Demand for healthier baked goods continues to escalate. Demand for gluten-free substitutes in particular is soaring, but reversely there is also demand for artisanal ingredients including rye and high impact flours, as shoppers look for a touch of luxury in austere times. Consumers are not willing to compromise on taste, and organoleptic and sensory properties, including chew, crust and texture must still hit the high notes!

In this edition of FBR we unpack the latest ingredients for healthier baked goods, and investigate what raw materials can elevate your final product to the next level.


The cost of running a meat processing facility can be prohibitive, especially when you now have to factor in additional costs due to a growing load-shedding schedule. This makes the need to run an optimised a high risk meat processing facility critical.

What technology solutions have you implemented at your factory and how are you ensuring that your facility still meets the highest safety requirements?


Whether snack, protein or for kids, bars have become a top solution for consumers looking for nutritional snacks that feature fibre, vitamins, minerals, gut and microbiome health. As the snacking category grows, to replace traditional meals it requires functional nutritional bars for energy, weight loss, or sleep support.

How can the industry respond to this trend, what is available to help manufacturers meet consumer demand?


The addition of colours to food and beverages has been common practice for many centuries. Colours were generally added to serve as a visual cue for quality, to induce the perception of flavour and to meet consumer expectations. Food is eaten first with the eyes, they say!

We investigate the market for natural and colours and flavours, the impact and challenges of using them during formulations and why they are the hottest ticket for food processors right now.


Beverage processing and packaging lines consist of many different machines, equipment and devices, which need comprehensive line management to run smoothly. Gaining insights into your line is critical to help manage the health of your equipment, stay on top of preventative maintenance and find ways to increase productivity.

Discover the latest launches, that can deliver real performance, provide energy data and insight, and reduce downtime.


How can multipack bundling be more sustainable and what machinery exists to make this a reality in SA? While not all multipacks are environmentally friendly, there is a growing demand for sustainable packaging solutions.

Brands are exploring eco-friendly alternatives such as recyclable materials, reduced packaging waste, or biodegradable packaging for multipacks to align with consumer preferences for more sustainable choices.


Refillable and reusable initiatives for glass packaging have gained traction as a sustainability trend within industry.  Conducting thorough risk assessments and complying with relevant guidelines and regulations are crucial for successful and safe implementation of refillable and reusable glass packaging initiatives.

Load shedding and the availability and cost of power has also impacted the recycling of glass in several ways. Is recycling glass still a viable option in SA?


An efficient facility is a successful facility. Optimizing your workflow is an essential part of helping your secondary packaging facility reach greater heights. The right equipment moves products through your packaging line with speed, accuracy, and consistency.

Case packer machines offer a versatile solution for packing secure product loads in multiple formats, however, changing between those formats is a challenge many facilities face. The faster your changeover is between packaging formats, the more efficient your entire workflow.

In the upcoming edition we look at operational efficiency and why easy changeover is important for case packer machines.


What are the trends in plastic-free pouches, sachets and bags?  Is it viable, and who’s doing it!

The use of plastic-free pouches, sachets, and bags has been gaining momentum as a part of the global movement towards sustainable packaging solutions. Replacing of plastic means rethinking how we design products; developing whole new business models, and new shopping experiences for consumers. It also means replacing  plastic with alternatives such as metals, paper and glass.

Transitioning to sustainable packaging alternatives doesn’t need to be complicated. There are alternatives options that are viable and environmentally friendly.

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Wendy Breakey – Sales

Bridget Day – Editorial