Information and networking: the versatile supporting program of food & drink technology Africa

  • New: Symposia with Bosch Packaging, Bühler and KHS Manufacturing and Pentair
  • Speakers Corner offers new stimuli for the industry
  • Presentation of the African Beer Awards for the first time during the exhibition


Whether it is offers for resource conservation and energy efficiency, new raw materials or forward-looking developments in processing, bottling and packaging: food & drink technology Africa (fdt) presents solutions that are tailored to the particularities of the South African market. The supporting program of the exhibition is equally geared to the needs of the local industry and will shed light on the future topics of the industry.
From September 4 to 6, the food, beverage and packaging industry will meet at fdt Africa in Johannesburg. The most important platform for the market in Southern Africa covers the entire process chain – from raw materials to processing, bottling, packaging and logistics. This year's fdt Africa supporting program is more extensive than ever before. It will shed light on the future of the food and beverage industry in Southern Africa, will pick up on current topics and show practical solutions for the industry. A novelty are the symposia, organized by Bosch Packaging as well as Bühler, KHS Manufacturing and Pentair. The Speakers Corner gives an insight into the latest topics affecting the market. Visitors and exhibitors can also look forward to the African Beer Awards by the Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) (Africa Section).

The Symposia of Bosch Packaging, Bühler, KHS Manufacturing and Pentair
The second day of the exhibition offers a new agenda item: The symposia with the industry leaders Bosch Packaging, Bühler, KHS Manufacturing and Pentair will offer participants an insight into the trends, challenges and opportunities in the areas of water management, packaging and process technology. The symposium with Pentair will take place during the morning. The company’s experts will present sustainable solutions for water and energy management. The afternoon will be jointly organized by Bosch Packaging, Bühler and KHS Manufacturing. Their program will be divided into two thematic blocks: Liquid Food Processing and Packaging as well as Dry Food Processing and Packaging. Among the topics will be questions like: What new solutions are there for the packaging of food and beverages? How can the shelf life of products be extended? How can costs be reduced and production be made energy-efficient? Visitors are welcome to ask the experts from Bosch Packaging, Bühler and KHS Manufacturing further questions during an open panel discussion at the end of the symposium.

The Speakers Corner
On the first and third day of the exhibition, the Speakers Corner will provide an overview of topics that are moving the industry today and in the future. Experts will assess the developments on the South African market and offer new stimuli for the industry. There will be presentations and lectures by companies and associations including Brewsters Craft, Centec, Pall, the South African Association of Fragrances and Flavour Industry (SAFFI), Sphere Foods Africa, the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association and many others. The presented topics will be very diverse and thus cover a wide range of areas within the industry.
In her presentation, Sharon Bolel of SAFFI will for instance introduce the current trends with regard to flavorings and ingredients. She will illustrate how natural ingredients, new aromatic additives but also regulatory issues are going to influence the industry in Africa. The African Tasting Experience by The Brewster is also all about taste. During this interactive session, founder Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela will present six types of beer brewed with unique African ingredients. Besides tasting, the main focus is on how these ingredients are correctly used within the brewing process and what potential such special beers can offer on the global market. On the subject of energy efficiency and resource conservation, Vera Fritsche from VDMA will present technologies that help to save water and energy in beverage production, food processing and packaging.
Further topics of the Speakers Corner include consumption patterns for soft drinks in the sub-Saharan region, quality management systems for food safety and degassers for feed water.
Doemens, the educational institute for the brewing, beverage and food industry, is supporting fdt with the organization of the Speakers Corner.

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