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Food and Beverages

Pipe supplier introduces three food processing innovations

15th March 2024 In a world that is still adapting to post-Covid-19 consumer demand for “farm-to-plate freshness”, variety and convenience, there are two factors that continue to drive innovation in food technology: the need for food that is safe and shelf-stable.    

Solutions provider helps improve production efficiency, enhance sustainability

By: Trent Roebeck     15th March 2024 Process solutions provider, Bühler Johannesburg, offers Southern African and global food industry players equipment solutions and services to improve food production efficiency, meet consumers’ nutritional needs, and integrate sustainable and environment-friendly food production solutions.... 

An image of the Degerminator MHXM from Bühler
BÜHLER DEGERMINATOR MXHM The Degerminator from Bühler assists in preparing flaking grits based on wet hulling or to produce brewing and snack grits

Greater energy efficiency demand in growing food, bev industry

By: Tracy Hancock     15th March 2024 Demand for drive solutions specialist SEW-EURODRIVE’s energy efficient product offering is currently strong and increasing steadily with end-users in the growing food and beverage industry and the original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that supply them, says SEW-EURODRIVE Cape Town branch... 

Fish on production line
PRODUCING TARGETS SEW-EURODRIVE has assisted with meeting capacity requirements to achieve production targets at a local fish processing facility through the correct gearbox selection and specification

Cap output will benefit breweries, bottling companies

By: Trent Roebeck     15th March 2024 Leading metal crown manufacturer Coleus Packaging will produce between seven- and eight-billion metal crown closures for bottling companies, breweries and other beverage industry players in South Africa and the rest of Africa in 2024, and going forward. Coleus Packaging has invested R40-million... 

An image of the PMC500 machine for metal crown manufacturing
PMC500 MACHINE The PMC500 machine will produce 5 000 metal crown caps an hour

Firm expands temperature-controlled logistics platform through acquisition

1st September 2023 Leading cold chain logistics platform Commercial Cold Holdings (CCH), which is controlled by funds managed by African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) a subsidiary of Old Mutual Alternative Investments, is achieving significant milestones in its expansion within the... 

Pallet-free bulk bags developed

1st September 2023 Materials handling systems specialist Conceptainer has developed solutions to protect product integrity and enable efficient handling, stacking and storage in the design and local manufacture of labelling, packaging, transport and storage solutions. Its extensive range of products includes Tellap... 

Image of a man lifting bulk bags with a forklift
PACKAGED DEAL With Conceptainer’s Tellap system, users have the assurance of efficient, secure, and hygienic packaging, storage and transportation. Dry, loose and bulk products stay fresh and are safely handled

AI-engineered solutions boost fruit and nut industry resilience

1st September 2023 The 2023 season has not been without its frustrations for fruit and nut farmers, says Aerobotics GM Ken Treloar. “A host of challenging conditions domestically and across markets have pressured producers and all industry stakeholders. These include rising input costs, ongoing loadshedding, strain... 

GAME-CHANGER
Aerobotics supports farmers globally with “ground-breaking
GAME-CHANGER Aerobotics supports farmers globally with “ground-breaking" innovation-forward solutions

Firm installs new boilers to optimise operations

By: Bridget Lepere     1st September 2023 Energy plant operations and maintenance company Associated Energy Services (AES) is working on an operational optimisation project for a client in the fishing industry to install an additional 60 t/h of boiler plant capacity. The turnkey boiler project includes a new steam plant, with fuel and... 

Image of multi-fuel biomass layout
AIDING INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE Alternative energy solutions and optimisation help maximise efficiency, mitigate risk, and improve uptime and the quality of energy supply

Firm launches smart tools range

By: Bridget Lepere     1st September 2023 Food safety hygiene, equipment efficiency, plant modernisation, sustainability and upgrades to reduce downtime are the key focus areas for the food and beverage industry, following increased local demand, says steel supplier Voestalpine High-Performance Metals (HPM) Africa marketing officer... 

Image of hole plate tool for sausages
MAKING THE CUT The technology developed by the food and beverage segment offers significantly reduced total cost of ownership, higher machine availability and efficiency, extended part life, prolonged regrinding cycles, less product contamination and reduced energy consumption, depending on the product.

Nutrition programme delivering the goods

17th March 2023 South African learners and schools continue to benefit measurably, meaningfully as a result of holistic health and nutrition initiative the Health in Action (HIA) programme. The number of children consuming vegetables on a daily basis in 342 schools in at-risk communities in Gauteng, the Eastern... 

A portrait photo of Navisha Bechan-Sewkuran from Mondelēz International who is committed to inspiring consumers to snack mindfully
NAVISHA BECHAN-SEWKURAN Although Mondelēz International is a leading producer of snacks, it is committed to inspiring consumers to snack mindfully

Unchanged levy announcement welcomed

17th March 2023 In a media statement release last month industry representative The Beverage Association of South Africa (BevSA) on behalf of the industry, said it welcomes Finance Minister Enoch Godogwana 2023 Budget Speech. “We have noted the positives in his address, and we are happy with his announcement... 

Crates of various Coke and Pepsi products in bottles in cling wrap
A GOOD COLA-LITION BevSA says its is happy to work with government over the next two years on the Health Promotion Levy

Expo advances export potential of food sector

17th March 2023 South African Fruit and Vegetables Canners Export Council (SAFVEC) GM Jill Atwood-Palm says the Gulfood Exhibition that took place in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), from February 20 to 24, provided South African companies with an opportunity to increase exports globally.    SAFVEC was... 

Aluminum food cans opened up to display their contents, which are baked beans beans, peas, mushrooms, corn, peppers and kidney beans
NO SUCH THING AS CAN'T South African Fruit and Vegetables Canners Export Council says the Gulfood expo can hold great potential for South African food exporters

Initiative sets out to improve tavern experience

By: Halima Frost     17th March 2023 Earlier this month, multinational brewing company Heineken South Africa spearheaded the launch of an initiative, Taverns of the Future, at The Spot 1818 in Phiri, Soweto.  The Spot 1818 is one of the taverns to benefit from the initiative. 

A red carpet leading up to a newly revamped Tavern, The Spot 1818, in Soweto, as part of Heineken South Africa's Taverns of the Future initiative
RED CARPET TO THE FUTURE The Taverns of the Future initiative was officially launched earlier this month by Heineken South Africa and its partners

Technology speeding up distillation process

By: Halima Frost     17th March 2023 Using vacuum cycling technology, local liquor manufacturer Doña Distillery has helped beverage producer and marketer Redford Beverages fast-track the development of its two new proudly South African-distilled whisky aperitifs. The Toor Whisky brand, launched by Redford Beverages in December,... 

A high pressure vacuum cycling still at the Doña Distillery used to infuse flavor into whisky to make an aperitif
A TOOR OF THE DISTILLERY The Still which has been used to infuse the locally sourced flavors into the three-year- aged proudly South African Toor whisky

MD hails exhibition success

2nd September 2022 Hostex took place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 26 to 28 June, just a few days after the Covid-19 mask-wearing restrictions were lifted. Gary Corin, MD of Specialised Exhibitions - a division of Montgomery, long-time organisers of Hostex - describes the exhibition as spectacular. 

OMRON is shaping traceability in food and beverage packaging

2nd September 2022 In the food and beverage packaging industry, authenticity is essential. Consumers need to know that the foods they are purchasing consist of the things listed on their labels, because food allergies and expired foods can cause serious illness and possibly death. Since both public health and... 

An image depicting two people using their smartphones to scan barcodes
VISIONARY Omron strives to make traceability as easy as possible, just as it strives to make its machine vision technology intuitive enough for the average operator to use

Industry is digitalising

By: Sabrina Jardim     2nd September 2022 The introduction of the Fourth Industrial Revolution has shifted the focus towards enabling better monitoring of some critical and noncritical processes in the food and beverage industry, with companies aiming for better fault finding to allow for greater efficiency in production processes.... 

An image depicting the PGW23 Industrial Internet of Things-ready burdon tube pressure gauge
APPROVED WIKA released its PGW23 Industrial Internet of Things-ready burdon tube pressure gauge for the industry last year, with the product receiving Independent Communications Authority of South Africa approval this year

Tsubaki ‘match and tag’ service used in sector

2nd September 2022 Modern machinery used in the food and beverage sector often requires chains of the same length to be used in pairs or other multiples. For these applications, specialists from industrial equipment supplier BMG recommend Tsubaki ‘Match & Tag’ chains. These chains guarantee a maximum chain length... 

An image depicting Tsubaki 'Match & Tag' chains
TAG, YOU’RE IT BMG’s Tsubaki ‘Match & Tag’ chains offer high productivity in the food and beverage sector, as well as smooth operation, a clean manufacturing environment, minimal downtime and extended service life

SMMEs hesitant on new tech

By: Sabrina Jardim     2nd September 2022 While multinational companies in the local food and beverage industry have implemented integrated multidiscipline control systems for their operations, small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) are hesitant to implement the technology, says control and automation solutions provider Referro... 

An image portraying a smiling man, Adrian van Wyk
ADRIAN VAN WYK Referro Systems is deploying resources locally in Upington, in the Northern Cape to enable the company to deliver solutions closer to clients

Russia-Ukraine war impacting on sector

By: Sabrina Jardim     2nd September 2022 The war between Russia and the Ukraine has impacted the local food and beverage sector on several fronts, says bearings and power transmission supplier Bearings International (BI) market segment developer: leader for fast-moving consumer goods Hennie van Vuuren. The war has made the rand... 

An image depicting the Varispeed V Drive Plus
VALUE-ADDED SERVICE BI’s field service enables the company to assist clients with installations, condition monitoring, alignment, maintenance, reverse engineering and refurbishment

Prevailing food-borne disease needs to be addressed

By: Claire O'Reilly     18th March 2022 Since its initial outbreak in 2017, Listeria monocytogenes has been an ongoing challenge in South Africa, and food testing laboratory and food safety consultancy Food Consulting Services Laboratories director Grant Lawrence argues that it is important that the food sector puts stringent control... 

OLI South Africa

18th March 2022 OLI is the worldwide leader in industrial vibration technology. Making business simpler for customers while going global with a first-class product has proved successful in making OLI the world’s top selling company of electric external motovibrators. As a global player in industrial vibration... 

OLI photo

Packaged-goods plant receives full makeover

By: Claire O'Reilly     18th March 2022 Automation company Iritron is executing a project for a major South African packaged-goods company, which requires refurbishing and upgrading a plant with the latest optimised control systems.  

Digitalisation evolves food product safety

18th March 2022 Product safety remains vital for achieving food security across the globe. To date, many manufacturers still question whether digitalisation can help reduce the effort involved in process optimisation, production monitoring and system installation, says instrumentation and automation company... 

Innovative product quality inspection

18th March 2022 Embracing innovation in product-quality inspection, packaging inspection, assembly verification, allergen management, traceability, and food safety to minimize downtime are important for running a successful food and beverage operation. Delivering consistently high quality, safe products with... 

Illustration of chocolate quality inspection.
CHOCOLATE INSPECTION Machine vision systems and industrial barcode readers offer solutions to protect product quality and safety

Supplier provides hygienic pumps solution to food and beverage industry

20th August 2021 The food and beverage industries remain important contributors to the manufacturing and fastmoving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors, as well as the local economy. However, food and beverage manufacturers are some of the most highly regulated (and penalised) businesses – and rightly so, given the... 

Industry faces multiple challenges amid unrest

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     20th August 2021 The recent spate of riots in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng has resulted in a difference in demand in the food and beverage industry, says industrial solutions provider and distributor Bearings International (BI). “There have been challenges – not only in terms of losses but also in terms of... 

A food safe bearing on a white background
FOOD SAFE BI has carried and stocked an array of food and beverage products that have the correct certification and meet the required applications

Aid supplied for food shortage

20th August 2021 After the recent devastation in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, engineering solutions provider BMG’s agricultural specialists are working even more closely with the agricultural community to help curtail the shortage of fresh produce in South Africa. “BMG’s agricultural team is well positioned to help... 

BMG drives for solar pumps on a farm
FULLY FUNCTIONAL BMG’s agricultural specialists are working even more closely with the agricultural community to help curtail the shortage of fresh produce in South Africa

Garden project boosts local nutrition

20th August 2021 Power tools and hardware wholesaler Matus South Africa’s premier garden brand Aquacraft partnered with Johannesburg-based nongovernmental organisation Siyakhana on an organic vegetable garden situated in Bezuidenhout Park, which supplies a range of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs to local... 

gardening tools in garden soil among vegetation
GARDENING WITH A PURPOSE A portion of all Aquacraft sales will go towards the expansion of urban vegetable gardens across the country

Compartment system ensures pork safety from ‘farm to fork’

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     20th August 2021 Taking a more holistic approach to pork farming, meat producer and wholesaler Lynca Meats adheres and complies to the South African Pork Producers’ Organisation’s Pork360 Quality and Traceability system through the compartment system within the pig farming industry. The compartment system,... 

a man slicing pork meat
FARM TO FORK Lynca Meats quality assures its pork through strict adherence to the regulations of compartmentalised systems

Partnership aids in reducing beverage industry footprint

20th August 2021 The beverage industry in South Africa still presents significant opportunities for addressing water, energy and waste efficiencies across the entire value chain, according to industry support programme National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC-SA) resources, strategy and innovation manager... 

Industrial water disinfection, chlorine dioxide and monochloramine

20th August 2021 Chlorine dioxide is receiving increased attention in various industrial markets for the treatment of water and, increasingly, in the food and beverage industry. This is according to Jakes Jacobs, disinfection technologist and director for Nanotech Water Solutions. 

Picture of a PCI from Nanotech

Five predictions driving transformation in industry

12th March 2021 The unforeseen disruption experienced in 2020 has prompted food and beverage producers to futureproof their businesses as far as is possible, says business cloud software solutions provider Infor Europe, Middle East and Africa solution consulting VP Phil Lewis. 

PHIL LEWIS
New technologies such as the Internet of Things will become crucial in facilitating the granularity required to minimise waste while maximising output
PHIL LEWIS New technologies such as the Internet of Things will become crucial in facilitating the granularity required to minimise waste while maximising output

Chain designed for production environments

12th March 2021 Engineering components provider BMG’s power transmission division offers maintenance-free solutions for increased productivity, minimal machine downtime and reduced maintenance costs in the food and beverage sector. 

ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY
Tsubaki’s Lambda lubrication-free roller chain series is environment-friendly and has been designed with a sintered oil-impregnated bush
ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY Tsubaki’s Lambda lubrication-free roller chain series is environment-friendly and has been designed with a sintered oil-impregnated bush

Stable exports despite bans, owing to great market support

12th March 2021 The 2020 export volumes of wine, at 319.2-million litres, echo those of a challenging 2019, despite a five-week-long ban on exports and huge challenges at the Cape Town Port terminal owing to the global Covid-19 pandemic. 

INTERNATIONAL FOOTPRINT
The overall value of the country’s wine exports increased by 7.7% to R9.1-billion in. 2020
INTERNATIONAL FOOTPRINT The overall value of the country’s wine exports increased by 7.7% to R9.1-billion in. 2020

Proactive maintenance solutions prevent inefficiencies

12th March 2021 Engineering components manufacturer Danfoss has strengthened its Alsense Internet of Things (IoT) services with a holistic store-level software suite – moving store maintenance from reactive to proactive. 

TECH-FORWARD APPROACH
The Internet of Things services enables food retailers to prioritise and reduce their maintenance efforts across stores and critical events
TECH-FORWARD APPROACH The Internet of Things services enables food retailers to prioritise and reduce their maintenance efforts across stores and critical events

Moisture control key in food processing

12th March 2021 Moisture is important in many manufacturing processes, but when it comes to food processing, excess moisture can ruin products and create unnecessary waste, economic losses and decreased productivity, says process control and instrumentation company SECO Process Instrumentation. 

MOIST CONDITIONS
While moisture is the major focus, SECO also supplies analysers for the continuous online measurement of caffeine besides others
MOIST CONDITIONS While moisture is the major focus, SECO also supplies analysers for the continuous online measurement of caffeine besides others

Technology to mitigate water- treatment challenges

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th August 2020 The 2030 Water Resources Group - hosted by the World Bank - held a webinar last month to showcase three international technologies that can help the food and beverage sector rise above business continuity challenges amid diminishing resources within the sector. The webinar included partners such... 

DECREASE USE
The food and beverage sector faces increasingly stringent environmental legislation, with the consequent need to drive water demand down to a minimum
DECREASE USE The food and beverage sector faces increasingly stringent environmental legislation, with the consequent need to drive water demand down to a minimum
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