SA Business delegation arrives in UAE for Gulfood Exhibition

The South African business delegation that will be taking part in the Gulfood Exhibition has arrived in Dubai, United Arab Emirate to showcase and promote their products in the long-week exhibition scheduled to take from tomorrow to 21 February 2019.  Gulfood has been hailed as the leading food and beverage exhibition in the Gulf region bringing together exporters, importers, distributors, retailers, wholesalers, food producers and restaurateurs from more than a hundred countries. The exhibition draws about 5 000 exhibitors and more than 100 000 visitors from 120 countries annually Speaking…

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Gauteng Company Seeks to Establish New Clients in Germany

The Managing Director of Afrex Trading, Mr Etiene Taitz says he is hopeful of boosting his company’s profile and establishing new clients when showcasing his range of perishable products at the 27th Fruit Logistica International Trade Fair that will take place in Berlin, Germany from 6-8 February 2019. Afrex Trading, which packages and exports high-value perishable agricultural products, will be part of the twenty-five businesses and research institutions that will be showcasing South Africa’s fruit and vegetable export capabilities at the South African Pavilion that will be hosted by the…

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Maize planting area seen down 14% from last season

The poll estimates that 18% less maize will be planted compared with October estimate of 2.448m hectares. Picture: Balint Porneczi, Bloomberg South African maize farmers are expected to plant 14% less of the staple crop in the 2018/2019 season compared with the previous season after dry conditions delayed plantings outside the optimum window. South Africa’s Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) is expected to forecast the planted area at 1.998 million hectares, down from the 2.318 hectares planted last season, according to an average estimate of five traders and analysts polled by…

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Local producers to partake in German fruit fair

South African fruit and vegetable exporting companies will show off their wares at the upcoming Fruit Logistica Trade Fair in Germany. The trade fair will get underway on Wednesday in the country’s capital, Berlin. “The Fruit Logistica Berlin, which is regarded as the world’s leading international trade fair for the fresh fruit and vegetable industry, covers every sector of the international fruit and vegetable supply chain from production, distribution and marketing, through to the point of sale. “This includes global players as well as small and medium-sized suppliers from all…

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How to Select the Right Metal Detector for Your Food Facility’s Needs

Protecting your customers and brand is one of the most important functions a food manufacturer performs. To do so requires selecting the right inspection equipment and maintaining an effective, verifiable inspection program. Metal detection is an efficient and relatively inexpensive method of protecting your customers and brands. While price, delivery, and other commercial considerations are important, understanding the following points will enable you to choose the best metal detector for your needs: Primary detection function: Food or equipment safety. Characteristics of products to be inspected. Sensitivity target for each metal…

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Impact of food safety compliance on global growth of businesses

We have, of late, experienced an alarmingly high number of food safety related incidence, both in South Africa and globally writes Roy Kirby.  JOHANNESBURG – We have, of late, experienced an alarmingly high number of food safety related incidence, both in South Africa and globally. Re-establishing trust in the food safety industry, in manufacturers, and regulators is more necessary than ever. With a consistent approach to quality standards across geographies, and a genuine concern for developing a safety-centric culture for consumers, this is indeed possible.   Food safety related outbreaks can…

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New PE home for Coca-Cola Beverage giant opens hi-tech headquarters in Humerail

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) unveiled the new, hi-tech epicentre of its multibillion-rand African operations in Port Elizabeth yesterday. The company’s new headquarters, which now house Africa’s largest Coca-Cola bottler and the seventh largest in the world by revenue, is optimally positioned in a new, purpose-built building in the Waterfront Business Park in Humerail. That the beverages giant – which bottles an extensive portfolio of products ranging from water to Fanta and its iconic, original Coca-Cola – is headquartered in Port Elizabeth, is a significant nod to the city. The company…

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Three Reasons Product Placement and Cross-Merchandising are Important

  Cross-merchandising will help you get the most out of customer traffic in your store. Consumers also benefit from the suggestion of additional, complementary items. Positive shopping experiences are sure to help you attract customers, create customer loyalty, and increase sales. Draw in customers and increase customer loyalty Most people are busy and will appreciate any effort to help cut down on their shopping time. If a customer is planning on picking up a bottle of wine and a bottle opener – which is typically on opposite sides of a…

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Schneider Electric boosting dairy production worldwide

·         Reducing energy bills up to 30% ·         Striving for zero waste ·         Optimised supply chains   Johannesburg South Africa, 22 February 2018 – Schneider Electric’s food & beverage solutions are increasing the efficiency and sustainability of the industry and its dairy solutions allow users to seize new market and profit opportunities, thanks to zero waste and 100% traceable production. This is achieved through its EcoStruxure Hybrid DCS (formerly known as PlantStruxure PES), which helps customers manage their dairy processes in an easy, smart and energy-efficient way. The new platform…

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Wheat mill modernizes aging systems with PlantStruxure PES

Engineering, operation & maintenance in a single process automation system

Schneider Electric conducted a case study with Premier Foods on how to modernise the engineering,operation and maintenance in a single process automation system. Goal:Modernize aging control, automation, and electrical systems in wheat mills. Solution: PlantStruxure PES, the single process automation system to engineer and operate the plant. Results: • Cost effective engineering • Advanced operation services that reduce downtime • Future ready solution • Improved energy management • Robust, scalable, and flexible automation architecture PREMIER FOODS: From its humble origins in the 1820s as a local Durban bakery, Premier FMCG…

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