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South African policy isn’t connecting child nutrition and sanitation

By The Conversation on 07 January 2021

When faced with complex problems that require coordination and collaboration, government departments almost instinctively retreat to their silos and predetermined responses. As a result, workable solutions often fall through the cracks and citizens pay the price...

New Normal: Diner Expectations & Trends

By Unilever Food Solutions on 23 November 2020

It is no secret that the professional foodservice industry has heavily been impacted by COVID-19. The ban on food delivery lifted in some markets, whereas others are reopening restaurants...

Food Focus Survey - Now Closed

By Food Focus on 20 November 2020

Thank you to the respondents for your valuable feedback - it is much appreciated.

2021 Supplier Directory Bookings

By Food Focus on 01 November 2020

South Africans aren't being protected from fake sanitisers: what needs to be done

By The Conversation on 22 October 2020

A wave of panic buying struck many countries when national states of disaster were announced in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Overnight, toilet paper, cleaning products and hand sanitisers became the most sought-after products on the market...

WEBINAR | New product development - during COVID-19 | Stellenbosch University

By Food Focus on 08 October 2020

Share in the excitement of the new products developed and presented in this webinar by the final year Food Science students. Our apologies for forgetting to mention the winning group. A huge congratulations to the NPD winners, Gear up!

Women in Compliance and Academia

By Food Focus on 10 September 2020

Catch the recording as Linda Jackso chats to a number of dynamic women in compliance, including Abigail Smith; Shirleen Thesinger; Elna Buys; Reshmee Beedasie; Lindiwe Mmatladi; Sharon Bolel; and Silnia Badenhorst

CGCSA | Virtual Summit

By CGCSA (Consumer Goods Council of South Africa) on 02 September 2020

The CGCSA annual summit is CGCSA’s flagship event which will for the first time be held on a digital platform due to lockdown restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The theme of this year’s summit is “Uniting the Industry...

Women in Manufacturing

By Food Focus on 26 August 2020

We chatted to Wendy Erasmus (FS3 Consulting), Jane Russill (Bidfood) Meera Hoosen (PDCA Consulting), Deirdre Langenhoven (Libstar), Jess Kelfkens (Food Science Student) and Najib Salim from RCL Foods and we just know you're going to want to hear what these incredible women have t

Women in Retail

By Food Focus on 20 August 2020

We chatted to Cindy Jenks - PnP, Alison Pohl - Woolworths, Matlou Setati -FSI:CGCSA and Dr Dharmarai Naicker - CSIR, and were inspired by these great women, and we just know that you are going to want to hear their stories too.

“Home Working” Cyber Security Considerations

By Carel Krogh on 18 August 2020

Lockdown measures and remote working requirements have forced all business owners to confront the same remote working security challenges enterprises have been trying to solve since the 90`s. Luckily, a lot of these basics are well documented and defined, which makes it easier fo

Food Focus - We are growing - Join our team

By Adele Krogh on 14 August 2020

Food Focus - An innovative and growing educational web based company, based in Johannesburg is looking for a Web administrator/developer with strong graphic design skills and experience, to join their dynamic team.

Women's Month Webinars

By Food Focus on 13 August 2020

In August we're celebrating women! Linda Jackson will be chatting to some of the many women that make the food industry as vibrant and diverse as it is. Grab your coffee and come be inspired about what it means to be a woman in food, and how to make a difference!

COVID-19 has hit SMEs in South Africa's food sector hard. What can be done to help them

By The Conversation on 07 August 2020

COVID-19 has prompted widespread discussion of the resilience of food systems and how efficiency and competitiveness have been previously understood. Recent decades have seen the growth of increasingly complex food value chains...

“We are not doing any business” says street vendor

By GroundUp . on 10 June 2020

Mali was speaking as a representative of the Johannesburg Informal Trader Platform (JITP) during a Zoom dialogue hosted by C19 Coalition - a consortium of about 316 civil society organisations. During the dialogue session on Monday, informal traders spoke about their challenges a

Monday motivation with students from CUT

By Food Focus on 01 June 2020

#Monday Motivation - Food Focus chats to students from the Central University of Technology!

Monday Motivation with food science students from UP

By Food Focus on 25 May 2020

#Monday Motivation - Food Focus chats to students from the University of Pretoria - Food science

R535 directions regarding e-commerce sales during alert level 4 of the Covid-19 national state of disaster

By Food Focus on 19 May 2020

R535 directions regarding e-commerce sales during alert level 4 of the Covid-19 national state of disaster

Not all Joburg’s street traders are trading

By New Frame on 19 May 2020

Street traders are central to food security in JHB but since being declared an essential service under lockdown, street trade in SA’s biggest city has returned to uneven ground.

Monday Motivation with these Food Science Students

By Food Focus on 18 May 2020

This week Food Focus chats to some students from the Food Science department at Stellenbosch University - they have a great message of inspiration for the food industry

Monday Motivation with Michael Gristwood of SAAFFI

By Food Focus on 11 May 2020

Food Focus chat to Michael Gristwood of SAAFFI during this week's motivational message for the food industry

Monday Motivation with Linda Jackson

By Food Focus on 04 May 2020

Linda Jackson shares a little motivation for the food industry in the midst of this pandemic.

Monday Motivation with the Profs

By Food Focus on 28 April 2020

This week Food Focus has coffee with the Profs! We bring you an inspirational message from Prof Arno Hugo, Prof Lise Korsten and Prof Pieter Gouws.

Monday Motivation with Jompie Burger, Geoff Penny and Peter Gordon

By Food Focus on 20 April 2020

In this week's Monday Motivation, we chat to the leaders of some industry associations - Jompie Burger, Geoff Penny and Peter Gordon are our special guests today.

Where is client service

By Pinky and the Brain on 14 April 2020

Hello to all of you in the food industry, from the secret office of Pinky and the Brain! 2020 is the year that Pinky and the Brain put small talk aside and actually start voicing the need in our industry! 2020 is BIG and we think it must start with a huge change in our approach t

Monday Motivation with Delene Boshoff and Louis Munnick

By Food Focus on 06 April 2020

Discover some Monday Motivation for the food industry as we chat with stakeholders in the food industry - we hope to encourage and inspire you.

COVID 19 Directive - Transport Arrangements and Permits for Employees

By Food Focus on 31 March 2020

The Minister of Transport has again amended the Directives on Public Transport. These amendments are crucial for all food businesses as it will affect the transport of employees involved in essential services.

Final Lockdown Regulations, Standard Operating Procedures and More Documentation

By Food Focus on 30 March 2020

All food business need to ensure they are compliant with the COVID 19 regulations at this time. Please find the latest on the COVID-19 regulations and other essential documentation for the lockdown period your information and immediate action.

DOH COVID-19 Update | 29 March

By Food Focus on 30 March 2020

As at today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 1280. This is an increase of 93 from the previously reported cases.

Monday Motivation with Janice Giddy and Shane Rimmel

By Food Focus on 30 March 2020

Discover some Monday Motivation for the food industry as we chat with stakeholders in the food industry - we hope to encourage and inspire you.

Supply Chain Surplus Network

By Food Focus on 28 March 2020

Do you have a surplus of perishable food that might be going to waste? Or can use use some of the surplus stock? We want to connect you with each other.

Registration as a Business, Service Provider and Input Supplier

By Food Focus on 27 March 2020

What do you need to do to continue to trade as an essential service during lockdown?

Full List of Essential Serviced during Lock Down

By Food Focus on 26 March 2020

Here is the full list of essential services that will be maintained during the National lockdown

NRCS urges vigilance when purchasing masks and chemical disinfectants as some can be deadly

By Food Focus on 25 March 2020

The NRCS would like to urge consumers to only purchase chemical disinfectants and particle filtering half masks that have being approved by the NRCS and to use them in accordance with their instructions for use that either appear on the product itself or in a leaflet inserted ins

COVID-19 national lockdown notice to the restaurant industry

By Food Focus on 25 March 2020

ALL restaurants, cafes, bars, coffee shops will be required to comply with the nation-wide lockdown for 21 days. ALL food delivery services will also need to be suspended for 21 days with effect from midnight Thursday, 26 March 2020 until midnight Thursday, 16 April 2020.

aQuellé donates R500 000 to new fund set up to fight Covid19 in SA

By Food Focus on 25 March 2020

Less than 24 hours after President Ramaphosa’s impassioned plea for all South Africans to unite in the battle against the devastating coronavirus, leading water brand aQuellé has donated R500 000 to boost the newly established Solidarity Fund.

Thank You to the Food Industry

By Food Focus on 25 March 2020

Thank you to everyone still making food.

Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Escalation of Measures to Combat COVID-19 Epidemic

By Food Focus on 24 March 2020

Over the past week, South Africans have demonstrated their determination, their sense of purpose, their sense of community and their sense of responsibility.

Food Focus acquires Food & Beverage Reporter Magazine

By Food Focus on 03 December 2019

Food Focus has recently acquired the food industry publication, Food & Beverage Reporter, adding the print media platform to its range of food media offerings and related services...

South Africa still has a long way to go on the right to food

By The Conversation on 28 October 2019

Fifty-four percent of South Africans are hungry or at risk of hunger. Hunger affects people’s health, as well as their ability to live full and productive lives. That’s why hunger represents a violation of their basic human rights – not only the right to food, but also the rights

Food Day 2019 - Let's do what we can

By Bridget Day on 16 October 2019

Today is World Food Day 2019, and the internet is abuzz with a thousand different messages, and a hundred different hashtags.

Webinar | Food Safety Webinar Seminar Series for Tsogo Sun Hotels Suppliers

By Food Focus on 09 October 2019

Food safety is a vital business requirement to ensure our guests have the best possible food experience. As a supplier you are key to this success. These webinars form part of our food safety initiatives and ensure you understand our new processes and mutual legal requirements.

New Facts about FACTS

By Linda Jackson on 25 September 2019

The 2019 Biennial SAAFOST congress is a great place to catch up with old friends and we had the chance to touch base with the FACTS family once again. We chatted to Dr Harris Steinman, Carine Davies, Gabrielle Jackson and Dr. Karim Dhanani during a tea break.

Why living in a poor country means you have bad food choices

By The Conversation on 30 August 2019

Poor diets are the number one risk factor in the global burden of disease: they account for one in five deaths globally. It’s not that people in poorer countries want to eat unhealthily - but cost is a huge factor.

Your company code of conduct

By Linda Jackson on 20 June 2019

Need an idea of how you should put together your company code of conduct? Here are some useful guidelines and examples for you.

The food industry: When ethics just isn’t enough

By Chris MacDonald on 20 June 2019

The issue of ethics in the food industry never really goes away, but there are times when it garners more than its usual share of headlines.

How to Solve the Biggest Challenges with Your Restaurant

By Bruce Hakutizwi on 27 May 2019

Running a restaurant can be a very demanding endeavour. You will need to keep your menu exciting, stay on top of accounts and be able to hire a good staff.Additionally, owning a restaurant will means that there will be challenges that you need to keep on top of if you are going t

Chef James Gaag - on food safety in the kitchen

By Food Focus on 22 February 2019

We caught up with La Colombe’s Executive Chef, James Gaag, and asked him some pertinent questions about food safety in the restaurant kitchen, and what that looks like.

How to build a culture of sustainable business

By Mallen Baker on 20 April 2018

It’s time to get serious about the change we want to see in the world. Our current strategy is akin to blundering about hoping that something good will stick. It’s not going to get the job done. In order for responsible and sustainable business to become the norm, it has to becom

Our last words for 2017

By Linda Jackson on 22 December 2017

At the end of a year we should always look back before we look forward. 2017 has been a tough year by all accounts. On top of political uncertainty and a tough economic climate, at least three events have shaken the food industry this year.

Small supplier special Getting to grips with the CGCSA-GFSI Global markets programme

By Linda Jackson on 21 June 2017

The Global Markets Programme, an initiative of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), is a capacity building programme specifically designed for small and/or less developed businesses. This programme was also adopted by the CGCSA in collaboration with participating South Afric

Food Facts Friday

By Bridget Day on 21 April 2017

There's more to food than risk and compliance - there are some really amazing facts that we would like to share with you. We hope you enjoy discovering some fun food facts as much as we have!

Dark chocolate is a brain booster

By Kees Beyers Chocolates on 12 April 2017

We have great news – eat chocolate, it’s not only good for your soul but also your body, especially your brain. Recent studies have found that by eating dark chocolate every day, you can improve your brain’s cognitive functionality. But you still need to be mindful of ...


By Rika Le Roux Kemp on 03 April 2017

At the beginning of 2010 whilst the rest of South Africa was busy with the soccer (or their lives) the Minister of Health signed Reg 146 (March 2010) and the principles of label design and advertising changed dramatically.

Finding the Right Registrar (Certification Body)

By ISO Update on 16 March 2017

Organizations that have successfully implemented a management system may choose to seek certification by an independent third party audit from a registrar/certification body (CB). Certification can serve as a valuable tool to add credibility and to demonstrate...

The difference between workshops and SETA accredited training

By Janice Giddy of Entecom on 17 February 2017

There is still a lot of confusion in the industry regarding the difference between workshops and SETA Accredited training. Companies are often unaware of the benefits of accredited training for their staff. In this article we aim to highlight the differences and ...

Dubai different region, same compliance challenges

By Linda Jackson on 08 February 2017

This article is just to make you feel good! It’s to remind you that you are not the only one fighting the good fight of compliance. There are fellow soldiers all around the world and I met some in the UAE recently. I found them amid the hustle and bustle of Dubai, the sumptuous b

Microwave Safety Tips

By Bridget Day on 07 December 2016

We may only celebrate National Microwave Day once a year, but this is a household appliance that you use every day. Safety is always a priority, so here are a handful of safety tips to bear in mind when using your microwave.

Key performance indicators for your suppliers

By Linda Jackson on 30 October 2016

They tell me you can’t manage what you can’t measure! So what about implementing a supplier scorecard for supplier performance measurement? In this article we discuss some key measurements based on best practice.

5 tips for making the most of safety posters

By Linda Jackson on 30 October 2016

They say a picture says a thousand words. Safety posters are a great way to communicate a message and reach a large number of people without actually having to speak to each individual person on a daily basis. But make sure you use them in the right way. Here are some key tips yo

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