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Food and Beverages

Trawling for a cleaner environment

24th August 2018 An international study has revealed that South African Hake has a low environmental impact; this and the fact that South African Hake comes from a sustainable and well managed fishery, makes it a good choice over beef and many other forms of animal proteins. According to the study − published in... 

Organiser extends show to cater to demand

By: Halima Frost     24th August 2018 This year’s biennial Food & Drink Technology Africa (fdt Africa) trade fair will take place over three days, enabling visitors to meet more industry players and decision-makers. Scheduled to take place at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, from September 4 to 6, event organisers Messe... 

Appletiser wins over the European market

24th August 2018 Global beverage company Coca-Cola announced that its sparkling fruit juice brand Appletiser, has taken off in Spain, with new market launches set to follow across Western Europe and the Americas. 

Appletiser wins over the European market
EUROPEAN APPEAL Appletiser has been welcomed outside of the African continent

Compact aluminium gear units used in F&B industry

24th August 2018 Automation and drive specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa has introduced a new assembly line at its Johannesburg head office for local production of its K19 and K29 helical bevel gear units. One of the key features of the K19 and K29 series is its compactness and all-aluminium construction,... 

Compact aluminium gear units used in  F&B industry
MAKING THE GRADE Food grade bevel gears being locally produced

Company first to use CO2 refrigeration in South Africa

By: Halima Frost     24th August 2018 Food manufacturer BM Foods – the holding company of South African food brand Mediterranean Delicacies – has become the first food manufacturing company in South Africa to use a carbon dioxide- (CO2-) driven refrigeration system at its Cape Town factory. “With the more aggressive cooling potential... 

Company first to  use CO2 refrigeration  in South Africa
ON TOP OF IT The fans of the CO2 refrigeration units at the top of the factory, in Cape Town

Donating 67 minutes for Mandela

24th August 2018 Nonprofit organisation FoodForward SA and supermarket Pick n Pay South Africa joined forces on Mandela Day this year to raise food for some of the 14-million people living in food insecure households. A total of 151 tons of food was collected from various Pick n Pay stores countrywide, which was... 

Donating 67 minutes for Mandela
DOING IT FOR CHARITY Singer Jimmy Nevis is seen with Pick n Pay director Suzanne Ackerman-Berman at a packing station

Electropolished metals making pumping smoother

By: Halima Frost     24th August 2018 Following the introduction of the Packo Pump brand to the South African food and beverage industry, industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa says the brand is electropolished as part of its finishing process. Verder Pumps Packo Pumps product specialist Dwight Nortman explains that... 

Electropolished  metals making  pumping smoother
PACKING A PUNCH Smaller yet as powerful, the Packo Pump is food grade across the board

Getting to the bottom of things

24th August 2018 A new low profile Flexible Screw Conveyor with integral bin and caster-mounted frame has been introduced to bulk handling suppliers Flexicon South Africa's range. The low profile conveyor, launched nationally in May, can roll below mezzanines and other low-headroom areas, receive material from... 

Getting to the bottom of things
BELOW THE BELT The smaller design of the conveyor allows it to fit under most mezzanine areas

Making quick work of salvaging gas

24th August 2018 Industrial gas company A-Gas has launched its Rapid Recovery aftermarket service to combat the flood of sub-standard refrigerants in disposable cylinders in the food and beverage industry being imported from many global suppliers. The inferior products hamper the cooling capacity of systems,... 

Making quick work  of salvaging gas
LIFE’S A GAS Filling points can fill tanks from 5 kg to 1 t drums

Software well suited for food and beverage industry

By: Halima Frost     24th August 2018 Having supplied big beverage and baking goods suppliers with its software, Syspro believes that its Syspro 8 system is well suited to the food and beverage industry. The Syspro 8 system includes the integration of several new features, comprising machine learning, and social media as... 

Software well suited for food and beverage industry
FEEDING THE INTEGRATION NEED Syspro 8 fills the need for system integration in industry

Food manufacturer expands into packaging

By: Melissa Zisengwe     16th March 2018 With over 15 years in the food and beverage industry, food manufacturing company Trojan Foods has expanded into packaging services in response to the increased demand for specialised packaging solutions in the industry. 

Growing need for correct specification of equipment in F&B industry

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 Adhering to international food safety regulations and industry trends such as energy efficiency can sometimes lead to the incorrect specification of equipment in the food manufacturing process, says vibrating-equipment manufacturer Kwatani business development manager Warren Mann. 

Growing need for  correct specification  of equipment in  F&B industry
ROUND SEPERATOR Kwatani's highly versatile range of round separators typically have a life span of more than 15 years

New tech to mitigate production challenges

By: Melissa Zisengwe     16th March 2018 With inefficiency and downtime being significant challenges for the food and beverage industry, the largest provider of reconditioned boilers, Dryden Combustion, a division of Energy Partners, is working on new products to optimise field efficiency for clients. 

New tech to mitigate production challenges
ADVANCED FUNCTIONALITY Optiflame manipulates all the relevant parameters in the control system and monitors the result

Association urges producers to meet standards

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 There is a strong need for all bottled, or packaged, water producers to comply with stringent legislation and meet globally benchmarked standards to prevent gross disservice to the bottled water industry and the consumer, says South African National Bottled Water Association CEO Charlotte Metcalf. 

Association urges producers to meet standards
CHARLOTTE METCALF The quality of municipal water in South Africa is high, but it does vary daily

Drive units ensure energy savings in food and beverage industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     16th March 2018 Automation and drive specialist SEW Eurodrive South Africa has sold about 200 of its synchronous MOVIGEAR units to date. This includes a single order of 65 for a major abattoir, which indicates the popularity of the MOVIGEAR unit in the food and beverage industry.  

Drive units ensure  energy savings in food  and beverage industry
MOVIGEARS A major benefit of the mechatronics unit is its energy-saving potential

Air filtration solutions ensures that requirements are met

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 Filter technology manufacturer Freudenberg Filtration Technologies says its hygienic air filtration solutions help ensure that clients in the food and beverage sector meet the most stringent regulatory requirements. 

Beverage company appoints new VP

25th August 2017 Earlier this month, multinational beverage and brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB-InBev) subsidiary South African Breweries (SAB) appointed Doreen Kosi as its legal and corporate affairs VP. 

Beverage company appoints new VP
Photo by Duane Daws
EXTENSIVE PORTFOLIO SAB has a large number of clients across the African continent

Changes made to keep up with economic uncertainties

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 Despite challenging economic conditions, the local food and beverage industry continues to constantly change its menus and atmosphere to fit the latest spending trends of the middle class, says Cape Town-based restaurant Strolla co-founder Brendon Crew. 

Forklifts delivered to Zimbabwe food producer

25th August 2017 With Zimbabwe-based food producer Cairns Foods having increased its capacity with the hopes of reaching 80% capacity use by 2018, materials handling equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE) has supplied four Kipor KDF 25 diesel forklifts to the company. 

New food grease slides in

25th August 2017 Bearing and rotating technology and engineering specialist SKF has announced a new high-load, food-grade grease known as LGFQ 2. 

New hygiene monitoring device launched in S Africa

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 International company 3M launched a new Clean-Trace hygiene monitoring and management device onto the South African market last month. The device –especially suitable for use in the food and beverage industry – uses adenosine triphosphate (ATP) bioluminescence detection and verifies that... 

New hygiene monitoring device launched in S Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
CLEAN-TRACE The machine uses bioluminescence to detect how clean a surface is

Better business practices required in industry

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 As a response to the increase in recalled products in the food and beverage industry worldwide, global electronics company Omron Industrial Automation (Omron) has started to introduce more sustainable business practices by improving product quality and assistance for food and beverage producers. 

Better business practices required in industry
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY New technology is making the automation of plants easier

Two chain elevators to be supplied to plant in KZN

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 Two TAKRAF Redler chain elevators will be supplied later this year to family-owned food and beverage company Willowton Oil and Cake Mills (WO&CM) for its plant in Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu-Natal, says equipment supplier Tenova TAKRAF Africa (TAKRAF Africa). 

Unique bevelling, cutting and welding reduces chance of microbial growth 

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 Owing to the existence of pipes and tubes in the food and beverage industry with improper welds – making them more susceptible to the growth of micro bacteria and organisms – industrial product supplier Actum Industrial says the high-quality end results of its Orbitalum orbital cutting, bevelling... 

Unique bevelling, cutting and welding reduces chance of microbial growth
Actum Industrial product manager Werner Smit explains what the E.H. Wachs machines and the Orbitalum machines can do. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Metal Tank Industries

By: Zandile Mavuso     25th August 2017 East Rand-based company Metal Tank Industries – in close proximity to OR Tambo International Airport – can now present its clients with not only the vessel, but also all other components that make up a complete process plant. 

Metal Tank Industries

S African packaging specialists acquired by international company

25th August 2017 International supplier of plastic packaging ALPLA – which produces packaging for the food and beverage industry – last month bought South Africa-based packaging specialists Boxmore Packaging. 

S African packaging specialists acquired by international company
PLASTIC PACKAGING ALPLA now has more than 13 production facilities in Africa

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%

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.” 

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

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

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

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

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... 

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... 

Automation company focuses on  energy efficiency
THE HELICAL-BEVEL K 9-series – K19 The K19 is used for smaller-scale applications which demand torque and efficiency

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

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

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. 

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... 

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