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Food and Beverages

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. 

R54-m for Coega salt crystallisation plant

2nd March 2007 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) will allocate R54 million for the construction of a salt crystallisation plant for Cerebos, the major South African salt supplier. The construction will commence in February 2007, within the Coega Industrial Development Zone in Port Elizabeth. The... 

SA food equipment below world hygiene standard 

By: Guy Copans     2nd March 2007 The hygienic standard of the equipment used in many South African food processing factories is below standard says food process consulting engineer, Andrew Murray.?? 

SA develops world's first fruitaric acid plant

2nd March 2007 Acidulant manufacturer Isegen, of Durban, has developed the first fruitaric acid plant in the world, built at a cost of R8-million. 

New vegetable oil trading activity launched in Durban 

2nd March 2007 Louis Dreyfus Africa recently confirmed the establishment of a new vegetable oil trading activity in La Lucia, north of Durban. The company is part of Louis Dreyfus Commodities, one of the largest and oldest merchandisers of grain and oilseeds, and the agribusiness arm of the Louis Dreyfus group.... 

Robots show rapid return on investment

2nd March 2007 Packaging lines can become more effective and cost efficient, through the use of a robotic system that has been modelled to maximise its capabilities, says robot manufacturer ABB's Industry Segment Manager of Consumer Industries, Frank-Peter Kirgis. 

Local company increases food shelf life with spraydrying technique

By: Guy Copans     2nd March 2007 Spraydrying company Sunspray Food Ingredients, located in Industria, west of Johannesburg, uses the spraydrying technique to create spraydried ingredients for the food industry. Spraydrying is a process used worldwide to create powders from liquid or pulp. Director David Watson, who is also the... 

Sugar producer announces 50% profit increase

2nd March 2007 Anglo American Plc's Tongaat-Hulett Group, Africa's second-biggest sugar producer, said, last month, that annual profit rose 50% after sugar prices and earnings from property development rose. 

Water treatment solution for local brewer

2nd March 2007 Water-treatment company VWS Envig, which offers turnkey water treatment solutions to clients, recently assisted South African Breweries (SAB) in the building, commissioning and servicing of a treatment plant in SAB's brewing facility in Chamdor. The company has a number of clients in the food and... 

New forklifts for container manufacturer

2nd March 2007 Nampak corrugated in Port Elizabeth recently acquired three 1.8ton TCM forklifts from Criterion Equipment. The new forklifts form part of a large fleet that Nampak operates, and are used to move finished products from the work-in-progress area to the despatch area where they are loaded onto... 

African company wins accreditation for hygiene-management tool

By: Jade Davenport     22nd September 2006 Electrochemical activation technology research and development company Radical Waters has become the first African company to receive South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) accreditation for its safety and hygiene management tool for the food industry. 

Technology for soymilk production developed in South Africa

By: Helene Le Roux     12th May 2006 South African engineers have designed and built a soy-bean de-hulling system for one of the largest producers of soy beverages in Germany. 

Valves manufacturer active in water sector

By: Mischa Drotsky     31st March 2006 Represented globally since 1989, Gunric Valves is the only manufacturer of metal-seated butterfly valves in South Africa. 

New trucks for W Cape fruit-canning facility

3rd March 2006 The exclusive distributor of Hyster forklifts and reach trucks in the Southern African market, Barloworld Equipment Handling, recently delivered 22 new units to Tiger Food Brands’ canning facility in Ashton, in the Western Cape. 

New control valves for food industry

3rd March 2006 The new Steri-trol clean-service control valves from Spirax Sarco are pneumatically operated with a two-port angle pattern. 

Lifeline system prevents injuries in loading bays

3rd March 2006 Local company Bellambie Mining & Industrial has installed its unique travelling lifeline system in food manufacturing plants, which offers personal protection against falls in the loading bay. 

It’s a wrap for shrink-sleeve labels

3rd March 2006 Locally-supplied shrink-sleeve labelling equipment that offers manufacturers great scope in uniquely branding their products is finding favour in the market. 

Drive systems for wineries and breweries

3rd March 2006 Drive systems from Power Drives have been tailor-made to meet production system requirements in wineries and breweries, that include pumping, mixing and agitating, moving and positioning, dosing, filling and packing, as well as conveying and storing. 

Automated solutions for beverage and brewery sector

By: thamashni naidoo     3rd March 2006 Although brewing and beverage production is not regarded as new technology, both processes have had to adopt to changing times, changing markets and also to changing landscapes. 

Council seeks to enhance food safety to the benefit of all

By: thamashni naidoo     3rd March 2006 Recent food-safety scares have caused great concern to many South Africans, prompting some food products to be re-evaluated. The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) believes that food safety in this country is imperative. With the introduction of the food-safety initiative in 2004... 

Bringing the Cape winelands to Johannesburg’s doorstep

By: thamashni naidoo     3rd March 2006 The introduction of a fresh concept, expected to be officially launched at the end of this year, will bring the Cape winelands right to the doorstep of Gauteng, where some 50% of all wines in the country is consumed. 

Packaging giant wraps up new business

By: thamashni naidoo     3rd March 2006 Listed as the third-largest dedicated plastic packaging group in South Africa with 28 local operating companies, Astrapak is heading for a record R2-billion turnover. 

A new look for popular snack brand 

By: thamashni naidoo     3rd March 2006 A defining American motto is the belief in self-renewal and the ability to shed one’s old skin to grow a new one. Similarly, many popular food brands have recently been shedding their old skins and reinventing themselves to become more marketable and exciting. 

New facility for Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market

By: thamashni naidoo     3rd March 2006 A new R8,5-million facility, which is to boast specialised infrastructure and equipment for the processing of fresh produce, will add significant value to the Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market (JFPM). 

International food congress coming to Cape Town in 2010

By: thamashni naidoo     3rd March 2006 In line with all the hype that is set for 2010, the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (Saafost) has some big news of its own, which is going to take place in the same year. 

Finance rental solution served up for seafood restaurant group

3rd March 2006 Ten years ago the owners of Ocean Basket opened their first seafood restaurant, with dreams of bringing affordable seafood to the South African consumer. 

Local bag-handling concept sought after

3rd February 2006 A locally-developed, multimillion-rand automatic bag-handling machine has successfully been commissioned in the manufacturing facility of a local pet food manufacturer by WestWeigh Systems. 

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