According to a Euromonitor report, the growth in private label juice is being driven by changing perceptions of these products among consumers. The previous image of private label juice as inferior is being targeted. Retailers are driving home the message that private label juice is just as good as branded products.
The Beverage Association of South Africa (BevSA) welcomes Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s announcement in his budget speech that there will be further consultations on the tax on sugar sweetened beverages before it is implemented.
Three out of-five people (61 per cent) are looking for beverages with proven medical health benefits, while three out of 10 want cold drinks that can assist in stress relief. Consumers rated all natural products the highest in the consumer survey. This ties in with Nielsen’s 2015 Global Health and Wellness Survey, which found that 43 per cent of global consumers want natural products. This trend is very pronounced in Middle East and Africa, at 53 per cent. Organic is another popular product category. Consumers are looking for products with reduced salt, fat, lactose, caffeine, gluten and sugar.
Metal contamination in the supply chain is usually a result of tainted ingredients, or an imperfect production process. It is difficult to eliminate risk entirely. Metal detectors are an accepted element of many FDA recommended Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) programmes in the food and beverage industry.
South Africa is not a big spirits market by global standards, but the spirits category is growing exponentially as more consumers aspire to drinking leading whiskey, vodka, gin and tequila brands. Pernod Ricard South Africa, providers of premium spirits brands like Jameson, Chivas Regal, Olmeca and Beefeater is leading this charge.
The Ciro Coffee Academy’s (CCA) announcement of their newly-launched Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) training modules, will lead to world-class excellence in the local coffee industry and provide a much-needed boost to South Africa’s skills development.
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