Monthly Archives: January 2010

Instant Hot Meals – African Company

Here is an interesting South African company and product. The product is an instant meal that does not require any cooking energy from the user and is ready to eat in 8 minutes.


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from: Instant Hot Meals
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There are of course other instant products, although these normally focus on outdoor activities and the military.

This company has a very broad, possibly too broad, approach which seems to be designed not to miss any chance. Amongst their defined markets and marketing issues are:

  • middle class convenience food market
  • feeding schemes
  • disaster relief
  • use in Africa to protect trees
  • use in Africa to overcome food safety and power supply issues
  • franchising scheme
  • world cup 2010
  • 10% of profit goes to “under privileged people of Africa”
  • 100 % green
  • fully recyclable
  • quality and safety focus
  • 9 month shelf life at ambient

So here is an African Company we will definitely be watching! Quite some technology has gone into this one.


Processing Tomatoes for the Small Enterprise – Free Online Information

This 6 page summary is a short overview of processing tomatoes at the small scale farmer level. The production of powder, pulp, jam and ketchup using household, self built and small scale equipment is described.



from: Anancy
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It has a contact details for a few appropriate support organisations and it published by The ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) who could also provide more information.

Its The Time of the Year For Lists & Trends!

I have previously presented and compared lists from different sources. This year I posted on one list and started to look at others preparing for a post comparing lists.


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from: Foodstuff SA
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I soon found that there were far too many and balked at the idea of reading and comparing so many lists. However, Brenda Neall of Foodstuff SA has produced the page above which lists many, very many, of the lists/trends that she has published and commented on over the year.


I have just put notices on all the blogs I have on directing the users here – so if you are one of the people coming from one of these sites welcome to this combined blog. You will be able to find the information you were following on the other blogs here.


I must actually apologise that I was so slow in doing this – its been months since I posted.

If you were only watching one of the blogs you should be able to find the posts you were used to by choosing an appropriate category. Please Email me here. if there is anyway I can help you getting the information you need.

I will be working on a number of different approaches to sharing information in the next few months so suggest you keep watching.

I’m just happy that in South Africa we are mainly served with bottled drinks!

07 January 2010 23:30

48% of Fast Food Soda Fountains Contain Bacteria that Grew in Feces

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Seems like the reasons to not eat at fast food restaurants just keep on piling up. We’ve heard all about the unseemly practices that go into obtaining their meats and… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Alcohol Substitute? What are The UK’s Binge Drinkers Going To Do With This?

From Evernote:

Alcohol substitute that avoids drunkenness and hangovers in development – Telegraph

Clipped from:

An alcohol substitute that mimics its pleasant buzz without leading to drunkenness and hangovers is being developed by scientists.

By Paul Rodgers and Richard Alleyne

Published: 8:00AM GMT 26 Dec 2009


The synthetic alcohol, being developed from chemicals related to Valium, works like alcohol on nerves in the brain that provide a feeling of wellbeing and relaxation. But unlike alcohol its does not affect other parts of the brain that control mood swings and lead to addiction. It is also much easier to flush out of the body. Finally because it is much more focused in its effects, it can also be switched off with an antidote, leaving the drinker immediately sober.

The new alcohol is being developed by a team at Imperial College London, led by Professor David Nutt, Britain’s top drugs expert who was recently sacked as a government adviser for his comments about cannabis and ecstasy. Continue reading

Product Developers Guide – Free Online Book

This is a comprehensive publication covering the supporting business and organisational issues as well as focussing on idea generation and screening, product concepts and design specifications & product design and process development.

The body of the book is presented in a straight forward and clear manner and is supported by examples and ideas for further thought.

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from: NZIFST
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The book is published for free on the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology website.

My only difficulty is that you need to read this book online and can’t download or print it as a single document.

The drinking straw invented 122 years ago!

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03 January 2010 11:00

Happy birthday drinking straw

On 3 January 1888, Marvin Chester Stone of Washington DC patented the drinking straw, which was made of hand-rolled paper covered in paraffin (lovely). His timing was excellent, as Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola had just come along.

Before Stone’s patent, people used stalks of rye grain as straws. By 1906, machines took over the hand-winding process.

Today, that technology produces spiral-wound coverings for many industries, including electronics, automobiles and medical packaging. And drinking straws are still big business. Americans drink an average of 51 gallons of soft drinks each year and 22 gallons of various fruit drinks.

Source: US Census Bureau

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