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Food and Beverages

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 

Label companies gear up for World Cup

By: Schalk Burger     26th February 2010 Label companies have been placed on stand-by for possible urgent printing of promotional labels as clients are unsure what the exact demand for their products will be during the 2010 FIFA World Cup 

Agricultural development key for food security in Haiti

By: Schalk Burger     26th February 2010 Sustainable agricultural development is essential in improving a country’s prospects for long-term economic and food security, agricultural finance organisation the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) president Kanayo Nwanze wrote in Project Syndicate concerning the development... 

Economic transformation driven by agrarian transformation

26th February 2010 Building greater capacity for coordination within government, as well as between government, labour and business, is needed to achieve economic transformation based on agrarian transformation, diversifying the manufacturing sector and overcoming the structural constraints associated with the... 

Quality, skills key to tackling international competition

By: Schalk Burger     26th February 2010 Hard, dedicated work, quality consciousness and the employment of well-trained and qualified food scientists and technologists are the ingredients needed to ensure that the South African food industry can withstand the fierce competition from other countries. A dedicated, disciplined attitude and... 

Power woes necessitate reducing costs

26th February 2010 In these tough economic times with the extra threat of electricity price hikes in the pipeline, the food processing and packaging industry needs to cut costs and fast, says speciality gases group Afrox. 

SA to develop better hygiene management standards

By: Darren Parker     27th February 2009 Consulting engineers SSI's principal specialist in the industrial sector, Deryck Smith, is currently involved in a technical committee set up specifically to upgrade the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) food hygiene management standards, so as to better ensure health safety within the... 

Local speciality coffee sales may experience some decline 

By: Darren Parker     27th February 2009 Given the current economic climate and the resultant curbed consumer spending, coffee shops and speciality coffees could experience a downturn in South Africa, as has been the case in the US with international coffee shop giant Starbucks. 

SA staves off microbiological dangers in food 

By: Darren Parker     27th February 2009 Ever since the melamine food poisoning crisis in China last year, consumers around the world have been reminded of how easy it is for trusted products and brands to be potentially dangerous. 

New regulations to prevent negative labelling 

By: Darren Parker     27th February 2009 New regulations ensuring the correct labelling of food products in South Africa is expected to come into force this year, South African Association for Food Science and Technology (Saafost) northern branch member and ex-president Dr Aubrey Parsons tells Engineering News. 

Competition Commission challenged again

By: Darren Parker     27th February 2009 Dairy products producers Clover and Ladismith Cheese have petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal, following the Competition Appeal Court’s refusal to grant leave for another appeal on the procedural case Clover and Ladismith Cheese had initiated against the Competition Commission of South Africa... 

Food and beverage expo set for July

27th February 2009 A number of prominent issues in the food industry will be highlighted at the Food and Beverage conference, which is to take place as part of Africa’s Big Seven (AB7) from July 19 to July 21, 2009, at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. 

NGO fights in Constitutional Court

27th February 2009 This month nongovernmental organisation Biowatch appealed the costs order earlier granted against it by the Pretoria High Court, at the Constitutional Court. This should be the final chapter in a long-standing legal battle over gaining access to information pertaining to the status of genetically... 

Cork manufacturer joins UN Global Compact

27th February 2009 Cork manufacturer Columbit Corks South Africa has launched a landmark initiative that will work towards reducing its wine clients’ carbon footprint. The project is Columbit’s first as the inaugural wine industry member of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact for corporate responsibility. 

Food and beverages measurement technologies increase in specificity

27th February 2009 Measurement in the food, beverages and wine industry has come a long way since the grocer's scale and the baker's dozen. Modern food processing is a high-tech arena, using state-of-the-art process instrumentation for weighing, packaging and counting. 

Electronic sorter to enhance quality at nut producer

27th February 2009 In a conscious effort to streamline processes and increase capacity from 25 t/d to 50 t/d, nut producer Golden Macadamias has made a significant investment in a new plant and machinery. 

Mushroom production to increase

27th February 2009 South Africa’s only bulk producer of gourmet cultivars Nouvelle Mushrooms has expanded to produce one-third of the benchmark European rate. Taking its cue from its Holland-based technical partner and major market player CNC Exotic Mushrooms, Nouvelle now produces 1 200 kg of gourmet mushrooms a... 

SA wine industry lauded for environmental protection role

27th February 2009 South African wine industry association Wines of South Africa (Wosa) has been rated as one of the world’s most influential beverage organisations in terms of building public awareness of the environment. 

Food prices expected to continue steady rise

By: Chanel de Bruyn     29th February 2008 Food prices are not expected to show any significant increases or decreases in the next few months and will remain on a steady upward trend, says Professor André Jooste of the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC). 

Bottled water industry investigates water stewardship

By: Chanel de Bruyn     29th February 2008 The South African National Bottled Water Association (Sanbwa) is investigating how a water stewardship programme could be applied to the local industry to ensure that the industry remains responsible with its water management. 

Disappearing honeybees threaten food security, biofuels

By: Chanel de Bruyn     29th February 2008 Diminishing numbers of honeybees that pollinate food and biofuel crops are threatening food security and biofuel production worldwide. 

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