SA’s GOING FOR (BLUE) GOLD;
HOW RETAIL GIANTS SCREW SMALL SUPPLIERS

Our June issue is a basket of interesting stuff. Click HERE to read it (a pdf file you can also download and read offline).

We also feature a special 12-paqe supplement on the 50th Anniversary of SA’s packaging and processing specialists, Geiger & Klotzbücher. Click HERE to read the supplement (a pdf file you can also download and read offline).

 

 



FERMENTS: MORE THAN A FAD?
BUSTING MILK MYTHS & FACING UP TO FOOD FRAUD

Our May issue is now available. Click here to read.  It’s a PDF file you can also download and read offline.

Highlights of the May issue:

Fermentation frenzy: Consumers are clamouring for fermented foods and beverages. Find out what’s driving this trend while we spotlight 3 of the hottest fermented products.

Busting the milk myths: Hormones, antibiotics, carbon footprint … an international expert demolishes the negative hype about dairy.

Food Fraud in SA: We report on a recent conference that highlighted the challenges SA is facing –  there’s no room for complacency. 

Trouble in Candyland: This month we unwrap the multitude of challenges facing the confectionery sector as taxes and regulatory pressures start to bite.



HPP REVOLUTION ARRIVES IN SA
& THE HEAT’S ON MEAT

The April issue of Food & Beverage Reporter is now available. Click HERE to read it (it’s a PDF file you can save and read offline).

HIGHLIGHTS:

HPP. HPP. HOORAY!
A state-of-the-art high-pressure pasteurisation ‘tollgate’ has opened in Midrand.We went to see what all the excitement is about.

Front-of-pack labelling: does it work?
For countries weak in nutritional literacy, simplified front-of-pack (FOP) labelling can cut through the jargon and encourage healthier lifestyles. But do consumers actually find it helpful?

Meat & Heat
Consumer hunger for spicy heat and healthy food is driving a new wave of seasoning innovation in the meat sector. Meanwhile, herbs are helping re-vitalise the tired old sausage.

Well, is your brand transparelocalicious?
US guru Phil Lempert plots the way forward for foodbev brands.



SMART BARS & FLOWER POWER
PLUS OUR 2017 SUPPLIER GUIDE

The March issue of Food & Beverage Reporter is now available. Click here to read it (it’s a PDF file you can save and read offline).

HIGHLIGHTS: 

RAW SUPERFOOD SNACKS ARE RAISING THE BAR
As the Millennial generation increasingly swops mealtimes for snacktimes, their hunger for health is being met by a passionate group of South African raw superfood snackbar makers.

BLOOMING GOOD TASTE
For centuries flowers have been used in recipes and now they’re gaining serious popularity as the epitome of natural flavours. We explore the opportunity for using flowers in food and beverage formulations.

… BUT NO TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES
Someone who’s definitely not stopping to smell the roses is Universal Label’s CEO Brett Prawde. From humble beginnings he’s built up one the country’s largest independently-owned label businesses. We find out what makes him tick.

2017 SUPPLIER GUIDE

As part of our bumper March package we’re publishing our 2017 Supplier Directory, a one-stop guide to all the leading suppliers to the food and beverage industry. It’s a must-have resource. You can read the digital version here (PDF file you can save and keep as a reference)



JAN-FEB ISSUE IS HOT OFF THE PRESS

Click here to read it (it’s a PDF file you can save and read offline).

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SUGAR BLUES: Nigel Sunley cuts through all the posturing and pseudo-science that seems to dominate the sugar tax debate and calls for some common sense to prevail.

THE GMO SAGA: Why a leading SA politician wants a full investigation into the dangers of glyphosate – and how a new cut ‘n paste technology is set to revolutionise the future of GM foods.

NATURAL COLOUR SPOTLIGHT:  How to use them effectively and why you should be using them.

ITALIAN STYLE: We go visiting the Parma region and discover Italian food genius and food processing excellence.



SEXY BREAD & LUBRICANT LOGIC

Our November-December issue is now available. Click here to read it (pdf file you can also save and read offline)

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HIGHLIGHTS

Bread gets its sex appeal back
Technical and ingredient innovation is driving fresh new ideas in the bread sector.

Lubricant low-down
Food safety regulations for the use of lubricants are complex. We break it all down.

Flavours and flexibility
We explore new developments in the flavour sector.

White or red meat: which is healthier?
Dr Nicolette Hall cuts deep into this contentious issue.

Packaging Innovation
How digital printing is helping brand owners develop agile and personalised packaging.



Loony-food lefties & why bottled water’s fizz won’t stop

fbr-october-coverOur October issue is now available. Read it online here (pdf file you can save and read offline too).

HIGHIGHTS:

Anti-Everything. After attending the recent World Public Health Nutrition congress in Cape Town, Nigel Sunley lets rip at the loony-left food brigade.

The Wonder of (bottled) Water. The sector continues to bubble happily along.Together with the SA National Bottled Water Association (SANBWA), we take an in-depth look at this buoyant business.

The Future of Fresh. Big changes are coming in the fresh food pipeline, experts told the recent PMA Fresh Connections conference in Pretoria. Find out what they are …

Poor Potatoes. They’ve been getting a raw deal from low-carbers and now Potatoes SA is fighting back with a fun new campaign to help restore confidence in the humble spud. Will Tim Noakes approve?



SEPTEMBER ISSUE: READ IT ONLINE

fbr-sept-coverOur September issue is now available. Click here to read it or save for later (pdf file).

HIGHLIGHTS:

A bittersweet saga: Will the proposed sugar tax choke an industry that is one of the few showing any growth at all in SA? We take an in-depth look at the implications of the controversial tax.

Fifty shades of vanilla: Everything you ever wanted to know about vanilla.

Dairy udder pressure: Why dairy producers in South Africa are under pressure despite milk demand growing year-on-year.

Red meat: An environmentalist’s unexpected functional food?

PET is on a roll: David Drew, Chief Commercial Officer of Boxmore Packaging, tells us why he’s so bullish about the future of PET.



READ THE AUGUST ISSUE NOW …

The August issue of Food & Beverage Reporter is now available online. Click here to read it (it’s a PDF file you can save and read offline).
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HIGHLIGHTS

Boxmore’s new CEO Len Engelbrecht shares his plans for the award-winning company.

BAKING TRENDS
* Building a bread culture in SA. We speak to SA Chamber of Baking’s Geoff Penny about the industry’s challenges.
* From zero to hero: flax is suddenly a hot ingredient in thE baking sector thanks to the rise and rise of low-carb and gluten-free diets.

MEAT FOCUS
* Consumers are demanding both freshness and long shelf life in their packaged meat products: how can the industry handle these competing needs?
* Dramatic growth forecasts for the meat industry
* How to make meat tasty? It’s complicated!

Snack attack: The market’s buoyant – but competition is intense. Who wins?

Supply chain: The distribution industry is facing radical technological change. We look at the key factors in the supply chain revolution.

Year of the Pulse. The humble bean, lentil and chickpea is enjoying celebrity status in 2016 thanks to a major push by the United Nations to create awareness about the nutrient benefits of pulses and the key role they could play in addressing food security.



WOMEN, WATER AND GMO-FREE MILLING

The July issuejuly-cover of Food & Beverage Reporter is packed with fresh foodbev news and insights.

Download it here (it’s a PDF file you can save and read offline).

This month’s highlights:

  1. Newcastle’s Rob Hoatson is taking on the bottled water giants with a bold new brand that’s starting to make big waves.
  2. Courlander’s has been in business for over 100 years. We profile it’s fourth-generation CEO, Claire Tucker.
  3. LAB REPORT: Spotlight on two of SA’s leading food safety labs, SAI Global and M&L.
  4. The non-GMO trend has received a big boost with the imminent launch of SA’s first dedicated GMO-free maize mill. And it took rice millers to shake up the industry!
  5. The ASA: Do we need it? Last month we took the Advertising Standards Authority to task for over-reaching its mandate. This month Nigel Sunley springs to the organisation’s defence.
  6. Low-Carb Tango: Meet Nadine Hardy-Petzer, who’s satisfying the low-carb hunger for tasty, grain-free snacks.
  7. Paper Bag Breakthru: It’s been around for ever, always the same. Now Bosch has come up with an air-tight solution that promises to revolutionise this trusty packaging.