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McDonald’s SA has been forced to make a U-turn on battery eggs. Here’s how

McDee eggs SIt has taken a small, under-reported, but highly effective campaign against MacDonald's SA, part of a powerful multinational fastfood chain, to change its mind on battery eggs.

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From farm to fork – Africa’s top F&B show gets a makeover

AB Expo SAfrica’s Big 7, the continent’s leading event for the food & beverage industry, newly rebranded, runs from June 25 to 27 at Gallagher Estate, and will attract senior buyers from across the sector.

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Now even Woolworths is in the doldrums

WoolworthsThe receng trading update from Woolworths points to 2017 being another extremely tough year for a group that was, until as recently as the end of 2015, one of the darlings of the investment community.

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SA's Clover jumps from dairy to olives!

Olive Pride SIn a notable diversification move out of dairy, JSE-listed Clover Industries has announced it has acquired a 51% stake in olive and olive oil supplier, Olive Pride.

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Fantastic new resource for SA food industrialists of every ilk

Food Focus logoIt's time to be introduced to Food Focus, www.foodfocus.co.za, which, dear reader, is a place to visit and bookmark if you are involved in any way in producing or marketing food and drinks in South Africa, or servicing those industries.

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Tiger on the prowl for new ideas

tiger brands logoIt would be unfair to assign too much responsibility or credit to Tiger Brands CEO Lawrence MacDougall for the group’s results for the year to September.  

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Belgium's Puratos in South African bakery JV with Bidcorp

Puratos BidfoodBidcorp Food Africa, a subsidiary of JSE-listed Bidcorp, has signed agreements with the Puratos Group whereby Puratos will become an equal shareholder in Bidcorp Food's Bakery Solutions Division (BBS).

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Why investors are hungry for Famous Brands

Famous BrandsNo other fast-food operation in SA has the number and variety of franchises as Famous Brands, whose market value grew 150-fold to R15bn on CEO Kevin Hedderwick’s watch. As rivalry in the sector heats up, the group — now led by Darren Hele — has branched out into the premium luxury segment. Is this a wise move as SA’s appetite for fast food grows?

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World’s largest ice cream chain to launch in SA

Baskin Robbins sSouth Africans need to have something special to look forward to this summer - and ice cream fans will welcome the arrival of the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, Baskin-Robbins.

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ConCourt ruling advances Game’s push into fresh food

Game Store SMasstores’ ambitions to increase the number of Game stores offering fresh produce received a major boost when the retailer succeeded in its appeal on Friday at the Constitutional Court to have the right to sell fresh produce at a Western Cape shopping centre.

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Top International Stuff

Donald Trump has pledged that his presidency will unify and “make America great again” but his plans for the food industry remain unclear for the most part.
The Brazilian investors who control Kraft Heinz are applying their proven formula to constructs a new global food colossus. What will they buy next?
Vegemite, the iconic yeast spread found in almost every kitchen Down Under, is heading back to Australia as part of a record A$460 million ($345 million) acquisition by Bega Cheese.

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