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Food and Beverages

South African honeybees killed unnecessarily

By: David Oliveira     23rd August 2013 South Africa is not experiencing honeybee shortages like Europe and the US, where in some parts of those countries up to 80% of honeybee colonies are reported as collapsed, says association for the plant science industry CropLife South Africa consultant Dr Gerhard Verdoorn. A honeybee shortage is... 

New software module allows for mobile plant equipment control

By: David Oliveira     23rd August 2013 Software solutions provider Wonderware released a new visualisation module this month, called InTouch Access Anywhere, which allows operators to view plant operations and control plant equipment over the Internet using mobile devices such as smartphones, says Wonderware technical director Deon... 

Software to help track bread tag collections for wheelchair initiative

By: David Oliveira     23rd August 2013 A pilot phase for polystyrene recycling software PolyNet is being launched for the Bread Tags for Wheelchairs initiative, facilitated by industry body the Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC) of South Africa. The initiative sees people collecting bread packet tags, which are then sold to buy new... 

Increasing concern about GM foods 

By: David Oliveira     23rd August 2013 Eighty per cent of maize grown in South Africa and large portions of the country’s soya and cotton production are genetically modified (GM), with increasing concern about the lack of long-term studies documenting the possible effects of these GM crop productions on humans and the environment.... 

Food waste costs SA R61.5-billion a year

By: David Oliveira     23rd August 2013 Food waste is a global and a local challenge, which is costing South Africa R61.5-billion a year. Subsequently, South Africa-based scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is undertaking research on... 

Food waste costs SA R61.5-billion a year
Photo by Linda Godfrey
FOOD WASTE FOCUS The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research began researching food waste last year and it is the first time that research of this nature has been undertaken in South Africa

Methyl bromide ban holds significant challenges for food industry

By: Yolandi Booyens     8th March 2013 The South African Pest Control Association (Sapca) sent a delegation to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in 2012 to raise its concern about a future without the fumigant Methyl Bromide, which, in the absence of alternatives, could lead to a standstill in the food... 

Ban on alcohol advertising would limit freedom of choice

By: Yolandi Booyens     8th March 2013 Competition in the alcohol industry will be destroyed if government officials succeed in banning alcohol advertising in South Africa – not only will it freeze the market share of the two largest players – Distell and South African Breweries Miller – but it will also demolish many of the smaller... 

Mislabelling of seafood threatening sustainability

By: Yolandi Booyens     8th March 2013 The fraudulent labelling of fish products is a serious threat to global seafood markets, with 24% to 50% of species mislabelled, states Word Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) manager of seafood-market transformation and the sustainable fisheries programme John Duncan. This not only has... 

Virtual reality element to be launched with AB7

By: Yolandi Booyens     8th March 2013 A virtual-reality element will be included at this year’s Africa’s Big Seven (AB7) show, the largest food and beverage trade show on the continent, allowing exhibitors and visitors to participate virtually, in real time, from anywhere in the world. AB7 is to be enhanced virtually from the... 

New airless food-grade lubrication system introduced onto market

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th March 2013 Bearings, seals and lubrication systems supplier SKF will focus on educating its distributors and customers on its food-grade lubrication system, ChainLube, to drive local uptake of the product as part of its marketing strategy for 2013. 

Farmers struggling amid food price increases 

By: Yolandi Booyens     8th March 2013 Food prices in South Africa are drastically increasing, owing to continual electricity and fuel price hikes, as well as wage increases, which impact directly on the country’s food production sector, states Transvaal Agricultural Union South Africa (TAU SA) assistant GM Chris van Zyl. The... 

Stronger regulation of livestock treatment needed

By: Yolandi Booyens     8th March 2013 A committee is investigating the development of an Animal Welfare Act that will regulate the treatment of livestock in South Africa. This problem can, to some extent, be dealt with by the Animals Protection Act, No 71 of 1962, but new laws to deal with the systems currently in place at factory... 

Local wine exports reached record high in 2012

By: Yolandi Booyens     8th March 2013 South Africa is anticipating a grape crop of more than 1.3-million tons for 2013 – a record in the wine industry's history. In addition, the country’s wine exports reached a record of 417-million litres in 2012, up 17% from 2011. The outlook for the South African wine industry remains positive,... 

Alternative material available for compressor air-line installations in food industry

By: Yolandi Booyens     8th March 2013 Industrial project management and installation company Ocean 24 aims to introduce its PlomyClick piping solution onto the food and beverage market this month by demonstrating the product’s antibacterial advantages to manufacturers in the industry, states Ocean 24 project estimator Colin Rothery.... 

Dairy floor gets R1.9m overhaul

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th March 2012 Industrial flooring contractor Concrete Laser Flooring (CLF) has completed a R1.9-million floor project for a new facility for dairy products producer Fairfield Dairy, in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal. 

Beverage producer supports sustainable sugar cane farming

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th March 2012 Beverage manufacturer The Coca-Cola Company is collaborating with local partners in the sugarcane industry in a sustainable agriculture initiative aimed at reducing the impact of sugarcane farming on the environment.  

System geared for food and beverage industry

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th March 2012 Global Danfoss customer KHS has indicated that all solutions that require energy saving will incorporate the VLT FlexConcept, says industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group (BMG) electronics technical manager Dave Dyce.  

Expansion into Africa holds positive prospects for fast food chain

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th March 2012 Global fast food restaurant company Yum Brands, the parent company of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), plans to increase the number of KFC stores in Africa to around 1 000 by the end of this year. 

Producer expects continued growth in demand for coffee creamer

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th March 2012 Food manufacturer Nestlé South Africa expects the domestic coffee creamer industry, which it says is valued at R2-billion, to experience continued growth for the foreseeable future, says Nestlé South Africa corporate affairs director Ravi Pillay. 

Bionic adaptive gripper suitable for sorting fruit, other food products

9th March 2012 Pneumatic and electric drive technology supplier Festo has introduced the DHDG bionic adaptive gripper, which handles fruit, bulbs or pressure-sensitive foods quickly and reliably, onto the market.  

Equipment installation results in increased production

9th March 2012 Heavy lifting and plant installation specialist Vanguard has completed the second phase of beer brewer Heineken’s Sedibeng development project.  

Gas products provider offers technology for fresher and safer food

9th March 2012 Gas products and technology manufacturer and supplier Air Products says it has made important strides in food safety technology in the last 4 to 5 years, particularly in the area of modified atmosphere packaging (Map), where its Freshline offering brings a complete packaging solution to food... 

Less fortunate helped by Bread Tags initiative

9th March 2012 Last year, 137 wheelchairs were donated to underprivileged people through the Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC) of South Africa’s Breadtags for Wheelchairs initiative 

Use, recycling of polystyrene packaging increases in food industry

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th March 2012 The use and recycling of polystyrene in the food industry has increased over the past few years through the various awareness initiatives created by industry organisation the Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC) of South Africa. 

Bakery acquires lightweight truck bodies

9th March 2012 Cape Town-based designer and manufacturer of insulated and dry freight fibreglass truck bodies and trailers Serco continues to manufacture new lightweight truck bodies for food producer Sasko Bakeries. 

Food trends point to demand having gone full circle

By: Henry Lazenby     25th February 2011 Demand for food products in South Africa, and the rest of the world, has gone full circle, owing to people demanding to eat food that is produced naturally, with the least amount of processing, food scientist Dr Aubrey Parsons reports. 

Global food prices continue to rise

25th February 2011 The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reports that prices for all categories of food are expected to be significantly higher in the period between 2010 and 2019, compared with those between 1997 and 2006. 

Food forensics allows for accurate contaminant tracing

By: Henry Lazenby     25th February 2011 Food health, safety and laboratory services provider Aspirata reports that it is pioneering the genotyping of food pathogens in South Africa to accurately trace the origins of contaminants in food. 

Carbon tax drives hospitality industry to greener alternatives

By: Henry Lazenby     25th February 2011 Green hospitality networking website Greenstuff founder Lorraine Jenks reports that, with the release of the National Treasury’s carbon tax discussion document late last year, hospitality establishments are starting to give serious thought as to how their operations may be affected. 

Conveyor system lightens load on staff

25th February 2011 Seafood specialist Garon Foods reports that it has installed a FlexLink conveyor system from Flexible Conveyor Systems (FCS) to streamline the production and packaging of food products that requires special cooling before sealing. 

Beverages producer trains baristas

By: Henry Lazenby     25th February 2011 Local beverages producer Ciro Beverage Solutions has launched a project to train baristas from underprivileged backgrounds in the fine art of coffee making. The programme is being run through the Ciro Coffee Academy and involves taking unemployed South Africans, with limited skills, and putting... 

Better food safety standards result in increased food safety

By: Henry Lazenby     25th February 2011 South Africa is a major exporter of food-related products, which account for about 8% of all exports, highlighting the need for increased food safety awareness and certification among local suppliers and producers, laboratory services provider Aspirata reports. 

Agency helps farmers to comply with legislation

By: Henry Lazenby     25th February 2011 Emerging dairy farmers are being assisted to reach the advanced levels of production that mainstream dairies achieve, by being groomed in the correct procedures and standards by large consortia, Dairy Standard Agency (DSA) GM Jompie Burger says. 

Coffee roaster invests in new packaging machines

By: Henry Lazenby     25th February 2011 Coffee roaster Ciro Beverage Solutions reports that it has acquired two new packaging machines for its coffee processing plant in Isando, Johannesburg. 

Heat-retention cooking aid stimulates environmental awareness

By: Henry Lazenby     25th February 2011 An inexpensive new heat-retention cooking aid is enabling companies and individuals to save electricity, while simultaneously reducing their carbon footprint. The product, known as the Wonderbag, is made from hand-sewn bags that contain recycled polystyrene and is gaining popularity among... 

R7m investment to construct silos in Eastern Cape

26th February 2010 Seven-million rand has been set aside to construct silos at strategic sites in the former Transkei area, in the Eastern Cape. The investment will also be linked to mills to produce maize meal and crushed maize 

South African wines fastest growing in the UK

26th February 2010 South Africa’s wines are the fastest-growing in the UK, increasing its share of the market to 12,3 % in 2009, up from 10,4 % in 2008. If the rand does not strengthen materially, then South Africa’s exports of packaged wines could grow 10 % in volume in 2010 

New insulation for cold chain industry products

By: Schalk Burger     26th February 2010 Cold chain products have to arrive within temperature ranges specified by clients, failing which, goods are returned. Insulation for cold-chain processes and logistics was a natural market to enter using high-temperature experience and products 

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