Monthly Archives: February 2013

CHICKEN NUMBERS

I was just listening to a Documentary podcast from BBC and remembered these stunning numbers:

Chickens eaten a year = 50 billion
Feed cost as a percentage of chicken cost = 70%
Capacity of Irish processed chicken factory = 20 000 tons/ year
Line speed in an abattoir = 8 500 birds per hour
Irish abattoir capacity = 860 000 per day
Market size = 450 billion dollars per year

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Colourants in Food

This article in Food Navigator

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which covered a range of interesting issues in food colouring including the relation between depth of colour and the perception of sweetness, the real danger of some colourants of 100 years ago, the move to natural colours and the fact that colours often need to compensate for the effect of processing on a foods colour also linked to am15 page article in Critical Reviews with a more comprehensive view and a focus on history and regulation.

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So take some time to get up to date on food coloring with this free online information.

High Pressure Technology

Another juice produced using the pressure pasteurization technology.

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Besides the beautiful colours and look the flavours put the juice in a different class and presumably give the procurement manager grey hair.

How do you ensure the availability of fresh Raspberry, Passion Fruit, Melon, Mango and orange throughout the year?

You can't say this is the closest thing to hand squeezed juice and then use concentrates.

 

Not my tax dollars luckily, but its as corrupt as the South African Government.

Not my tax dollars luckily, but its as corrupt as the South African Government.

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Facebook not only paid zero taxes for 2012 — they were actually paid money by the government — i.e., your tax dollars!

According to this article on AllFacebook.com, Facebook not only paid zero taxes for the 2012 tax year, they were given $429 million in net tax refunds. 

That's right: You paid more taxes than Facebook did, and some of your taxes went to Facebook!

http://allfacebook.com/facebook-no-taxes-2012_b110944

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This is an approach that is managing to attract those look to their discharge to…

This is an approach that is managing to attract those look to their discharge to landfill.

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Food Lover’s Market in Cape Town is first to adopt cooked food composting method
Food Lover’s Market in Cape Town is first to adopt cooked food composting method

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IDENTIFYING SUCCESSFUL PRODUCTS

Seeing Ilala Cream on the shelf for the last 10 years and finding this webpage in a major multinational's online product portfolio of 32 products, would make one think it's is a success.

But it tuns out, it has never succeeded,mainly because of the the success of Amarula Cream, Amarula is another cream liqueur, based on an indigenous plant used in traditional South African fermented beverages.

So simple analogies and reasoning doesn't work in food and beverages.

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THINK-EAT-SAVE Food Waste Enjoying Growing Attention

I have written on Food Waste now and then as it's clearly a part of the food supply system where the world can grow food availability using existing technology.

Now a UNEP/FAO lead campaign, supported by initiatives such as WRAP, has been launched.

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Think-Eat-Save and the slogan “Reduce Your Foodprint” seem to indicate that it is focussed on the consumer, but the information on the site is not limited to the household. The initiative seems to be focussing on the complete food chain.

There is already a wealth of information here, presented in a very readable way, and there are indications of actions to promote awareness and action.

Think-Eat-Save rests on four pillars

Awareness raising on the impact of, and solutions for food loss and waste.

Collaboration and coordination of world-wide initiatives on food loss and waste reduction.

Policy, strategy and programme development for food loss and waste reduction.

Support to investment programmes and projects..