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Food and Beverages

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. 

Local gourmet mushroom production to triple

By: Chanel de Bruyn     29th February 2008 A local supplier of shiitake and oyster mushrooms to the local market, Nouvelle Mushrooms, is planning to triple its production by July this year. 

Acidulants manufacturer expands capacity

29th February 2008 Local manufacturer of food acidulants such as malic acid, fumaric acid, and fruitaric acid, Isegen, is expanding its cold water soluble (CWS) fumaric acid capacity at its Isipingo site in Durban. 

Fresh produce retailer drives responsible water quality, consumption

29th February 2008 Increasing demand for water, and decreasing water quality, makes careful water management a priority in South Africa. Fresh produce retailer Woolworths is working at reducing the effect that business has on this scarce natural resource. 

Milk price fixing hearings set for September

29th February 2008 The Competition Commission says that the Competition Tribunal has set a date for the hearing in the cartel case against eight dairy processors, investigated for alleged price-fixing of milk products. The hearing will commence in September this year. 

New technology for fast food outlet in test phase

By: Chanel de Bruyn     29th February 2008 Fast food franchise Steers is testing new technology for possible roll-out at all of its outlets. 

Wine producer takes steps to lighten carbon footprint

29th February 2008 Local producer of wines, spirits and ciders, Distell is actively engaged with suppliers, wine industry bodies and academic institutions to reduce its own carbon footprint and help establish parameters for other producers to follow suit. 

Bottling plant receives water treatment upgrade

29th February 2008 Water and wastewater treatment specialist VWS Envig has announced the completion of a water treatment upgrade project for the Coca Cola Fortune bottling plant, in Nelspruit, in Mpumalanga. 

The bill that could shake up the food retail industry

By: Guy Copans     2nd March 2007 The Consumer Protection Bill, legislation that is designed to provide protection for consumers against bad business practices, may upset many food retailers and manufacturers, says Hahn & Hahn attorneys partner and South African Association for Food Science and Technology member Janusz Luterek.... 

Association works to alleviate food industry skills shortage

By: Guy Copans     2nd March 2007 The South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) is working hard to alleviate the skills shortage facing the food science and technology industry. 

New regulations to structure SA's bottled water industry

By: Guy Copans     2nd March 2007 Last year the Department of Health published new regulations concerning the processing and labelling of bottled water. 

Research adds flavour to food industry

By: Guy Copans     2nd March 2007 Flavour research, a food technology that has been around for a number of years, could add significant value to the food industry in South Africa says the University of Johannesburg’s Doctor Aubrey Parsons. 

EU lawmakers vote down plans to rip out vines

2nd March 2007 European lawmakers voted last month to water down measures intended to make wine making more profitable in the region by encouraging farmers to quit the industry and reduce the unsold surplus that undermines prices. 

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