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Food and Beverages

Certification continues to ensure exports

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 Fact: South Africans purchase some 600 000 cans of pilchards daily. ?For such a high-volume food product, it is a credit to the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) that incidents of food poisoning from SABS-certified pilchards are unprecendented.? 

Water-bottler installs cleanroom

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 From having initially designed cleanrooms primarily for the pharmaceutical and medical industries, food- and beverage-company cleanroom installations have become a main line of business for Deryck Smith Consulting Engineers, based in Faerie Glen, Pretoria. 

Food and beverage sector comprises 18% of business

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 The food and beverage manufacturing and processing industries have undergone transformations, emerging with electronic production-control stakeholders to rival implementations in any other industries.? 

CSIR is empowering rural communities to sell new grain products

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 Product development for the southern African food industry is a focus of the food science and technology programme at the food science and technology programme at CSIR Bio/Chemtek. 

Dairy cooperative restructures

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 “From having been in the red a few years ago, Clover has experienced a complete turnabout, with 2003 turnover exceeding budget expectations by 40%.” 

GM food for Africa

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 A recent furore has been sparked over the South African government’s consent to allow testing of Monsanto’s genetically-modified (GM) herbicide-resistant wheat. ? 

Hydroponics is becoming a more frequent practice

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 Set up through begging, borrowing and stealing in 1996, the Vegetable and Ornamental Plant Institute (Vopi) of the Agricultural Research Council (Arc) in Roodeplaat, north of Pretoria, now serves as a demonstration unit for courses on hydroponic cultivation.? 

Packaging – the silent salesperson

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 As a worldwide industry of $400-billion, packaging is an essential part of modern life. 

Maize contracts lop R211m off Tongaat's earnings

24th February 2004 Kwazulu-Natal-based sugar, starch and aluminium group, Tongaat-Hulett, yesterday announced a sharp fall in earnings for the year ended December 31, 2003, but stated that it could record strong earnings recovery in 2004. 

Tracking down food bugs by their fingerprints

By: Karel Smrcka     5th December 2003 In the future, microbes that contaminate food will be ‘fingerprinted’ as part of a novel way of curbing their antisocial behaviour. 

Supplier completes its new factory

By: candice haase     21st November 2003 A supplier of conveyor components to the South African and African food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and brewery industries completed the construction of a 700 m2 facility on its premises in Olifantsfontein, Gauteng, early last month. 

GMO testing facility is underutilised

By: nkolola halwindi     31st October 2003 Despite the fact that a formal agreement linking Africa’s first testing facility for genetically-modified organisms (GMO) to an international organisation was signed at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein a few months ago, the facility has not been put to full use due to lack... 

Work to start soon on R150m fruit project

By: Deborah Spicer     19th September 2003 Fruit concentrate and fruit-pulps company Molt Fruit Processing intends to begin constructing a R150-million factory in Hoedspruit, in Limpopo Province, before year end. 

Venture funds for SA biotech sector limited

30th July 2003 Investment capital for biotech companies in South Africa is limited but the situation is improving, a recent debate on the industry concluded. 

You are what you don’t eat

By: Seeraj Mohamed     18th July 2003 I am one of those people who usually asks about the ingredients of food I am offered. 

Israeli irrigation technology for Eastern Cape project

By: nkolola halwindi     18th July 2003 In an effort to find a workable solution to the malnutrition crisis facing the poorest communities in the country, the Israeli Embassy, working with Ikamva Labantu, has donated 20 drip-irrigation units to Masizakhe Agricultural Project in Cradock, Eastern Cape. 

Power matters in the international trading system

By: Seeraj Mohamed     4th July 2003 The international trading system favours rich countries at the expense of poor countries. 

Cape abattoir bidding process begins

By: Jill Stanford     27th June 2003 Private-sector bidders submitted their prequalification bids for Cape Town’s Maitland Abattoir and Epping National Fresh Produce Market on June 23. 

Modern pet-food factory opens

By: Joanne Delaurentis     9th May 2003 International dog- and cat-food manufacturer Royal Canin has opened a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in North Riding, north-west of Johannesburg. 

Epoxy product allows flooring company to expand its reach

By: candice haase     18th April 2003 While the African division of an international flooring company has traditionally focused its activity on the industrial sector, a product, launched locally in January, will enable the company to venture into other more aesthetically orientated sectors. 

SA biotech firm sets up venture with German leader

18th April 2003 A local biotechnology firm has set up a joint venture agreement with a German group to manufacture and supply specialty amino acids for pharmaceutical and human nutritional applications. 

Farmers strike ‘red gold’ in Namaqualand

By: Jill Stanford     28th March 2003 Fifty-five small-scale farmers have struck ‘red gold’ in Namaqualand in the Northern Cape Province. 

R22m farm-worker empowerment deal struck

27th March 2003 In a R22-million rand deal, farm workers of the Sun Orange Farms, in the Eastern Cape, are set to acquire a 40% stake to the value of R10-million in the company, following funding made available by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) through the risk capital facility (RCF). 

SA software developer clinches R6,5m Zim deal

21st March 2003 Software developer Syspro has signed a R6,5-million deal with Delta Corporation, the largestcompany listed on the Zimbabwean Stock Exchange and a dominant manufacturer of beer and carbonated soft drinks. 

Maize market rises on dryness fears

14th March 2003 South Africa's maize futures market rose this week, extending gains made since last week when fears that good weather might desert the crop at the last minute brought an end to a steep slide in prices. 

Oyster mushroom farming takes off in rural areas

By: candice haase     7th March 2003 In 2001, the subject for a masters thesis became a reality for reducing the incidence of protein deficiencies in rural black communities. 

Emphasis placed on quality-control systems

By: candice haase     7th March 2003 World Health Organisation figures reflect that about 100-milion people die of food poisoning every year. 

South Africa aims to grow already lucrative Japanese market

By: candice haase     7th March 2003 Trade and Industry South Africa (Tisa) and the Japanese External Trade Organisation (Jetro) are focused on creating export opportunities in Japan for South African food and beverage manufacturers. 

Sweet success for honey venture

By: candice haase     7th March 2003 A beekeeping development programme, run under the auspices of the Beekeeping for Poverty Relief Programme, is stimulating rural socio-economic development in Gauteng. 

Firm emphasises importance of controlling pests in food factories

By: candice haase     7th March 2003 Systems to control pests in a factory environment are being increasingly emphasised as the health and safety requirements for food and beverage manufacturing processes become even more stringent. 

SA falling short of food security goal

By: candice haase     7th March 2003 As signatory to an agreement to increase food security – in an attempt to one day end hunger worldwide – South Africa has five years remaining to alleviate its food insecurity. 

Chocolate maker turns to local IT market for solutions

7th March 2003 The Port Elizabeth branch of Cadbury has launched Project Olympus, an undertaking to build a worldclass chocolate manufacturing plant, incorporating state-of-the-art facilities and best practices in manufacturing and production. 

Chocolate maker turns to local IT market for solutions

7th March 2003 The Port Elizabeth branch of Cadbury has launched Project Olympus, an undertaking to build a worldclass chocolate manufacturing plant, incorporating state-of-the-art facilities and best practices in manufacturing and production. 

South Africa aims to grow already lucrative Japanese market

7th March 2003 Trade and Industry South Africa (Tisa) and the Japanese External Trade Organisation (Jetro) are focused on creating export opportunities in Japan for South African food and beverage manufacturers. 

SA to host Africa’s largest retail and food industry trade fair

7th March 2003 South Africa is to host Africa’s biggest retail, food, consumer goods and related equipment and services trade fair in July, following the decision to run the internationally-acclaimed Agrifood Exhibition alongside six co-located complementary shows in Johannesburg. 

Supplier expands its delivery fleet

7th March 2003 Founded in 1937 as a Pretoria family business, Hoxies’ primary business was the export of fresh products, and the import of Portuguese products and seafood from Mozambique. 

Instant foodstuffs maker aims to combat malnutrition

7th March 2003 One of South Africa’s largest manufacturers of powdered beverages, Nutritional Foods, produces a range of instant foodstuffs aimed at combating malnutrition. 

Water bottler invests R90-million in new plant

By: candice haase     7th March 2003 After a fire, caused by an electrical fault, destroyed its operation in October last year, Nestl 

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