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Boris Dzhingarov
Don't overlook these two small blips in your business

As a business owner, you want your processes and systems to run smoothly. If you experience the following blips in your business, finding the source will restore integrity and trust with your customers and your team...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 27 Nov 2017

Democratising AR, bringing content to life with Zappar
Democratising AR, bringing content to life with Zappar

"Part of our mission in business has always been to democratise AR and truly make it a mass-market proposition."

By Cari Coetzee 20 Nov 2017

(c) Danil Roudenko -
The frozen food market is heating up

In the 1940s tinned foods were extremely popular as a means of preserving products for extended periods of time. However, given the fact that heavy rationing was imposed on these products during World War II, frozen food packaged in paperboard cartons began to emerge as a credible alternative...

By Michelle Newman 8 Nov 2017

Farm to fork: Why farmers need to stay on top of consumer trends
Farm to fork: Why farmers need to stay on top of consumer trends

Key speaker at Free State Agriculture's 2017 Congress, Nadia van der Colff, provided delegates with some interesting insight on the farm to fork trend and why farmers should stay on top of consumer trends...

By Cari Coetzee 28 Aug 2017

#GFWS2017: Good brand hunting at the Good Food & Wine Show 2017
#GFWS2017: Good brand hunting at the Good Food & Wine Show 2017

Not a regular attendee of foodie events, I wandered from the furthest reaches of the CTICC parking to collect my accreditation...

By Terry Levin 5 Jun 2017

FoodandMore © –
You are about to be banned!

Of course we all know that the advertising bans of alcohol products is getting closer and closer...

By Chris Brewer 8 May 2017

A landfill is no place for plastic bottles
A landfill is no place for plastic bottles

Because their usefulness extends well beyond their original purpose, and to bury them in earth is exceptionally wasteful...

By Sindy Peters 4 Apr 2017

#DesignMonth: What's in your lunch box?
#DesignMonth: What's in your lunch box?

FOODwelove aims to change how offices eat by offering desk jockeys the option to have a healthy and wholesome lunch delivered in a cleverly designed box, straight to their desk...

By Cari Coetzee 20 Feb 2017

Are you making these product packaging blunders?
Are you making these product packaging blunders?

The packaging of your product is as important as what you are selling. Having attractive and functional packaging can enhance your brand image and even result in higher sales...

By Charles Mburugu 2 Nov 2016

#SustainabilityMonth: Life's too Lush for normal cosmetics, Q&A with co-founder Rowena Bird
#SustainabilityMonth: Life's too Lush for normal cosmetics, Q&A with co-founder Rowena Bird

Here's a company that believes in true sustainability to the extent of turning shampoo into a bar and toothpaste into a tablet, thoughtfully designing out the need for packaging at the product creation stage...

By Jessica Tennant 4 Oct 2016

Boris Dzhingarov
Exceeding consumer standards: Wheaton's vacuoles and ampoules

In every laboratory setting, it is important to have the right tools for the right storage purposes. Vacuoles and ampoules, for example, are reliable equipment used to store and preserve either liquid or solid samples...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 30 Sep 2016

Candace van Zyl
Packaging industry needs to be ready for 2017 boom

A few decades ago, packaging companies needed many more tons of machinery to produce the output that they do today...

By Candace van Zyl 23 Aug 2016

Nadia Rawjee
Making grey clouds rain in favour of your business

Contrary to popular belief, there is light at the end of the tunnel - and no, this isn't the approaching train set to be derailed by yet another economic meltdown. Instead, as firm believers that every crisis can be turned into an opportunity, Uzenzele Holdings sat down with leading analysts to find the silver lining...

By Nadia Rawjee, Issued by Uzenzele Holdings 11 Apr 2016

Lynsay Sampson - Photograph by Lindsey Appolis
#DesignMonth: Fairtrade on innovation, design and differentiation

Fairtrade South Africa is celebrated for its pioneering spirit; the Cape Town-based office was the global organisation's first marketing and business development setup...

By Cari Coetzee 17 Feb 2016

Simplifying the cost of complexity in manufacturing
Simplifying the cost of complexity in manufacturing

I attended a great session recently on the cost of complexity in manufacturing, hosted by GIBBS and presented by Andre de Ruyter, the CEO of Nampak...

By Nadia Rawjee 1 Oct 2015

Beware... Winter is coming!
Beware... Winter is coming!

As a matter of fact, winter has been coming (as in the case of "The Game of Thrones") for decades. Consumers have been demanding more clarity as to what the contents/ingredients/nutritional values are of the products they buy...

By Rolf Akermann 26 Jun 2015

The packaging problem
The packaging problem

It's pretty difficult to read my pieces and not notice that I'm an activist at heart... I was born a rebel without a cause actually, and have simply found causes to champion along the way...

By Chemory Gunko 12 Feb 2015

More than just a label
More than just a label

The impact of public health rests on the ability of food labels to provide information to the consumer and for the consumer to interpret that information. Yet, most of us need a PhD to read a food label.

By Danette Breitenbach 31 Oct 2014

New packaging trends reflect environment, recessionary impacts
New packaging trends reflect environment, recessionary impacts

With the consumer making more in-store product comparisons, adding value and differentiating through packaging has become more pertinent than ever...

By Estee Cockcroft 25 Sep 2014

Through the glass - outlook for beer packaging in SA
Through the glass - outlook for beer packaging in SA

Internationally, brewers are increasingly turning to aluminium cans for packaging, despite the purists crying 'sacrilege', as they swear their brew belongs in bottles.

By Gareth Pearson 18 Sep 2014

South African consumer rights under threat
South African consumer rights under threat

The prohibition of alcohol advertising and raising the age limit for alcohol sales to 21 is an infringement of consumers' rights to choose their own lifestyle...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Aug 2014

Colour trademarks and Cadbury's case
Colour trademarks and Cadbury's case

After a four-year battle with its competitor Nestle, the UK Appeals Court has refused the registration of Cadbury's trademark application for the specific colour purple that Cadbury has used for over 150 years in relation to its chocolate wrapping.

By Christophe van Zyl 11 Dec 2013

Formula for plain (bland) packaging
Formula for plain (bland) packaging

As of 6 December this year you will no longer see a nurturing mother feeding her happy baby a bottle of formula milk as an advertisement in any newspaper, magazine, on a website or on television.

By Lize Mills 11 Dec 2013

Prof Owen Dean
Brand genocide

A global war has broken out against smoking and tobacco products, instigated by the World Health Organisation. The war has now entered a new phase with Australia at the forefront. The South African government has indicated that it will soon take up arms and join them.

By Prof Owen Dean 3 Jun 2013

Rachel Sikwane
Own-label products causing a stir

There was a bit of a stir in the British press recently, with certain companies complaining that the major UK supermarket chains are now using get-ups for their own-label products that are so similar to the get-ups used by the major brand owners that consumer confusion is inevitable.

By Rachel Sikwane 29 May 2013

Jason Kempen
Packaging influences purchasing

Packaging has evolved to no longer just the label on a bottle but rather how a brand is presented to the consumer as a whole. While it is often not given the credit it deserves, great packaging can either make or break an item.

By Jason Kempen 23 Apr 2013

There was an old lady who swallowed a horse...
There was an old lady who swallowed a horse...

Consumers have been encouraged by the acting Consumer Commissioner to "seek redress" under the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) concerning the content of their meat products but consumers looking for a payday will be most likely be disappointed.

By Chris Charter 8 Mar 2013

Plea for packaging that opens
Plea for packaging that opens

Packaging is critical, particularly in the FMCG category. Manufacturers spend money on research and design to put something on the shelf that will catch the consumers' eye and convince them to buy the product. However, once the product is ready to be opened, consumers hit the first obstacle.

By Rolf Akermann 22 Feb 2013

Where is PR?
Where is PR?

During the December holidays I noticed, without any preoccupation, that many a brands have undergone facelifts or nip-and-tucks, if you like.

By Bonnie Ramaila 12 Feb 2013

[2013 trends] Africa's dynamic markets
[2013 trends] Africa's dynamic markets

The year 2013 for most brands, especially the ones coping with saturated markets in developed countries, will be a decisive one. Incorporating Africa into their corporate brand strategy, if they haven't done so, will be the better part of valour, so to speak.

By Obaika Consulting Team 31 Jan 2013

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