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Food and Beverages

Clean-room specialist focuses on regulatory training

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 Clean-room technology is a specialised field in which not many consulting engineering firms operate, and Deryck Smith Consulting Engineers (DSCE) claims to be South Africa’s only engineering company specialising exclusively in this field, mainly for the pharmaceutical, medical and... 

Support for R145m Limpopo fruit-processing project

By: Nicola Mawson     20th July 2005 A R145-million Limpopo fruit-processing project has been given the green light under the government's outgoing Strategic Investment Project (SIP) tax incentive. 

Food transnational makes pledge to African continent

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2005 THE South African operations of Swiss multinational Nestl 

Local bag-handling concept sought after

29th April 2005 WestWeigh Systems has successfully commissioned a locally developed, multimillion rand automatic bag-handling machine in the manufacturing facility of a local pet food manufacturer. 

Chocolate firm expands SA production

29th April 2005 The demand for chocolate products is on the increase, says Orley Foods, which is now increasing the size and capacity of its chocolate factory in Montague Gardens, Cape Town. 

Nestlé underlines commitment to Africa

15th April 2005 Food products giant Nestl 

Transporter increases vehicle size as milk demand soars

By: Nicola Mawson     4th March 2005 A surge in demand for milk led Clover to increase the size of the vehicles transporting bulk milk. 

EU legislation puts the spotlight on traceability

By: Mariaan Webb     4th March 2005 In line with new European legislation, full lot traceability is required from food and beverage suppliers that propose to export into member countries of the European Union (EU). 

Alliance set to expand labelling-equipment maker's market

By: Mariaan Webb     4th March 2005 Boksburg-based Unique Filling & Labelling Machines develops and manufactures filling and labelling equipment, mainly for the South African market, but has recently broadened its activities in partnership with Brazilian companies. 

New bread range for the health-conscious

By: Mariaan Webb     4th March 2005 A division of Pioneer Foods, Sasko Milling & Baking, has launched a new range of breads designed to complement a healthy eating regime and aid in the treatment and prevention of common health conditions. 

Safer conveying with plastic belts

By: Mariaan Webb     4th March 2005 The new range of modular plastic conveyor belts, HabasitLink, distributed by Bearing Man’s specialist belting division, Belting Solutions, provides support for efficient and safe conveying of fresh and frozen foods. 

Chocolate can help you live longer

By: Ollie Madlala     4th March 2005 Many people can now eat chocolate with, perhaps, less guilt. 

Danfoss cools down Namibian shop

By: Ollie Madlala     4th March 2005 Imagine the hot, dry winds of Namibia blowing across the parking lots, homes, office blocks and shopping centres of Windhoek. 

US giant unveils 70 food and beverage products

By: Ollie Madlala     4th March 2005 Known worldwide for great-tasting quality brands, Kraft Foods introduced a wide range of health- and convenience-focused products in time for the yearly Food Marketing Institute Supermarket Industry Convention. 

Health, convenience drive food-product growth

By: Ollie Madlala     4th March 2005 Food and beverage products that support healthy diets, weight loss and on-the-go lifestyles are among the world’s fastest growing, according to a new global study from ACNielsen, a leading provider of consumer and marketplace information. 

SA food industry one of the best, but obesity worries expert

By: Mariaan Webb     4th March 2005 South Africa has one of the best food-and-beverage industries in the world, food scientist Dr Aubrey Parsons tells Engineering News. 

Decentralised cooling offers many benefits

By: Ollie Madlala     4th March 2005 Flexibility, easy installation and servicing were in focus when Danfoss designed the decentralised product range. 

Changing consumer needs call for continuous product development

By: Ollie Madlala     4th March 2005 More and more people are becoming health-conscious. 

Mini infrared thermometer unveiled in South Africa

By: Ollie Madlala     4th March 2005 In the Food Industry, spot checks of surface temperature are required in the manufacturing process and supermarkets (incoming good inspection, cooling shelf control). 

'Radar' sets food-ingredient firm on a curve of exponential growth

By: Ollie Madlala     4th March 2005 On the tip of Africa, in a city favoured internationally as a tourist destination, a food-ingredient manufacturer is making a name for itself far beyond its borders. 

Packaging giant acquires bottle-blowing company

By: Mariaan Webb     4th March 2005 In the modern world, there is huge demand for convenient, fresh products in functional packaging that is eye-catching. 

Makeover for Powerade bottle

By: Mariaan Webb     4th March 2005 Coca-Cola’s concentrated version of its sports drink, Powerade, has undergone a makeover – the bottle has been made more durable, reuseable and versatile, while a trimmer and more ergonomic shape shape has been adopted, Coca-Cola Southern and East Africa marketing manager of adult... 

SA food maker acquires international brands

By: Mariaan Webb     4th March 2005 Southern African food manufacturer Pioneer Foods has bolstered its stable of top brands with the acquisition of the Marmite, Bovril and Maizena brands from Unilever South Africa. 

New standards in absolute encoders

By: Ollie Madlala     4th March 2005 The new generation Hengstler Acuro absolute encoder is setting new standards in accuracy and performance on bottling and packing lines. 

60m poured into whey-based ingredients project

By: Ollie Madlala     4th March 2005 A clear demonstration of its faith in the growing whey-based ingredients market, DMV International will pour nearly €60 million into upgraded processing and food ingredients operations in The Netherlands. 

Movie puts wine sales on an upward trajectory

4th March 2005 In the Academy Award-nominated movie Sideways, the central character, an incorrigible wine snob named Miles (played by actor Paul Giamatti), extols the virtues of Pinot Noir, while dismissing Merlot as he and a friend explore the wineries of California’s Santa Ynez Valley. 

Food distributor's R190m plan to expand network

By: Jill Stanford     11th February 2005 SPAR, the food distributor which unbundled from Tiger Brands and listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in October, has outlined its plans to build a new distribution centre in the Western Cape and extend existing distribution centres in Kwazulu-Natal and Nelspruit, in Mpumalanga. 

Biscuit maker's stock-management project gathers speed

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 The third phase of National Brands Limited’s (NBL’s) warehouse-management system is currently at the budget-planning stage, and will deal with the company’s management of raw materials. 

What's in a biscuit anyway?

By: Zonika Botha     14th January 2005 Munching down on a delicious Bakers Blue Label Marie or a Bakers Tennis biscuit, one hardly thinks about the processes involved in producing these tasty treats. 

Innovation high on food group's agenda

By: Jill Stanford     3rd December 2004 Food and drugs group Tiger Brands is growing products that are technologically different and has already provided capital to fund its next wave of innovation, says CEO Nick Dennis. 

Maputo port's 'renaissance' bearing fruit

15th October 2004 More South African citrus is moving through Mozambique’s major port of Maputo as new working arrangements and a multimillion-dollar ‘renaissance’ programme implemented by its new operators begin to bear fruit. 

Genetic sequences of citrus fruits mapped

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2004 Brazilian scientists will next month (October) present the results of their recently concluded project mapping the genetic sequences of the main citrus fruits. 

Ice cream producer to list on AltX

24th September 2004 Ice cream producer Milkworx will on Monday become the seventh company to list on AltX, the alternative market at the JSE Securities Exchange. 

Nougat maker increases product offerings

By: renay de     24th September 2004 Engineering News found Linbro Business Park’s sweet tooth. Situated deep within Linbro Park is the well-known nougat manufacturer Sally Williams Fine Food. 

Equipment multinational unveils new SA business model

By: Zonika Botha     24th September 2004 Equipment specialist Buhler South Africa, which supplies plant, equipment and process know-how to the food processing, chemical process engineering and die-casting industries, boasts a brand new look. 

Biotech giant moves to dispel GMO myths

By: Zonika Botha     10th September 2004 Biotechnology and genetically-modified foodstuffs are controversial topics, often conjuring up images of so-called ‘Frankenstein’ foods. 

Mineral-water use is on the rise in SA

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 The estimated market value of South Africa’s mineral-water market is R702,5-million, says BMI Foodpack market research analyst Shawn Henning. 

Local packaging industry is wrapping up exports

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 The local packaging industry is wrapping up exports for South Africa, especially in the wine and agricultural sectors. 

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