"It is difficult to steer a parked car, so get moving."
Henrietta Mears, America educator & author
Breakfast bites... Is there a better way to start the day?
"The British used to lead the world at
breakfasting. The Victorians refused to start their days without first
grazing on fish, cold meats, pies, kedgeree, eggs, toast and jams. They
dedicated recipe books to the meal with titles such as Breakfast
Dishes for Every Morning of Three Months
. They had stoves installed
at the end of their tables just so that they could fry bacon and eggs.
The 19th-century writer, Leigh Hunt, was moved to reflect that
"breakfast is the forecast of the whole day. Spoil that and all is
"Yet the British breakfast was spoiled, drowned in bowl
of soggy Rice Krispies. Mass-produced breakfast cereals first became
popular in the mid-20th century and have remained stuck to our
national palate ever since, like a congealed Weetabix. While lunch and
dinner have been transformed by their exposure to other cultures,
breakfast has got stuck in a rut. It has become, in the words of Dr
Kaori O'Connor, anthropologist and author of a biography of the English
breakfast, "a kind of service operation, requiring neither thought nor
Editor's Stuff - The Goats have spoken!
If there's one taste on earth I dislike intensely, it's goat! But them goats have spoken and hot off the press comes news of SA's dairy highlight of the year, the Danisco Qualité Awards dinner, that was held in Stellenbosch last night. The evening belonged to the milk goats of
South Africa, with a lesser known goats milk cheese from Gauteng
crowned the 2010 Dairy Product of the Year.
This unique hard
cheese, matured for at least three months, modestly called Goat Peter
Farm cheese, is handmade by Marianne Joos and Alastair Catto, proud
owners of Goat Peter Cheesery at Hekpoort, north-west of Johannesburg.
with no formal cheese making training, invented the Goat Peter Farm
cheese. The milk of Alastairs 120 goats has its own taste,
representative of the Hekpoort terroir and together with Mariannes
manufacturing method, creates a unique flavour. Currently Goat Peter
Farm cheese is only available in Gauteng but lets hope Alastair and
Marianne see their way clear to share this marvellous cheese with the
rest of us.
A record 847 entries from 74 large and artisanal
manufacturers competed for the much coveted Qualité Award for
excellence. A total of 80 products were capped as SA Champions, of which
only 20 now carry the Qualité title awarded to products of outstanding
quality. The fact that 36% of the coveted Qualité Awards went to goats
milk cheeses is even more surprising as only 20% of the total entries
were goats milk cheeses. The growth in popularity of goats milk cheese
has simply been phenomenal during the last seven years, says event
organiser, Agri Expo.
La Rochelle Goats milk Cheese, a very
small cheesery from De Doorns did exceptionally well with two Qualité
Awards compared to mass producers Clover SA and Fairfield Dairy, who
were awarded three each. Lancewood Cheese, Parmalat SA, and Sunpower
each produced two Qualité Award winners followed by Belnori Boutique
Cheesery, Butlers, Klein River cheese, Lausanne Dairy, and Morning Milk
De Pekelaar each with one.
Gourmands and ordinary cheese lovers
will be able to meet some of the makers of the winning products while
they taste, eat, drink and play to their hearts desire at the SA Cheese
Festival from 24 to 27 April 2010 at Bien Donné on the R45 between
Paarl and Franschhoek.
All the award details are posted here. You read it first on FOODStuff SA!
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SA Food Industry News
Pick n Pay full-year profit flat
chain Pick n Pay reported almost no growth in full-year earnings on
Wednesday, and said it expected tough conditions to continue,
underscoring the grim outlook for consumer demand in Africa's biggest
SA food marketers: Labeller beware
the Labelling and
Advertising of Foodstuffs', published on 1 March 2010 by the Department
of Health, is designed to protect consumers against false and sometimes
dangerous labelling of food products."This is a very big and contentious
issue," says Professor Piet Delport, consul to the Association for
Communication and Advertising (ACA). "The new regulations will
completely alter the way in which food products are positioned and
presented to consumers."
stipulate that food
labels cannot make any health claims, and the new regulations take this
concept further and outlaw the use of certain words that imply health or
nutritional benefits. Commonly used descriptive words such as
'wholesome' and 'nutritious' will thus become illegal on labels and ads
when the new regulations come into effect on 1 March 2011. Concerning
fortified foodstuffs, food labels can only make nutritional claims if
the packaging is in line with separate fortified foodstuffs regulations.
Fairview launches a Fresher Feta!
Fairview's innovative new Feta cheese is packed flat, using so-called skin packaging that eliminates
the need to include brine in the pack. Brine is the salty solution that
old fashioned feta was packed in. In most tub-packed feta this means
that along with 200g of cheese you are also taking home around 200ml of
useless brine, to take up space in your fridge. Of course producers also
need to transport that brine around, and someone needs to pay for the
transport you! Read more
Whiter teeth the promise of new Dentyne
Cadbury's has launched a new functional chewing gum, Dentyne Peppermint White, aimed at giving South Africans a whiter, brighter and healthier smile. Read more
Greener packaging solutions in SA
Jo'burg-based AGQPE is pioneering the use of sustainable food packaging in South Africa with the Enviropack range of green packaging solutions. This report on its growing impact in the local market. Read more
Food Industry News
plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods
FDA is planning an unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt
consumed each day by Americans, saying that less sodium in everything
from soup to nuts would prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension
and heart disease. The initiative, to be launched this year, would
eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed
in food products.
The government intends to work with the food
industry and health experts to reduce sodium gradually over a period of
years to adjust the American palate to a less salty diet, according to
FDA sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the initiative
had not been formally announced. Read
US: Low-sodium product launches soar but consumers go for taste
The US has launched more products claiming low or no sodium than any other country in the past three years, according to a new report from Packaged Facts but consumers still prioritise good taste.
The US Department of Agriculture has estimated that the average American gets about 4,000mg of sodium a day, well above the recommended daily maximum of 2,300mg. Excessive sodium intake has been linked to increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. And with an estimated 75% of sodium in the average US diet coming from packaged foods, industry is already under pressure to reformulate foods to contain less sodium.
However, Packaged Facts claims that reducing sodium intake is not at the top of consumers list of priorities for dietary change. Read more
US: IFT emphasises role of food science in obesity
Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has said that food science has an
important role to play in the federal governments plans to reduce
childhood obesity, including Michelle Obamas Lets Move campaign. IFT
said it would like to see more research in several areas, including the
influences of packaging, labelling, cost, portion size and food
composition on behaviour; the most effective ways to communicate
nutrition information to consumers; the potential causes of obesity; the
drivers of food-related behaviours; the effectiveness of weight
management strategies; and biomarkers that could indicate risk of
The organisations president Marianne
Gillette (pictured) said: "We recognise the critical value of raising
public discourse on food and health issues associated with childhood
obesity, and food science will continue to play a critical role
throughout that discussion. Read
Starbucks sees worldwide sales of Via
above $1 billion
Starbucks says it expects to sell more than
$1-billion of its Via coffee worldwide as it starts offering the
powdered mix in Japan, the worlds biggest market for instant coffee.
Worldwide were going to build north of a billion dollar business,
Starbucks Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz said in an interview
last week in Tokyo ... Schultz is betting on Via to boost sales in
Japan, where revenue at stores open at least a year dropped every month
last year as consumers cut spending. Starbucks started offering Via six
months ago across the United States. Read
Nestlé and Greenpeace clash again
continue to haunt Nestlés every move. The latest encounter comes at
Nestlés shareholders meeting in Lauzane, Switzerland with the
simian-dressed Greenpeace activists abseiling down from the roof to
continue to highlight the companys use of palm oil. The invasion of the
meeting in Lauzane is the latest high-profile stunt by Greenpeace as
part of their Give the orangutans a break that hopes to halt the
deforestation of the animals habitat in Indonesia, a large part of
which is believed to be being caused by the use of unsustainable palm
oil. Read more
Biofuels to blame for palm oil deforestation, says Nestlé
Political decisions encouraging biofuel production from palm oil is causing deforestation in Indonesia and not the low tonnage sourced by Kit Kat maker Nestlé, according to the chairman of the Swiss based food company. Read more
trans fats and thousands of lives will be saved, UK told
would save thousands of lives, researchers say. The UK should follow
the example of New York, California,
Switzerland, Denmark and Austria [and South Africa!] and implement a ban
on the hydrogenated
vegetable oils whose main selling point is that they are cheap, experts
from Harvard Medical School and Harvard Public School of Health,
Boston, US, say.
Trans fats also known as trans-fatty
acids are found in cakes, pastries, pies, biscuits, snacks and fast
Foie gras, faux pas or faux gras?
gras, a 5 000-year old French delicacy made of fatty duck or goose
liver, is again the subject of debate between animal rights defenders,
researchers, chefs, celebrities and those upholding a gastronomical
tradition.On April 15, Kate Winslet, a renowned actress, joined the
ranks of numerous celebrities in speaking out against the treatment of
ducks and geese in the making of foie gras for this year's People for
the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) campaign and video.
gras is sold as an expensive 'delicacy' in some restaurants and shops,
but no one pays a higher price for foie gras than the ducks and geese
who are abused and killed to make it," said Winslet, PETA's newest
Complementary medicine: Health risk or
the real heal?
A controversial book questions the value of
complementary medicine, says Jane Alexander. Do you receive reiki or put
your feet in the hands of a reflexologist? Have you ever tried crystal
therapy? Does an acupuncturist give you a needle? In short, are you one
of the estimated 5.75 million people in Britain who visit a
complementary health practitioner?
If so, according to Professor Edzard Ernst and
Simon Singh, authors of Trick or Treatment, you're not only potentially
wasting your money, you could be putting your health at risk. ''Millions
of patients are wasting their money and risking their health by turning
towards a snake-oil industry,'' they say.
practitioners of complementary medicine have been less than ecstatic
about the authors' stance. Read
Laying out the egg facts
rages over whether laying
hens should be kept in cages or allowed to go cage-free, efforts are
underway to provide answers as to the true behavioral needs of hens.
This video goes to Michigan State University to find out more about
this research and how science and technology is being used to evaluate
various housing options for hens.Click here to view
Health & Nutrition Stuff
for youths who eat what they watch
influence childrens food choices: where they eat; what their friends
and siblings eat; what parents eat and drink and bring into the house;
what is served at school; and, of course, what they like. But if you are
a parent, would you want your childrens food and beverage choices
determined by manufacturers whose primary goal is to make money by
getting them hooked on products of questionable nutritional value? Read
Weighing the evidence on exercise
exercise affects body weight is one of the more intriguing and vexing
issues in physiology. Exercise burns calories, no one doubts that, and
so it should, in theory, produce weight loss, a fact that has prompted
countless people to undertake exercise programs to shed pounds. Without
significantly changing their diets, few succeed. But a growing body of
science suggests that exercise does have an important role in weight
loss. That role, however, is different from what many people expect and
probably wish. Read
UK: Cereal offender - favourite cereals
are 'more sugary than jam
Many breakfast cereals contain more sugar than a piece
of chocolate cake or a jam doughnut, research shows. Eight best-selling
brands are laden with more sugar than a slice of McVitie's chocolate
cake and five of the ten are at least as sweet as a doughnut oozing with
Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Cornflakes is the country's
top seller but is also one of the worst offenders in the sweet stakes,
with 13.6g of sugar in a 40g serving - more than three teaspoons per
small bowl. In contrast, a jam doughnut contains 8.6g of sugar, and a
slice of chocolate cake just 5.4g. Read
Is veganism safe for kids?
cruelty-free diet may be healthy
for adults, but parents should be aware of the risks for their
children. Paediatric dietician Helen Wilcock, a member of the British
Dietetic Association, says she tries not to be judgmental about the
rights and wrongs of vegan diets for young children, but any parent
wanting to raise their child as a vegan needs to be very well-informed. Read
Fish oil supplements provide no benefit
to brain power
in elders, study shows
The largest ever trial of fish oil
supplements has found no evidence that they offer benefits for cognitive
function in older people. The study investigated the effects of taking
omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplements over a
two-year period on the cognitive function of participants aged 70-80
Antioxidants may not be worth their salt in
decrease your risk of cancer, don't count on antioxidant supplements, a
panel of researchers said here at the annual meeting of the American
Association for Cancer Research. But assessing antioxidants' role (and
that of many other dietary supplements) in preventing disease has been
notoriously difficult. Read
Food Trends & Marketing Stuff
Innova: Inherent nutrition vs fortified foods * FOODStuff SA exclusive*
is riding the inherent nutrition trend with the launch of a new Minute
Maid orange juice created by pressing the entire orange [including the
peel], thereby offering double the antioxidant content of the companys
regular Minute Maid. Todo Naranja (the whole orange), which has just
been launched in Spain, is made using Coca-Colas patented Wholepress
juice processing technology.
Todo Naranja does however
indicate a significant shift in direction, with several companies,
including Unilever, indicating that natural inherent health holds more
future potential than fortified foods. Read
Innova: Fibre continues to make an
impact * FOODStuff SA exclusive*
The use of fibre as an ingredient for either functionality
or health is growing. Innova Market Insights tracked 2,645 new products
globally in the last year (Feb 09-Feb 10) using fibre, compared to
2,088 in the previous 12 months. A search of the ingredients being used
found in the last 12 months found a dominant role for wheat fibre (417),
oat fibre (410), vegetable fibre (239), chicory fibre (143), psyllium
husk fibre (128) and pea fibre (124). Read more
Importance of innovation in the dairy industry
van der Schraelen, marketing & communication manager at
Beneo-Orafti, discusses the state of innovation in dairy at the moment:
"If we look at the dairy business at the moment, volume wise it seems
quite good but we know theres a lot of pressure on prices. Theres
probably one way for manufactures in the dairy sector to get out of that
situation and thats through innovation, especially in the functional
parts of the market.
"This is the area that can still generate
some margins and some good growth. This is especially true in segments
such as drinking yogurts, where we see a lot of growth." Read
Bad Economy or Bad Brands?
In the US, brands
like Netflix, JetBlue and
Boston Beer have fearlessly taken what was once the fringe into the
mainstream as some legacy brands have fallen on hard times. Our advice
to struggling brands? Stop picking on the economy and become active
agents of cultural change.
In this white paper we address growing
brand malaise and offer innovation opportunities for legacy brands to
remain relevant, bad economy or no. Download
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Tripe goes mainstream thanks
to offal revival
enjoying a major revival, as consumers rediscovering the joys of offal
become ever more adventurous. Beef tripe is cut of meat with such an
unusual flavour and the texture usually described as old bathmat,
meaning most consumers have only ever dared buy it for their pet dogs.
However, butchers and the meat industry said sales have increased
dramatically in the last couple of years.
countrys fourth largest supermarket group, next week is rolling out its
range of tripe from a handful of trial stores to 114 shops, confident
that its customers will snap up a slice of an oxs stomach lining,
alongside their weekly cornflakes and washing powder. Read
Global recession fails to quench thirst for
of Scotch whisky reached record levels last year despite the global
recession, with worldwide sales breaking through the £3bn barrier for
the second successive year.
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA)
said sales volumes of both blended and malt whiskies had increased by 4%
in 2009, with sales buoyant in France, the United States, Brazil,
Venezuela and South Africa, despite a slow start to the year blamed on
weak consumer confidence and "destocking" by retailers. Read
'Greaseless Spoon' café serves low-fat fry-up
"Greaseless Spoon" café has opened offering customers a "healthy"
fry-up with 70 per cent less fat than the traditional dish. The "pop-up"
café, which will be in Holborn, London, for one week only, boasts a
range of low-fat interpretations of English café classics.
the menu beside the lighter option fry-up, complete with eggs, bacon,
sausage, beans and mushrooms, is a portion of chips made with just one
teaspoon of oil and reduced-sugar jam on toast. Read
New studies reveal how
genes influence obesity, senility - and the effects of olive oil
2000 scientists completed the first draft of the human genome. Ten
years on and medical researchers are now enjoying a 'genome bonanza'
that has begun to elucidate the complex role of genes in human health.
Three such studies are published this week. One describes how a gene
linked to obesity is also associated with mental deterioration, a second
shows how another gene affects memory and thinking in old age and the
third study identifies the part of the human genome affected by a
healthy Mediterranean diet - or more specifically virgin olive oil. Read
Lay's changing basic shape of salt crystals
for healthier potato chips
In fourth grade science
learned that sodium chloride always, always forms simple cube-shaped
crystals. That was before a gang of mad potato chip scientists got their
hands on it. In response to the FDA's imminent consideration of
regulating the amount of sodium food manufacturers can include in
consumer goods, Pepsico, whose Frito-Lay division makes Lay's potato
chips, is redesigning the good old salt molecule to make it healthier
Genetic secrets underlying remarkable
development of the domestic chicken
The domestication of animals
and plants is perhaps the most important technological innovation
during human history. This genetic transformation of wild species has
occurred as humans have used individuals carrying favourable gene
variants for breeding purposes. In a new study, researchers have
revealed some of the secrets underlying the remarkable development of
the domestic chicken. Read
to coffee brew with no aftertaste
of dollars a pound, these beans are found in the droppings of the civet,
a nocturnal, furry, long-tailed catlike animal that prowls Southeast
Asias coffee-growing lands for the tastiest, ripest coffee cherries.
The civet eventually excretes the hard, indigestible innards of the
fruit essentially, incipient coffee beans though only after they
have been fermented in the animals stomach acids and enzymes to produce
a brew described as smooth, chocolaty and devoid of any bitter
That's all the stuff for this week!