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CONTENTS APRIL 2022 Vol. 49 • No. 4





Pushing the boundaries of

The importance of diagnostic testing

new product development


Manufacturing opportunities for vegan wine Potato processing made easy

18 COMPANY FOCUS Bühler - Celebrating 50 years of Bühler in South Africa



Eriez celebrates 80 years


in business Mondelēz’s sweet




The key challenges for producing trusted functional foods

The best lubricants for beverage production

Natural fibre at its best

Future-proofing your dairy factory

Creating personalised nutritional food solutions

Choosing natural colours for dairy products


Designing healthier dairybased drinks

PUMPS, VALVES & HOSES Solving free-flowing powder problems


The best sorting technology for spices

PACKAGING Choosing the right packaging partner

new campaign Extrupet expands their recycling operations


Tomra’s 50th anniversary


announcement Meet Tiger Brands’ new managing director: beverages SAB reaffirms its commitment to South Africa Mérieux NutriSciences acquires Hortec


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The first chemical-free thermal printer labels


Automating palletisation and its advantages

Essential ingredients for lowsugar beverages

Environmentally-friendly plastic packaging options

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Thinking out of the box


Olives products, including the new range,

brand Buffet Olives has launched a new

make for an exciting addition to numerous

Pearly Bay, the KWV’s surging range of quality,

range of pestos and tapenades. The new

dishes and provide opportunities to really get

easy-drinking wines associated with carefree

ready-to-eat products draw inspiration

creative with flavours.

living and happy moments, has extended its

from the Spanish style of eating and are

The new range includes mixed olives in

footprint and accessibility in the South African

conveniently packaged in a 100g sealed

toasted cumin, chilli and orange oil; mixed

market with the launch of a new premium 3l

cup, making them easy to share and pair

olives in a thyme and basil oil; mixed olives

bag-in-box (BIB).

on a snack platter, add to a picnic basket

with thyme, origanum and rosemary oil;

Offering exceptional value for everyday

and include in a lunch box. The new range

tapenade with capers and anchovies; olive

enjoyment, all tastes and occasions, the new

is also plant-based, joining the global food

pesto with sundried tomatoes; and green

BIBs represent the diverse flavour spectrum

movement of healthy snacking. “We’ve

Thai olive pesto with seven Thai spices

of Pearly Bay’s classic 750ml glass bottle

been looking for a long time to take a deli

and coconut.

selection. The stylish Pearly Bay 3l BIBs are

product and deliver it to the public in a

available in three delicious wines: a crisp

reliable format. We’ve spent quite a bit

and refreshing Dry White that bursts with

of time working on this and we’re very

tropical fruit; a fruity and fresh Smooth Red

excited to launch it,” says Richard Allen of

with an abundance of berries enveloped in

Buffet Olives.

soft tannins; and an enticing Sweet Rosé

Think mouth-watering fish and

invigorated by hints of strawberries, luscious

meat cooked with olives,

berries and fragrant rose petals.

olive-based pesto tossed

“Boxed wine is a booming category,

into pasta, kalamata olives

especially in 3l packs as wine lovers become

sprinkled on pizza, bread-

more aware of their benefits in terms of

dough mixed with green or

the environment, value for money and

black olives, bruschetta with

convenience. The overall growth of more than

olive pesto, olive tapenades

10% in the local boxed wine market, coupled

on a cheese platter or spread

with the growth in volume and value of more

on a gourmet sandwich – the

than 46% of our Pearly Bay wines, bodes well

possibilities are endless. Buffet

for our new BIB offering to create an even greater consumer demand,” says Vanessé Smal, brand manager of Pearly Bay wines. BIB wines are trending at all price points with the 3l format leading the charge locally at an annual growth rate of 18%. By far the most effective for reducing a wine’s carbon footprint, the lighter and more compact 3l BIBs offer a more sustainable packaging solution. Another major consumer benefit is the ability to preserve the wine by avoiding exposure to oxygen long after it has been opened. Exceptional value, easy storage and break-proof transportation make BIBs particularly popular for outdoor enjoyment and life’s more simple pleasures.

Spicing things up this season Savanna Premium Cider is bringing

love a bit of spice when it comes to

the spice with its new “Chilled Chilli”.

food, drinks, the weather and even their

This easy-drinking cider is not too hot

tweets. This innovation is boundary-

or spicy, but rather it is crisp and dry

pushing in a sea of safe innovations

with hints of chilli and ginger. It is also

around fruit flavours.”

utterly refreshing. “We are all about doing things

Now at all major liquor outlets, new Savanna Chilled Chilli is available in

differently and are known for challenging

a 330ml bottle. Best served chilled, it

the norm with our products and unique

delivers the crisp, dry premium cider

experiences. Savanna Chilled Chilli is the

experience that you know and love,

beginning of a new trend when it comes

with hints of chilli and ginger. Easily

to ciders and the product you need to

identifiable with a hint of red on the

spice up your next get-together and spark up conversations,” says Eugene

bottle and with an alcohol percentage

Lenford, marketing manager at Savanna.

of 5.5%, Savanna

“Our new spicy

Chilled Chilli is

kid on the block

the hottest new

is just in time

accessory in

for spicier

stores, bars

times. South Africans

and taverns across SA.

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COLOUR YOUR BREAK Mondelēz, one of the world’s largest confectionary companies, has partnered with HP Indigo and the HP Brands Innovation platform to launch a new campaign with iconic chocolate brand Milka. Launched across Belgium, the Milka ‘Color Your Break’ campaign sees boxes of Milka LEO decorated in animated designs, printed with HP’s digital print technology, giving consumers the opportunity to disconnect from reality and add some colour to their breaks. In November 2021, Mondelēz first partnered Milka chocolate with HP Indigo for its ‘Say it with Milka’ campaign, in which 120 gestures of kindness were printed on gift boxes of Milka pralines, promoting the view that small and sincere gestures deserve to be acknowledged. Following the success of this campaign, Mondelēz wanted to expand the power of HP’s digital printing technology to Milka’s number 1-selling brand in Belgium, Milka LEO.


This time, Mondelēz has partnered with 12 artists to create over 280 designs and stories, which are being printed on 12-pack boxes of milk and white chocolate Milka LEO. The designs, however, are only half coloured

The Eriez story began in 1942

global strategic growth. Their

in, with the idea that consumers will take a break from

when founder O.F. Merwin installed

consistent, sound and ethical

their daily routines and finish the colouring.

a permanent magnet in a grain

guidance is a major factor in Eriez’s

mill. The company today is built

continuing success.”

Mondelēz was keen to put the theme of co-creation at the heart of the campaign and take the macro-trend of personalisation one step further. In addition to the

of a workforce of more than 900

While product innovation has

individuals located throughout 12

been paramount to achieving and

artists’ designs, it launched a dedicated website, www.

international subsidiaries on six

growing Eriez’s position as a global, which provides a platform for consumers to co-

continents. Eriez is a world leader in

leader, management asserts that

create their own designs. Via the website consumers

magnetic separation, flotation, metal

it is the team of people who really

can customise their own versions of the artists’ original

detection and material handling

make the difference. “The integrity,

designs, which will be collected and later printed onto

equipment technology.

commitment, responsiveness

one of nearly three million boxes of Milka LEO. There are

and unmatched customer service

already close to 200 consumer designs, which are set

worked diligently to advance the

provided by our outstanding staff is

to be printed and distributed across Belgium from April

mining, processing, packaging,

what truly keeps us on the leading

until December 2022.

food, recycling, aggregate and

edge,” says Eriez president and CEO

metalworking industries it serves.

Lukas Guenthardt.

Over eight decades, Eriez has

Company process engineers

Another contributing factor

The Milka ‘Color Your Break’ campaign is just one example of Mondelēz’s longstanding partnership with the HP Brands Innovation platform, which has overseen

and scientists have developed

that helps Eriez flourish is

the confectionary company’s digital printing journey

countless product breakthroughs

its heavy focus on marketing

since 2019. As a result, the company has experienced

in the areas of rare earth magnets,

communications. “We put a

increased penetration and consumer engagement

superconducting technology,

strong emphasis on sustaining

for many of its leading brands, via co-creation and

flotation, vibratory feeders,

maximum customer engagement,”

leveraging the power of digitally printed packaging as a

metal detection, auto scrap

says Eriez senior director of

lead communication touchpoint.

recycling equipment, suspended

global marketing and brand

electromagnets, eddy current

management John Blicha. “We

campaign have presented HP with a brilliant

separation, and proprietary

believe in making significant

opportunity to showcase the capabilities of its

manufacturing techniques.

investments, both in terms of time

digital printing solutions to a vast audience, while

and finances, into advertising,

also highlighting the extent of engagement that

company. O.F. Merwin’s grandson

branding, public relations, trade

personalised, co-created packaging can offer.

Richard Merwin currently serves

shows, digital marketing and

as chairman. Richard’s late father,

customer education.”

Eriez is proud to be a family-run

Bob Merwin, had a global vision for

Blicha says the company has

Eriez and took the company into

some special events planned

international markets in the 1950s.

throughout the course of 2022

Richard Merwin says, “Our board

to commemorate this milestone

of directors, past and present, has

anniversary and recognise

embraced and supported deliberate

customers and employees for their

and bold ongoing initiatives for

loyalty and partnership.


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The scale and unique characteristics of this


EXTRUPET IS EXPANDING THEIR RECYCLING GAME Extrupet, one of the largest and most

retailers and consumers alike opt for more

advanced recyclers of plastics on the

environmentally-friendly options,” he

plastic recycler in South Africa,

African continent, has announced a major

continued. “Currently, only 60% of South

currently recycles more than 5 million

expansion of their food-grade plastic

Africa’s plastic bottles are recycled. With

PET bottles every day. The rPET is

recycling operations in South Africa.

this increased capacity we will be able

sold under Extrupet’s brand name

“Extrupet is proud to announce that we

to accommodate more of South Africa’s

PhoenixPET, which has received

will double our food-grade operations

plastic waste and strengthen South

international acclaim and is certified

by adding a fourth food-grade recycled

Africa’s position as a circular economy

by the European Food Safety

PET (rPET) facility, which will increase

leader in Africa and the world.”

Authority, Global Recycled Standard,

our recycling capacity by an additional

Phase 1 of this expansion is slated for

Extrupet, the first food-grade

BRC Packaging (AA rating) and ISO

33 000 tonnes per year,” said Chandru

Cape Town and is expected to be fully

9001:2015. The company was also the

Wadhwani, joint managing director

operational in 2023. The development will

first on the continent to use global

at Extrupet.

cost approximately R300 million and will

FMCG-approved technology to recycle

create additional jobs in the PET bottle

PET bottles into resin for reuse in new

collection industry.

carbonated soft drink bottles.

“The demand for food-grade recycling keeps on increasing, especially as


for efficiently handling the return and

compared to others, but has a strong sense

collection and sorting solutions, is

recycling of deposit beverage containers.

of belonging to ‘One Tomra’, with a shared

Tomra’s pioneering and transformative

company culture and purpose. “Looking to

the group’s four divisions – Collection,

approach led to its continuing development

the future, Tomra is committed to leading

Food, Recycling and Mining – marked

over the years, from designing and

the resource revolution in a world where

the milestone by declaring a collective

manufacturing RVMs to providing advanced

every resource counts. We are on a mission

mission for the future to “transform

sorting solutions for the food, recycling

to transform and help our customers feed

how we all obtain, use and reuse the

and mining industries. These technology-

the world, improve yield, minimise waste

planet’s resources to enable a world

led, customer-tailored solutions optimise

and create sustainable value. Focusing on

without waste”.

resource recovery and minimise waste –

sorting and grading, Tomra is working with

benefits that are in ever-greater demand

its customers to maximise value across

chief executive officer, explained, “We live

as sustainability gains importance with

the food chain, end to end. Our solutions

in a world that needs big transformation.

businesses, governments and consumers.

improve the value of food from harvesting

We urgently need to improve sustainability,

Andersen added, “Transformation is at the

to processing and packing, and even to

develop the circular economy, and

heart of everything Tomra does. Tomra

distribution and consumption, considering

make more efficient use of resources –

transforms ideas and technology to create

the great value of the digital tools and data

challenges that Tomra’s solutions can

intelligent and pioneering tools.”

we provide. This can also help the world’s

celebrating its 50 th anniversary. Each of

Tove Andersen, Tomra’s president and

Michel Picandet, executive vice president

sustainability agenda, as we all work to

beginnings, Tomra can be proud of the

and head of Tomra Food, said, “We are proud

meet the challenges of climate change,

fact that it is a highly respected global

to participate in celebrating 50 years of

loss of nature, and mounting inequalities,”

market leader. This is living proof of our

Tomra. Tomra Food is a fairly new division

said Picandet.

help address. Fifty years after its humble

ability to adapt, innovate and provide the solutions our customers really need. This is also a time to look forward because we are now opening the chapter in Tomra’s story where we step up to our role of leading the resource revolution.” Tomra was founded in Norway in 1972 by brothers Petter and Tore Planke. After seeing a local grocer struggle with the manual collection of empty bottles in their store, the brothers developed the first fully-automated reverse vending machine (RVM) in their family’s garage. This invention was quickly embraced by retailers and spawned an entire industry

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MEET THE NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR OF BEVERAGES AT TIGER BRANDS Ismail Nanabhay, newly appointed Managing Director: Beverages at Tiger Brands.

There’s a new face leading some of South Africa’s mostloved beverage brands, including Oros and Roses, with Tiger Brands’ appointment of Ismail Nanabhay as managing director of the company’s beverages category. Nanabhay joined

SAB COMMITS TO INVEST R920M INTO TWO BREWERIES In the wake of economic uncertainty

According to Rivett-Carnac, the

and the need for recovery, The South

beer industry continues to be a key

African Breweries (SAB) has reaffirmed

contributor to the South African

its commitment to ignite the South

economy. He cites a recently published

African economy as it pledges to

Oxford Economics Research paper

invest a further R920 million into the

(2021) which reveals the South

Prospecton and Ibhayi breweries. This

African beer industry contributed

will ramp up SAB’s total South African

approximately R74 billion to South

investment commitment to R4.5

Africa’s GDP in 2019. This was

billion – adding impact to an industry

equivalent to 1.3% of national GDP.

that already contributes 1.3% of the

The sector sustained over 248 000

national GDP. “These investments

jobs in 2019, equivalent to 1.5%

will give us the capacity to not only

of national employment. The tax

contribute to the economy, but also to

impact was approximately R45 billion

be able to contribute to job creation,

in 2019, the equivalent of 3.3% of

tax, excise and procurement spend,”

government revenue.

says SAB CEO Richard Rivett-Carnac. SAB’s Prospecton brewery in Durban

As one of the country’s largest businesses, Rivett-Carnac says SAB

will receive the bulk of this new

plays a significant role in igniting

investment with a total of R650 million

economic growth and recovery. “Our

that will help expand its facilities. This

position as an economy-driving,

investment alone will provide a R1.2

multinational corporation in South

billion excise tax impact. A further

Africa means we are keen to play a role

R270 million of this investment will be

in working with our government and

concentrates, sports drinks and ready-

committed to upgrading SAB’s Ibhayi

social partners to help South Africa

to-drink products.

brewery in the Eastern Cape.

recover and grow,” says Rivett-Carnac.

Tiger Brands in 2018 as marketing director of beverages, leading a team that has achieved notable successes over recent years within the company’s beverage portfolio, which includes

Nanabhay and his team have over recent months introduced exciting product innovations for Oros, Roses, Brookes and Energade. “Our beverage business has been identified as a high-growth category for Tiger Brands with a strong focus on expanding our presence through innovation.


In Ismail, we have a leader with a solid innovation track record and

Mérieux NutriSciences, a global leader in food safety and quality,

extensive commercial experience.

announced the acquisition of Hortec Pty Ltd in South Africa. With

We are looking forward to building on

this new acquisition, Mérieux NutriSciences is furthering its strategic

our brand leadership and engaging

objectives and strengthening its capabilities by entering the South

our consumers with an innovative

African pesticide market.

beverage offering under his steer,” says Thushen Govender, chief growth officer: consumer at Tiger Brands. “I look forward to the next chapter in my career and this amazing opportunity to lead the beverages category at Tiger Brands. Building and growing an already amazing team will be key to success both for myself personally and for the overall business. I can’t wait to start the journey of further growth as we enter a new and exciting period in the marketplace,” says Nanabhay.


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Hortec was established in 1997 and specialises in total crop management through analytical testing and consulting, utilising proprietary hardware and software solutions. Hortec’s analytical services include testing for pesticide residues in fresh produce, other undesirable or regulated residues in various food commodities as well as fruit maturity indexing. Their testing services are complemented by expert advice on fruit quality management, harvest windows, weather data and disease models. Mérieux NutriSciences’ acquisition of Hortec will enable South African customers to benefit from a full range of services at every stage of the value chain. Over the coming months, Hortec will be integrated into the worldwide Mérieux NutriSciences network and their team of 60 employees will join the group’s more than 8 000 existing talents.

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Diagnostic testing 101 Did you know that food safety testing also involves helping sick animals? It may sound surprising, but the field is a lot broader than most people think. Michelle Tsamba from Assurecloud explains the importance of diagnostic testing.


3. Rapid Plate Aggulation

he sphere of food safety that

Africa experienced outbreaks of avian

deals with animal health is called

influenza (H5N1) in various poultry farms. As

This test allows you to detect the presence

diagnostic and veterinary testing. It’s

a result, import bans and culls in the sector

of Salmonella antigens in poultry.

a lot newer than microbiology or chemistry

were implemented. Diagnostic testing can

testing. However, it is equally relevant and

help prevent the spread of such illness. In

just as important. If you work with livestock

addition, if there are consistent outbreaks

In connection to the above point, testing

of any kind, this is important for you to note.

of illness on farms or in any groups of

for Salmonella in animals and animal feed

In fact, it is even important for those who

livestock then food security in the country

is very important. If you’re in the business

use animal produce straight from farms.

will decrease.

of livestock, it will affect when you

WHAT IS DIAGNOSTIC TESTING? In the most basic definition, diagnostics is


the process of identifying illness. However,

There are a variety of tests that can be

Trichinellosis can affect both humans

food diagnostics can be done throughout

done in this sector of food safety. Below

and animals. It is a public health risk if

the entire spectrum of the food chain. In

we will provide a short description of the

not detected.

other words, it can be done from farmed

main types of tests. This should help you

produce and raw materials to end products.

to determine which tests are necessary

Assurecloud focuses on the early stages of

for you.

4. Salmonella testing and Serotyping

can slaughter.

the food chain.

5. Trichinella testing

6. Hygiene swabs of the environment Effective hygiene control is necessary to prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses.

1. Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay

By doing swabs on the environments in


This test is likely one of the most

which foodstuffs are handled, you can

commonly used testing methods in the

prevent contamination.

Diagnostic testing allows you to identify

diagnostic industry. The test allows you

present bacteria and viruses in sick

to find hidden allergenic proteins in

animals. From there it helps veterinarians

food. In addition, the test can be used to

PCR analysis to confirm the presence

to diagnose and treat these sick animals.

detect antibodies or antigens for certain

of viral infections that cause disease in

Next, a bacteriology lab – which is related

diseases and viruses.

humans and animals e.g., Covid-19 analysis

to diagnostic testing – can carry out tests, like the Minimum Inhibitory Concentration

7. Molecular testing

on human and surface swabs. 2. Haemagglutination Inhibition (HI)

antimicrobial test. This allows veterinarians

The HI test is used for the diagnoses of

To ensure that animals are healthy means

to figure out what dose of an antibiotic is

viruses, such an influenza. The method

ensuring that people are healthy as a

needed to treat the animal.

depends on the characteristic of viruses

result. As a provider of poultry or any

that allows it to absorb red blood cells.

other livestock, it is necessary that you do

make for safe food. If the meat you eat is

While the test can be done on humans, it

diagnostic and veterinary testing. It is critical

infected with a disease, it could make you

is commonly carried out in the diagnostic

to food safety. •

extremely sick. Food poisoning is a major

industry on chickens and turkeys. It is a

risk here, but there are other risks too.

relatively inexpensive test and can give

For example, in April and May 2021, South

you results quickly.

As you can imagine, sick animals do not


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Defining and certifying vegan wine A long time has passed since the first bottle of wine was produced back in 1659 in what was to become Cape Town, South Africa. Now, one of the countries with the most sought-after wine regions in the world, our wines are truly a mix of Old World techniques and New World technology. Director of Proveg South Africa, Donovan Will explains how the South African wine industry is keeping up with the modern consumer and ethical demands influenced by the plant-based movement.


oday, as the plant-based movement

stabilise a wine”, whereas a fining agent is

gains increasing momentum and the

“one of a range of special materials added

demand for product transparency,

Donovan Will, Director of ProVeg SA

to the juice to coagulate or absorb, and

(fibre from crustacean shells), egg albumen

and certification grows ever stronger, no

quickly precipitate the particles suspended

(protein derived from egg whites), fish oil,

corner of the food and drink industry is left

in the juice”.

gelatin (commonly derived from collagen

unscrutinised. Consumers, today, enjoy their

In effect, the fining agent acts like a

taken from animal body parts – bovine, fish

greatest level of influence, as of yet, and

magnet: unwanted haze-inducing molecules

or pork), and isinglass (gelatin from fish

have a stronger interest in what a product

coagulate around the fining agent, forming

bladder membranes).

contains and how it is manufactured than

larger particles that can easily be filtered

ever before.

out. Common practice is to remove the fining


agents along with the unwanted particles

Several winemakers are opting to move


before the final product is bottled, but

away from animal-derived fining agents and

There are several reasons a wine may not

residual fining agents may still be present in

replace them with natural fining agents

be vegan-friendly - from pesticide use on

the final wine product.

like bentonite clay, carbon (charcoal) and

the vineyard and how the soil is treated, to

Not all wines are fined and most young

silica. Globally, many nations are declaring

additives and preservatives and even the

wines self-stabilise and self-fine with time,

animal-derived fining agents as allergic

bottling and labelling of the finished product.

but winemakers choose to use them for

substances and must, by law, declare the use

a variety of reasons: it saves them and

of such agents on their labels if it is above

often hazy because they contain tiny

the consumer money and time, it clarifies

a detectable level. Vegan wine is, therefore,

molecules such as proteins, tartrates,

the wine and can be used to correct

either natural wine that has not been fined

tannins, phenolics and other organic

imperfection or fine-tune the taste of a wine.

or wine that has been fined using substances

During winemaking, several wines are

particles. These can be removed before

There is a wide variety of fining agents

that are vegan-friendly.

or after fermentation when filtered

available in the winemaking industry, most

through substances called ‘fining agents’.

commonly derived from animals. According explains that fining is a

to FactsSA, popular animal-derived fining


winemaking process that aims to “clarify and

agents include casein (milk protein), chitin

The labelling of wine as “vegan” or “vegan-


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3. Regulatory considerations

friendly” is a thorough, but very rewarding

as Longridge and Boekenhoutskloof

Disinfectants Act (Act No. 54 of 1972) and

are leading the movement in officially

the Consumer Protection Act (Act 68 of

certifying their range of wines with

2008) (CPA) prohibit direct or indirect

V-Label South Africa, increasing their

marketing to the consumer of goods if the

transparency and binding them to a serious

marketing implies a false, misleading or

stance on how their activities may affect

deceptive misrepresentation concerning a

animals’ lives.

material fact. If a product is advertised as

This does not mean that all wines that are

vegan or vegan-friendly, whether formally

not vegan-labelled contain animal products,

or informally, but does contain animal-

but to improve transparency, a V-Label seal

derived ingredients, it is in direct violation

guarantees that wine has been treated

of these acts.

according to completely vegan methods at all stages. Consequently, wine producers

process filled with several considerations and essential steps to ensure an ethical product and happy consumer. Several

In South Africa, wine farms such

The Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and

4. Choosing the correct verification and certification agency

(and thus also producers of raw materials) must prove their vegan actions with the V-Label criteria.

factors must be taken into account for

Choosing a trusted verification and

brands considering to veganise their

certification agency is an all-in-one step to

wine range, including the many possible

ensure the above-mentioned considerations

meet the growing demand of the vegan

reasons consumers opt for a vegan lifestyle

are actioned.

community, and to adapt to the enormous

It is important for manufacturers to

or inclusion of vegan products into their

There are several internationally

sustainability trend that has proven to

diets, all the way to financial, regulatory

recognised vegan accreditations, with

be a priority among today’s consumers.

and transparency considerations on the

V-Label and Vegan Society UK being the

With this positive industry turnaround,

manufacturers’ part.

most prominent. While the Vegan Society

we can now appreciate certified products

UK label is available internationally, V-Label

that come from the technical artists as

is the only accreditation option with a team

winemakers are - without having to rely

in South Africa and is administered by the

on animals. •

1. Ethical and health concerns and considerations Most vegan-based lifestyles are driven by

local food awareness organisation ProVeg

one of two factors: strong ethical or health

South Africa. V-Label SA focuses solely on

considerations. Many vegans choose to

vegan certification.

follow this lifestyle and diet in solidarity

number reflects the total number of both vegetarian and vegan certified products.

V-Label is the world’s leading vegan and

with animal and environmental rights

vegetarian trademark. It is an internationally

protection. But many others end up in a

recognised, registered seal for labelling

vegan lifestyle due to health considerations,

vegan and vegetarian products and services

either by personal choice or prompted by

with more than 40 000 certified products

illness or allergens.

from more than 3 500 licensees globally*.

Claiming that a product is vegan, and

*In Europe, V-Label licences vegetarian and vegan products. This

V-Label certified Longridge wine

The label has a reliable and transparent

therefore, does not contain any animal

system that standardises the meaning of

products or by-products, may also suggest

vegan or vegetarian products.

to consumers that it is free from these

Consumers are increasingly calling for

allergens. If falsely advertised, allergic

this transparency so that they can identify

consumers could assume that the product

vegan and vegetarian products quickly and

is safe for their consumption. In South

with confidence. With more than 25 years

Africa, four of the eight regulated common

of experience labelling products and

food allergens are of animal origin, namely

engaging experts in quality management,

cow’s milk, egg, fish and shellfish. Products

food technology, chemistry, cosmetology

derived from these allergens are commonly

and marketing, V-Label offers clarity thanks

used as fining agents in wine.

to standardised criteria in the labelling of vegan and vegetarian products.

2. Financial considerations

It is important for those wishing to

The price at which vegan products are

label their wines as vegan to keep in mind

offered in a competitive and “trendy”

that logos like V-Label’s vegan leaf are

market is a very important consideration for

internationally trademarked and cannot be

the success of a product. Many products

used without a licence.

suitable for a vegan diet may come at a extra costs were absorbed to create the


vegan version. Manufacturers mustn’t

In recent years, vegan labels have begun to

financially exploit their customers.

appear on wine bottles as well.

premium price, although no substantial

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Cutting edge potato slicing technology Potato processing is a constantly changing market. As this market evolves, so must the processing equipment. New cutting technologies have been developed and they are meeting industry’s demand for higher capacities, larger throughputs, and new and different potato shapes.


he Urschel Model CC Potato Chip Slicer is the industry standard slicer for potato chips. The innovative

design of this equipment uses centrifugal force to hold product against cutting stations located inside the machine. As the product passes each cutting station, it produces slices, shreds or strips. Motor sizes range from 2, 5 or 10 HP (1.5, 3.7 or 7.5kW) and in addition to potatoes, various

"The Model CC Slicer is just one example of equipment that has been updated to meet the changing needs of the potato chip industry." The Model CC Slicer now produces

interchangeable cutting heads, which can

an even broader spectrum of slice

produce a huge variety of cuts. Potato

shapes, including crinkle, V, flat-V, and Z.

processors can easily create a range of

Development of SH-14 (shredding) and

different product styles with a single

SL-14 (slicing) micro-adjustable heads has

machine. The CC slicer can be used to

significantly increased the capacity of the

produce flat slices, full, flat-V, reduced

machine to 14 cutting stations, surpassing

flat-V, oval, reduced oval (crescent), strips,

the previous standard of 8. This reduces

julienne, and even, grating options.

operator interaction and results in longer

of equipment that has been updated to

run times between knife changes. The new cutting heads are designed to be

meet the changing needs of the potato chip

more user-friendly and Urschel continues to

industry. Urschel is well known for listening

expand the 14-station line of cutting heads.

actively to customer feedback and invests

For example, the SlideLocc.212V slice head

strongly in the infrastructure needed to

offers three simple steps of slide, lock in

support food industry’s demands.

place, and tighten.


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The Model CCL Lattice Potato Chip Slicer is another member of the CC series of slicers. Potato processors use this model to create a unique appearance for their speciality potato products. A popular application for style potato chips

vegetables or nuts.

The Model CC Slicer is just one example


this slicer is to produce lattice-

other foods can be sliced such as cheese, The CC Slicer is popular for its

Create new products from previously unused or discarded parts of the vegetable

and thicker potato waffle fries.


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The CCL Slicer produces a unique lattice appearance in the potato that results in both sides of the slice having interlaced crinkles that run at 90° to each other. Urschel customers have shown a strong interest in expanding the capabilities of the Model CCL Lattice Potato Chip Slicer, so it is likely that model will also be upgraded in the future. For customers already using Urschel Model CC Slicers, this equipment can be converted into a CCL Lattice Slicer.

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Bühler celebrates years in South Africa On March 18, 2022, Bühler celebrated its 50th anniversary of establishing its business in South Africa. The country is of particular importance to Bühler for its customers and Bühler plans to expand its business in South Africa as well as to other African nations. To commemorate the anniversary, a special event celebrating milestones and special memories between Bühler, its customers and staff - was held in Johannesburg.


ühler began its journey on 10

grain to consumer goods processing and

January 1972, when Bühler MIAG

advanced material processing solutions.

South Africa was registered in

Stefan Scheiber, Bühler CEO, says, “South

Johannesburg. René Schneider founded

Africa is, a country with particularly

the joint company and Hans Widmer was

important customers, both local family-

appointed the managing director, and

companies and leading regional and

the offices moved to the Raschers corner

global brands. Therefore, a local presence,

in the central district of Johannesburg.

with local experts is key to secure our

As the company grew, a workspace of

business, now and in the future.”

Rand Steel Engineering in Booysens

Harry Bloechlinger, managing director,

was purchased. In 1976, Bühler MIAG

Bühler Southern Africa, says, “We partner

expanded its offerings and leased a

with the biggest FMCG companies all over

workshop in Wadeville, covering an

Southern Africa. FMCG companies are the

area of about 9 250m 2 on a 24 000m 2

basic pillar of the economy of the region

industrial site, which was later purchased

and together with them, we ensure food

in 1978. At the beginning, the company’s

supply to more than 200 million people.”

main activity was customer service,

Veronique Haller, deputy head of

selling spares and wear parts as well

Mission at the Embassy of Switzerland

as fluting and welding in the workshop.

in South Africa, says, “Switzerland and

Soon after, the product portfolio got

South Africa enjoy a very good economic

larger as the business grew and more

and trade relationship. That relationship

demands of customers and markets

goes back to almost a hundred years ago.

needed to be served.

We have about 100 Swiss companies that are based in South Africa, providing


more than 220 000 jobs in total. Swiss

Now, the Johannesburg office is the

companies are not only contributing

regional headquarters for the Southern

to the growth of the South African

Africa sub region, from here Bühler

economy, but they also have a lot of

is responsible for Angola, Botswana,

different programmes in terms of skills

Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Malawi,

development, community programs,

Mozambique, Namibia, La Reunion,

and they contribute to the economic

Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Eswatini,

transformation of the country.”

South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


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Currently, Bühler South Africa has

Bühler Johannesburg is the central

220 employees in various departments:

contact point for all enquiries, from

project execution, finance, human


"We celebrate the presence of businesses such as Bühler, we celebrate their contribution towards building our beautiful city of Johannesburg and we celebrate their growth." resources, sales, industrial engineering, IT,

Stefan Scheiber, Bühler CEO and guests

procurement, shipping and logistics, and customer service. The company also has

solutions. In the evening, the event was

a fully operational manufacturing facility,

marked with a black-tie ball for staff and

employing boilermakers, welders, machine

their partners, full of celebration, music

operators and painters. Bühler also runs

and dance hosted by a local celebrity

an apprenticeship programme, which is

Ayanda MVP.

adapted from the Swiss education system.


Building on its success in South

To commemorate Bühler’s success in

business in the region. Stefan Scheiber,

Southern Africa, a celebration was held

Bühler CEO, says, “In the long term, the

at the Sandton Convention Centre in

market of South Africa, including the

Johannesburg on March 18, 2022. In the

neighbouring countries will double its

morning, there was a customer event with

inhabitants to 400 million people by

Bühler’s top customers from Southern

2050. This is our motivation and reasons

Africa and neighbouring countries as

for Bühler to continue strengthening

well as the Mayor of Johannesburg,

our organisations not only in South

various ambassadors, representation

Africa, but also in Southern Africa, as we

from the embassy of Switzerland and

continue to live our vision: innovations

high-profile guest speakers. Dr Mpho

for a better world.”

Phalatse, the Mayor of Johannesburg,

Africa, Bühler is further expanding the

The company has a focus on food

says, “We celebrate the presence of

processing technologies as well as

businesses such as Bühler, we celebrate

value services including digitalisation.

their contribution towards building our

Education and training will also play a

beautiful city of Johannesburg and we

key role going forward. Bühler also has

celebrate their growth. Today, is their

a 24/7 customer service department,

birthday, so it signals growth. But not

with service stations in Cape Town and

only growth for the company, but growth

Zambia. “It is extremely important for us

for our city because when they grow, we

to be close to our customers. We are in

also grow.”

the region for the region,” says Scheiber.

Various videos capturing Bühler

Dr Mpho Phalatse, the Mayor of Johannesburg

Harry Bloechlinger, Bühler Managing Director, Southern Africa

The Bühler Manufacturing Services in

milestones on the African continent and

Honeydew offer various value added-

special memories with its customers and

services from drafting to prototyping and

staff were also shown at the event. The

final steel fabrication. Through various

guests were treated to some interesting

training programs the objective is to

insights by the keynote speaker Busisiwe

foster local capabilities from sketch and

Mavuso, CEO Business Leadership

drawing to final product design,

SA, as well as some entertainment by

and manufacture. •

motivational speaker Quentin Coetzee. A special menu was served based on the products used in Bühler processes and

Bühler –

Stefan Scheiber, Veiccoh Nghiwete, Ambassador of Namibia, and Heiko Feuring

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Taking advantage of optical sorting machines for spices and dried chilli With consumer’s expecting food products to be perfect, finding the right solutions to help food manufacturers achieve this is crucial. Tomra Food, supplies the best products to help food manufacturers and recently made new sorting applications available for spices and dried chilli.


lthough India leads the world in exporting spices and dried chilli, producing these crops in

great quantities can no longer guarantee international sales success. Great quality is also necessary, now more than ever before. One reason for this is that increasing numbers of consumers around the world now expect food products to be perfect every time. If shoppers find serious fault with the food they buy and complain about it on social media platforms, their criticisms can reach enough people to damage brand reputations. Another reason is the food regulations defining maximum permissible levels of

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pesticide residues, mycotoxins, heavy metals, microbiological organisms and

Tomra Food team at the Demo Centre in India

additives. These rules are already so strict in some nations that products, including

spices and dried chilli. What’s more, these

manufacturing methods to global food

dried chilli spices, sometimes get turned

applications were fine-tuned in India, at

safety and hygiene standards. With the

back from export destinations at the point

Tomra’s Test Center in Bangalore and on

right investments, we believe that we will

of entry. Even where food regulations are

the premises of a small number of spice and

be able to satisfy our end customer market

not so strict, they are expected to get

chilli producers in Kerala, Madhya Pradesh,

requirements. Higher technology machines

tougher in the future.

Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.

will help in improving the quality of the

The good news is that other sectors

These extensive validation tests led to

product at the same time as minimising

of the food industry have faced these

impressive results. The two key objectives,

wastage. Tomra sorting machines are

challenges and overcome them. One of

ensuring food safety and consistently

high-quality equipment that helps in

the most effective solutions is to replace

high product quality, were convincingly

solving industry issues. We have seen the

manual sorting methods with optical

achieved. In the words of one of India’s

improvement in end products and are happy

sorting machines. Whereas manual sorting

earliest adopters of this technology, Amit

to partner with Tomra.”

is unavoidably subjective, imperfect

Singhal of DKC Tradex Private Limited, “We

and especially, vulnerable to error when

were using conventional sorting machines

safety and product quality, Tomra’s state-

labourers are tired or bored, automated

in our spices and herbs business for quite

of-the-art sorting machines can also grade

sorters can work hour after hour with

some time and had some challenges

to specification, reduce line downtime, cut

superior accuracy, consistent standards

in pushing our limits. Now, with our

food waste by minimising false rejects and

and unflagging efficiency. Switching to

new Tomra machines, we see excellent

enhance profitability by maximising yields.

automation requires investment, of course,

results on our final products and our

but it pays back handsomely by delivering

end customers are also very happy with


greater throughputs and consistently

these results.”

Even though Tomra’s spices and chilli

higher product quality. This brings us to more good news.

Another early adopter of Tomra’s

In addition to acting as guardians of food

application is relatively new, the company’s

technologies is the leading coriander

expertise is founded on decades of

The industry leader in designing and

processor in India. The owner and

experience. To date, Tomra has installed

manufacturing sorting and grading

managing director of P.C. Kannan & Co,

more than 12 800 units around the world to

technologies, Tomra Food, recently made

P.C.K. Maheswaran explains, “The Indian

optimise capabilities and reduce waste in

new sorting applications available for

spices industry is shifting from traditional

the processing of fruits, nuts, vegetables,


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potato products, dried fruit, meat, seafood,

detects and ejects defective product. With

with high intensity LED lighting, remove

and some types of grains and seeds.

dried chilli, this typically means removing

the subtlest colour and shape defects; the

product with discolourations. Another

high-speed ejection valve with direct nozzle

foreign materials and product defects, they

common defect is cross-contamination of

connection, results in an exceptionally

inspect the processing line’s material stream

one type of product with another. Again,

low rate of false rejects; intelligent auto-

with one or more detection technologies:

these things are difficult to detect manually,

cleaning sustains the machine’s optimum

high-resolution colour cameras, lasers, near-

but essential to remove.

performance; and the control interface, with

When Tomra’s sorting machines look for

infrared sensors and biometric signature

When processing spices, the sorting

a large touch screen showing application-

identification software. These are able to

machine is located some way down the line.

specific tuning parameters, is easy for

assess objects on the line according to their

Before the spices reach this point, they

operators to use.

colour, size, shape, and even their structure

will have passed through a pre-cleaning

and internal characteristics.

machine to remove dust and heavier

sorting technology is their unique ability

In the instant after the sorting machine

A further potential benefit of Tomra’s

impurities such as sticks, stones, and

to detect and reject food products

inspects materials, air jets precisely

plastic bags and threads; through a finer

contaminated with aflatoxin. This capability

separate unwanted and wanted products

cleaning machine to remove smaller foreign

is already being put to good use in the nut

into ‘eject’ and ‘accept’ streams. Ejected

materials; and through a gravity-separator

industry, by using a specialised Biometric

materials are either discarded or sent along

that divides light and dense product. Then

Signature Identification (BSI) scanner with

another line to be sorted again. Accepted

it’s the sorter’s job to detect and eject any

Tomra’s Nimbus sorting platform, and is now

materials continue along the line toward

remaining foreign materials and discoloured

under development for other applications,

packaging. Whether the product is sent

products. After this, the rejected product is

including dried chilli and spices. This could

through the sorting machine one, two or

sent through a sorter once again.

open the door for more Indian businesses

three times, and what’s most likely to be

to the potentially lucrative European market, where the presence of mycotoxins

occasions depends on the type of food


being processed. So, let’s take a brief look at

The optical sorting machine best suited

reason why dried chilies get refused

the processes for dried chilli and spices.

to dried chilli and spices is the Tomra 3C,

market entry.

removed by the sorter on each of these

(aflatoxins and ochratoxin A) is the main

which is also very effective at sorting


grains, beans, pulses and nuts. This is an


affordable and compact piece of equipment

To ensure that operators extract the full

The biggest nuisance crushed chilli

that doesn’t need much floor space and

potential of their machines, Tomra provides

processors have to deal with is stems. If just

is loved by operators for its easy, intuitive

on-site training for customers and makes

one of these gets all the way down the line

user interface. It works by pouring infeed

technical experts accessible via a helpline.

and packaged with the final product, it can

materials into a hopper, then sends the

With the recently-launched smartphone

spoil the consumer’s eating experience,

feed falling onto a vibration plate, where it

app Tomra Visual Assist, their field service

tarnish their opinion of the brand that sold

is spread evenly on an infeed chute. Then

engineers and customers can work closely

the product, and worse still, perhaps pose a

the materials fall further into a detection

together even when they are thousands

choking hazard. Other threats to food safety

area, where a dual laser and double-sided

of miles apart. The engineer can provide

include foreign materials that get mixed

cameras inspect them. In a matter of

detailed advice just as if standing right in

up with the crop during harvesting, such

milliseconds, the intelligent inspection

front of the customer’s machine.

as stones and rat excreta, and materials

system rejects all defects. The acceptable

that fall onto the processing line, such as

products continue through the accept

facility. This shows tests via video link,

fragments from workers’ glass bangles. It’s

chute, while the flaws are diverted via the

with viewers encouraged to ask questions,

simply not possible for the human eye to

reject chute.

make requests and direct one of the

see all of these unwanted materials when

The Tomra 3C’s state-of-the-art

Tomra has an online demonstration room

cameras showing the proceedings. After the

they’re mixed into the product stream, but

technologies result in numerous advantages.

test’s conclusion, observers are provided

they must be removed.

The dual laser-induced scattering results in

with a report which quantifies results in

superior glass and foreign material removal;

precise detail.

At the same time that the sorting machine looks for foreign materials, it also

the double-sided RGB cameras, combined

This means that seed and chilli processors can be certain of the machine’s capabilities without having to visit a Test Center in person and before deciding whether to invest in the technology. It’s an investment that pays back in many ways, not least by opening new doors to markets that demand high product standards and protecting that most valuable of all business assets, brand reputation. •

Tomra Food –

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Golden opportunities for food and beverage manufacturers With growing awareness of the importance of maintaining health, people across a range of age groups and lifestyles are looking for products with ingredients that support their specific wellness concerns. To help manufacturers make products that stand out and inspire repeat purchases, we identified three key challenges to delivering consistent, trusted and appealing functional products explains Niamh Hunt in the KerryDigest blog.

CHALLENGE 2: Developing innovative products in formats consumers want At the start of 2021, FMCG Gurus reported that consumers were “making day-to-day changes to their diets and lifestyles with long-term goals in mind.” Kerry’s own consumer research indicates consumers are most interested in maintaining immune, digestive and joint health when purchasing healthy lifestyle products.

CHALLENGE 1: Sourcing ingredients that deliver on their claims

These concerns resonate at the same level

The functional foods and beverages

making it critical to deliver functional

CHALLENGE 3: Satisfying demand for sustainability and transparency

market is growing, with rising interest in

benefits across a range of product formats.

With heightened awareness of what’s

of interest across nearly all age groups,

health benefits reflected in the number of

in the products we consume and how

health claims used on food and beverages.

they’re produced, knowing the origin of

With so many functional foods, beverages people want to be sure the products

MEETING THE CHALLENGE: Creating innovative products that resonate

they’re choosing deliver the benefits

While substantiated benefits are the basis

advertised by on-pack claims. This puts

of successful products, some functional

the responsibility on manufacturers to

products can come with challenges where

use ingredients that have strong scientific

ingredients won’t pull through with the

backing—including research to support

efficacy required, making the products

their claims.

difficult to develop. Formulating with

and supplements vying for market space,

ingredients is more important than ever. In addition to helping reassure consumers that an ingredient is trusted, supply chain transparency and commercialisation support can indicate that a supplier will provide support throughout the entire product development process.

ingredients that offer the flexibility to accommodate a variety of applications is critical, says Katy Kinsella, Kerry’s North

MEETING THE CHALLENGE: Success is in the science The foundation of a functional product is the science supporting it, according to Sonja Nodland, principal scientist for Kerry. “Consumers have become skeptical of claims made by brands in recent

American business development manager for ProActive Health. So is understanding the types of products your consumers are interested in, such as through consumer insights and market research.

Tip: The best products often come from a solid understanding of consumer trends.

MEETING THE CHALLENGE: Support from start to finish “Although people tend to think of the supply chain as being involved strictly with sourcing and manufacturing, it’s actually much more than that,” says Kinjal Desai, Kerry’s ProActive health senior supply chain manager. “Creating innovative products that meet customer

years, meaning validation is crucial,”

expectations for transparency, taste and

says Nodland. They want maximum

nutrition on a global scale includes all

transparency over the ingredients in the

the people you meet along the way, from

products that they purchase. The best

R & D and nutrition scientists to culinary

ingredients are underscored with multiple

and flavour experts, and marketing and

high-quality peer-reviewed clinical studies

regulatory support.”

that support benefits.

Tip: For a transparent product with reliable

Tip: To create products that do what they

support, choose an ingredient manufacturer

claim, select ingredients with clinical

who nurtures you at every step of

studies that validate the benefits offered.

the process.


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Natural fibre at its best Natural guar bean fibre is one of the rare, truly pure plant-based fibers and the perfect ingredient to enrich and enhance high-quality foods.


ccording to the International

ensure ingredient quality,” says Dr Stefan

after-meal blood glucose levels by 20%

Organization for Standardization

Siebrecht, managing director of Taiyo

from the Canadian health authorities. It

technical specification, ISO

Germany. “Pure and safe raw materials

comprises 100% partially hydrolysed guar

19657:2017, Taiyo’s Sunfiber dietary fiber is a

are the measure of all things for us and a

gum from the Indian Guar Bean (Cyamopsis

100% natural ingredient. This is good news

prerequisite for high-quality products. We

tetragonolobus) and is Taiyo’s versatile all-

for food manufacturers. Not only can they

would, for example, welcome an officially

round water-soluble solution when it comes

simplify the certification process for their

authorised organisation that certifies

to enriching food and beverages with

own products, they can also use the ‘natural

natural products.”

digestive fibres. Sunfiber acts as a probiotic

dietary fibre’ claim on their product labels.

“As a result, he continues, “companies

in the gastrointestinal tract and helps to

At the same time, consumers who are

could communicate this certification to

slow down, and reduce the absorption of

increasingly concerned about the origin

consumers. Close supplier relationships

fat, cholesterol and sugar. It is compatible

of their food and value naturalness, also

and quality control based on the strictest

with a low FODMAP diet because its

benefit from the guaranteed quality of

regulations and standards are, therefore,

fermentation rate is very slow, which means

the ingredient. To recognise whether or

part of our daily business. Our customers can

that it doesn’t induce painful gas, cramping

not a product contains a natural and/or a

rest assured that they’re buying genuine,

or discomfort.

synthetically produced dietary fibre is not

natural raw materials of the highest quality

easy. There are a lot of chemically modified,

from us, which subsequently contribute to

concepts with nutritional benefits, is

polymerised, denatured or synthetic fibres

clean labelling.”

constantly working on new concepts

on the market that, at first glance, look familiar and appear to be natural. “In today’s climate of adulteration and

Backed by science, Sunfiber is clinically proven to lower the glycemic index,

Taiyo, which specialises in plant-based

and is going to certify more products to differentiate them from synthetic ones. •

contributing to stabilised blood glucose

contamination, it has never been more

levels. For this reason, Sunfiber has

important to take every necessary step to

achieved a health claim for lowering

Taiyo –

"Our customers can rest assured that they’re buying genuine, natural raw materials of the highest quality from us, which subsequently contribute to clean labelling."

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A personalised nutrition revolution

While innovation in the F&B industry continues to make headway, new ways of delivering more personalised solutions to individuals are on the horizon as consumers demand food and beverages to be tailored to their specific health needs. Kirsten Flanagan, business development manager at Tailorblend expands on this.


he focus of healthcare is shifting

healthier diet and lifestyle solutions,

medicine’ couldn’t be more appropriate now.

from disease treatment to disease

but for the first time, health is put into

Food, beverage and supplement products

prevention. What was likely

the hands of the consumer. Whether it’s

are merging and are developed to offer

propelled by the pandemic, this paradigm

genetic tests, microbiome analysis, blood

many health benefits whether it’s boosting

shift has been revolutionary for the

or other functional tests, or perhaps the

energy, increasing immune function,

nutrition industry.

live data from the many wearable devices

enhancing cognition or calming the

we use today, health data is becoming

nervous system with the careful addition

in biotechnology, digital healthcare,

ubiquitous. The abundance of personal

of functional ingredients. More so, these

smart devices and diagnostic testing

health information consumers can

products are replacing breakfasts, snacks

are advancing rapidly, giving us greater

gather today, combined with advanced

and even meals like burgers, allowing

insight into the biology of the individual

biological testing, enables the accurate

seamless integration of health promoting

and enabling us to counteract disease and

prescription of the right nutrients to

ingredients into the everyday diet.

enhance human health far beyond what

individuals, opening the door to completely

was previously thought to be possible. An

personalised nutritional solutions.

manufacturing has proven to be

Nutritional supplements are also

a challenge in the past. Product

Powerful emerging technologies

important piece of the puzzle is ingestion

Complete personalisation in

of the right nutrients and combinations

taking centre stage as disease prevention

categorisation has been a stepping

most beneficial to the individual.

trumps disease treatment, blurring the

stone, but soon manufacturers will have

line between the food, beverage and

to respond to the abundance of health

supplement industries. The saying ‘food is

information with a better solution. When it

People are taking a more preventative approach to health, actively seeking


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comes to formulating products containing functional ingredients in an increasingly personalised world, there are a few fundamentals to consider: • Form A form that allows for the addition of macronutrients is important for a product to be functional and integrated into the daily diet.

"Nutritional supplements are also taking centre stage as disease prevention trumps disease treatment."

• A dequate protein with balanced levels of amino acids such as lysine, glutamine and cysteine, especially for plant-based products • H ealthy carbs, higher in fibre with minimal blood glucose impact • Fat content needs to be well balanced and of high quality, with more omega 3’s and fewer omega 6’s. • Efficacy and Quality The old trick of adding a sprinkling of turmeric onto a doughnut and calling it an anti-inflammatory food doesn’t work anymore! Dosages need to be efficacious as consumers begin to understand what is important. Functional ingredients added should have research-backed evidence proving their effects. • D iversity Instead of focusing on one nutrient and one interaction, ingredient combinations that synergise or simulate what is found in nature appears to provide more enhanced health benefits. Formulate products with the whole body in mind. • M arketing The message to the consumer needs to be specific and informative as the average general knowledge level around health is quickly rising – no more false claims or fairy dusting. • P ersonalisation With all the health tests, comes long reports with nutrient recommendations and prescriptions. A single, personalised product or supplement that meets the exact nutrient requirements and taste preferences for the individual, prompting a healthy habit change, will triumph. Propelled by science and technological breakthroughs, there are exciting opportunities in the nutrition industry for innovation in product development whether it’s snacks, beverages, supplements or meals. •

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Solving powder flow issues with butterfly valve Intermediate Bulk Container The original Cone Valve inventor, renowned for their innovative Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) systems, Matcon have launched a new product to their range – the Manual Cone Valve (MCV).


he Manual Cone Valve (MCV)

rate of powder discharge, the lever can be

has been designed specifically

locked in the open or closed positions, or

to assist companies in the food,

any intermediate position.

beverage and chemical sectors, who

The MCV can be easily retrofitted to any

experience problems with butterfly valve

existing flanged IBC outlet, providing a

or slide valve IBCs when handling free-

cost-effective way of upgrading your entire

flowing powders.The manually operated

IBC fleet with Cone Valve technology.

MCV easily overcomes the issues of core

Each unit has a nominal internal diameter

flow, particle rolling and mix segregation

of 250mm and is designed to fit a vessel

when handling mixes such as sugar-

or process with the same outlet size for

based drink powders, 3-in-1 beverage

discharging free-flowing bulk material.

mixes, salt-based food ingredients and washing powders. A typical example of discharge time achieved when discharging 1 000kg

Matcon’s Intermediate Bulk Container with their new Manual Cone Valve

In applications involving sticky, cohesive powders or where automation is required, they recommend using the Classic Matcon IBC system. •

of salt from a 1 000l IBC is only 90sec. Each unit comprises of a valve body with a single-sided arm that supports a cone valve, which is raised using a lever handle. Depending on the desired flow

Matcon Ltd – products/powder-valves PMD Packaging –


"The MCV has been designed to assist companies who experience problems with butterfly valve or slide valve IBCs when handling free-flowing powders."


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Matcon specialises in supplying powder handling systems to companies who handle and process powders, granules and tablets in the food, nutrition, pharmaceutical and chemical sectors. Their system designs use Intermediate Bulk Containers to both move materials between manufacturing steps and for effective powder blending. At the heart of it all is the Matcon Cone Valve - invented to overcome issues of powder mix segregation, containment and bridging that are inherent in traditional powder handling systems.


Full enjoyment of beverages with no added sugar Reducing the sugar content of beverages has become essential to keep up with growing need for healthier beverages. Roné Luttig from Savannah discusses some solutions to reducing sugar content in beverages with Tennille Aron.


everages without the use of added sugar have become increasingly popular due to their delicious and fruity flavours. Sugar-sweetened soft drinks, especially those

that are fruit-based, are, however, still criticised for their sugar content and the associated various health risks. The sugar content not only provides sweetness, but also plays a role in the texture of the beverage. The texture of the beverage and the mouthfeel are important factors for consumer satisfaction. Reduced sugar content inevitably results in a change in the multi-sensory perception and, above all, in the mouthfeel. The viscosity of the beverage decreases, and the product is perceived as thin and more watery. How can we reduce the sugar content without sacrificing texture? The loss of mouthfeel can be offset by the use of natural texturising ingredients e.g., pectin. Pectin causes the mouthfeel, fruitiness, the duration of flavour release and the ripeness to appear stronger than in the sugar-containing drink of the same viscosity. The smoothness of the beverage is similar to a sugar-containing drink. The freshness and the acidity peak are somewhat mitigated by the addition of pectin. With the same viscosity, the pleasant impression of the ripe fruit is intensified. Pectin has the unique property of providing long-term stability at a low pH. From fruit to fruit Pectin is a soluble fibre found naturally in fruits, especially apples and citrus fruits. It is the perfect ingredient for creating consumer-friendly products with natural appeal. With functional pectins from APECX, Savannah helps you to solve your challenges and create the optimal mouthfeel in a beverage. •

Savannah Fine Chemicals –

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Unleash an appetite for energy-savings with these food-grade lubricants Specialist technical sales at Fuchs lubricants South Africa, Jaco Kriel explains the importance of using the best lubricants for food and beverage production.


he production of food, beverages and

solution. Service is a crucial and fundamental

and reliability as well as efficiency and

related products places the highest

component of their offering. Their experts

cost-savings, Fuchs Lubricants offers two

requirements on the lubricants used

provide on-site technical consultation

food-grade lubricant ranges. These are the

in the manufacturing process. Consumer

to assure performance, efficiency and

Cassida range, based on fully synthetic oils

protection is absolutely essential. In addition,

process reliability.

and the Cassida FM range, based on semi-

ensuring that the production process runs

Fuchs special lubricants stand for the

synthetic and white oils. The Cassida range

smoothly and is highly effective is a number

highest performance, sustainability, safety

is NSF H1 registered as well as the South

one priority for longer component lifetimes,

and reliability as well as efficiency and

African plant is the only ISO 21469-certified

extended maintenance intervals and

cost-savings. They represent a promise:

site in Africa.

energy savings.

Technology that pays back. Food-grade lubricants come in many forms, from white

How do lubricants save energy?

application lubricants. A team of over 500

oils to semi-synthetic and fully-synthetic oils

For any machine to run, energy is necessary

specialists around the world works to meet

and greases.

to overcome friction. Lubricants reduce

Fuchs Lubricants is the expert for special

specific requirements. However demanding the application, they offer a specialised


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Providing special lubricants for the highest performance and sustainability, safety

friction, but some reduce friction more than others. Therefore, careful selection


of the lubricants can provide tangible savings in energy requirements. Energy-saving is important because industries are targeted to reduce energy usage, which translates into less pollution from power stations and lower

chain and gear oils, and as a base oil for most Cassida greases.

manufacturing costs. In terms of climate

•P olyglycol: Used specifically in the

change mitigation, this means companies

Cassida Fluid WG series of worm

example, a synthetic compressor oil can

have reduced energy consumption, which

gearbox lubricants.

provide an 8 000+ -hour life compared with

limits their carbon footprint. Many countries

• Ester: Used in conjunction with PAO in

have even implemented tax incentives to

products such as the Cassida Fluid FL and

promote energy saving.

Cassida Fluid HFS hydraulic oil ranges and Cassida Chain Oil HTE.

Where can lubricants save energy?

the 2 000 - to 4 000-hour life of mineral or semi-synthetic oils. Total cost benefit of using Cassida fully synthetic lubricants

Process industries that convert raw materials

Fully synthetic oils are tailormade for

• Reduced energy charges

into usable goods require energy. In a food

high performance and offer superior

• Reduced lubricant usage

plant, electricity operates gear drives,

performance over conventional mineral oils,

• Improved plant efficiency

hydraulics, compressors and bearings.

vegetable oils and white oils. Synthetic oils

• Reduced maintenance requirements and

Whereas electricity is a major cost overhead,

are less susceptible to temperature changes

the lubricant cost by comparison is minimal.

due to their higher viscosity indexes, are

• Less manpower required to change oils

Selection of the correct lubricant for an

cleaner in use, especially at the elevated

• Reduced waste generated

application can reduce power consumption

temperatures found in heavily loaded

• Reduced costs for your production plant.

and therefore, energy requirements. It will

systems, and offer much better ‘sludge

also extend the lubricant’s life, reduce

protection’ than mineral oils, especially in

Fuchs has developed, produced and sold

downtime and improve overall efficiency.

gearbox applications.

lubricants, and related specialties for over

Synthetic oils accept additive packages

replacement costs

80 years for all applications and sectors.

What are synthetic oils and which are the

more readily than mineral oils, while

With over 100 000 customers and 50 global

most efficient ones?

their refining process allows them to

companies, the Fuchs Group is the world’s

The types of synthetic oil used in the

retain natural anti-oxidants and sulphur

leading independent lubricant supplier. •

production of Cassida food-grade

compounds with anti-wear characteristics.

lubricants are:

In general, synthetic oils offer significantly

•P olyalphaoleofin (PAO): Used in hydraulic,

increased service life over mineral oils. For

Fuchs Lubricants –

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Rising from the ashes In 2018, a big fire caused terrible damage to Serbian milk producer Imlek’s production site. One of the many items destroyed was a KHS aseptic filler, just six years old. When it came to procuring a replacement, the company again opted for the Dortmund systems supplier – and for a block system featuring the latest in stretch blow molding technology.


he Imlek Group – the dairy giant

greater flexibility, safety and speed over the

– was the very first dairy farm in

use of cartons. The Asbofill ABF 711 proves

system is largely instrumental in this,

The new InnoPET BloFill ACF-L block

the Balkans to invest in an aseptic

convincing with its vast range of bottle and

where a latest-generation KHS stretch

filler in 2012 to enable germ-free filling of

closure design options, the use of which

blow molder, an InnoPET Blomax V, has

a section of its portfolio into PET bottles.

requires no mechanical intervention. One

been combined with a KHS aseptic filler,

Its prime aim was to facilitate the export

of the KHS aseptic filler’s special features is

the Innofill PET ACF-L, for the first time

of sensitive products by lengthening shelf-

its small sanitary room that measures just

ever. The block is more powerful, more

lives and lowering transportation weights.

1.5m 3. In combination with the machine’s

sustainable and more economical – by

Back then, Imlek decided to invest in a

room-within-a-room concept, it cuts the risk

saving up to 40% in energy. A special

linear KHS Asbofill ABF 711 filler, as with

of recontamination down to practically zero.

transfer module has been designed to join

its very small aseptic zone, this machinery

Limiting sterilisation to the necessary areas

both machines that feeds the continuous

permits sterile filling without the need for

only – namely just the neck on the outside

PET bottle flow from the rotary stretch

intermediate sterilisation. Up to 12 000

of the bottle – means that sterilisation

blow molder to batch processing on the

PET bottles holding between 250ml and 2l

media can be used more sparingly.

linear filler. To this end, ten consecutive

are processed per hour.

containers at a time are picked from the


bottle flow, accelerated and separated


In September 2018, a devastating fire tore

from the following units as a group so

With its vast product range, fast format

through Padinska Skela, destroying much

that they can then be easily removed by

changeovers are important for Imlek so

of the production shop and the aseptic

grippers at their downstream stop position

that it can react with the utmost flexibility

filler was consumed by the flames. “The

and placed in the filler’s carrier plates.

during production. Short, trouble-free

end of 2018 and the whole of 2019 were

Combining the stretch blow molder and

product changeovers for the many different

an extremely challenging time for us,”

filler does away with the need for an air

smaller product batches give the company

remembers Darko Samardžija, chief supply

conveyor, resulting in a compact system

officer of the Imlek Group.

that saves space, cuts energy consumption

At the start of reconstruction, a clear

and eliminates a potential source of error.

decision was made to make the new factory the most modern in the region – a


complex task, as Samardžija emphasises,

The technical details also reveal that

that was nevertheless completed so

time has by no means stood still since

successfully that Imlek’s production site is

the company’s first purchase of KHS

now a flagship for future-proof high-tech

machinery in 2012. Imlek can now enjoy

within the milk industry.

a new machine that is much more than simply a replacement investment.

Filled and capped PET bottles leaving the stretch blow molder/filler block on their way to the sleever.

However, the Serbian dairy group doesn’t need to risk any experiments here. “Our specifications were basically the same

ABOUT THE KHS GROUP The KHS Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of filling and packaging systems for the beverage and liquid food industries. Besides the parent company (KHS GmbH) the group includes various subsidiaries outside Germany, with production sites in Ahmedabad (India), Waukesha (USA), Zinacantepec (Mexico), São Paulo (Brazil) and Suzhou (China). It also operates numerous sales and service centers worldwide. KHS manufactures modern filling and packaging systems for the high-capacity range at its headquarters in Dortmund, Germany, and at its factories in Bad Kreuznach, Kleve, Worms and Hamburg. The KHS Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of the SDAX-listed Salzgitter AG corporation.


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also forms part of the restored line at Imlek. The packaging unit is one of the few pieces of equipment in the machine park to have survived the fire unscathed. Following a general overhaul, it’s again now fully functional. “On the new line, like on the old one, we fill fresh milk in various formats and chocolate milk,” says Samardžija. The Serbian milk magnate’s modernity also encompasses a strategic commitment to more sustainability. The InnoPET BloFill ACF-L aseptic block from KHS is now part of one of the most modern dairies in the region. It incorporates a stretch blow molder of the newest generation.

the space of just ten minutes, taking

“With a mind to our responsibility to the

up to 40% less time compared to single

environment, we’re also the first local milk

machines with an air conveyor.

producer to fill our Moja Kravica brand into packaging made of recyclable, bio-


based plastic,” said Samardžija. “Even the

as when we commissioned the first

The modular design of the Innofill PET

caps are made of plastic that comes from

machine,” Samardžija explains. “The main

ACF-L aseptic filler is also new. It allows

plants, namely from sugar cane.” One

emphasis was to ensure product quality

optional empty modules to be planned

thing is clear: since its early beginnings as

and production stability, and with our

for on procurement. These leave space

a local milk supplier on a farm on the edge

new acquisition we again attached great

for filler retrofits, such as foil sealers or

of Belgrade, Imlek has come a very long

importance to a high degree of flexibility

dosing units for fruit chunks, should these

way indeed – and is far from reaching the

so that we can produce our various

need to be later included in the portfolio.

end of its impressive development. •

volume formats on the same machine.”

Finally, the KHS Innopack Kisters SP

The block setup means that a full format

Basic from 2012, a shrink packer that can

changeover can now be performed in

wrap up to 10 800 packs an hour in film,


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Developing natural colour solutions for the dairy industry Imagining a cheese without colour isn’t easy, but before Oterra (previously a part of Chr. Hansen) brought the first natural colour for the dairy industry to the market in Philadelphia, USA in 1876 that was the reality. They led the way for the dairy industry around the world by bringing colour from Annatto seeds to the market. A pigment that is still widely used in the dairy industry today.


n April 2021 the natural colour

is clear as day. “For the African market,

acquired by private equity

we see consumers want more and more

firm EQT. Undergoing a complete

natural clean products from brands they

brand transformation, they emerged

trust. They want to feel reassured about

as Oterra - meaning of the earth - and

the food they eat, particularly, for the

are re-strengthening their already

based drinks are typically perceived

make natural colours even easier

as a healthy meal or on-the-go snack,”

for manufacturers.

says Henrik Damstrup, Oterra’s EEMEA

industry with natural colours has been

marketing manager. As the world’s leading global natural

a core part of Oterra’s DNA and they

colours provider, Oterra plays an integral

have tailormade colour solutions for the

role in supporting dairy manufacturers,

full palette of the dairy industry. Remi

be it shelf-life or stability of colours. They

Mazet, application manager at Oterra

have different colour solutions to meet

explains their trailblazing ways. “Not

all needs, from natural colours to clean-

only have we been part of pioneering

label solutions with fruit and vegetable

the dairy industry, but we have

concentrates. They offer stable, vibrant

also continued to look ahead and

and cost-effective solutions, and have

create supportive solutions for

a strong portfolio of reds based on both

emerging non-dairy alternatives,” said Mazet.

carmine and carmine alternatives. While some brands still use artificial

Throughout the years, Oterra

colours, the movement towards natural

has broadened its knowledge with

can be seen in Africa. According to the

extensive large-scale studies on colour

Africa Food Colourants Market – Growth,

behaviour in all dairy applications.

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dairy industry where yoghurt and dairy-

strong position in the market to

For 146 years, supplying the dairy


The consumer trend towards natural

division of Chr. Hansen was

Trends, and Forecast 2022-2027 report

They have developed patented

by market intelligence firm Mordor

and award-winning colours such

Intelligence, strong growth is expected

as, Red Strawberry Fragaria, which is a

in this region due to a growing demand

unique red for yoghurt with better heat

for clean-label foods, and increasingly

stability and cost-efficiency.

savvy consumers.


"For 146 years, supplying the dairy industry with natural colours has been a core part of Oterra’s DNA."

“While African consumers have traditionally embraced artificial colours, like many other regions in the world they are looking to natural solutions that are perceived to be better for them. At Oterra, we believe nature got it right the first time,” said Vera Carvalho, head of sales for Africa at Oterra. This sentiment is echoed by Mark Ferrao, managing director at SK Chemtrade Services, who was quoted in 2021 saying, “The use of natural colours over artificial colours is gaining momentum in Southern Africa, where food and beverage manufactures are being encouraged by a savvier consumer to include these safe, natural ingredients in their product ranges.” With more than 145 years of history, Oterra are the industry specialist in helping brands make the move to natural colours. Oterra offers the industry’s widest range of natural colours for dairy. Colours that they proactively test for stability for every dairy and fruit preparation application. This allows manufacturers to move fast with their product development and colour selection. As creators of the world’s first natural colour for dairy, Oterra knows their stuff. They have the in-house expertise to understand dairy manufacturers’ needs and processes,

Proud partners helping you do great things with natural colors.

and they have specific colour solutions for all dairy applications, even non-migrating solutions. They support

their clients from start to finish with in-depth knowledge of recipes, process methods and a deep understanding of consumer demands. •

SK Chemtrade –

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Take dairy drinks to the next level Made from fruit, vegetables and plants, Exberry Coloring Foods are the ideal clean-label colouring solution for healthy dairy drinks, writes Alison Donaldson, GNT’s technical sales manager. provide a nutritious and adventurous choice to take kefir and other probiotic dairy drinks to new heights. Nonetheless, while health benefits are highly important to consumers, appearance is vital to making a positive first impression and even influences product enjoyment. Studies have found that changing drinks’ hue can influence taste and flavour intensity ratings as well as flavour identification responses. The choice of colouring ingredient is every bit as important as the choice of shade with today’s health-conscious consumers expecting their products to come with clean and clear labels. The majority (54%) of South African consumers say they check ingredient lists on food and drink most or all of the time, and 70% say they consider it important that colours are natural. Exberry Coloring Foods can deliver the perfect solution, providing a vast array of shades while helping to boost dairy products’ healthy positioning. They are made from edible fruit, vegetables and plants, and processed using traditional physical methods such as chopping and boiling. The crops are non-GMO and grown by farmers working as part of Exberry’s vertically


ich in high-quality protein and other essential nutrients, dairy drinks have always benefitted from

their healthy image. With the pandemic

Exberry can be used to colour almost any dairy drink, including milkshakes, yoghurt drinks, kefir and lassi.

integrated supply chain. Exberry colours ensure widespread consumer acceptance, with 77% of South African consumers saying they consider colours made from the concentrated juice from fruits, vegetables and plants to be appealing or very appealing. Exberry can be used to colour almost any dairy drink, including milkshakes, yoghurt drinks, kefir and lassi. Coloring Foods are

encouraging consumers to put greater

also ideally suited to dairy alternatives,

focus on their immune health, dairy’s appeal has only increased. In addition to protein,

consumers in South Africa consider these

with consumers now increasingly seeking

dairy contains vitamin A, zinc, selenium,

products to be healthy.

out plant-based products with more

and vitamin B12, which are all important for optimal immune function.

Innova suggests the use of ingredients, such as fruits could be an effective way to

natural ingredients. Working with plant-based colours can

add further functional benefits to fermented

create technical challenges, with pH and

option, with research showing it can offer

dairy drinks, opening up opportunities for

thermal processing among the biggest

immune health benefits beyond its vitamin

exciting product launches with unusual

considerations for many dairy products.

and mineral content. FMCG Gurus’ research

flavours. Superfruits such as acai berry, goji

Having worked with Coloring Foods for

shows 78% of kefir and probiotic milk

berry and pomegranate, for example, can

more than four decades, Exberry can

Kefir can provide a particularly attractive


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provide a solution for almost any issue that may arise. Their experts are available to assist customers through each step of the commercialisation process, from colour matching and stability testing all the way through to regulatory support and upscaling. In a competitive marketplace, there has never been a better time to make the switch to Exberry Coloring Foods. Suitable for almost any food and beverage application, their plant-based colour concentrates enable manufacturers to create spectacular dairy drinks while also enhancing their natural, healthy image. •

Exberry - www.exberr REFERENCES • International Dairy Federation ‘Dairy’s role in supporting a healthy immune system’ (2020) • Hamida, R.S. et al. ‘Kefir: A protective dietary supplementation against viral infection’ Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy (2021) • FMCG Gurus ‘South Africa - Dairy Survey’ (2021) • Innova Market Insights ‘Top Trends in Dairy Focus on Specific and Holistic Health Benefits’ (2021) • S pence, C. ‘On the Relationship(s) Between Color and Taste/ Flavor’ Experimental Psychology (2019) • FMCG Gurus ‘South Africa - Clean Label Survey’ (2021) • FMCG Gurus ‘South Africa - Clean Label Survey’ (2021) • FMCG Gurus ‘Top Trend: Plant-Life Explored’ (2020)





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Increasing manufacturing capacity and efficiency requires the right partner Founded in 1936, Goya Foods has become the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the US. It imports ingredients from around the world to create more than 2 500 food products of Latin cuisine traditional to Mexico, Spain, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.


n 2015, Goya Foods opened its new

Valencia. “The processes are relatively

headquarters and distribution center

uncomplicated, so the simpler the process,

in Jersey City, New Jersey. At the same

the higher our efficiency must be. We’re

time, it invested in its existing distribution

always looking to increase quality, safety

center in Secaucus. At 22 300m 2, the

and efficiency.”

new site is four times larger than the standing bottlenecks, said Luis Valencia,


the new site’s plant engineer. “We had run

Goya receives rice, beans, dry vegetables

out of capacity for rice mixtures at our

and flour in 998kg bulk bags, while

previous site. In fact, all of the existing

the spice mixtures are mixed into rigid

lines, including the bean and flour lines,

498kg totes. Ingredients are batched

were over-utilised. We were overdue for

to the packaging machines by gain-in-

a change.”

weight control.


to accelerate its handling of bulk bags. The

To prevent supply disruptions, Goya

bags quickly by means of a cantilevered

continued operating all 12 of its rice, bean

I-beam, hoist and trolley. Valencia said the

and flour lines at the previous site while

fast-loading units allow just two forklift

outfitting the new site with a new high

drivers to serve the site’s 16 bulk bag

speed pouch filling rice line, and more

dischargers. A single operator can load

efficient bulk handling and packaging

and discharge bulk bags across several

equipment, including 16 bulk bag and rigid

product lines.

previous facility and relieves several long-

To increase productivity, Goya needed

tote IBC discharger systems supplied by

Bucket conveyors move material from 12 bulk bag dischargers through the wall of a packaging room.

Bulk-Out BFC bulk bag dischargers load

In operation, a forklift places a palletised

Flexicon Corporation. “We had Flexicon

bulk bag in front of the discharger. The

equipment here already, so we knew they

operator connects the bag loops to Z-Clip

were reliable systems,” said Valencia.

bag strap holders on the lifting frame

“Efficiency is the focus because the product and process demand it,” said

and, using a pendant, hoists the bag into the discharger.

RICE MIXES BATCHED TO HIGHCAPACITY POUCH FILLER To match the production capacity of a new high speed pouch filler for rice mixes, Goya installed a gain-in-weight batching system for the rice, vegetable and spice components. For rice, palletised bulk bags are delivered by fork truck to side-by-side

Filled and sealed packages of Goya’s Spanish Rice (left) and Mexican Rice (right) proceed to a cartoning line.


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Goya Foods packages beans, rice mixes, corn meal and other dry products of the highest quality at its new facility in Secaucus, New Jersey.

BFC bulk bag dischargers that unload into

specified Flexicon flexible screw conveyors

two large 2 268kg capacity floor hoppers.

for both the rice mix spices and flour lines

The hoppers feed a common 6m bucket

because they are enclosed, simple, dust-

conveyor leading to a weigh hopper,

tight and prevent the separation of blends.

which empties into the pouch filler. Each discharger unloads a 998kg bulk bag of rice in 4 minutes. Similarly, dry vegetables move from


their respective bulk bag discharger to

bulk bag dischargers, mounted over

the pouch filler via a bucket conveyor and

2 268kg capacity floor hoppers and

weigh hopper. Each weigh hopper rests on

arranged in three pairs. Each pair shares

load cells that transmit weight-gain signals

a bucket conveyor that feeds a weigh

to a controller that stops each conveyor

hopper that discharges into a pillow-bag

once the target weight is reached for each

packaging machine.

ingredient, automating and expediting a

The flour line employs three BFC bulk

process that previously required manual

bag dischargers, each with Flow-Flexer

verification that batches reach the

bag activator plates that increasingly raise

pouch filler.

and lower opposite bottom edges of the

Spices for the rice mixes are supplied

A cantilevered I-beam with hoist and trolley allows bags to be raised and rolled into the discharger using a pendant.

bag on timed cycles, ultimately forming

in rigid totes, which are hoisted above

a steep “V” shape that promotes total

a Model BFH-C-X half frame discharger


mounted on a 1 134kg capacity hopper. From the hopper outlet, a 7.6m flexible


screw conveyor, also from Flexicon, is

Goya Secaucus packages products

inclined at 32°, moving the spices to a

of 50 different varieties of beans and

weigh hopper that discharges to the

30 different flours. Each has slightly

pouch filler.

different flow characteristics. “We change

A flexible screw of specialised geometry

over constantly, and when you change a

for difficult-to-handle spices rotates

bean or a flour or a rice mix, there’s a lot of

within an 11.4cm polymer outer tube of the

fine-tuning,” said Valencia. Fine flours are

flexible screw conveyor. The screw is the

among the tougher products.

only moving part contacting material and

“It’s a challenge to dial it in: the higher

is driven beyond the point of discharge,

the speed, the more precision is required.

preventing material contact with seals

Flexicon helped us with upgrading

or bearings.

our electronics. They made sure the

“Goya Foods Secaucus has received

dischargers were feeding correctly and the

an A++ rating by the British Retail

controls were reading the hopper levels

Consortium’s certified auditors, the

correctly. We control the weights better

highest, for two years in a row,” said

now and avoid process loss,” said Valencia. •

Valencia, adding, “In this case the conveyor is sanitised daily by disconnecting the flexible screw from the drive shaft and removing the screw for cleaning.” The plant

Flexicon Africa – Goya Foods, Inc –

Flexible screw conveyors transfer ingredients from bulk bag dischargers in the warehouse, through a packaging room wall, and transfer into horizontal flexible screw conveyors that feed packaging machines.

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First thermal printer labels free from chemical developers Herma recently launched the HERMAtherm nature, which is an adhesive material for thermal printer labels that is fully approved for food contact and thought to be the first of its kind worldwide.


n the past, thermal paper was frequently the subject of debate in view of the problematic substances on which it

relies to produce a printed image. Now, Herma offers an adhesive material for thermal printer labels that is fully approved for food contact and thought to be the first of its kind worldwide. HERMAtherm nature (grade 900) is guaranteed to be completely free from chemical developers – the substances generally used to create an imprint. Labels made from this material are simple to use in all conventional thermal printers. A further benefit lies in the multilayer adhesive 62 DPS used by HERMA, which is especially migration-safe and likewise approved for direct contact with dry, moist and fatty foodstuffs. Thanks to the multi-layer technology, even with its low-migration properties 62 DPS is characterised by exceptional adhesive performance, including in cool environments. The new label stock HERMAtherm nature (900) was made in partnership with Koehler Paper. “Based on our experience in coating and die-cutting operations, HERMAtherm nature (900) is just as easy to process as conventional thermal

"HERMAtherm nature (grade 900) is guaranteed to be completely free from chemical developers – the substances generally used to create an imprint."

label stock,” insists Herma’s head of development Dr Nicole Metzler. In addition, although it is a coloured material, which

Koehler Paper has already been used for

inevitably reduces contrast, no barcode

environmentally-friendly retail till receipts

reading errors were recorded during a

for some time. With Blue4est Pro, the

large-scale trial. Labels produced from

imprint is not produced by a chemical

the material completed the trial without

reaction in response to the application of

prompting any faults whatsoever.

heat. Instead, an entirely physical reaction takes place in which an opaque active

An environmentally-friendly

coating on the paper becomes transparent

physical reaction

under the influence of heat. This reaction

The characteristic blue-grey thermal

reveals the black coating underneath.

paper Blue4est Pro created in-house by

Compared to commonplace, conventional


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thermal papers, not only is the Blue4est Pro especially kind to the environment, but the imprint it produces also resists environmental influences, such as sunlight and moisture, especially well. According to Koehler Paper, the printed image remains legible for more than 35 years. The new self-adhesive material HERMAtherm nature is available to the South African market through Herma’s local sales partner for this region, Bordic. •

Herma – Bordic –

HERMA Located in Filderstadt near Stuttgart (Germany), Herma GmbH is a leading European specialist in self-adhesive technology. In the 2021 fiscal year, the Herma Group generated sales of around €428.4 million in its three divisions with more than 1 100 employees.


Introducing the innovative new collaborative palletiser for industrial applications The new cobot solution from Omron and Flexlink has a small footprint and active safety equipment that enables handling of up to eight boxes per minute without the need for fencing or laser scanners.

be used - the Omron TM12 or the TM14. Gary Hinault, FlexLink’s controls engineer, comments, “This solution meets the need for automated palletisation, which relieves the


operators from this repetitive task so that ollaborative robots (cobots) are being

the solution is continuously evolving as

they can focus on tasks with more added

used in a wide variety of applications.

they receive feedback from users. The

value, and that is more interesting.”

A recent example would be the

development of the system took place over

The cobots can be delivered in a fairly

partnership between FlexLink and Omron.

several months to ensure that the result

short time and the installation takes just

FlexLink offers flexible, modular conveyors

would be flexible and easy to configure.

one or two days. The automated palletising

and industrial automation equipment,

The palletising system can process both US

system helps operators to avoid the risk of

including palletising solutions to hundreds

and Euro standard pallets, up to a height

musculoskeletal disorders or injuries caused

of customers across the world. You can find

of 2m, thanks to the accessories that have

by lifting heavy loads. The manufacturer

FlexLink solutions on the production lines

been added.

who originally requested the cobot has

of major brands in food manufacturing and

The cobot has a capacity of up to eight

calculated the return on investment for the

personal care. Following a request from a

boxes or parts per minute (ppm) or 14ppm

new system as being about one and a half to

major manufacturer, the two companies

with a dual-pick vacuum gripper. The new

two years. •

joined forces to create a collaborative

palletising systems can handle boxes of 10kg

palletiser, using Omron cobots.

or 12kg, as two different types of cobots can

Omron –

Stéphane Chevalard, FlexLink’s engineering supervisor, demonstrates the benefits of the solution. “Palletisation using cobots has a wide variety of benefits as it’s very flexible. The system can be easily moved

Cobot solution with a small footprint and active safety equipment enables handling up to eight boxes per minute without the need for fencing or laser scanners.

from one area of production to another. It can even be swapped between lines because it’s self-supporting and easy to move. It also allows collaboration with operators, who can work in safe proximity to the cobot without fencing or laser scanners due to the active security we’ve added, which has enabled us to gain CE certification,” says Chevalard.

DEVELOPING THE SYSTEM Omron and FlexLink were both involved in the initial design of the project and

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Sustainable packaging solutions at their best Finding sustainable packaging solutions has jumped to the top of the priority list for food and beverage manufacturers across the globe as consumers become increasingly concerned with the effect of packaging on the environment. Corne Pretorius, general manager at Nissei ASB South Africa spoke to Food Review about the sustainable packaging machinery his company has to offer.


ccording to the Plastics: The

recyclability of plastic materials, especially

that Nissei ASB offers to cater to their

cost to society, environment and

PET, have been widely recognised around

customer’s packaging needs, one of their

the economy report for WWF by

the world, leading to the widespread use

front runners for sustainability for bag-in-

Dalberg, it is estimated that by 2040 there

of plastics. Now, more so than ever before,

box production is the PF36-9/12000.

will be a doubling of plastic production

the company is committed to fulfilling the

and a tripling of plastic pollution entering

following principles:

compact molding solution that provides

the ocean to 29 million tonnes, increasing

•R educe – use less resources to meet

high output of PET bottles. In this system,

the total stock of plastic in the ocean to

the need

The PF36 Series is an incredibly

PET resin is molded first into preforms,

600 million tonnes. Therefore, finding

•R euse – Re-introduce in the same flow

then directly into bottles all within one

ways to reduce the production of plastic

•R ecycle – Turning materials into new

machine ensuring the highest possible

or create more recyclable forms of plastic for food and beverage manufacturing is essential. “Nissei ASB is especially focused on

substance or product •R ecovery – Recover energy when you can’t recycle •D isposal – Landfill when no alternative.

finding these solutions. We have been

container quality and visual appeal that easily surpasses 2-step molding methods, yet does so within just 25%–30% of the factory space required by a competitive 2-step system.

developing our business with the aim

Plastic containers are used to contain a

of popularising safe and convenient

great variety of products, from refreshing

system’s response and communication

The PF36 Series Vision 1 control

plastic containers for about 40 years. We

beverages to liquors and even seasoning

speed is faster than dedicated PLC

are proud that we have been delivering

agents. Among the numerous equipment

systems enhancing cycle efficiency and

injection stretch blow molding machines and molds to clients in more than 130 countries, contributing to the wellbeing of people all over the world,” says Corne Pretorius, general manager at Nissei ASB South Africa. ASB started its business in 1978, one year after the first introduction of PET bottles in Japan. Since then, the lightweight property, safety and


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synchronised control precision.

"Nissei ASB has been developing their business with the aim of popularising safe and convenient plastic containers for about 40 years."

The PC-based system is extremely flexible in use and compatible with Industry 4.0 for enhanced factory networking (IIoT). It also has a larger, easy-to-read panel that provides easier access to relevant information without changing pages. Most manual operation switches are replaced by touchscreen operation


and improved operator feedback

containers that are capable of being

improves troubleshooting response time

filled at up to 95°C. High heat resistance-

and minimises down-time. It is easier

volume shrinkage after 25 washing cycles

and faster service support. This entire

is below 1%. The bottles that are produced

system together as a whole provides a

through this system are of the highest

50% reduction of material use, which for

quality and rPET can be incorporated in

a 12L Bag-in-box 120g would result in

this machine.

1 320 tonnes PET/year

“While these are just two of the

“Another fantastic product that we

packaging systems they offer, Nissei ASB

have is the HSB series, which is our most

also has a range of other solutions that

sustainable beverage packaging solution,”

cater to all beverage packaging needs,”

explains Pretorius. The HSB Series double

says Pretorius. The company is completely

blow re-heat blow molding machines

committed to continuing to bring

provide an integrated and matched

environmentally-friend plastic packaging

solution to hot filling and pasteurisation

solutions to the local F&B industry. •

needs. This machine produces refillable/ reusable PET that can be used for up to 25 cycles. Using a full mold set in the double

Nissei ASB –

blow mechanism will allow molding


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