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Pick n Pay looking stronger, beats forecasts

Pick n Pay 2015 ResultsPick n Pay this week reported a rise in full-year profit that beat analyst estimates as the South African supermarket chain cut costs from its distribution network, opened more stores and repaid debt.

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Tim Noakes happily ready to face inquiry over 'Banting' tweet

Noakes HPCSA hearingThe Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has confirmed that Prof Tim Noakes, uber advocate of low carb-high fat eating, will be facing a two-day hearing relating to "unprofessional conduct".

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Pioneer Foods acquires half of FutureLife

FutureLifePioneer Foods is upping its competitive ante again under new(ish) CEO, Phil Roux, with an announcement today that it's to acquire 50% of Durban-based FutureLife Health Products, the fast-growing functional food products company, and together create a joint venture to unlock new product opportunities. The purchase price is undisclosed.

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Nestlé launches Bar-One cereal

Bar One CerealJust when you thought all cereals were doing their damndest to look healthier and 'natural', along comes Nestlé with a contrary indulgence launch, taking its popular Bar-One confectionery brand into the cereal aisle.

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OP-ED: Cowardly farmers' chickens come home to roost

Chicken dumpingLast year, South Africa's chicken farmers successfully lobbied for tariff protection from competitors in the United States, Brazil, and elsewhere. Red Rob Davies agreed to steal from the poor to give to the rich. But now, the snubbed exporters are getting irate, and are threatening revenge.

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Engen opens top-quality biltong bar

Butchers Best Biltong BarWould it be interesting to know the size and growth of SA's biltong market? It's likely to be galloping along despite the often ridiculous prices charged for the country's iconic meat snack - spurred by the interest in Banting/Paleo/LCHF eating regimes. True measurement is highly unlikely due to the informal nature of the category - but it's clearly one that's working for many vendors, including Engen.

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Spur ranks No 1 SA restaurant brand in new survey

Spur RestaurantsSpur has been identified as the country's leading restaurant brand in Acentric Marketing Research's new report, South Africa's Top Restaurant Brands 2015.

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Food labelling: Christian group's court challenge on hold as DoH relooks draft regs R429

R429 challenge2An application by a Christian group challenging government regulations allowing a wide range of food packaging to be religiously certified and to carry religious signs is on hold as the government takes a relook at the draft labelling regulations, R429.

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Food Explorer #2: A South African food scientist goes shopping abroad

Lisa ShoppingLisa Ronquest is one of South Africa's top young food scientists. After leading the R&D team for seven years with Mars Africa in Cape Town, she's now ensconced in The Netherlands in a new global food R&D role for the multinational. Keen to to share her impressions and insights with FOODStuff SA readers and her South African food industry compatriots, she's started writing about her experiences, and we're proud here to publish the second of her essays on her big move. This time, Lisa goes shopping!

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AVI boosts coffee creamer, Tiger Brands consolidates the mayo

Ellis Brown CreamerSome interesting production news that's come to light from two of SA's food giants... AVI is investing about R65m to grow its coffee creamer production capacity as demand for the milk and cream substitute grows, while Tiger Brands has shifted all its mayonnaise production to Gauteng.

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Top International Stuff

The US food giant Kraft, recently bought by and merged with Heinz in the world’s largest food deal ever, has announced its iconic Mac & Cheese will no longer be made with artificial preservatives or synthetic...
Earlier this month, you probably would't have heard of Yvette d'Entremont, aka Science Babe. But after posting a Gawker article attacking blogger darling Vani Hari titled “The ‘Food Babe’ Blogger Is...
Will Papa has one of the hardest jobs in the US food industry: getting Americans to chew more gum. So challenged is the category - US sales have fallen 15 percent to $3.5-billion since 2009 -...

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