Monthly Archives: October 2012

PROCESSING PINEAPPLE PULP INTO DIETARY FIBRE SUPPLEMENT – FREE ONLINE PAPER

The article by N Ackom and K Tano-Debrah in the latest edition of AJFAND Online presents a well explained and investigated process to produce a pineapple fibre for use in food formulations. The study at University of Ghana, Lagon was practical and produced fibre products that were used to produce muffins and biscuits which were acceptable to consumers. The corresponding author can be contacted at newusie@yahoo.co.uk.

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This process addresses the fourth level in the EPAs Food Recovery Heirachy, ie develop an industrial use for the waste food. The EPAs Food Recovery Heirachy puts feeding animals as third after reduce loss and feed people, the first 2.

WHAT'S HAPPENING TO SOUTH AFRICA?

the drop in standards is having a negative
impact on the economy and mediocrity has
become the norm.

ZUMA – Naive or Arrogant?

Our President now decides to withdraw a defamation case against popular cartoonist Zapiro, saying its for Freedom of Speech (which his party is trying to remove in parliament).

He gets upset when Zapiro suggests the real reason is the looming ANC National Meeting around the same time. Also interesting is that other similar cases due in court later don"t get the same treatment!

Is he just naive or arrogant enough to think the public don't figure him out?
#SouthAfrica #annoying #politics

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WHAT'S  HAPPENING TO SOUTH AFRICA?

"the drop in standards is having a negative
impact on the economy and mediocrity has
become the norm"

Where all agree corruption is bleeding the country dry and effecting the poorest and most disadvantaged the worst (no textbook deliveries to rural schools in Limpopo this academic year) our president has still not, after almost a year, appointed a head of the Special Investigations Unit – supposedly a corruption busting group.

#SouthAfrica #corruption   #declining

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This clot in a Mercedes, registration PCJ 719 GP, twice threw what seemed to be two…

This clot in a Mercedes, registration PCJ 719 GP, twice threw what seemed to be two or three pages of A4 torn into quarters, out the front window.

This area around Vaalwater in Limpopo is already messy so why add to it?

#litterer #SouthAfrica #annoying #declining

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Innovating in Baked Beans

I often use baked beans as a stereotype of a food where the completion is mainly on price and the small entrepreneur has no chance of penetrating because he can't get his price competitive until, he has a market which he can't get until he is competitive. Now Rhodes seem to be turning my argument around.

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Here they come with different flavours and formulations and sell nutritional and demographic needs!

 

Enviromental Success Stories

This document is really well worth the read.

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Two things that are interesting about the examples discussed are:

1) They mainly reduce the factories impact on the environment by saving water, energy or reducing emissions which are often product, raw material or byproduct. So the fixed production costs are very often reduced at the same time as the environment benefits.

2) They are seldom complicated or technologically groundbreaking and are often common sense.

A few examples are

  • Campbell Soup reduced energy consumption by 4,85 and water by 13,45% by installing utility meters, introducing recycling, installing energy saving light bulbs and introducing low flow water nozzles.
  • Craft Foods reduced its energy cost by 60% for a new cold store by installing it underground in a limestone formation.
  • General Mills produces 90% of the steam it uses in its milling and preparation plant for Breakfast cereal production production, by burning the bran produced in the plant.
  • Musco Ollives uses 15 tons of olive pressing waste a day to produce enough steam from waste water to produce power for production.
  • Kroger distributes 30 million meals a year from food that, although safe and wholesome, is destined for landfill for commercial reasons.

 

Packaging in Small Food Businesses

This is a simple essay on packaging for small food businesses in West Africa that helps broaden ones picture of packaging which is often a real constraint on business.

Packaging, Africa, box, small business

West Africa Trade Hub Webpage

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The essay focusses on the potential of the cardboard box in areas where packaging suppliers are limited. It gives a few examples of real experiences and is enjoyable to read.

 

Brewing in USA – The Small Option.

Over the next while there will probably be a number of posts showing that smaller alternatives to the multinational food companies, are where growth is happening at present. An interesting question is does this also bring the “try it quickly and fail” approach used in the computing industry to the Food Industry?

Crowds at US Small Brewing Show

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Here again we have the demonstration that the US brewing industry has moved from supplying only the bland beer that was the consequence of centralisation and wide distribution. The consumer really wants more interesting, flavoursome local beers whose brewing value chain can unluckily (luckily actually) not be scaled up in the multinational brewing system.

 

IT'S HARD WORK QUENCHING YOUR THIRST WITH BEER IN AFRICA

This data from SAB Miller for "mainstream" beer shows the high cost of beer in Africa. Its little wonder that cheap home brews are so popular especially when compounding this with unemployment and poverty.

Makes one wonder about Kenya where dangerous illegal spirits are popular, although if one of the "cheaper beer" countries.

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