Identity crisis for plant-based foods in South Africa as government bans use of meat-like terms

SOUTH AFRICA – The plant-based food category has showcased fast growth over the years, edging out a substantial market share for itself. However, questions have arisen as to whether the alternative products should adopt the identity of their traditional counterparts. South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) is reported to have imposed a ban on the…

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New phytosanitary facility to improve market access for South Africa’s deciduous fruit

SOUTH AFRICA – Hortgro, a deciduous fruit producers organization, has funded a new phytosanitary facility dedicated to deciduous fruit to help improve access to new markets and maintain current ones for the industry. Deciduous fruit refers to fruit that falls off the tree or vine when it is ripe. The category includes apples, Asian pears, figs, grapes and pomegranates. The…

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Marquis Macadamias introduces 5-log pasteurization to ensure product safety

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH AFRICA – Marquis Macadamias, the world’s largest macadamia growing and processing company, has implemented 5-log pasteurization capabilities in its Australian and South African facilities with the introduction of Napasol pasteurization systems. The systems have allowed it to safely process over 30,000 tonnes of kernels. It implemented the technology as it wanted to ensure product safety for consumers. The technology…

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South Africa food safety testing market to reach US$145,995,000 by 2025

SOUTH AFRICA – As per a new report published by Allied Market Research, the South Africa food safety testing market size is estimated to reach US$145,995,000 by 2025, registering a CAGR of 10.4% from 2018 to 2025. The research titled, “South Africa Food Safety Testing Market by Contaminant, Food Tested, and Technology: Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2018 – 2025,…

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Corteva launches new generation fungicide for potatoes

SOUTH AFRICA – World’s leading technology company Corteva Agriscience, has launched Zorvec  Encantia, a new fungicide that specifically targets late blight, a detrimental pathogen currently compromising local potato growth. The solution, based on Zorvec active, is the first member of a novel class of fungicides, which effectively utilizes a unique biochemical mode of action, and has no cross-resistance with existing…

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Corteva Agriscience opens Centre for Seed Applied Technologies lab in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Corteva Agriscience, one of the world’s leading technology company, has officially opened its Centre for Seed Applied Technologies (CSAT) laboratory in Rosslyn, Pretoria, one of only six worldwide. This modern facility will utilize industry-leading equipment and focus specifically on recipe development and safety testing of seed-applied solutions. The site will also be integrated into Corteva’s global CSAT…

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South Africa launches e-certification for fruits, vegetables exports

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa has launched a system for online certificates developed in partnership with the government of the Netherlands, a game-changer for local and foreign inspectors who have to process fruit and vegetable exports. South Africa now counts among the first nations in the world with an electronic certification system for the import and export of  agricultural products.…

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McCain Foods South Africa recalls frozen green beans, Spar-brand French stir fry citing glass contamination

SOUTH AFRICA – McCain Foods South Africa has voluntarily recalled certain bags of frozen sliced green beans and Spar-brand French stir fry after reports that small glass fragments had been detected in the food products. McCain Foods Limited is a Canadian multinational frozen food company established in 1957 in Florenceville, New Brunswick, Canada. It is the world’s largest manufacturer of…

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South Africa’s Department of Water & Sanitation tasks municipalities to analyze drinking water owing to typhoid concerns

SOUTH AFRICA – The Department of Water and Sanitation has tasked the various municipalities to conduct the necessary drinking water analysis in their respective areas amid reports of typhoid cases. The department said it has been swamped with enquiries regarding the quality of drinking water in light of the increasing media reports of typhoid cases and gastro-related complaints in some…

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Nestle South Africa recalls Kit Kat products contaminated with glass pieces

SOUTH AFRICA – Nestle South Africa, a Swiss multinational food and drink processing conglomerate, is recalling its Kit Kat products due to the possibility that they may contain pieces of glass. The voluntary recall covers only products with specific production codes that are on the label including Nestle Kit Kat 2 Finger Milk 36x20g UTZ MB and Mini Bag Milk…

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