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Food and Beverages

Supplier provides hygienic pumps solution to food and beverage industry

20th August 2021 The food and beverage industries remain important contributors to the manufacturing and fastmoving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors, as well as the local economy. However, food and beverage manufacturers are some of the most highly regulated (and penalised) businesses – and rightly so, given the... 

Industry faces multiple challenges amid unrest

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     20th August 2021 The recent spate of riots in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng has resulted in a difference in demand in the food and beverage industry, says industrial solutions provider and distributor Bearings International (BI). “There have been challenges – not only in terms of losses but also in terms of... 

A food safe bearing on a white background
FOOD SAFE BI has carried and stocked an array of food and beverage products that have the correct certification and meet the required applications

Aid supplied for food shortage

20th August 2021 After the recent devastation in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, engineering solutions provider BMG’s agricultural specialists are working even more closely with the agricultural community to help curtail the shortage of fresh produce in South Africa. “BMG’s agricultural team is well positioned to help... 

BMG drives for solar pumps on a farm
FULLY FUNCTIONAL BMG’s agricultural specialists are working even more closely with the agricultural community to help curtail the shortage of fresh produce in South Africa

Garden project boosts local nutrition

20th August 2021 Power tools and hardware wholesaler Matus South Africa’s premier garden brand Aquacraft partnered with Johannesburg-based nongovernmental organisation Siyakhana on an organic vegetable garden situated in Bezuidenhout Park, which supplies a range of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs to local... 

gardening tools in garden soil among vegetation
GARDENING WITH A PURPOSE A portion of all Aquacraft sales will go towards the expansion of urban vegetable gardens across the country

Compartment system ensures pork safety from ‘farm to fork’

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     20th August 2021 Taking a more holistic approach to pork farming, meat producer and wholesaler Lynca Meats adheres and complies to the South African Pork Producers’ Organisation’s Pork360 Quality and Traceability system through the compartment system within the pig farming industry. The compartment system,... 

a man slicing pork meat
FARM TO FORK Lynca Meats quality assures its pork through strict adherence to the regulations of compartmentalised systems

Partnership aids in reducing beverage industry footprint

20th August 2021 The beverage industry in South Africa still presents significant opportunities for addressing water, energy and waste efficiencies across the entire value chain, according to industry support programme National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC-SA) resources, strategy and innovation manager... 

Industrial water disinfection, chlorine dioxide and monochloramine

20th August 2021 Chlorine dioxide is receiving increased attention in various industrial markets for the treatment of water and, increasingly, in the food and beverage industry. This is according to Jakes Jacobs, disinfection technologist and director for Nanotech Water Solutions. 

Picture of a PCI from Nanotech

Five predictions driving transformation in industry

12th March 2021 The unforeseen disruption experienced in 2020 has prompted food and beverage producers to futureproof their businesses as far as is possible, says business cloud software solutions provider Infor Europe, Middle East and Africa solution consulting VP Phil Lewis. 

PHIL LEWIS
New technologies such as the Internet of Things will become crucial in facilitating the granularity required to minimise waste while maximising output
PHIL LEWIS New technologies such as the Internet of Things will become crucial in facilitating the granularity required to minimise waste while maximising output

Chain designed for production environments

12th March 2021 Engineering components provider BMG’s power transmission division offers maintenance-free solutions for increased productivity, minimal machine downtime and reduced maintenance costs in the food and beverage sector. 

ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY
Tsubaki’s Lambda lubrication-free roller chain series is environment-friendly and has been designed with a sintered oil-impregnated bush
ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY Tsubaki’s Lambda lubrication-free roller chain series is environment-friendly and has been designed with a sintered oil-impregnated bush

Stable exports despite bans, owing to great market support

12th March 2021 The 2020 export volumes of wine, at 319.2-million litres, echo those of a challenging 2019, despite a five-week-long ban on exports and huge challenges at the Cape Town Port terminal owing to the global Covid-19 pandemic. 

INTERNATIONAL FOOTPRINT
The overall value of the country’s wine exports increased by 7.7% to R9.1-billion in. 2020
INTERNATIONAL FOOTPRINT The overall value of the country’s wine exports increased by 7.7% to R9.1-billion in. 2020

Proactive maintenance solutions prevent inefficiencies

12th March 2021 Engineering components manufacturer Danfoss has strengthened its Alsense Internet of Things (IoT) services with a holistic store-level software suite – moving store maintenance from reactive to proactive. 

TECH-FORWARD APPROACH
The Internet of Things services enables food retailers to prioritise and reduce their maintenance efforts across stores and critical events
TECH-FORWARD APPROACH The Internet of Things services enables food retailers to prioritise and reduce their maintenance efforts across stores and critical events

Moisture control key in food processing

12th March 2021 Moisture is important in many manufacturing processes, but when it comes to food processing, excess moisture can ruin products and create unnecessary waste, economic losses and decreased productivity, says process control and instrumentation company SECO Process Instrumentation. 

MOIST CONDITIONS
While moisture is the major focus, SECO also supplies analysers for the continuous online measurement of caffeine besides others
MOIST CONDITIONS While moisture is the major focus, SECO also supplies analysers for the continuous online measurement of caffeine besides others

Technology to mitigate water- treatment challenges

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th August 2020 The 2030 Water Resources Group - hosted by the World Bank - held a webinar last month to showcase three international technologies that can help the food and beverage sector rise above business continuity challenges amid diminishing resources within the sector. The webinar included partners such... 

DECREASE USE
The food and beverage sector faces increasingly stringent environmental legislation, with the consequent need to drive water demand down to a minimum
DECREASE USE The food and beverage sector faces increasingly stringent environmental legislation, with the consequent need to drive water demand down to a minimum

Vacuum packaging increases fresh food shelf life

14th August 2020 Fresh foods such as meat, sausage, fish, and cheese are usually vacuum packaged at a pressure of around five millibars. At this pressure, the oxygen content in the remaining residual air is so minimal that the activity of various microorganisms is prevented. 

SEALED SHUT 
Typical R5 rotary vane vacuum pump from Busch for use in chamber packaging machines
SEALED SHUT Typical R5 rotary vane vacuum pump from Busch for use in chamber packaging machines

Outsourcing key utility services could benefit food sector

14th August 2020 A possible consideration for food manufacturers to consider during these challenging economic times is the outsourcing of key utility services, which impact an operations’ power consumption and capital investment decisions, says industrial refrigeration services and solutions service provider... 

Company provides support for food sector during pandemic

14th August 2020 Engineering solutions specialist BMG provides critical engineering support to ensure safe and efficient food and beverage production and handling during the Covid-19 pandemic, says BMG group product and sales manager Mark Barbour.  BMG’s solutions for the sector extend from processing, where raw... 

RAISING STANDARDS
BMG works closely with the food and beverage sector to raise hygiene standards throughout the food and logistics chain
RAISING STANDARDS BMG works closely with the food and beverage sector to raise hygiene standards throughout the food and logistics chain

Collaboration improves quality of products

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th August 2020 Continuous engagement with original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end-users has allowed roller chain specialist KÖBO to continuously improve the quality and designs of its products, which meet the stringent hygiene and health and safety requirements of the food and beverage industry, says... 

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
KÖBO also has a continuous improvement programme, which entails doing research and introducing new products to the market
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT KÖBO also has a continuous improvement programme, which entails doing research and introducing new products to the market

Liquor sales ban mounts pressure on agricultural commodities

14th August 2020 Since the initial ban on liquor sales, owing to Covid-19 regulations, there has been an accumulation of supply of raw materials, some of which could not be stored for extended periods and which also did not have any export opportunities, highlights agriculture industry body Grain SA. Alcohol is... 

Bank funds beverages company expansion strategy into Africa

13th March 2020 Financial services group Standard Bank has successfully arranged and structured $50-million in financing facilities for beverages company Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) to support its expansion strategy in Ethiopia over the next five years. The Coca-Cola Company holds a majority stake in CCBA,... 

Company upgrades its ERP for companies in food and bev industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th March 2020 Software company SYSPRO is working on upgrades to its SYSPRO Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) version 8 including some additional functionalities suitable for two large consumer products companies in South Africa and is also implementing the solution at two other food companies. “The SYSPRO ERP... 

Spray drying cost effective, reduces allergens

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th March 2020 Food manufacturer Sunspray Food Ingredients has expanded spray drying in its operation as a technology that can ensure cost savings and minimise allergens in food and non-food segments, says food manufacturer Sunspray MD Rene Cross. Spray drying is a technology that is used to convert any liquid... 

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY 
New technology in spray drying will create opportunities in food and non-food segments such as pet food
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY New technology in spray drying will create opportunities in food and non-food segments such as pet food

Pneumatic components assist in disposing waste

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th March 2020 Industrial equipment supplier Berntel SA, part of the Hudaco Group, supplies pneumatic components that assist in mitigating the water and oil waste that is produced in airlines in the food and beverage industry. These components include the company’s JORC Condensate drain, notes Berntel SA... 

SOLUTION DRIVEN 
Berntel SA focuses on a wide range of pneumatic, industrial and automation components
SOLUTION DRIVEN Berntel SA focuses on a wide range of pneumatic, industrial and automation components

Manufacturer offers hoists for industry

13th March 2020 New to equipment and products manufacturer Becker Mining South Africa’s range of Kito hoists are food grade electric chain hoists, designed for safe lifting applications in contaminant controlled and corrosive processing environments – particularly the food and beverage sector, where cleanliness... 

TWICE AS NICE 
These hoists are available as single speed units or with adjustable two-speed and dual speed selection
TWICE AS NICE These hoists are available as single speed units or with adjustable two-speed and dual speed selection

Data, AI to increase FMCG profits and save costs

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th March 2020 In order for fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies to increase profits and remain cost efficient, value chain software company MACmobile believes that such companies need to consider merging artificial intelligence (AI) with the data generated in their supply chain.  Owing to the amount of... 

ANDREW DAWSON
Using technology will enable distributors to acquire feedback on all their products through the amount of data that is collected
ANDREW DAWSON Using technology will enable distributors to acquire feedback on all their products through the amount of data that is collected

Premium instant coffee launched

13th March 2020 Last month, food and beverage company Nestlé announced the global launch of coffee company Starbucks premium instant (soluble) coffee. The new range consists of medium roast and dark roast coffees, and a variety of coffee beverages and tea lattes. 

S African wines captivate palates of the Russians

13th March 2020 Proudly South African wines that were showcased last month at the Prodexpo International Trade Show in Moscow, Russia captivated the palates of the Russians. Prodexpo is one of the largest international shows for the food and drinks sector in Russia and Eastern Europe.  

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... 

Andrew Mentis

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... 

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
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... 

BIG CHEESE
Belnori Boutique Cheesery’s St Francis of Ashisi cheese was named South Africa’s 2019 Dairy Product of the Year in March
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... 

WHITE OR BROWN?
The chamber is working on a campaign to increase local consumption of brown and whole-wheat bread by South African consumers
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... 

PRICING PARITY South Africa’s wine industry needs to continue increasing the value of its wines to ensure the industry’s sustainability
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... 

CONTRACT IN NIGERIA
SEW-Eurodrive has supplied its first Movigear to Dale Spiral Systems & Bakery Automation for a project in Benin
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... 

CLEANER AND GREENER
The food and beverage industry should explore how to be part of the transition to green enterprise and green economy
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... 

GOOD VIBRATIONS Vipro is continuously supplying clients in the food industry with electromagnetic drives, electromechanical drives and vibrating equipment
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... 

BETTER, FASTER FOOD PRODUCTION
The automation of mundane and repeatable tasks improves accuracy, drives efficiency and lowers risks
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. 

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
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... 

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