Monthly archives: June, 2008

Pumping water can be child’s play

Playground-type roundabout water pumps are available to rural communities in southern Africa which have no access to running water.

Food industry to benefit from Donaldson process filtration solutions

Sterile conditions can improve the marketing potential of perishable foods. Such fragile foods as dairy products can enjoy a longer shelf life which might allow the opening of new markets as well as reduced product loss. Sterile conditions improve the manufacturing process and play a key role in consistent product quality.

Reduced Costs

Reduced costs and better products are possible – if you use the right ingredients


The world snack food market continues to grow. The spread of Western eating habits to all parts of the world continues as lifestyles become busier and traditional meal times fall away. As a result, the demand for snack foods continues to rise.

Plastic “jugged” food gains ground

Packaging of tropical fruits and other foods in multilayer plastic cups and jars – a packaging form which imparts an extended shelf life and is in competition with steel cans – is gaining momentum throughout the world.

Unique Flavors and Fragrances:a customer-centric approach from a unique company


Uniquely talented, focused and exclusive – that’s what differentiates Unique Flavors.

Established in 2001, this vibrant company responded to market demands, carving a niche that is customer-centric, quality-oriented and service-driven.

Bottling coconut water

Growing consumer interest in coconut water as a refreshing beverage and as a sports drink, has broadened its market opportunities. This, in turn, necessitated a more convenient product format and led to the development of technologies for the preservation and sale of bottled coconut water.

Leading categories of customers

What categories of businesspeople should consider an Agrex mill?

Agrex mills – full assistance

For a new Agrex mill owner, the process of achieving full production and profitability is enhanced by the high back-up levels which Agrex SA offers its customers.

Competitive small milling technology

A unique centre – an entrepreneurial milling hub – located at Mount Edgecombe north of Durban in South Africa, now offers all-round support and technology to African small millers of maize, wheat and all other grains. 

Boilers for you to generate power

Perhaps 80% of small and medium food manufacturing facilities burn coal or liquid fuel in their boilers and perhaps 80% of these facilities have boilers which have excess pressure on their steam and go to a pressure reducer; or they have stand-by boilers and therefore have that excess capacity.

Biogas for electricity

The use of boilers is the most obvious cogeneration scheme which food/beverage processors might think about. However, biogas converters are another possibility – in which an agrifood business’s organic-rich effluent or waste is converted via anaerobic digestion to methane for use in burners and generators, etc

Creating your own renewable energy business

Energy deficiencies and unreliability are currently a feature of many African countries. This is a problem for most people, but an opportunity for some – particularly the owners of renewable energy businesses.

African Agricultural Trade Promotion (AATP) Conference

This conference, to be held at this year's Africa's Big Seven expo (20-22 July 2008), will address problems which agricultural projects in Africa face, like under-capitalisation due to the high cost of finance, poor market intelligence and lack of expertise in trade, etc.

The business benefits of fortifying


The Micronutrient Initiative ( ), a Canadian-based international non-profit organisation dedicated to eliminating vitamin and mineral deficiencies worldwide, is hosting a half-day seminar on 21 July at Africa’s Big Seven Expo in Midrand, South Africa, to ”challenge business to make fortification the norm for commercially-processed staple foods by 2010”.

EU-quality biodiesel from mobile container units

As oil prices continue their seemingly-inexorable rise, small-scale – often farm or backyard – production of biodiesel is becoming increasingly common, but the product being produced often falls short of international standards and causes problems in modern diesel engines. This is giving biodiesel, countries where the standards of its production are unregulated, a bad name.