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10 Tips to kick-starting an FMCG product in the pharmaceutical space

10 Tips to kick-starting an FMCG product in the pharmaceutical space

28/05/2019 - 10:04
I was recently asked to give advice to someone wanting to launch an FMCG product in the pharmaceutical space in South Africa. My short answer was that it would prove tricky at this particular point and time. But of course, there are some tips to be shared from practical knowledge of the business, here are ten of mine.  read more
Winning with sustainability in retail

Winning with sustainability in retail

16/04/2019 - 10:59
While there’s pessimism in the air with regards to global product sales, every day there are also groundbreaking changes being implemented by brands and activists who genuinely want to “be the change” when it comes to sustainability. Influencers and businesses are seeking to establish new markets through innovation, leveraging their ideas and products to help fight climate change. read more
Confusion around best-before dates causing unnecessary waste

Confusion around best-before dates causing unnecessary waste

25/03/2019 - 11:14
Confusion around best-before dates is widespread, causing unnecessary food waste. And in a country that's already food insecure, binning good food is not only unconscionable, it's plain wrong. read more
Award-winning low-carb health food company – MojoMe launches fundraising partnership with The Sunflower Fund

Award-winning low-carb health food company – MojoMe launches fundraising partnership with The Sunflower Fund

18/02/2019 - 19:18
The partnership between the two organisations will see The Sunflower Fund benefiting from a portion of the proceeds of the sales from two products - the O’ Mega Crunch instant breakfast and the O’ Mega munch instant smooth porridge. The products are easily identifiable with The Sunflower Fund’s logo on the top left corner of the box. read more
Woolworths to donate profits from baby carriers and pay back Ubuntu Baba

Woolworths to donate profits from baby carriers and pay back Ubuntu Baba

11/02/2019 - 15:10
Woolworths will not be keeping the profits it made from the sale of baby carriers similar to those of a Cape Town-based small business, Ubuntu Baba. read more
Five smart ways to shift excess stock

Five smart ways to shift excess stock

16/01/2019 - 08:49
Surplus stock is one challenge that every retailer wants to turn into an opportunity. read more
5 Retail trends and predictions for 2019

5 Retail trends and predictions for 2019

13/12/2018 - 14:01
2019 is here, and if you’re in retail, you’re likely wondering what the next 12 months will bring. read more
Premier Foods moves to Brexit-proof favourite products

Premier Foods moves to Brexit-proof favourite products

16/11/2018 - 14:09
Premier Foods will start stockpiling ingredients and packaging to ensure Britain doesn’t run out of store cupboard favourites such as Oxo stock cubes and Mr Kipling cakes in the event the country crashes out of the EU without a deal. read more
Marketers need to innovate more, not less, in tough times

Marketers need to innovate more, not less, in tough times

05/10/2018 - 09:59
As consumer spending continues to decline due to tough economic conditions, rising costs, a greater tax burden and below-inflation salary increases, many brands are responding by consolidating product lines and stripping out any excess to maintain affordability. read more
Overcoming financial planning challenges in retail

Overcoming financial planning challenges in retail

21/09/2018 - 09:47
South African retailers face numerous macroeconomic, socio-economic, political, and operational challenges. In a world where finance departments are driving to be business partners inside the organisation, the ability to facilitate relevant operational and financial plans is as necessary as having products on the shelf. read more
Beware the greenwashers - 5 Tips to help the conscious consumer make better choices

Beware the greenwashers - 5 Tips to help the conscious consumer make better choices

20/09/2018 - 10:03
Consumers are often misled to believe they are helping the environment when buying products that are supposedly green. However, on closer inspection, not all green products are created equal. Enters greenwashing. read more
4 Cost-saving benefits of data-driven product layouts

4 Cost-saving benefits of data-driven product layouts

17/09/2018 - 09:44
The fact that South Africa has entered a technical recession for the first time since 2009 makes for disquieting news. It’s a concerning prospect for anyone who works in the retail industry. With the South African economy under pressure, retailers and their suppliers need to find ways to enhance efficiency and maximise resources. That includes looking after one of the most valuable and sought-after retail assets: shelf space. read more
Burberry to stop using fur and burning unsold stock

Burberry to stop using fur and burning unsold stock

11/09/2018 - 16:16
Burberry is to stop burning millions of dollars' worth of excess stock, it announced recently. read more
Burberry burns unsold stock worth 506m

Burberry burns unsold stock worth 506m

24/07/2018 - 08:35
Luxury British fashion house Burberry destroyed hundreds of millions of rands worth of its fashion and cosmetic products over the past year to protect its brand. read more
Cake decorating products found unfit for consumption

Cake decorating products found unfit for consumption

13/07/2018 - 16:19
Many brightly coloured icings and most glitters that make cupcakes look so wonderful are not food grade, far from it - they are tiny bits of plastic, and the glitter is being widely mis-sold and misused.  read more
Tesco scraps brand guarantee scheme

Tesco scraps brand guarantee scheme

26/06/2018 - 08:26
Tesco has announced that it will end its ‘Brand Guarantee’ scheme by the middle of next month as it wants to focus on lowering prices for customers on everyday products. read more
Colgate-Palmolive commits to 100% recyclability of plastic packaging by 2025

Colgate-Palmolive commits to 100% recyclability of plastic packaging by 2025

24/05/2018 - 16:28
Colgate-Palmolive Company has committed to 100% recyclability of plastics in packaging across all its product categories by 2025. read more
Campbell soups up its e‑commerce strategy

Campbell soups up its e‑commerce strategy

16/05/2018 - 11:36
Consumer packaged goods giant Campbell is prioritising its digital strategy, from investing $10 million in meal-kit merchant Chef’d to piloting a program that fulfills online orders for its wholesale retailer clients. read more
Experts to review VAT zero-rated items

Experts to review VAT zero-rated items

04/05/2018 - 13:42
The review will consider expanding the list of 19 basic food items that are VAT zero-rated, in light of the recent VAT hike. read more
Bill to get cigarettes into plain packaging now out for public comment

Bill to get cigarettes into plain packaging now out for public comment

04/05/2018 - 13:11
The Cabinet has approved the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill for public comment. read more
Local business's products hit Pick n Pay store shelves

Local business's products hit Pick n Pay store shelves

03/05/2018 - 09:34
Sage Kitchen, the brainchild of husband and wife duo Brenda and Colin, started as a small business in their home kitchen. Today, the business is a supplier to Pick n Pay for their Pick Local range of products with a difference, that make a difference. read more
BAT aims to ignite smokeless products

BAT aims to ignite smokeless products

01/05/2018 - 12:30
Cigarette group British American Tobacco (BAT) aims to more than double revenue from next-generation products by the end of 2018 to "substantially more than £1bn (R17.35bn)". read more
Coca-Cola’s focus on healthier drinks pays off

Coca-Cola’s focus on healthier drinks pays off

25/04/2018 - 08:34
Coca-Cola Co. is getting results from its moves to slim down operations and revamp products for healthy-minded consumers. read more
Momentum builds for Pick 'n Pay's own label

Momentum builds for Pick 'n Pay's own label

23/04/2018 - 08:51
The retailer has set its sights on 30% own-product penetration as it builds a supplier base. read more
Iceland to remove palm oil from all own label food

Iceland to remove palm oil from all own label food

11/04/2018 - 09:08
Iceland has announced that it will stop using palm oil as an ingredient in all its own label food by the end of 2018 – making it the first major UK supermarket to make such a pledge. read more
Imports of food products from Brazil shut down amid safety check scandal

Imports of food products from Brazil shut down amid safety check scandal

23/03/2018 - 15:05
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries has suspended imports of food products from various establishments in Brazil suspected of fraudulently evading food safety checks. read more
Asda launches first ‘Free From’ chocolate bunny for Easter

Asda launches first ‘Free From’ chocolate bunny for Easter

22/03/2018 - 14:14
Asda has introduced its first new Free From Choc Easter Bunny, becoming the first supermarket to introduce a vegan, gluten, wheat and dairy free bunny to the UK market. read more
Woolworths launches first locally-made beauty products with RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil

Woolworths launches first locally-made beauty products with RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil

14/02/2018 - 13:40
Woolworths has achieved a significant milestone on the road to its 2020 Good Business Journey target to only offer products made with certified sustainable palm oil. read more
Food trends could drive production decisions

Food trends could drive production decisions

14/02/2018 - 11:01
The agricultural sector is about producing, processing and marketing food and fibre to consumers. Although the natural fibre side of agriculture should never be neglected, the largest portion of the sector remains the production of various food products. read more
Tesco launches largest own-brand vegan range

Tesco launches largest own-brand vegan range

09/01/2018 - 10:38
Tesco has launched the largest own-brand range of 100 percent plant-based meals as the vegan health craze continues to rage. read more
Kellogg Co. partners with Feeding America to support Hurricane Harvey victims

Kellogg Co. partners with Feeding America to support Hurricane Harvey victims

01/09/2017 - 14:59
Kellogg Company is sending an additional 30 million servings of product donations to assist Feeding America with its Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.  read more
Marks & Spencer reduces snack food packaging

Marks & Spencer reduces snack food packaging

19/07/2017 - 10:59
UK retailer Marks & Spencer is cutting the amount of packaging used for its snack products such as crisps and popcorn by reducing the pocket of air at the top of the bag. read more
Is product reformulation food and beverage’s best kept secret?

Is product reformulation food and beverage’s best kept secret?

07/04/2017 - 08:58
Food and beverage manufacturers may be embracing cleaner ingredients, but they’re a little more hesitant when it comes to talking about it. read more
CPA 'plain language' poser

CPA 'plain language' poser

16/11/2011 - 08:28
The Consumer Protection Act's requirement that information about products and services be presented to consumers in "plain and understandable" language, is challenging lawyers to find a legally acceptable consensus on how such language can be defined and applied in a way that complies with the law.  read more