The proposed levy on sugar-sweetened beverages could cost SA R14bn and destroy 10,000 small businesses, with highly uncertain benefits in terms of tax revenue and health benefits, the Beverage Association of SA (Bevsa) has claimed.
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South African wine enthusiasts, especially those whose preference is for small-batch production of handcrafted wines, conveniently forget for most of the 20th century the Cape wine industry would not have survived without the Cape brandy industry, writes Michael Fridjohn.
The Beverage Association of SA, whose members include almost all manufacturers of non-alcoholic drinks in the country, has warned that up to 70,000 jobs in the industry could be lost if the Treasury’s mooted tax on sugar-sweetened drinks were implemented in its current form.
Cargill has started making a sugarlike product that seems perfect. It tastes like sugar, has zero calories, mimics natural sweeteners and won’t destroy farmland or forests. It could be very big. There’s just one problem: It's made in a lab.
The LiquiForm Group has partnered with Krones to develop and commercialise its new liquid forming and filling process that's claimed to have the potential to be one of the most important breakthrough technologies in liquid packaging.
Scientists have discovered that a molecule in pomegranates, transformed by microbes in the gut, enables muscle cells to protect themselves against one of the major causes of aging. In animals, the effect is nothing short of amazing. Clinical trials are underway.