From July 9 to 11, the fourth edition of food & drink technology Africa brought together the beverage, food and liquid food industry in Johannesburg, South Africa. Approximately 65 exhibitors from 13 countries presented custom solutions for the African market: from innovative developments for resource conservation to raw materials, processing, filling and packaging machines.
The concept of co-location was also able to convince: analytica Lab Africa and IFAT Africa were held at the same time at the Gallagher Convention Centre, offering synergies inthe exhibition area and the supporting programme. At the parallel trade fairs, 8,324visitors were able to gather information about trends and innovations from the environmental, beverage and food industries as well as from laboratory technology and analytics.
The panel discussion on the occasion of the opening of the co-location with its topic “The Contribution of the Food & Drink Industry in Southern Africa to the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)” also dealt with the topic of sustainability. Ranjt Baxi, former President of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) and Founding President of the Global Recycling Foundation, Douw Steyn, Director of Plastic SA, and Emmanuel Rurema, Managing Director of Pentair, agreed: Urgent and pre-eminently collective action by civil society, industry and the public sector is required to reduce plastic, manufacture sustainably and ensure the supply of food and drinking water. Rurema is already observing a rethinking in the food and beverage industry — worldwide. The beverage industry, for example, is striving to reduce water consumption and wastage in production.
The next co-location will take place from July 13 to 15, 2021. The venue will again be Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg.