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Volume 44, Issue 4, 2017
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The food and beverage industry is an easy target for unscrupulous operators. Brazil’s meat scandal is the latest in a series of exposés that show just how easy it is for tainted food to reach retailer shelves. We should know better than to sell rotten or substandard products as the economic and reputational impact can be enormous. The Brazilian meat scandal resulted in importer countries revoking contracts – resulting in a sharp fall in its US$14 billion meat export industry. It is alleged that managers bribed health inspectors and politicians to acquire government certificates for their products. If an ingredient is contaminated, it has downstream effects that could affect your brand and the bottom line. The ability to track and check quality through automated systems, superior transportation and warehousing remains a critical factor in ensuring food safe products.
Source: South African Food Review 44, pp 14 –14 (2017)More Less
Founded in Sydney, Australia, in February 1982 by Alf and Nadia Taylor, the company transformed the snack food industry by launching the world’s first ever high-speed vertical form fill and seal system – the tna robag in 1985. The company rapidly ascended from packaging pioneer to a global supplier of ground-breaking food processing and packaging solutions that improve performance at every step of the production line. With over 14 000 installations across more than 120 countries, tna’s turnkey equipment operates in nearly every country around the world, covering fryers, freezers, conveyors, seasoning and coating systems to complete packaging systems with integrated metal detectors, scales, date coders, inserters, labellers and film splicing technology.
Source: South African Food Review 44, pp 16 –17 (2017)More Less
The combined efforts of both companies will deliver a bigger basket of ingredients. ‘Together, we will offer full turnkey solutions to the industry, while remaining as flexible and dynamic as ever,’ enthuses Darell Gray, CEO of Frutarom and Johan Smith of Unique. ‘This will contribute towards significantly strengthening our position in the rapidly growing markets in Africa. It will also capitalise on aligning our interaction within our existing activity in the region.’
Source: South African Food Review 44, pp 20 –20 (2017)More Less
Various types of extenders have been found in spices, e.g. non-spice vegetable matter, or defatted/spent spice meal. While not harmful, these give the appearance of increased volume and weight. In recent years spices were sold as pure, even though valuable constituents were removed. A prominent example is defatted paprika. This material cannot be labelled simply as paprika; it must be labelled in a manner that will allow the consumer to identify that it is a blend of for example paprika, spent paprika and oleoresin.
Source: South African Food Review 44, pp 21 –22 (2017)More Less
There is a strong tendency for complete shelves with a wide variety of meat products at fixed prices per tray. Consumers buy according to an available budget, rather than volume or weight. Most meat processing industries are following this trend. Suppliers of meat products to large hotel chains are one example: Chefs grill meat products to predetermined temperatures and timing. This requires fixed weight products. Meat for ready meals, where microwave time is indicated, must be within small tolerances of weight variations. Another example is identical portions for airline catering. Large industrial kitchens also benefit from using fixed weight portions.
Source: South African Food Review 44, pp 23 –23 (2017)More Less
As Argentina fully opened for beef exports at the end of 2015, an opportunity arose for a handful of beef processors to regain market share. La Anónima is working toward a more centralised meat-production and cutting operation. According to CEO Nicolas Braun, there is good reason to invest in automation. ‘While we still had strong beef export regulations in Argentina, we put all of our efforts into creating stable and efficient beef production in our plants to supply our own supermarkets and the local market. Now we can also work towards expanding exports, mainly to Germany and Israel.
Author Gareth Lloyd-JonesSource: South African Food Review 44, pp 26 –27 (2017)More Less
Utilising the latest centrifugal pump system technology with a high volume medium pressure rinse, can clean faster and better in less time. This enables you to make savings in many areas. It can save food risks, energy, water, effluent, labour and money. A significant advantage is the 80 per cent reduction in repair and maintenance costs compared to high pressure systems. A correctly controlled medium pressure jet will maintain its impact over a greater distance than other high pressure jets.
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Today consumers expect more for less, while companies try to balance the demands of operating in an environmentally sustainable way. Eli Golovey, head of logistics and commercial, Nando’s SA and Debra Wehmeyer, director of retail, CHEP SA, will present on What’s more important – profit or planet? Nando’s will demonstrate its commitment to fresh, authentic and quality products. It will illustrate how collaborating with CHEP streamlined the logistics chain, placing profit and planet in perfect balance. The initiative resulted in a reduction of the supply chain’s impact on the environment; improvements in the quality of product; increases in the amount of chicken shipped per product and truckload, and reduced packaging and inventory costs.
Author Avery DennisonSource: South African Food Review 44, pp 29 –29 (2017)More Less
TT Sensor Plus uses the latest temperature data logging technology. It provides brand owners with the ability to collect data on temperature ranges during shipping. ‘Resulting analytics allows customers to make an informed decision on whether a product’s quality has been preserved or compromised en route,’ explains Mary Greenwood, director new technology and business development, Avery Dennison.
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Built in Johannesburg and managed by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), the chamber is the first of its kind in the country. It offers manufacturers the option of sending their refrigerated vehicles for a thermal rating, certified by the SABS. Serco managing director Clinton Holcroft says the establishment of the chamber is good news for the market. ‘We will definitely send our units for testing and make our ratings available for customers. Official thermal ratings are a mandatory requirement in Europe. It is somewhat overdue in our country where the thermal capacity of refrigerated vehicles has not been certified by a respected body such as the SABS,’ he explains. ‘The new facility in Johannesburg will play a major role in raising the standard of refrigerated trucks and trailers built in South Africa.’
Source: South African Food Review 44, pp 33 –33 (2017)More Less
The latest technological concepts and components have been developed and integrated into the plant. Since the design of a UHT-ESL testing plant with minimal dead leg was one of the primary goals, all media-wetted components were carefully selected during the planning phase of the plant. Due to space-saving components it was possible to build an extremely compact plant, which offers excellent access for servicing work thanks to its modular design. There was a particular focus on the cleaning and sterilisation capabilities of the plant. Relevant recommendations of the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) were implemented across the- board. This makes the plant one of the best designed dairy processing lines in terms of hygiene.
Source: South African Food Review 44, pp 34 –35 (2017)More Less
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