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Food & Beverage News

Poultry industry challenges, drought negatively impact on RCL Foods’ FY17 profit

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th August 2017 The widely reported challenges facing the local poultry industry and the performance of JSE-listed RCL Foods’ chicken business unit decimated the company’s profits in the financial year ended June 30, with the company reporting a 0.8% decrease in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and... 

Franchise industry’s contribution to GDP grows to 13%

By: Anine Kilian     29th August 2017 The franchise industry’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) grew to an estimated R587-million, or 13.3% of the country’s GDP, in 2017, compared with 11.6% in 2016.  Presenting the Franchise Association of South Africa’s (Fasa’s) annual franchisor and franchisee survey results, in... 

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

Bidfood posts higher profits despite currency impacts

By: Anine Kilian     24th August 2017 JSE-listed food services company Bidfood – formerly Bid Corporation, which was unbundled from international services, trading and distribution firm Bidvest last year – reported on Thursday that its headline earnings a share rose 9.4% to 1 181c for the year ended June 30, 2017, while basic... 

Long4Life to buy beverage packaging business for up to R360m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2017 Investment holding company Long4Life will acquire Inhle Beverages, a contract packaging business in Gauteng, for up to R360-million in cash and shares. Inhle, which is based in Heidelberg, specialises in the canning and bottling of carbonated soft drinks, mineral water and energy drinks. It is... 

No agreement of sugar tax yet, says BevSA

By: African News Agency      16th August 2017 The Beverage Association of South Africa (BevSA) on Wednesday, dismissed reports that there was an agreement on the Health Promotion Levy at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac). BevSA is opposing the introduction of a 20% tax on sugary beverages, or what has been... 

Low consumer confidence contributes to weaker H1 for Famous Brands

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2017 JSE-listed Famous Brands expects its results for the six months to August 31 to be weaker than those reported for the six months to August 31, 2016. In a voluntary trading update issued on Wednesday, the company said trading conditions in the South African market had declined further in the five... 

Lovell steps down as Sapa head

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th August 2017 South African Poultry Association CEO Kevin Lovell is stepping down, effective August 17, after 11 years at the helm. Dr Charlotte Nkuna has been appointed acting CEO. 

Suspected avian flu outbreak in Western Cape

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th August 2017 Two ostrich farms in the Heidelberg area of the Western Cape have been placed under quarantine as authorities work to determine the possibility of an outbreak of the now widely-spread H5N8 avian influenza. The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is leading the investigations to confirm if the... 

Sea Harvest invests in new trawler

     11th August 2017 JSE-listed Sea Harvest has acquired a new freezer trawler from Icelandic fishing company HB Grandi for $13.5-million. The MV Therney trawler was built in the Sterkoder yard in Norway. 

Western Cape’s agricultural growth to drive economy

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Supported by the Western Cape government’s strategic initiatives to help farmers grow their crops – and their market share – the province’s official tourism, trade and investment agency Wesgro has successfully committed investments in the Western Cape agricultural sector of R1.56-billion over the... 

Western Cape’s agricultural growth to drive economy
Photo by Bloomberg
UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT The Western Cape plays a key role in South Africa’s agricultural sector, with a unique rainfall pattern allowing for a mixture of agricultural activities

AB InBev to merge Russia and Ukraine businesses with Anadolu Efes

By: African News Agency      9th August 2017 The world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) said on Wednesday that it has reached a non-binding agreement with Anadolu Efes, the leading brewer in Turkey, regarding a 50:50 merger of AB InBev’s and Anadolu Efes’ existing Russia and Ukraine businesses. This comes AB InBev’s... 

AB InBev to merge Russia and Ukraine businesses with Anadolu Efes

New iDube Cold Storage facility unveiled at Dube TradePort

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2017 The new, multipurpose R99-million iDube Cold Storage facility has officially opened in the Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in KwaZulu-Natal. The 4 500 m2 facility, which has the capacity to handle 8 600 mobile pallet positions and store up to 12 000 t of perishable product, will cater... 

Sea Harvest provides maiden interim earnings forecast

     8th August 2017 Sea Harvest, which listed on the JSE in March, on Tuesday said it expects to report earnings a share of 62c to 69c for the six months ended June 30. Headline earnings a share are expected to be 53c to 60c. 

New Springs plant able to recycle used juice and milk cartons

By: Dylan Slater     4th August 2017 An investment worth R46-million in a new liquid packaging recycling plant is enabling paper and plastics packaging company Mpact Recycling to recycle used juice- and milk cartons at its Springs-based paper mill facility on the East Rand.  

Industrial gas supplier showcases commitment to craft beer market

By: David Oliveira     4th August 2017 Industrial gas supplier Air Products hosted media at Johannesburg-based restaurant and microbrewery Mad Giant in June, where it showcased its support for South Africa’s bourgeoning craft beer industry. As a supplier of gases vital to the brewing process, Air Products plays an important role in... 

Industrial gas supplier showcases commitment to craft beer market
NELISIWE DLAMINI AND NDUMISO MADLALA Air Products food grade Freshline gas products have ensure microbreweries such as Ubuntu Kraal Brewery are able to deliver a quality craft beer

Astral farm hit by second avian influenza outbreak

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2017 JSE-listed Astral Foods on Wednesday said a second of its poultry farms has been hit by the H5N8 avian influenza outbreak sweeping across South Africa. In June, the strain had been isolated on one of Astral’s breeding sites in Villiers, costing the company some R25-million. 

Albany launches R350m revamped Bellville bakery

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2017 Albany Bakeries on Wednesday launched a R350-million investment into a new bakery in Bellville in the Western Cape, which includes the building of a brand-new plant and an upgrade of interiors of the existing plant. The new building occupies 6 884 m2, compared to an area of 3 766 m2 in the old... 

Clover FD resigns

     27th July 2017 Elton Ronald Bosch has resigned as Clover FD. His employment and directorship will continue until December 31 and he will assist the board during this transitional period to ensure the desired continuity in the business. 

UP researchers join fight against avian flu

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th July 2017 With four South African farms having been hit by the current bird flu outbreak, University of Pretoria (UP) researchers have joined the poultry industry and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to contain the highly pathogenic avian influenza, or H5N8 variant of bird flu.... 

With drought threatening food security, farmers turn to drip irrigation 

By: Anine Kilian     21st July 2017 With the recent drought in Southern Africa compounding the unpredictable impact of climate change on food production, local farmers are converting to drip irrigation in an attempt to conserve water, using less to produce more, according to Crookes Brother’s Limited (CBL) MD Guy Clarke. During a... 

With drought threatening food security, farmers turn to drip irrigation

Exhibition facilitates industrial growth in KZN

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 This year’s KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (Kite) will provide businesses in the province with an ideal access route to the key resources required to ramp up their operations in line with government’s extensive and ongoing investment in new manufacturing endeavours. 

Exhibition facilitates industrial growth in KZN
Photo by Bloomberg
GROWING ECONOMIC HUB Government investment in the Port of Durban will support trade stemming from the ramp-up of manufacturing activites in KZN

Nakambala sugar mill expansion project completed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 During the third quarter of 2017, project management and equipment design company Bosch Projects completed the implementation of the Nakambala Product Alignment and Refinery project in Mazabuka, Zambia. Bosch Projects sugar sector director Steven Rosettenstein, who was the project manager for the... 

Nakambala sugar mill  expansion project completed
NAKAMBALA SUGAR MILL Illovo Sugar appointed Bosch Projects as engineering, procurement and construction management consultants for the mill’s expansion

Sugar industry to make the most of yield recovery

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 As KwaZulu-Natal’s sugar cane growers start to recover from the effects of the drought, the South African Canegrowers’ Association (SA Canegrowers) is urging the industry to remain resilient and look for opportunities to diversify their operations. 

Sugar industry to make the most of yield recovery
BOUNCING BACK The SA Canegrowers board of directors is optimistic about the 2017/18 season, with improved rainfall set to improve production levels

Massmart reports a slow 0.5% increase in H1 sales

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 Massmart’s sales for the six months ended June 25, grew by 0.5% year-on-year to R42.5-billion. Comparable store sales decreased by 1.6% and product inflation was estimated at 3.2%. 

Greener rotary compressor can deliver savings exceeding 20%

     14th July 2017 Compressor engineering firm Lontra founder Steve Lindsey devised a more efficient, oil-free rotary compressor that offers a greener solution to traditional compression technology, able to deliver energy savings of more than 20%. His efforts gained recognition of the European Patent Office (EPO)... 

Greener rotary compressor can deliver savings exceeding 20%
STEVE LINDSEY The founder of Lontra was nominated and shortlisted as a finalist at the 2017 European Inventor Awards

New pumps suited to packaging, food and beverage industries

     14th July 2017 In May, sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco announced that it had extended its range of variable speed drive (VSD) vacuum pumps with the addition of three models offering flow rates up to 5 004 m3/h. The new GHS 3800-5400 VSD+ rotary screw pumps are particularly suited for... 

New pumps suited to packaging, food and  beverage industries
GHS VSD ROTARY SCREW PUMP The range provides significantly higher performance levels and reduced maintenance, noise and heat emissions compared to conventional oil-sealed and dry vane vacuum pumps

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