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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).


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?


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


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.


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

* 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.

* 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.


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

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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.



Click here to read the Jujune coverne issue of Food & Beverage Reporter (it’s a PDF file you can download and read offline).


  • For decades the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has masqueraded as a quasi-judicial institution with the power to punish the food industry. Finally, this fraud has been exposed.
  • It’s mid-year and the Flavour Oscars are in full swing. This year’s nominations are …
  • Processing machinery giant Bosch has captured many of the big boys as customers – but now it wants the small guy too, and it has launched a range of horizontal and vertical machines to do just that.
  • On-site rancidity testing of oils can prevent a product and safety nightmare. We look at the state of the technology and find out how it’s done on the line.
  • Insects are turning out to be a fabulous protein source and we speak to an out-of-the-box thinker who’s designing home harvesting solutions.


FBR May coverOur May issue is now available online (a PDF file you can download).

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  • The Van Buuren brothers have perfected the vertical farming concept, generating extraordinary yields. We visit their solution for intensive urban farming.
  • We take an in-depth look at the sugar tax that will be implemented next year and it’s impact on manufacturers. Our verdict is not so sweet.
  • The CEO of dairy products giant Danone has a powerful vision for an eco-friendly future and he spells out the path this global player is taking.
  • Your products may smell good, but what if your brand stinks? We talk to the pioneer of sensory branding in SA and find out how to make brands smell lekker.
  • Rooibos is big business – locally and globally – but it’s taken a long time for those previously excluded by apartheid to start benefiting from the growing demand for this indigenous, healthy tea.


March issue is here … read it online

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  • We interview RCL Foods CEO Miles Dally on the challenges
    facing this multi-billion rand food giant.
  • Cold-pressed juices are the hot new beverage:
    Look who’s making it happen in SA.
  • Consumers are starting to demand cage-free eggs:
    Does it really make a difference?
  • How Africa Spice has raised the bar when it comes to food safety.
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2016 Supplier Directory now available


The 2016 edition of our Annual Supplier Directory is now available.

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The 40-page 2016 directory has been completely updated and covers the full range of suppliers to the food and beverage sector, hundreds of contacts in over 50 categories.

It’s the must-have companion for everyone in the industry.

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