keyboard_arrow_upUniZulu develops biscuits made from the Amaranthus plant
keyboard_arrow_downUniZulu develops biscuits made from the Amaranthus plant

University of Zululand researchers served up a tasty biscuit made from the Amaranthus plant (a spinach-like vegetable traditionally known as imbuya) to SA Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, at the DST Innovation Bridge Portal held recently.

keyboard_arrow_upHyper-functional foods booming
keyboard_arrow_downHyper-functional foods booming

Consumer interest in the relationship between diet and health has increased as consumers become more informed about how to get the most out of their daily food intake. At the same time, the information age has ushered in immediate accessibility of everything from news and shopping to booking holidays and keeping in touch with friends and family, and instant gratification is now the new normal. People want this in other spheres in their lives too, so it comes as no surprise that snacks made from natural ingredients, with added vitamins but no added sugars or preservatives, are becoming increasingly popular.

keyboard_arrow_upResponsible advertising takes off in the U.S.
keyboard_arrow_downResponsible advertising takes off in the U.S.

The Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB), in partnership with the National Confectioners Association (NCA), has announced a new self-regulatory initiative that promotes responsible advertising to children in the US. Under the Children’s Confection Advertising Initiative (CCAI), participating companies agree to not advertise directly to children under age 12. CCAI is modelled after the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI), another CBBB-administered self-regulation program.

keyboard_arrow_upUAE snack producer goes nuts for Africa’s Big Seven
keyboard_arrow_downUAE snack producer goes nuts for Africa’s Big Seven

One of the UAE’s fastest growing companies has chosen Africa's Big Seven (AB7) to launch its range of food products aiming for up to 35 new export markets.

keyboard_arrow_upFour Gold Pack awards to celebrate Astrapak’s innovations
keyboard_arrow_downFour Gold Pack awards to celebrate Astrapak’s innovations

The company’s design innovation and world-class technology in the packaging industry was acknowledged at the 2015 IPSA Gold Pack awards. Its team walked away with four awards for three products at the ceremony, which was held in Johannesburg on 4 November 2015.

keyboard_arrow_upSamp it up!
keyboard_arrow_downSamp it up!

Using local ingredients harvested from nutrient-rich South African soil, Woolworths white corn cakes are made using non-GMO samp.

keyboard_arrow_upFun with Woolworths’ fruit snacks
keyboard_arrow_downFun with Woolworths’ fruit snacks

Fabulously Fruity Twisters from Woolworths is made with 100 per cent fruit juice concentrate of which 65 per cent is apple puree and 33 per cent apple juice.

keyboard_arrow_upSensible snacking with NuSeed
keyboard_arrow_downSensible snacking with NuSeed

The NuSeed range of seed-based snacks offers a convenient alternative to snacking for people who want to start making a healthy lifestyle change without compromising on taste.

keyboard_arrow_upConfectionery for the future
keyboard_arrow_downConfectionery for the future

Food’s impact on health and longevity has risen to new levels on a global basis, and regional regulations on food labelling are becoming complicated as a result. 

keyboard_arrow_upMediterranean Delicacies launches range of Greek-style phyllo confectionery lines
keyboard_arrow_downMediterranean Delicacies launches range of Greek-style phyllo confectionery lines

Mediterranean Delicacies, known throughout South Africa for its range of dips, olives, pesto sauces, meze products, cheeses and seafood, is launching an innovative range of frozen Greek-style phyllo products.

keyboard_arrow_upTooth-friendly children’s confectionery
keyboard_arrow_downTooth-friendly children’s confectionery

Beneo, a manufacturer of functional ingredients, recently showcased new avenues for tooth-friendly children’s confectionery with Palatinose. Thanks to its unique nutritional and technological properties, the functional carbohydrate allows for the development of healthier confectionery products such as the first polyol-free, tooth-friendly bubble gum with a sugar-like taste and sweetness. So, parents can take comfort in knowing that, while their child indulges in confectionery, it’s also providing oral care. By incorporating Palatinose, confectionery producers can add a health dimension to their bubble gum ranges; opening up this gum market segment for a new category of ‘adult purchase for kids’ products.

keyboard_arrow_upIshida makes it happen
keyboard_arrow_downIshida makes it happen

A leading South African snacks manufacturer has reduced product giveaway by as much as 35 per cent following the installation of an Ishida multihead weigher.