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Shoprite: Africa’s biggest supermarket considers pulling out of Nigeria 

TA-FC ClipBoard: I see Shoprite in America as having many problems, the biggest being living in the past, providing customers food items that are long outdated and passe to the point of wondering why they linger.

Well, retail outlets like Shoprite are the reason, and unless they update their supermarket product lines to primarily plant-based, they’ll die along with the slaughterhouses that keep them open.

Non-Gmo, plant based, animal-free, vegan, low to moderately priced, not in the specialty item aisle, but in every aisle. That’s what people want.

People love to try new products and be the first one to brag on them. Stop dragging your feet. Africans and Americans want to eat healthy but delicious foods, while not being so restricted with the fat, sugar and salt whereby enjoyment diminishes – but keep the animal out.

We don’t want your eggs and dairy in every single product we consume. It’s overkill. You’re ruining the planet for profit.

Your ruining our health. Now the planet will ruin you for holding out so long. Fix it. Pronto.

SHOPRITE IS DEAD IN THE WATER. OR…


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Shoprite: Africa’s biggest supermarket considers pulling out of Nigeria

  • 3 August 2020 

Africa’s biggest supermarket chain, South African-owned Shoprite, says it is considering pulling out of Nigeria.

It said it was looking at selling all “or a majority stake” of its operations in Africa’s most-populous country.

Shoprite is the latest South African retailer to look at leaving Nigeria – clothing firm Mr Price announced its exit in June, and Woolworths in 2014.

Shoprite’s decision comes at a time when Nigeria’s economy is struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Economists from the World Bank have warned that the oil-rich country could be on the brink of its worst recession since the 1980s because of “the collapse in oil prices coupled with the Covid-19 pandemic”.

Shoprite said lockdown restrictions because of coronavirus had affected its operations in 14 African countries, with sales declining by 1.4% in those markets. Its South African operations on the other hand witnessed “significant growth”.

The retailer has also been battling currency-induced inflation surges – especially in Nigeria, where it has been hit hardest.

Shoprite employs at least 2,000 people in Nigeria.

The retailer’s stores in the capital, Abuja, and the commercial hub, Lagos, became a flashpoint for outrage in 2019, following violent attacks in South Africa on other migrants from elsewhere in the continent.

The National Association of Nigerian Students (Nans) – which represents university students at campuses across the country – picketed branches of Shoprite and South African telecoms giant MTN, turning away staff and customers.

The student body demanded that all South African-owned businesses leave the West African state.


Why Shoprite has struggled in Nigeria

Analysis by Nduka Orjinmo, BBC News, Lagos

Shoprite’s failure in Nigeria is not surprising, the shiny shopping malls with escalators where its outlets are located are more popular for taking pictures than actual shopping.

Though it is regarded as a working-class supermarket in South Africa, most here consider it as catering to the upper classes.

Tens of millions of Nigerians are poor or unemployed – and the minority who have the spending power to shop at Shoprite have seen their finances take a battering because of the coronavirus pandemic.

These are hard times for businesses, but the slow growth at Shoprite Nigeria predates the pandemic.

Consumers here want quality services, but they want it on the cheap.

Source: Shoprite: Africa’s biggest supermarket considers pulling out of Nigeria – BBC News






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The Story Behind our Beyond Sausage® Sandwich | Dunkin’

CNAP ClipBoard: Sometimes Steve stops at Dunkin’ for early morning coffee. This time he bought two of the new Beyond Sausage Sandwiches for two co-workers to try. They weren’t the vegan ones, since all they have on them is a patty and ketchup. And these guys weren’t vegan.

One of the guys is Egyptian and can’t eat pork, so he was thrilled and loved them.

The other guy, though he didn’t act as excited about it, said he would definitely buy it.

So, those were the reviews of two non-vegans on the Dunkin’ Beyond Sausage Sandwich.


This past August, the Big Apple was offered a new plant-based protein menu option for Dunkin’ guests in Manhattan. To do so, we teamed up with Beyond Meat, one of the fastest growing U.S. food companies offering a portfolio of plant-based meats, to introduce the Beyond Sausage® Sandwich.

This product is part of our commitment to offer our guests a wide range of menu choices to fit their individual lifestyle needs, and our fans LOVE it. We heard from Dunkin’ guests far and wide that they needed this plant based sandwich in a store near them, and we are excited to bring the Beyond Sausage Sandwich to stores nationwide.

In honor of this fan favorite sandwich, we decided to tell the story behind the Beyond Sausage Sandwich.

The Beyond Sausage Sandwich offers the favorite taste and texture millions of Dunkin’ sandwich customers enjoy and expect with a juicy, savory Beyond Breakfast Sausage™ patty – made with 100% plant-based proteins and a mix of spices crafted especially for Dunkin’ – served on an English muffin with egg and American cheese. The taste profile of this plant-based sandwich also pairs perfectly with our Dunkin’ Cold Brew.

In addition to featuring 10 grams of plant-based protein, the Beyond Sausage Sandwich has 29% less total fat, 33% less saturated fat and fewer calories, cholesterol and sodium than a traditional Dunkin’ Sausage, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich on an English muffin, helping Dunkin’ deliver the nutritional and environmental benefits of plant-based protein.

In honor of Dunkin’ and Beyond Meat’s biggest breakfast news of the year, Dunkin’ is celebrating the launch with its first-ever multi-day sandwich-tasting event. To give people who run on Dunkin’ a chance to experience the great taste of this plant-based sausage offering, on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. guests at participating Dunkin’ restaurants throughout the U.S. are invited to enjoy a complimentary sample, while supplies last.

If you are new to the plant-based arena, you may have a couple questions about this new Dunkin’ product.

For example, what is a plant-based protein? It is simply that! Protein derived solely from plants. The Beyond Breakfast Sausage featured in the sandwich is made of peas, mung beans, rice and sunflower to provide the protein and coconut oil to ensure juiciness.

You may also be wondering if the new Beyond Sausage Sandwich is vegan. While the standard sandwich build is not vegan, as it includes egg and cheese, guests can order the sandwich with just the Beyond Sausage patty on an English Muffin for a vegan-friendly breakfast sandwich option.

*Sustainability is a key part of Dunkin’s growth, and a critical part of our journey is taking bigger, bolder action to be more sustainable in all the ways we operate. A key benefit of the Beyond Breakfast Sausage patty is that it is more sustainable for the environment than traditional meats as it requires less water, less land, generates fewer Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and requires less energy than a beef burger to produce.

Source: The Story Behind our Beyond Sausage® Sandwich | Dunkin’





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Organic Whole Food Powders and Extracts | FutureCeuticals

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Along with our clinically-researched ingredients, FutureCeuticals offers a wide range of fruit, vegetable, herb, and grain powders and extracts. Our vertically integrated approach ensures that our full spectrum of fruit-, vegetable-, herb-and grain-based ingredients are the highest quality, from farm to finished powder.We offer an extensive list of standardized powders and extracts, as well as custom products. These include everything from favorites like apple, banana, kale, and blueberry, to exotic fruits like açaí and goji, or ancient grains and sprouts.

Our product portfolio includes a broad range of ingredient solutions – branded and clinically researched – each uniquely designed to provide highly marketable claims in the sports nutrition, health and wellness, functional food, dietary supplement, and personal care categories.

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Eating meat has ‘dire’ consequences for the planet, says report

 

Eating meat has ‘dire’ consequences for the planet, says report

To feed a growing global population and curtail climate change, scientists say we need to radically change our food systems.

BY SARAH GIBBENS

PUBLISHED JANUARY 16, 2019

THERE’S AN ENTIRE industry built around dieting. Most of its products are intended to help people lose weight, gain muscle, or live longer.

But as the global human population steadily climbs, scientists are scrambling to devise a diet plan that can feed 10 billion people by 2050.

A new report, published in the British medical journal The Lancet, claims to do just that. It recommends a largely plant-based diet, with small, occasional allowances for meat, dairy, and sugar. The report was compiled by a group of 30 scientists from around the world who study nutrition or food policy. For three years, they deliberated with the intent of creating recommendations that could be adopted by governments to meet the challenge of feeding a growing world population.

“Even small increases in the consumption of red meat or dairy foods would make this goal difficult or impossible to achieve,” a summary of the report states.

The report’s authors reached their conclusions by weighing different side-effects of food production. They included greenhouse gases, water and crop use, nitrogen or phosphorous from fertilizers, and the potential for biodiversity to take a hit should a region be converted into farmland. By managing all these factors, the report’s authors say climate change-inducing gases could be reduced and enough land could be reserved to feed the world’s growing population.

Under the report’s conclusions, meat and sugar consumption around the world should drop by 50 percent. Who eats less meat and where will vary, says Jessica Fanzo, a report author and professor of food policy and ethics at Johns Hopkins University. Meat consumption in the U.S., for instance, would have to go down and be replaced by fruits and vegetables. But other countries already facing poor nutrition could incorporate meat into roughly three percent of their diet.

Eating meat has ‘dire’ consequences for the planet, says report.

“We’ll be in dire straits,” if no action is taken, says Fanzo.

Following a vegan trend

Recommendations to scale back meat consumption aren’t new. Just this past October, a study published in the journal Nature set similar guidelines for reducing meat and sugar consumption.

What’s different about this new report, says Fanzo, are the steps outlined to put such a change into place.

Branded what the authors call a “Great Food Transformation,” it outlines strategies that range from the least active, simply sharing information, to the most aggressive, eliminating consumer choice…

FINISH READING: Eating meat has ‘dire’ consequences for the planet, says report






 

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Turnaround of the Year: Danone | Food Dive

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Turnaround of the Year: Danone

AUTHOR Lillianna Byington@lil_byington

PUBLISHED Dec. 3, 2018

Most recent earnings: Q3 sales reached $7.14 billion

Outlook: If Danone turns to M&A and product innovation in the better-for-you sector, it could see more financial and brand recognition in the coming year.

After years of struggling with yogurt sales and an overly broad portfolio, Danone has overhauled its business to better respond to changing consumer trends — placing it squarely in the middle of the growing demand for plant-based and better-for-you fare.During the last year, Danone has accelerated its organic growth, expanded its portfolio and announced plans to invest in start-up companies that have a healthier focus. These shifts have led to financial and brand growth unmatched by few competitors, earning it the title for turnaround company of the year.

Michael Neuwirth, a spokesman with Danone North America, told Food Dive the company has seen substantial growth in recent years as it has shifted its resources to the better-for-you market — highlighted by the recent acquisition of plant-based foods maker WhiteWave in 2017 for $12.5 billion. Neuwirth, who has been with the company for 20 years, said Danone has narrowed its focus by shedding pasta, beer, cookies and champagne brands…

FINISH READNG: Turnaround of the Year: Danone | Food Dive


 





 

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Labels + Current Diet Categories

Hardly anyone knows what vegan is even today nearly 40 years later. They’ve become familiar with the word, but not the meaning. They don’t get why vegans won’t eat a vegetarian burger made with egg whites, or that fish and chicken are animals. And what’s wrong with cheese? That’s not an animal. Well, real vegans don’t understand why vegetarians won’t eat a burger that contains no animal products. And you have to wonder why a person serving food wouldn’t know where what they serve comes from. Then there’s the added confusion of people calling themselves vegans who eat fish or chicken, or who are strictly animal-free sometimes.

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The Plant-Based Pitfall

The current trend in labeling a manufactured food, that CONTAINS NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS (CNAP), is to label it PLANT-BASED rather than VEGAN, or ANIMAL-FREE. Some worry about the negativity associated with animal rights groups, so veer from the usage of the word vegan on their product even though it might be vegan.