evolves from a niche brand to a mainstream fast food business.
SAB reclaiming its local turf
Local beermaker SAB has clawed back some of the market share it lost over the past two years. Having revitalised operations, cut costs and invested savings in promoting its core brands, SAB’s market share has stabilised over the past 10 months.
The true size of SA’s population has been open to speculation for years – and the failed census of 2001 did not add any clarity. Is it 49, 50 or even 60 million? Some accuracy on the matter would be of great assistance to SA food companies.

SA food companies need to rise to the challenges of food security

In today’s capricious economic times, all governments are concerned about food security – and it is also very much on the agenda of South African food retailers and companies. A provocative editorial inThe Daily Maverick notes that…



International Food Industry News

You could eat Japan’s so-called ‘radioactive spinach’ for a whole year and it still wouldn’t cause you much harm.
Trident LayersThe Top 10 American food and beverage product launches of 2010
SymphonyIRI Group, a market research company, has announced the most successful food and beverage product launches of 2010 in its annual New Product Pacesetters report.
Quinoa is hailed as a ‘superfood’ in the West. But those who grow it can no longer afford to eat it.
Pret a Manger, the popular upper-end UK sandwich chain has announced 37% profit increase, partly on the back of an increased demand for a humble breakfast cereal.

 Verni Superflor  


 Food Marketing, Innovation & NPD

Turns out the world’s most typical personal is a young man from the country that recently became the world’s second-biggest economy.
Carrot marketingHow carrots became the new junk food
Jeff Dunn believes he can double the $1-billion US baby-carrot business — and promote healthy eating — by marketing the vegetable like Doritos. His secret weapon? He knows every snack-marketing trick in the book.
While it’s not going to do much to dent industrial bread production volumes, there’s rising (sorry) global interest in artisanal bread that’s genuinely made from scratch in-store by a resident baker.

After missing one of the biggest marketing opportunities in a generation, PepsiCo says it is not about to make the same mistake twice, and is ponying up more than $60 million to sponsor “X Factor,” Simon Cowell’s new talent show.



 Health & Nutrition Stuff

We’re always being told to cut down on caffeine for our wellbeing – yet new studies suggest it could protect against a range of diseases. This article filters fact from froth.
A new scientific study positions walnuts in the No 1 slot among a family of foods that lay claim to being among Mother Nature’s most nearly perfect packaged foods: tree and ground nuts.


 Food Science, Safety & Ingredients 

With millions of adults and children avoiding nutritious foods because of the bitter taste, and gagging or vomiting when forced to take bitter liquid medicines, Givaudan has high hopes for its new bitter blocker.
You might think that scientific evidence would constitute the “last word” when food safety rules are made, but in fact it’s only the beginning. Policy makers take many other factors into consideration, including tradition, cultural trends, political expediency, and pressure from industry.
As the increasing number food scares causes consumers to question the safety of everyday food items, researchers at Queen’s University, Belfast, have completed the first ever analysis of all the food recalls announced in the USA, UK and Ireland over the last decade.


 Weird, Whacky & Wonderful Stuff

As in most of the western world, marriage, monogamy and the nuclear family have been the social mainstay mostly because of religious, and especially Judaeo-Christian, values. We still automatically assume monogamy is “normal”, but this is contrary to our essential nature, says human sexual scientist Christopher Ryan, author of a groundbreaking book, “Sex At Dawn”. [You may rightly ask what this has to do with food? Read on!]
Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking has taken the international foodie world by storm. This six-volume, 2 348-page work – co-authored by one of the founding technical geniuses of Microsoft – relies heavily on photography and illustrations to make the science and technology of modern cooking accessible and engaging to everyone from science buffs to professional chefs.
Cape Town coffee connoisseurs — and the city is definitely home to a formidable concentration of coffee snobs — can finally relax. For a mere R80/cup, they too can now indulge in one of the world’s most exclusive brews:
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Food bites… SA’s food security time bomb
“Food insecurity is more widespread than commonly imagined, also in urban areas. Recent research at the University of Cape Town found that on average about four in five residents in poor areas of southern African cities lack reliable access to nutritious food. Long term trends related to soil degradation, rising oil prices and climate change risk exacerbating this situation.
Ralph Hamann, associate professor and research director at the UCT Graduate School of Business and chairof the Southern Africa Food Lab initiative. Read more