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Food and Beverages

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. 

Plastics group adds new packages to its portfolio

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 Since Astrapak’s last significant acquisition in March 2002, South Africa’s largest plastic packaging group has recently made a few more acquisitions. 

Own brand to contribute R1,2bn by 2010

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 Since the launch of Pick’nPay’s new Choice brand the turnover derived from these products has grown by more than 30% for the past three years, contributing 5% to the company’s overall turnover, says corporate brand GM Kevin Corb. 

First BEE company lists on AltX

9th July 2004 South Africa’s All Joy Foods yesterday became the fifth company to list on AltX, having transferred from the Venture Capital Market. 

Clothing-of-origin labelling proposed

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 Proudly South African (SA) will be launching a R2-million media campaign to educate consumers on the new country of origin labels. However, this campaign will only be rolled out once the legislation for clothing-of- origin labelling is passed by Parliament, says the organisation’s CEO,... 

Japanese expo could boost SA food exports

16th June 2004 Nonprofit Japanese government organisation the Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro) will coordinate the African food pavilion Jetro African Food Showcase, at Foodex Japan 2005. 

National software contract awarded by The Cold Chain

19th March 2004 National chilled and frozen products sales and distribution organisation, The Cold Chain, has awarded a R500 000 contract to Accpac financial software reseller and solutions provider Lorge to upgrade and centralise its accounting software and database. 

Pending food-safety management legislation explained

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 What started as a food-safety management system for the US space programme in the 1960s has become a mandatory practice for many sectors of the food industry internationally.? 

Increasing numbers of South Africans are overweight

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 South African Association for Food and Science Technology (SAAFoST) international liaison Dr Aubrey Parsons has recently returned from an international conference addressing a spiralling problem of the western world – obesity.? 

Certification continues to ensure exports

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 Fact: South Africans purchase some 600 000 cans of pilchards daily. ?For such a high-volume food product, it is a credit to the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) that incidents of food poisoning from SABS-certified pilchards are unprecendented.? 

Water-bottler installs cleanroom

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 From having initially designed cleanrooms primarily for the pharmaceutical and medical industries, food- and beverage-company cleanroom installations have become a main line of business for Deryck Smith Consulting Engineers, based in Faerie Glen, Pretoria. 

Food and beverage sector comprises 18% of business

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 The food and beverage manufacturing and processing industries have undergone transformations, emerging with electronic production-control stakeholders to rival implementations in any other industries.? 

CSIR is empowering rural communities to sell new grain products

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 Product development for the southern African food industry is a focus of the food science and technology programme at the food science and technology programme at CSIR Bio/Chemtek. 

Dairy cooperative restructures

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 “From having been in the red a few years ago, Clover has experienced a complete turnabout, with 2003 turnover exceeding budget expectations by 40%.” 

GM food for Africa

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 A recent furore has been sparked over the South African government’s consent to allow testing of Monsanto’s genetically-modified (GM) herbicide-resistant wheat. ? 

Hydroponics is becoming a more frequent practice

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 Set up through begging, borrowing and stealing in 1996, the Vegetable and Ornamental Plant Institute (Vopi) of the Agricultural Research Council (Arc) in Roodeplaat, north of Pretoria, now serves as a demonstration unit for courses on hydroponic cultivation.? 

Packaging – the silent salesperson

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 As a worldwide industry of $400-billion, packaging is an essential part of modern life. 

Maize contracts lop R211m off Tongaat's earnings

24th February 2004 Kwazulu-Natal-based sugar, starch and aluminium group, Tongaat-Hulett, yesterday announced a sharp fall in earnings for the year ended December 31, 2003, but stated that it could record strong earnings recovery in 2004. 

Tracking down food bugs by their fingerprints

By: Karel Smrcka     5th December 2003 In the future, microbes that contaminate food will be ‘fingerprinted’ as part of a novel way of curbing their antisocial behaviour. 

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