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Brewery and Winery

Identifying the water footprints of the beer value chain

By: Petronel Smit     13th November 2009 Major beer brewer SABMiller and global conservation organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) are working together on water footprinting to better understand the quantity, efficiency and geographical context of water used to produce beer, in order to better manage the resource. 

Popularity of microbreweries set to increase

By: Petronel Smit     13th November 2009 Global trends indicate that microbreweries may become more popular in future, reports South Africa’s largest microbrewery Mitchell’s Brewery. 

Responding to 
climate change

By: Petronel Smit     13th November 2009 Winery Nederburg’s viticultural team is currently involved in a range of vineyard management strategies in response to climate change. 

Threefold increase in exports affirms healthy wine industry

By: Petronel Smit     13th November 2009 Industry research body the SA Wine Industry Information and Systems (SAWIS) reports that the country’s wine exports have increased threefold in the last ten years. For the 12 months to August 2009, offshore sales volumes reached a total of 405,1-million litres, representing a 12% year-on-year... 

South African wines bear export fruit

By: Jonathan Faurie     14th November 2008 South African wine exports are up 36% over 2007 export figures as of September this year, reports wine export facilitator Wines of South Africa (Wosa). 

Oxygen management system improves wine industry

By: Jonathan Faurie     14th November 2008 An oxyen management system, tailor-made for the wine industry by engineering company Air Liquide, is proving to be popular five years after its introduction. 

SA wine industry receives international acclaim

By: Jonathan Faurie     14th November 2008 The concerted conservation efforts of the South African wine industry, which, in just four years, has set aside for a total of 104 000 ha for long-term conservation is being praised internationally, reports wine export association Wines of South Africa (Wosa). 

First winery effluent treatment plant for SA

14th November 2008 Western Cape engineering company Effluent Management has just completed South Africa’s first winery effluent wastewater treatment plant reports the company. 

Brewery completes social upliftment programme

14th November 2008 South Africa’s largest brewery company, South African Breweries (SAB) , part of the SAB Miller group, has completed a social upliftment project which aims to reduce the carbon emissions generated by its central offices. 

New compressors find use in beverage industry

14th November 2008 Engineering company Atlas Copco has announced that its ZD high-pressure compressors are the first in the world to offer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging production the security of 100% certified oil-free air with a Class 0 certification. 

Gas unit meets brewery and winery industriy needs

14th November 2008 The Intaka Tech nitrogen generation unit, built by engineering company Intaka Tech, is a unit tailor-made for the brewery and winery industry reports the company. 

Wine industry urged to help combat global warming

14th November 2008 Former US vice president Al Gore, has urged the global wine industry to act to tackle climate change. 

Company growth up, but outlook uncertain

By: Jonathan Faurie     14th November 2008 International brewery group SAB Miller, one of the largest brewers in the world, has reported that its local operations experienced a slight growth in the beginning of the 2008/9 financial year. However, the outlook for the rest of the year is uncertain. 

Local brewer increases environmental efforts

By: Jonathan Faurie     14th November 2008 Efforts to improve the environmental effects that South Africa’s largest brewer South African Breweries (SAB), part of the SAB Miller group, has on the environment have increased over the past year, reports the company. 

Western Cape to host international wine industry talks

14th November 2008 Some of the foremost role players in the international wine industry are set to meet in the Western Cape to discuss important new trends in wine and wine tourism. 

Consumer shifts sustain brewery industry profitability

14th November 2008 Recent research carried out by analysis company, Global Industry Analysts, shows that consumer developments will sustain profitability in the brewery industry. 

With Africa emerging as a key market, Heineken and partners prepare to enter the belly of the beast, South Africa

By: Dennis Ndaba     12th September 2008 The development by global beer group Heineken, and its partners, of a multi-million-rand brewery in Sedibeng, south of Johannesburg, is being seen by both government and food and beverage industry observers as a fairly significant milestone – in total, the Dutch brewer is involved in projects in... 

Beer clarification applications experience technology conversion

By: Chanel de Bruyn     16th November 2007 Cross-flow filtration systems are slowly being recognised as an alternative to the traditional kieselguhr or diatomaceous earth filtration systems used in about 95% of breweries worldwide, says global specialised product and engineering solutions provider Alfa Laval. 

Bottling hall upgrade receives new industrial flooring

By: Chanel de Bruyn     16th November 2007 National specialist contracting company Industrial Flooring Systems (IFS) has installed a flooring system for the upgrade of a bottling hall facility of a wine and spirits producer from Cape Town. 

Winemaking machinery undergoes test trials

16th November 2007 Local supplier of wine machinery Velo SA has undergone a number of trials this year for its equipment in different wineries in the country. 

New company established to embrace wine production

16th November 2007 The Institute for Wine Biotechnology (IWBT), at Stellenbosch University, has decided to capitalise on the research proficiency and knowledge that has been developed at the institute over the last ten years, says IWBT representative Dr Viresh Ramburan. 

Cork council reduces TCA-tainted cork use

By: Chanel de Bruyn     16th November 2007 The South African Cork Council (SACC) has been making strides to reduce the amount of trichloroanisole-tainted (TCA-tainted) cork closures used in the winery industry. 

Beer shortage abates

By: Chanel de Bruyn     16th November 2007 Local brewer South African Breweries (SAB) has reported that there is no critical shortage of its beer brands, despite some pack sizes and types of beer remaining under pressure. 

Initiative builds biodiversity, secures vineyard sustainability

By: Chanel de Bruyn     16th November 2007 The Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI), a partnership between the South African wine industry and the conservation sector has experienced significant growth in membership in the three years of its existence. 

Large Tanzanian brewery contracts soon to be completed

By: Chanel de Bruyn     16th November 2007 Design and installation of packaging and production lines, and project management consultants for the food and beverage industry High-Tech Packaging is currently working on a range of projects for Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL), which is owned by South African Breweries (SAB) Miller. 

Local company supplies electrical equipment to brewery, beverage projects

By: Chanel de Bruyn     16th November 2007 Manufacturer and supplier of electrical equipment High-Tech Systems is involved in a range of contracts for the food and beverage, and in particular, the brewery industry. 

SA brandy continues on its growth trajectory

16th November 2007 The South African brandy industry has succeeded in maintaining its growth momentum during the year under review, says the South African Brandy Foundation. 

Wine industry associations implement foresight, business intelligence service

By: Chanel de Bruyn     16th November 2007 The South African Wine Industry Information and Systems (SAWIS), in co-operation with Winetech and Wines of South Africa (Wosa) are implementing a Wine Industry Foresight and Business Intelligence Service. 

SA wine exports back on a growth trajectory

By: Chanel de Bruyn     16th November 2007 Despite dismal trading conditions for 2006, Wines of South Africa (Wosa) director Su Birch says it the wine export market has turned the corner and that trading conditions are back on a growth trajectory. 

Oil and chemical resistant cable supplied to breweries

By: Chanel de Bruyn     16th November 2007 Cable manufacturer Lapp Cable has supplied cable to the South African Breweries (SAB) for the past ten years, and continues to supply cable to a number of food and beverage applications. 

SA brewer embarks on Ugandan JV

By: cheryl reddy     17th November 2006 Black empowered, Coleus Packaging, in which SAB owns a 60% share, with the remaining 40% owned by empowerment partner Nokusa Packaging, has entered in a 50/50 joint venture with Crown Corks of Uganda. 

Wine prices drop as marketing lags

By: cheryl reddy     17th November 2006 The absence of consolidated marketing efforts from South African producer cellars, combined with the relative strong performance of the rand last year, largely contributed to a further drop in wine prices during 2005. 

Club car for winery

17th November 2006 The exclusive distributors in Southern Africa of club car utilities, CSE Equipment Company has recently put a vehicle through its paces at Lourensford Estates, a local wine farm. 

‘Bedouin’ tents boost branding initiative

17th November 2006 Cape Town-based manufacturer and developer of Bedouin-style tents, Tentra have recently delivered four MGD branded freestyle tents to SABMiller. 

Locally-built dosing plant supplied

17th November 2006 To meet the demand for a complete dosing package, local liquid dosing technology company DoseTech designed and built a custom skid fitted with metering pumps, tanks and associated equipment and instrumentation, which was pre-tested by the customer before being delivered to brewery. 

Chocolate lager to launch in time for Christmas

17th November 2006 One of the world’s largest brewers, SABMiller recently announced the release of its chocolate beer, uniquely brewed with six different malts, including a dark chocolate malt. 

Wine road rehabilitation proves successful

17th November 2006 Stellenbosch is the heart of the South African wine industry, a place of exquisite beauty and richly endowed with the country’s colourful ways of life and its traditions. 

GM grapevine tests face local opposition

By: cheryl reddy     17th November 2006 Three organisations have independently conducted research and lodged formal objections to the Registrar of Genetic Resources opposing an application from Stellenbosch University’s Institute of Wine Biotechnology (IWBT) to conduct a field trial with genetically-modified (GM) grapevines in... 

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