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Food and Beverages

Andrew Mentis

19th November 2019 Established in 1950, Andrew Mentis started as a precision engineering works and has grown into a leading supplier of steel grating on the African continent. Grating is an engineered product and Andrew Mentis manufactures it in such a way as to ensure that it has the appropriate load-bearing... 

Interest growing in cultivation of plant-based protein alternatives

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd August 2019 Plant-based food is the new hi-tech agritech, with research and development investment in plant-based protein alternatives at a high, while infotech and biotech are leading the future advancements of food production and farming, says Tzaneen-based multi-accredited tree nursery Red Sun Hortitech... 

Interest growing in cultivation of plant-based protein alternatives
FARM SMARTER, NOT BIGGER South Africa needs agriculture centres of excellence through which business, government and tertiary institutions collaborate on world-leading innovations in food production

Artisanal cheesemaking tough sector, says award winning cheesemaker

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd August 2019 There is a constant flow of new entrants in the local artisanal cheesemaking sector, but it is a tough world that requires much dedication, fortitude and courage, says Gauteng-based Belnori Boutique Cheesery co-owner Rina Belcher. “Owing to this, growth is really slow as many new cheesemakers... 

Artisanal cheesemaking tough sector, says award winning cheesemaker
BIG CHEESE Belnori Boutique Cheesery’s St Francis of Ashisi cheese was named South Africa’s 2019 Dairy Product of the Year in March

Bread industry campaign to increase S Africa’s fibre consumption

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd August 2019 Nonprofit industry association the South African Chamber of Baking is working on a joint campaign with the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa and the Department of Health (DoH) to encourage South Africans to consume more fibre as part of a healthy eating plan. South African Chamber of Baking... 

Bread industry campaign to increase S Africa’s  fibre consumption
WHITE OR BROWN? The chamber is working on a campaign to increase local consumption of brown and whole-wheat bread by South African consumers

Brexit concerning, but wine demand growing

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd August 2019 The consequences of Brexit remain a significant concern for South Africa’s wine producers, nonprofit industry organisation Wines of South Africa (WoSA) communications manager Maryna Calow tells Engineering News. This is owing to the uncertainty regarding future exports to the UK, which remains... 

Brexit concerning, but wine demand growing
PRICING PARITY South Africa’s wine industry needs to continue increasing the value of its wines to ensure the industry’s sustainability

Drive technology ensures efficiency in bakery automation

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd August 2019 The local food and beverage industry, compared with the country’s heavy industrial sectors, is one of the industries more receptive to automation, says drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive. Embracing Industry 4.0 is to the industry’s advantage and is, therefore, the logical way to go, says... 

Drive technology ensures efficiency in bakery automation
CONTRACT IN NIGERIA SEW-Eurodrive has supplied its first Movigear to Dale Spiral Systems & Bakery Automation for a project in Benin

South African beverage sector aiming for cleaner production

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd August 2019 National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) is joining forces with nonprofit organisation Beverages Association of South Africa (Bevsa) to support and accelerate its members’ efforts to reduce their carbon emissions, save water, limit waste and embrace renewable energy and green... 

South African beverage sector aiming for cleaner production
CLEANER AND GREENER The food and beverage industry should explore how to be part of the transition to green enterprise and green economy

Vibrating-equipment supplier cites stable demand from food sector

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd August 2019 The food industry’s demand for the equipment and services of vibration equipment manufacturer Vipro Vibrating Products is stable, with the industry focused on maintaining its existing equipment to achieve the longest possible operating life. “Demand is neither at an all-time high, as we are not... 

Vibrating-equipment supplier cites stable demand from food sector
GOOD VIBRATIONS Vipro is continuously supplying clients in the food industry with electromagnetic drives, electromechanical drives and vibrating equipment

Innovation critical for survival

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd August 2019 Increasing consumer demands and changing trends have made planning around product life more difficult and, with increased regulations around quality and traceability, innovation is now critical for survival in the food and beverage industry over the years, says enterprise software solutions... 

Innovation critical for survival
BETTER, FASTER FOOD PRODUCTION The automation of mundane and repeatable tasks improves accuracy, drives efficiency and lowers risks

OLI SA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2019 The world’s top-selling manufacturer and distributor of electric and pneumatic vibrators, OLI, now offers stainless steel industrial motors for clean and efficient plant operations. Established in 1961, OLI remains committed to delivering high-quality market-orientated products with a central... 

OLI SA

JIT is key to optimising the FMCG supply chain

23rd August 2019 The ability to manufacture just enough stock to cover orders and deliver ‘just enough’ product to every retailer is the optimal supply chain scenario in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry, says supply chain software company MACMobile commercial director Andrew Dawson. 

JIT is key to optimising the FMCG supply chain
ANDREW DAWSON In an industry where all parties are fighting for every cent in the value chain, the ability to streamline and optimise processes is a huge competitive advantage

New entrants should be cautious, protect ideas

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd August 2019 While large food and beverage manufacturers in South Africa are generally advised by in-house counsel, intellectual property law firm Spoor & Fisher senior associate Zama Buthelezi says it is important for smaller players in the industry to familiarise themselves with their intellectual property... 

Declining poultry profitability halves Astral’s interim operating profit

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2019 South African integrated poultry producer Astral’s operating profit decreased to R503-million for the six months ended March 31, compared with the R1.04-billion operating profit reported for the first half of the prior financial year, as a result of a R570-million decline in its poultry... 

Coca-Cola facilitates health services delivery

15th March 2019 Global beverage company Coca-Cola’s project last mile (PLM) has made significant progress in transforming the delivery of lifesaving medicines and increasing the demand for health services across Africa. The innovative public partnership between the Coca-Cola Company, the Coca-Cola Foundation,... 

Coca-Cola facilitates health services delivery
AFRIFOOT PRINT Coca-Cola’s project last mile kick-started pilots in newer countries including Liberia, Sierre Leone, Swaziland and Nigeria

Company recognised by Top Employers Institute

15th March 2019 Fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer Tiger Brands has been recognised by the Top Employers Institute as a Top Employer 2019 for excellence in employee conditions. Organisations certified as Top Employers dedicate themselves to providing the best working environment for employees through their... 

Company recognised by Top Employers Institute
Photo by Reuters
FACTORY SHOP Germiston meat processing facility reopened its doors to the public following the confirmation that the listeriosis outbreak was over

Grain conveyor solution system offered

15th March 2019 Heavy lift forklift supplier BLT World offers dependable solutions for specific problems at the transfer points of conveyor systems in bulk materials handling, such as grain in the food and beverage industry. “ScrapeTec Trading’s German-engineered products have been specially developed for the... 

Movement calls for Brazilian chicken import ban

By: Thabi Madiba     15th March 2019 Following the recall by a Brazilian producer of more than 450 t of chicken because of potential salmonella contamination last month, nonprofit trade advocacy movement FairPlay founder Francois Baird says the South African government has to ban Brazilian chicken imports until all producers can... 

Movement calls for Brazilian chicken import ban
Photo by Bloomberg
CHICKEN FOOT CHICKEN BASE Brazil now accounts for more than 60% of South Africa’s chicken imports, while local producers claim imports are not necessary at all

Quality inspection results in significant time and money savings

15th March 2019 With quality inspection being critical in all manufacturing and packaging lines, especially in the food and beverage sector, industrial automation solutions provider Omron vison product manager Werner Das says being able to catch a defective product before the products are shipped to customers in... 

Software simplifies food manufacturing processes

By: Thabi Madiba     15th March 2019 With supply chain waste, as well as health and safety issues, affecting the food and beverage industry, software company Syspro Africa’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can allow for and help simplify food manufacturing processes. Syspro Africa professional services manager Doug... 

Software simplifies food manufacturing processes
Photo by Bloomberg
POOR PLANNING Too often, poor planning in the supply chain results in too many incorrect products, which leaves too little cash to keep the right products in stock

TymeBank goes live in Pick n Pay and Boxer stores

15th March 2019 Last month, South Africa’s first fully licensed digital bank TymeBank went live in 500 stores of supermarket chain store Pick n Pay and discount supermarket Boxer in preparation for its formal launch. This followed a successful soft launch in December when the bank went live in 20 Pick n Pay and... 

TymeBank goes live  in Pick n Pay and Boxer stores
CUSTOMER CARE A TymeBank customer will be able to earn Smart Shopper points anywhere when they use their TymeBank card to make a purchase.

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... 

Trawling for a  cleaner environment
HAKING ITS TOLL Hake takes less toll on the environment than most other farmed proteins

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. 

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