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Food and Beverages

Automation company focuses on energy efficiency

By: Johane Turkstra     17th March 2017 Drive and automation technology company SEW-Eurodrive has standardised all its equipment to be more energy efficient as of the first of this month to cater for various industries’ demand for energy efficient equipment. The helical-bevel K19 and K29 series gearboxes are the first of such... 

Chain ideal for food and beverage industry

     17th March 2017 Engineering solutions company BMG has designed a lubricant-free chain intended for environments with stringent hygiene standards such as the food and beverage industry. BMG GM Carlo Beukes says the environmental-friendly Lambda chain is designed with a sintered oil impregnated bush where the... 

Chain ideal for food  and beverage industry
SIXTH GENERATION LUBRICATING CHAIN The chain features microscopic pores in the seamless sintered bush, which are filled with NSF-H1 rated food grade lubricant

Excessive grain safely storable in low-cost plastic bags

     17th March 2017 While the anticipated size of the harvest could have a stabilising effect on food price inflation, an increasingly competitive global market continues to pressure South African producers to find new ways of cutting costs on grain and silage storage. One such method is the use of massive Hitec... 

Excessive grain safely storable in low-cost plastic bags
HITEC GRAIN STORAGE BAGS The seven-layered Hitec grain bag is one of many agricultural products supplied by Rhino Plastics

Fall Armyworm reported in maize fields in two provinces

     17th March 2017 Last month, independent grain producers' support organisation Grain SA said that reports from KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape mentioned that the Fall Armyworm – also known as the Spodoptera Frugiperda – has established itself mainly in maize but also in sorghum, cotton, some vegetables and... 

Fall Armyworm reported in maize  fields in two provinces
THE FALL ARMYWORM If the outbreak cannot be contained, it can affect maize production by almost 80%

Filtration solutions can prevent explosions in food and beverage sector

By: Johane Turkstra     17th March 2017 Food processing, involving baking flour, soup powders, milk powder, spices, flavourings and sugar for instance, can cause highly explosive organic dust, and industrial equipment company Envirox sales manager Anton Hertenberger says its Nederman filtration systems are designed to mitigate... 

Filtration solutions can prevent explosions in food and beverage sector
ANTON HERTENBERGER Manufacturers are often not aware that their environments are extremely explosive

Fishing company to join JSE to enhance its global expansion

     17th March 2017 Fishing and food company Sea Harvest Group confirmed that it plans to be listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) by the end of March. According to the group, its success in recent years has led it to consider itself well positioned for “organic and acquisitive growth.” 

Inflation, competition and rand volatility challenges for industry

By: Johane Turkstra     17th March 2017 Unstable inflation and rand volatility, coupled with global competition, have been the biggest challenges for the food and beverage industry in South Africa in recent times, says derivatives brokerage Intrepid Capital derivative dealer head Tarryn Wright. 

LED lights beneficial to beer industry

By: Johane Turkstra     17th March 2017 Luminaire manufacturing company Beka Schréder advocates that using light-emitting diode (LED) lights is more effective for beer brewing and bottling facilities because the type of light source used could negatively affect the beer brewing process. Using artificial lighting within the beverage... 

LED lights beneficial to beer industry
SCHRÉDER LEDBAY UNIT The unit also has a lifespan of about approximately ten years with very little maintenance needs

Multinational group buys South African flavour company

     17th March 2017 Last month, multinational flavour and fragrance company Frutarom announced that it had signed an agreement for the purchase of flavouring company Unique Flavors South Africa for about $6.7-million (R90-million). Unique Flavors engages in the development, production and marketing of flavours, with... 

Pneumatics a cleaner solution for packaging, sealing and sorting

By: Johane Turkstra     17th March 2017 Pneumatic valve manifolds have the potential to be the safest means of mechanical driving for the food and beverage industry, as they use clean air to elicit movement in the manufacturing process, thereby eliminating food contamination risks. There are many unique features of pneumatics as a... 

Pneumatics a cleaner  solution for packaging, sealing and sorting
ERNST SMITH The regulated compressed-air in pneumatics is clean and therefore perfect for the food and beverage industry

PPI lower than expected this year

     17th March 2017 Growth in agricultural and manufactured food prices continues to lose momentum, which is reflected in South African headline producer price inflation (PPI) slowing to 5.9% year-on-year in January from an upwardly revised 7.1% in December, says multinational bank BNP Paribas. The January figure... 

Robots use motion control technology for safe food packaging

By: Johane Turkstra     17th March 2017 With there being a need for the correct packaging of foods that contain allergens, electronics company Omron says its Delta robot series provides a very accurate means of high-speed, pick-and-place solutions to these type of applications, drastically reducing packaging errors. Section 2 of the... 

Robots use motion control technology for safe food packaging
EVERT JANSE VAN VUUREN People in assembly lines can make mistakes and this can have dangerous consequences, robots reduces mistakes

Trade fair to provide industry networking platform

     1st September 2016 Trade fair food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) – taking place on September 14 and 15 at Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand – is set to provide a platform for networking in the food and beverage industry. 

Trade fair to provide industry networking platform

Contract manufacturing set to grow in food and beverage industry

     19th August 2016 Contract manufacturing is a common practice in the food and beverage industry, representing between 10% and 20% of total food production. According to a May 2016 report by multinational banking and financial services company Rabobank’s, this sector is growing more rapidly than food manufacturing... 

Contract manufacturing set to grow in food and  beverage industry
CONTRACT MANUFACTURING Food manufacturing is frequently outsourced to companies that are different from the brand names consumers will recognise

Developer emphasises accuracy in measurement instrumentation

By: Sebastian Whyle     19th August 2016 The South African food and beverage, and pharmaceutical sectors require measurement technology that offers precision and reliability while complying with local hygiene regulations. There is, hence, greater demand for accuracy in measurement instrumentation in these sectors, says Germany-based... 

Developer emphasises accuracy in measurement instrumentation
JAN GROBLER South African food and beverage hygiene regulations are as stringent as any other international regulations

Food and beverage companies aim to minimise project risk

     19th August 2016 In line with ELB Engineering Services’ (ELB’s) diversification strategy the Industrial Projects business line has expanded from its traditional pneumatic and fine handling capability into the food, beverage and fast moving consumer goods sector, as well as the power sector associated with... 

Food and beverage  companies aim to  minimise project risk
JOHN TUCKER “A big part of minimising risk in terms of project execution is securing a one-stop service provider”

Glass recycling and reuse of returnable bottles reduce glass at landfill

By: Sebastian Whyle     19th August 2016 Consumption of returnable glass-bottled products has increased, owing to the increased affordability of returnable packs, amid difficult economic times and lower levels of disposable income. South Africa’s returnable bottle system and glass recycling initiatives divert more than two-million... 

Glass recycling and reuse  of returnable bottles  reduce glass at landfill
RETURNABLE BOTTLE SYSTEM Returnable bottles can make up to 30 trips between customers and the retailer before reaching the end of useable life

Increasing support for Omron robotic solutions

By: Sebastian Whyle     19th August 2016 With robotics becoming a more viable alternative for food and beverage applications, the number of plug-and-play robotic solutions that are supported by industrial automation company Omron’s latest machine automation platform Sysmac is increasing, says Omron GM South Africa Victor Marques. 

Increasing support for Omron robotic solutions
INCREASED ACCURACY FROM MOTION CONTROLLERS Technological advancements in the food and beverage industry have led to greater accuracy and response times from motion controllers

Industry validates demand for ProFood Tech

     19th August 2016 With nine months until its debut, international food and beverage corporations are lining up to support the inaugural ProFood Tech event taking place from April 4 to 6, 2017, at McCormick Place in Chicago, in the US.  

Industry validates demand for ProFood Tech
INNOVATION SHOWCASE Over 10 500 m2 of exhibit space is accounted for by over 270 exhibiting companies offering innovations in the food and beverage processing industry

Packaging manufacturer joins renewable-energy campaign

     19th August 2016 Food processing and packaging solutions provider Tetra Pak has joined the RE100 renewable-energy campaign, committing to increase its use of renewable electricity from 20% today, to 100% across all global operations by 2030. The announcement was made at the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) forum​... 

Packaging manufacturer joins renewable-energy campaign
ASEPTIC PACKAGE IN BANGLADESH The award follows recent upgrades, including new oxygen barrier properties, which make the company’s Evero aseptic package suitable for a wider range of products

Solutions provider named as a top green provider for 2016

     19th August 2016 Supply chain network solutions provider HighJump, announced late in June that Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food supply-chain, has named HighJump as a top green provider for 2016. 

Solutions provider named as a top green provider for 2016
ROSS ELLIOT Supply chain sustainability is a top consideration for many companies as they look for ways throughout their organization to lessen their environmental impact

AB7 to provide gateway to expansion

     11th March 2016 A growing number of local and international packaging manufacturers are using the food and beverage exhibition Africa’s Big Seven (AB7) to access rapidly expanding consumer markets across the continent. AB7 set new records for international participation last year, with 267 food sector exhibitors... 

Attendance at festival expected to increase

By: Lynne Jackson     11th March 2016 This year’s Harvest Festival is set to take place at Leriba Hotel and Spa, in Centurion, from April 30 to May 2, with 4 000 visitors a day expected to attend. “The festival is a culinary journey, complemented by more than eighty award-winning wine farms, such as Arra Vineyards, Excelsior Wine... 

Attendance at festival expected to increase
Photo by Bloomberg
WINING AND DININGRepresentatives of more than 80 award-winning wine farms will convene at the festival

Beverage manufacturer opens first restaurant

     11th March 2016 Beverage manufacturer Pepsi announced in January that it plans to launch Kola House, the first experimental cola bar, restaurant, lounge, and event space to open in the US market. This hospitality venture is set to open its doors this month, with its flagship location in New York City’s... 

Company at forefront of Ethiopian coffee industry development

     11th March 2016 German multinational business solution company Bosch hosted the first International Coffee Processing and Packaging round table in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in November. The round table featured representatives from United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido), several industrial and... 

Company at forefront of Ethiopian coffee industry development
COFFEE Ethiopia is believed to be the birthplace of coffee with one in every five citizens currently involved in the industry

Department approves new fishing regulations

     11th March 2016 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) announced last month that after an intensive process of redrafting, the Small-Scale Fishing Regulations have been approved by the Minister. The Small-Scale Fishing Regulations will be published once President Jacob Zuma has promulgated... 

Department approves new fishing regulations
Photo by Bloomberg
SMALL-SCALE FISHERS More than 270 communities have registered Expressions of Interest with DAFF

Enamel steel versatility displayed in new tables

     11th March 2016 Global restaurant chain Nando’s has recently started using vitreous enamel steel as a new material for its table tops. The vitreous enamel steel for the tables is being supplied by vitreous enamel steel manufacturer and installer Vitrex. Durban-based interior design firm, Egg Designs, discovered... 

Enamel steel versatility displayed in new tables
CREATIVE TABLES The Portuguese roots of Nando's influenced the decision to opt for a 'kitchen table' concept for the new restaurant tables

Foil, cling wrap dispenser crucial to hospitality industry

     11th March 2016 Industrial plastic packaging supplier Damax Kahn & Kahn (DK&K) says that the Duo Wrap dispenser, designed to simultaneously dispense cling film and foil will maintain order and hygiene in the kitchen, while alleviating the frustrating and time-consuming struggle associated with traditional box... 

Manufacturer offers alternative prepackaging, processing solutions

By: Nadine James     11th March 2016 The expected increase in food production, in conjunction with challenges, such as water scarcity and economic restrictions, will force the agriculture and food and beverage (F&B) sectors to adapt packaging, and processing practices, to improve performance and reduce operational costs, says... 

Printing solution ensures traceability for industry

     11th March 2016 In January, product identification solutions specialist Pyrotec’s machinery division PackMark introduced the 9450 continuous inkjet printer for all manufacturers, regardless of the industry sector in which they fall, as well as the 9540 S, an inkjet printer for the beverage industry that meets... 

Printing solution ensures traceability for industry
9450 CONTINUOUS INKJET PRINTER Prints barcodes and logos of any size or resolution for all manufacturers

GM crops important for food security – CSIR

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2015 Significant developments in genetically modified (GM) crops have been made in South Africa’s agriculture sector , including increased crop yield, which has a direct impact on food production and food security, and a decrease in the use of pesticides and herbicides in fields of GM crops. This has... 

GM crops important for  food security – CSIR
Photo by Bloomberg
ENSURING FOOD SECURITY The CSIR believes that new traits in the production of GM maize will impact positively on the country's economy

High-quality coating materials essential for conveying packaged food

By: Kimberley Smuts     21st August 2015 It is critical in modern food processes that only high-quality coating materials, suitable for packaged food conveying and direct contact with foodstuffs, are used to ensure hygienic, safe processing and efficient logistics, says engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) light... 

High-quality coating  materials essential for  conveying packaged food
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT Ammeraal Beltech's Peak range of PTFE and Silicone coated belts were developed for the food sector

Hygienic flooring a necessity in food sector

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2015 Hygienic flooring is important in the food and beverage sector because it prevents the growth of bacteria in food-processing plants, says speciality construction products manufacturer Verni technical sales manager Peter Breiting. He notes that hygienic flooring is also easier to clean than plain... 

Hygienic flooring a  necessity in food sector
UNIQUE APPLICATION Verni installs its Supaflor PU HD 9mm polyurethane screed in industrial freezers because it can withstand extreme temperatures

Local gluten-free bakery now ISO 22000-compliant

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2015 Johannesburg-based bakery Fresh Earth Bake House is the first exclusively gluten-free bakery in South Africa to be ISO 22000 Food Safety System Certification- (FSSC-) compliant. ISO 22000 FSSC, one of the highest food safety systems currently in place, is a robust, internationally accepted... 

Local gluten-free bakery now ISO 22000-compliant
Photo by Duane Daws
GLUTEN FREE Fresh Earth Bake House produces gluten-free baked goods under its own label

Nutritional Foods

     21st August 2015 Nutritional Foods (N Foods) manufactures and distributes a range of staple, fortified dry food products and catering ingredients to the industrial catering market, including fortified maize-based porridges, soya mince, powdered soft drinks and isotonic drinks, as well as gravies, spices and... 

Nutritional Foods

Africa shows renewed interest in food tech 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2015 East and West African countries are enhancing legislation to ensure food security, thereby reinvesting in their agriculture and processing sectors. African food and beverage industries have, therefore, expressed a renewed interest in food processing and production technologies, as well as related... 

Africa shows renewed  interest in food tech
Exhibition Management Services MD John Thomson discusses the emphasis on technology at the 2015 Africa Big Seven food and beverage exhibition.

Competition calls for industry ‘game changers’

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2015 Students participating in the 2015 PneuDrive Challenge Engineering Design Competition will need to design “game changers” for the food and beverage industry, says drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive. This year’s competition roadshows started at the end of last month, and food and beverage... 

Competition calls for  industry ‘game changers’
LATERAL POTENTIAL High demands on production, quality and hygiene in the food industry necessitate efficient and well-managed systems

Demand increase for cryogenic freezing solutions

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2015 Having introduced several freezing and cooling solutions across the food processing industry in recent years, South Africa-based gases and welding company Afrox successfully launched a number of new-generation cryogenic freezing solutions onto the local market last year. Cryogenic freezing and... 

Demand increase for  cryogenic freezing solutions
CRYOLINE XF SPIRAL FREEZER Demand for new and innovative freezing solutions is linked to continuous product design
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