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Brewery and Winery

Adaptable decentralised drive ideal for brewery bottling systems

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 Distributor of engineering components Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) VLT decentral drive FCD 302, manufactured by Denmark-based engineering technology supplier Danfoss, is experiencing great success in the South African brewery industry, owing to its adaptability to client specifications. 

Beverage industry trade fairs join forces

     11th November 2016 German drinktec trade fair organiser Messe München announced at this year’s Food and Drink Technology Africa trade fair that Italian wine technology exhibition SIMEI will, for the first time, feature as an integrated part of drinktec 2017, which will be held in Munich, in Germany, from September... 

Beverage industry trade fairs join forces
INCREASING WINE’S EXPOSURE drinktec’s integration with SIMEI will see 20 000 m2 of space dedicated to technology for the wine industry at next year’s trade fair

Craft-Star system debuts in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 Food processing technology provider GEA Africa commissioned Africa’s first Craft-Star system at a craft beer brewery in South Africa, last month. 

Craft-Star system  debuts in Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
CATERING TO CRAFT BEER GEA offers solutions to craft beer breweries that meet the demand for higher production capacities with lower capital expenditure

Crowner tester ensures effective bottle sealing

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 As product loss can be a challenge with significant cost implications in the brewery industry, electronic industrial systems specialist Interpast has introduced an in-house-developed PT800-1 Crowner Seal Element Tester to ensure the effective sealing of bottles. 

Locally developed management system to be launched next year

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 Eastern Cape-based manufacturing micro-brewery Dockside Brewery is beta testing an in-house developed supervisory control and data acquisition system that will be launched in South Africa next year. 

Locally developed management system to be launched next year
STREAMLINING OPERATIONS Brewers can log information about each batch of beer on to Dockside’s system, which can then be accessed later for analysis or administrative purposes

New technology launched at FDT Africa 2016

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 Beverage industry solutions supplier Eureka Scientific launched Netherlands-based food and beverage process solutions manufacturer Pentair Haffmans’ carbon dioxide (CO2) selector to the African market at the Food and Drink Technology Africa 2016 trade fair. 

New technology launched at FDT Africa 2016
LOWERING COSTS With the elimination of maintenance, the total cost of ownership of Pentair Haffmans’ CO2 selector is very low

Botswana brewery receives flooring solution

     13th November 2015 Corrosion protection, epoxy flooring and waterproofing company Verni Speciality Construction Products, has provided a brewery in Botswana with a heavy duty flooring system to assist in maintaining hygenic conditions.  The Supaflor PU HD 6 mm polyurethane screed, that was supplied to the brewery,... 

Botswana brewery receives  flooring solution
QUICK INSTALLATION Verni’s Supaflor PU HD 6 mm polyurethane screed is a heavy-duty monolithic flooring system that is quick and easy to install

Brewery brings beer to wine-prominent area

By: Bruce Montiea     13th November 2015 Being the first brewery to open in the Western Cape’s Worcester region, at the Klipbokkop Mountain Reserve, has benefited local brewery Mountain Brewing Company (MBco) significantly, as it is now able to access an “untouched” natural spring situated 600 m from the brewery, says Klipbokkop... 

Brewery brings beer to wine-prominent area
ADDING TO THE COUNTRY’S LAGERS MBco’s Loadshed Lager was born out of the brewery’s realisation that South Africa comprises mostly lager drinkers

Brewery produces SA’s first commercially available green beer

     13th November 2015 Western Cape-based brewery Cape Brewing Company (CBC) has, with the help of renewable-energy company E3 Energy Group of Companies (E3), produced what it says is South Africa’s first commercially available green beer, using water heated by the sun. The beer-brewing process requires water at 85 ˚C.... 

Brewery produces  SA’s first commercially available green beer
INSTALLING A BREWING SYSTEM E3 Energy Group of Companies had to custom design the 10 000 ℓ storage vessel it installed at Cape Brewing Company

Brewing by-product put to good use

By: Bruce Montiea     13th November 2015 While most breweries dispose of any waste produced through their brewing processes by selling it to livestock farmers – or buying their own livestock to feed their waste to – Boksburg-based brewery Just Brewing Company donates its waste to a local park and petting zoo, which use it as feed for... 

Brewing by-product  put to good use
DISTILLATION PROCESS Brewing produces waste that can be reused

Consumer education imperative for growth of craft beer in SA

By: Bruce Montiea     13th November 2015 For craft beer to grow in popularity in South Africa, consumer education is important, as it will ensure that craft beer is on every restaurant’s menu, says Hate City Brewing Company. Consumer advocates, such as beer and food reviewers, can also help weed out breweries that are not producing... 

Consumer education imperative for growth  of craft beer in SA
INTRODUCING NEW TASTES Hate City Brewing Company is concentrating on bringing beer types to South Africa that are not commonly available

Green Wine Awards renew focus on sustainable winemaking

By: Bruce Montiea     13th November 2015 This year’s Nedbank Green Wine Awards, which took place last month in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, re-emphasised the industry’s imperative to produce local wine in an environment-friendly manner. With this in mind, this year’s award for Best Farming Practices – which was bestowed on Wildekrans... 

Green Wine Awards renew focus  on sustainable winemaking
BEST FARMING PRACTICES This year’s award for Best Farming Practices in the Nedbank Green Wine Awards went to Wildekrans Boutique Wine Estate, situated in the town of Botrivier, in the Western Cape

Nontraditional beer helps brewery stand out

     13th November 2015 Innovation and differentiation can help a brewery survive and thrive in the competitive South African beer market, says Port Elizabeth-based extreme and exotic beer maker Dockside Brewery co-owner Jane Schlaphoff. She says Dockside adds unusual or nontraditional ingredients to its beers to try... 

Nontraditional beer helps brewery stand out
DIY Dockside Brewery decided to build its brewery itself as the cost of importing a brewery was inhibitive

Programme encourages sustainable wine production

     13th November 2015 The World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF) Sustainable Agriculture Programme maintains the importance of healthy, functioning ecosystems in South Africa’s farmlands, including in the production of wine and associated fruit. The programme, which sustainable banking-focused financial... 

Programme encourages sustainable wine production
Photo by Bloomberg
RICH PICKINGS Sustainable farming aims to build farm productivity and profitability in a way that minimises any adverse impacts on the environment

Room for growth of craft beer market in SA

By: Bruce Montiea     13th November 2015 Despite craft beer sales accounting for only a fraction of the South African beer market, there is still significant room for growth in the market as consumers become more educated about craft beer, says Jack Black Brewing Company marketing coordinator Frans van Staden. He tells Engineering News... 

Room for growth of craft beer market in SA
AN ACQUIRED TASTE Awareness about craft beer is growing rapidly throughout South Africa

Solid foundation key to running a successful wine farm

By: Bruce Montiea     13th November 2015 Undertaking a comprehensive soil and climate research project before establishing a wine farm is necessary to limit risk when dealing with the unpredictability of nature, including climate change and soil condition, says Karusa Premium Wines & Craft Brewery winemaker and brew master Jacques... 

Solid foundation  key to running a successful wine farm
FAMILY AFFAIR Karusa is a family-operated and -managed wine and fruit farm, which has the benefit of there being much greater concern and effort regarding efficiency and productivity

Supplier introduces a new double-acting high-pressure pump

     13th November 2015 Industrial-strength pumps manufacturer and distributor Verder now offers a new, FDA-approved high-pressure, double-acting diaphragm pump, suitable for applications where the discharge pressure is higher than the available compressed air pressure, and for filter-press applications in the brewery... 

UV light pasteuriser makes cider production energy efficient

     13th November 2015 Making cider using an ultraviolet light pasteuriser is more product-benign and energy efficient than heat pasteurisation, says Cape Town-based beer and cider maker Garagista Beer Company owner Steve Miller. “We are the only cider makers in South Africa to use an ultraviolet light pasteuriser,” he... 

UV light pasteuriser  makes cider production  energy efficient
SOUTH AFRICAN PALE ALE Garagista Beer Company has been making a local Pale Ale since June last year

Committee responsibilities realigned

By: David Oliveira     14th November 2014 Brewing and bottling company SABMiller CEO Alan Clark initiated further realignment of responsibilities within the group’s executive committee last month, following the combination of the company’s South Africa and Africa business unit into a single region. The realignment included SABMiller CFO... 

Green Wine Awards winners announced

By: David Oliveira     14th November 2014 The winners of this year’s Nedbank Green Wine Awards were announced at Cape Town-based Myoga restaurant last month. The awards honour wine farmers who endeavour to reduce the impact of farming on their land and farm more sustainably. Sixteen top achievers were announced at the function, with the... 

Green Wine Awards winners announced
BIODIVERSITY AND WINE INITIATIVE The BWI encourages wine producers to farm sustainably and express the advantages of the Western Cape’s abundant diversity in its wines

Hotel group tops two wine auctions’ lists

     14th November 2014 Hotel group Tsogo Sun spent just under R3.2-million at two wine auctions this year, namely the Nederburg and Cape Winemakers Guild auctions, highlighting its commitment to offering guests at its hotels an exceptional quality food and beverage experience. The group took top spot at both auctions... 

Local company secures flooring contract for WC winery

By: David Oliveira     14th November 2014 Jet Park-based corrosion protection, epoxy flooring, concrete repair and waterproofing company Verni secured a contract for its Supaflor polyurethane (PU), high-density (HD) screed flooring solution last month. The solution will be applied to the floors of the winery at Mont Rochelle in... 

Local company secures flooring contract  for WC winery
BREWERY FLOORING SOLUTION Supaflor polyurethane, high-density screeds are used to protect floors from high-volume traffic and constant cleaning

Underage drinking in South Africa under reality show spotlight

     14th November 2014 The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and brewing and bottling company South African Breweries (SAB) launched the second season of the local reality television series, Future Leaders, which aired on SABC 1, October 14. A month-long nationwide search has yielded five contestants who will be... 

Measurement and control of alcohol imperative to distillation process

By: Anine Kilian     15th November 2013 Rapid and accurate in-line measurement of alcohol is importantin the distilling industry to ensure successful and profitable management of the process. This applies equally to modern and traditional plants, particularly in the current economic climate states liquid concentration and density... 

Bill will not curb alcohol abuse in SA

By: Anine Kilian     15th November 2013 Economic consultation firm Econometrix completed a study regarding the Control of Marketing of Alcohol Beverages Bill and found contradictory evidence of the results of the country’s proposed alcohol advertising ban. The study was conducted locally and internationally and was completed in February. 

Local wine consumption increasing

By: Anine Kilian     15th November 2013 South Africa’s wine consumption grew from 6.1% in 2011 to 7.2% in 2012, owing to increased consumption by black South Africans, states CEO of official wine education body in South Africa the Cape Wine Academy and Cape wine master Marilyn Cooper. “Consumption decreased because there wasn’t a... 

Mindset change needed for SA wine industry to become more competitive

By: Anine Kilian     15th November 2013 A lack of supply chain awareness is hampering the competitiveness of South Africa’s wine industry, Stellenbosch University, Department of Logistics senior lecturer Joubert van Eeden tells Engineering News. At the recent SAPICS conference for supply chain professionals Van Eeden noted that,... 

SA wine industry affected by economy, diversification suggested

By: Anine Kilian     15th November 2013 The South African wine industry is under great pressure, especially the higher priced wines, owing to the poor state of the economy, winemaker and director of Durbanville-based wine farm Klein Roosboom Karin de Villiers tells Engineering News. She explains that wine farms producing cheaper wines... 

Brewer expands its African beer production

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th November 2012 The world's second-largest brewer SABMiller has invested $16-million over the last 18 months in the expansion of its 50-year-old African beer brand, Chibuku, into six other countries on the African continent. This investment has enabled the brand to be sold in more than double the number of... 

Bulk wine shipments impacting on local wine industry

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th November 2012 The South African wine industry’s future competitiveness will depend on the country’s ability to access new markets through government support, increase its productivity, maintain the local identity of its wines and maintain sound wine quality, says wine producer consultation organisation VinPro... 

Craft beer ecommerce website offers more

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th November 2012 Since the launch of the South African craft beer e-commerce website and blog The League of Beers, in August, the business has expanded to include a beer-of-the-month club debit facility and a wider selection of craft beer. 

Online SA trilingual wine dictionary available

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th November 2012 Winetech, the organisation that coordinates research, training and technology transfer in the wine industry, and nonprofit organisation South African Wine Industry Information & Systems (Sawis) have collaborated to create a trilingual wine dictionary for the South African industry. 

Setas, industry body to drive skills development

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th November 2012 The Wine Industry Network for Expertise and Technology (Winetech), an organisation that coordinates research, training and technology transfer in the wine industry, hopes to form a steadfast partnership with sector education and training authorities (Setas), the Foodbev and AgriSeta to develop... 

King III drives ‘greener’ breweries

By: Sinette Goosen     11th November 2011 Water and wastewater management company Talbot & Talbot reports that integrated reporting, as described in the King Code and Report on Governance in South Africa, or King III, is becoming the driving force behind a trend towards the more judicious use of natural resources, such as water and... 

Larger wine grape harvest despite climate challenges

By: Sinette Goosen     11th November 2011 South Africa’s wine grape crop for this year increased slightly, albeit at lower levels than expected, owing to significant fluctuations in weather conditions, among other factors. 

Portable pressure chambers successful in measuring vine water status

     11th November 2011 Dry and windy conditions prior to the 2011 wine grape harvest are proving the merits of wine and spirits producer Distell’s recent investment in technology to more accurately measure vine water status, reports Distell senior specialist viticulturist Drikus Heyns.  

SA wine export decline puts industry under pressure

By: Sinette Goosen     11th November 2011 The decline in South African wine exports might cause the industry to contract, which will, in turn, result in jobs losses and less income to reinvest in wineries, vineyards and marketing, says nonprofit industry organisation Wines of South Africa communications manager Andre Morgenthal. 

SA wines have a place in Pan-Asian market 

     11th November 2011 South African wine producers should thoroughly research their individual potential markets in Asia and should avoid thinking of the region, which is home to 57 countries, as a homogenous entity, Master of Wine, and international wine judge and consultant to producers trading in Asian markets,... 

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