Sweet talk

Sweet talk

A brand of purportedly diabetic-friendly agave nectar being sold in South Africa is actually just fructose syrup – putting lives at risk.

The South African organic food industry has been taken for a bitter ride for at least eight years by a foul-mouthed Eastern Cape conman who even made a name for himself as subject of a story about a lovers’ bustup in Die Kaapse Son. This is according to a scorned ex-wife, former employees and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Brian Neary, 54, claims to trade in the agave plant – a succulent native to Mexico that is also used in the making of Tequila – selling it into the organic food market where it is used as a honey or sugar substitute.

But the mini-empire built by Neary, a resident of the plush Marina Martinique Estate in Jeffreys Bay, is built upon an elaborate con.

Like to see more ?

Subscribe to our on-line edition !

For a mere R298.00 per year you get the convenience of our online version including:
  • Twelve monthly issues of Noseweek delivered to your browser
  • A searchable archive
  • Access to every back issue since 1993 !
  • A downloadable PDF version

If it’s just the article you are after, you can purchase it by clicking here.

Tempted ?

For a taste of what awaits you, you are welcome to browse this free issue.

Share this article:

Reader's comments

Like to add your own comment ? Please click here to subscribe - OR -


While every reasonable effort is taken to ensure the accuracy and soundness of the contents of this publication, neither the authors nor the publishers of this website bear any responsibility for the consequences of any actions based on the information contained therein.