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Food and Beverages

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... 

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. 

Vacuum packaging increases fresh  food shelf life
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... 

Company provides support for food sector during pandemic
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... 

Collaboration improves quality of products
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... 

Spray drying cost effective, reduces allergens
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... 

Pneumatic components assist in disposing waste
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... 

Manufacturer offers hoists for industry
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... 

Data, AI to increase FMCG profits and save costs
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... 

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
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