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Food and Beverages

SA food industry is in appetising shape

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The South African food industry is in good shape, with various sectors experiencing exceptional growth, reports South African Association for Food Science and Technology (Saafost) president Aubrey Parsons. “In South Africa, as in the rest of the world, there is a drive towards developing... 

Company takes chunk out of food projects

By: System Author     12th March 1999 OVER the last couple of years, Fluor Daniel Southern Africa has successfully carried out sizeable projects in the food and beverage industry, and is making its mark, says business-development manager Jonathan Cramp. It is currently investigating a project for Pillsbury in Greece. In 1997, the... 

Packaging firm wraps up orders

By: System Author     12th March 1999 With an ever-expanding food industry in South Africa, packaging specialist Pakmatic, of Bryanston, Gauteng, is experiencing a period of growth, and undertook various packaging-equipment installations for the food industry during the past six months. This includes a cooking-oil filling machine... 

Company comes clean

By: System Author     12th March 1999 THE use of conventional diesel-heated high-pressure cleaners in the food and food-processing industry has always been problematic due to exhaust-gas emissions caused by the fuel-combustion-type burners. However, the presence of fat, grease, oil and other sticky, difficult-to-remove substances... 

Onion-curing plant boosts exports

By: System Author     12th March 1999 An onion-curing plant has been installed at a Western Cape farm to ensure that onions produced for the export market have the specified firm skin. “The Perishable Products Export Control Board’s (PPECB) standards specify that onions must have a firm skin when considered for... 

Mining technology muscles in on food industry

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A modular screen traditionally used in all facets of the mining industry is to be provided with added muscle once the adaptation for a food-industry application is completed. “We are busy investigating the possibility for the screen to be used on a mussel farm in Saldanha, Western... 

R5,5-million bread-conditioning plants

By: System Author     12th March 1999 In a contract valued at R5,5-million, Dale Spiral Systems & Bakery Equipment, of Honeydew, Gauteng, has supplied two locally-manufactured twin-drum bread-conditioning plants to the Albany Bakeryin Germiston on behalf of JF Turkingtons. The conditioning plants are used to cool bread from about 95 

Humidity and temperature monitor released

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A HUMIDITY and temperature monitor marketed by local agent Protectaire has been released by Ryan Instruments. This monitor provides the user with critical information on environmental conditions needed to manage perishables throughout the supply chain. The unit can be programmed to monitor in one... 

South African bread industry on the rise

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Since the deregulation of the baking industry eight years ago, there has been a considerable rise in the number of over-the-counter (OTC) and retail bakeries in South Africa. “Until 1991, the industry was highly regulated due to a bread subsidy granted by the government. “Thus it was... 

R4m capex at Gauteng yeast producer

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Yeast producer Yeastpro is rising to the occasion by embarking on yet another capital-investment project at its Industria, Gauteng, plant by replacing the yeast-cream storage tanks in its drying plant. The estimated R4-million project, which has already begun, is scheduled to be completed by the... 

R80m plant a first

By: System Author     12th March 1999 WHAT is thought to be only malic, tartaric and fumaric acidulants plant in the southern hemisphere has been built and is being commissioned in Durban by leading chemicals concern NCP, a division of Sentrachem Dow Chemicals. The R80-million plant, situated at the company’s Isipingo complex,... 

South Africa faces milk-products surplus

By: System Author     12th March 1999 South Africa’s dairy industry has had to reduce the flow of milk from producers to the consumer market due to a surplus, causing an uncommonly-high stock of milk products. The present milk surplus started about two years ago when there was, in fact, a shortage of milk products in the... 

Flexible belt range

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A RANGE of Uni-Chain flexible modular plastic belts and accessories that meet stringent international specifications required by the food and beverage industry is distributed by Bearing Man’s belting division. The belting has approval from the US Food and Drug Administration and from the US... 

Ice-cream maker opts for new solution

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Ice-cream manufacturer Ola, part of Unilever South Africa, was the first South African organisation to implement SAP’s solution for the consumer-products industry using the AcceleratedSAP (ASAP) fast-track methodology. The company is a leading manufacturer and marketer of ice-cream in South... 

Small-traders’ Cape Town facility a success

By: System Author     12th March 1999 After a year in oper- ation, the small- traders’ facility at Epping fresh produce market, Cape Town, is exceeding all expectations in attracting business. Before the facility was completed, these traders had to conduct business on the loading ramps outside the market. This situation... 

Food waste turned into compost supply

By: System Author     12th March 1999 FOOD waste from canteens and restaurants is a large potential source of clean, odourless compost. New aerobic accelerators from Sweden, requiring a little electrical power and sawdust additive, are now available in user-operated units. The converters render a product that feels and smells like... 

Catering company offers a wide spread

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Catering company Royal Food Services, of Gallo Manor, Gauteng, has established a national network of offices, and operates catering contracts at health, education, South African National Defence Force and mining institutions countrywide, as well as a number of industrial and corporate contracts... 

Fat content detection

By: System Author     12th March 1999 NEW equipment that determines the exact amount of fat content in food and feed in less than ten minutes has been released in South Africa by B 

World-class food-service delivery firm

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Making strides in changing the face of contract catering in this country, and meeting diners’ demands for world-class quality, service and standards, is leading food-service group, Compass Southern Africa, with its innovative approach to food-service delivery. “It is our aim to become... 

Sorghum-quality project

By: System Author     12th March 1999 SORGHUM is a critically-important food crop in Sub-Saharan Africa due to its drought tolerance. However, a problem with sorghum is that the quality of its protein in terms of digestibility is inferior to that of other cereal foods, especially when sorghum foods are cooked. In 1996, CSIR Foodtek,... 

Pipeline-residue recovery system

By: System Author     12th March 1999 DESIGNED to eliminate problems occurring in pipeline use – such as non-recovery of all the product, and the effluent created when this is discharged into drains – is the Magnasphere product-recovery system from Soliflo. Approved by Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association,... 

Meter for quality control

By: System Author     12th March 1999 THE Lightwave spectrophotometer, used for quality control on ingredients and food products, was launched into the Southern African market in October last year at Lab Africa ’98. For the first time, benefits of the latest diode-array technology have been incorporated into a low-cost... 

Demand for organically-produced food

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Consumer demand for organically-produced food is on the rise, and provides new market opportunities for farmers and businesses around the world, reports the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Under the right circumstances, the market returns from organic agriculture can... 

32 km tubing for soya-milk plant

By: System Author     12th March 1999 TECHNOLOGY from South Africa, Germany and Denmark combined in the supply of tubing and fittings, plate heat-exchangers and valves for Denel’s new soya-milk project at Potchefstroom, North West Province, with the largest tubing order ever placed in South Africa’s food and beverage... 

Poultry-products processor takes wing

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Continuing to prove its expertise in the meat-processing market, Marcam Solutions has announced that Cuddy International Corporation has purchased its Protean solution. Cuddy International is a London-based processor that supplies poultry products to many of the world’s leading fast-food... 

R9m detinning plant

By: System Author     12th March 1999 PROGRESS has been made in the detinning operations of Collect-a-Can with the establishment of a R9-million shredding and briquetting plant at Vanderbijlpark. This investment allows used steel beverage cans to be used in new, imaginative ways other than being sold as scrap to steelmakers. Future... 

Hi-tech projects flowing at soft drink maker

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Various new-technology projects flowing from soft-drink producer Amalgamated Beverage Industries’ (ABI) Clayville plant, in Gauteng, will enable the company to increase production substantially. In August last year the warehouse space of 12 700 m2 was increased by 3 200 m2 to 16 000 m2.... 

SA’s most powerful disinfection system

By: System Author     12th March 1999 What is believed to be the most powerful closed-chamber ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system in operation in South Africa has been installed in a canning facility in the Western Cape. The system has been delivered by specialist supplier UV Water Systems of Sunnyside, Pretoria, reports MD Mario... 

Industrial mixer range launched

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A SPECIALIST in the design and manufacture of engineering products and systems, Cape Industrial Trading, has a range of industrial mixers suited for the simplest mixing and blending operations in the food and beverages industry, as well as complex chemical processes. The company’s range of... 

Cable system for wet mill in Gauteng

By: System Author     12th March 1999 An electric-cable transit-sealing system for external and internal use has been specified by Fluor South Africa for use at African Products’ greenfield maize wet-mill project at Kliprivier in Gauteng. The order was placed by electrical subcontractor Kentz of Randburg. The Roxtec system... 

Fire-detection system for Maputo brewery

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The remote location of the Cervejas De Mozambique (CDM) Brewery near Maputo in Mozambique did not hinder the record-breaking installation time of just 14 days – from placement of order to completed installation – of a new fire-detection and alarm system. Undertaken by High-Tech... 

Construction of state-of-the-art wine cellar

By: System Author     12th March 1999 IN a project valued at R68-million, Durbanville Hills wine cellar in Cape Town is constructing a new state-of-the-art wine cellar. The cellar was designed by internationally-acclaimed cellar designer Johann Biesenbach. A prerequisite for making high-quality wine is a winemaker’s ability to... 

New single-seat valve designed

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A MODERN, versatile single-seat valve, the Delta SW4, designed to revolutionise valve maintenance and to fill the rapidly-changing needs of the hygienic-processing industries, has been designed by APV Fluid Handling. Great emphasis was placed on facilitating valve handling, installation and... 

Firm reaping benefits of hi-tech tracking

By: System Author     12th March 1999 One of South Africa’s large sugar processors, Transvaal Sugar, is beginning to reap the benefits of the latest application for the Avonwood Eureka 411 fully-automated vehicle-identification and tracking technology. The system, which was commissioned in October last year, controls the... 

Meat industry trade fair

By: System Author     12th February 1999 THE first-ever International Trade Fair for the Meat Industries of Africa (Ifma), incorporating the International Meat Exhibition (Imex), scheduled for Johannesburg in June, is already attracting considerable international interest. Delegates from more than 20 countries are expected to attend a... 

R100m Potch soya plant on stream in February

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 A SOYA bean processing plant believed to be the first of its kind in the world is due to go into production in February on a greenfield site in Potchefstroom (Engineering News May 22, 1998). It is owned by Specialised Protein Products (SPP), a subsidiary of Denel. The Potchefstroom plant, under a... 

Hi-tech shopping trolley rolls in

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 A NEW range of ergonomically-designed lightweight shopping trolleys has been launched locally. Speaking at the launch of the Galaxy range in Johannesburg, Cape Gate, Fence & Wire Works MD Robert Kaplan said the products were in line with international consumer trends to offer customers a... 

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