Here is a really inspiring story of a small producer investing in a state of the art technology and getting support from the Industry – it should give us all the faith to tackle what seems out of reach.
Basically Anton Homsec has built a dairy farm over the last eight years that now produces 20 000l and buys in 80 000 litres per day to feed his dairy that includes his latest investment in a state of the art aseptic bottle packaging plant.
The growth is based on a 2001 contract Anton secured from Woolworths, South Africa’s high end food retailer. The contract was based on a herd of Ayrshire cows that are raised and maintained without the use of any hormones. The successful marketing of this product put Homsec in the position to be able to invest R150-million in a totally new aseptic milk format for the South African market, an HDPE bottle.
Woolworths agreed to change to a bottle based system because
The international long-life milk trend is definitely in favour of plastic. The layered bottle is ideally suited to optimal UV protection, it’s recyclable, there are many decoration options and the bottles can be any shape or design. They’re also easy to open, reclose and handle; and also relatively inexpensive to produce.
The story details the suppliers of equipment and bottles and how they supported Homsec in the installation and commissioning of the plant in a farm area 20 km north of Bloemfontein.
The presentation consists of 17 pages which represent Unit Operations in the brewing process. Each page has short and simple text explaining the process, clickable animations of processes, photographs of real equipment, links to suppliers and often a link to related expanded information.
The presentation is controlled through forward and backward links or a flowsheet like summary of the brewing process.
Although this is of course a tool to advertise GEA and its business it is informative and gives a view of the state of the art in brewing.
We pay more for our iPhone and get practically nothing! We are unable to communicate easily with Apple and it seems like the local representatives are not much better informed.
This clip of the countdown to 1 billion apps downloads really illustrates the point well, at least on the App Store side!
clip from South African app store
Yes that’s right the most downloaded free application in South Africa is bubblewrap! and Powerboat Challenge the most downloaded paid app. Not because of the limit of our dexterity or intellect but because we do not have a games category in the App Store!
We also don’t have any other iTunes content – only the crippled app store and the 8GB 3G iPhone costs US$ 540! I sometimes wonder why they manage to sell!
The February edition included short articles on Top schemes for women and ICTs, Reviving maize, “I like local milk!”, Easier organic trade, Sweet cactus, Better baby food, Detecting foot-and-mouth disease, Miraculous papaya, Cassava crackers for export, Useful waste, Careful reforesting, Cooking with jatropha oil and No sting in the tail. These short articles are only around 150 words, but have contact details to allow follow up. Each edition also contains longer articles and publication reviews.
The information is generally of a high level, simple and well presented while still being real and useful.
As well as the latest edition being available for download online there is a archive of all editions available from the website. There is also the opportunity to subscribe to receive spore by email and in print format. There is also the possibility of searching Spore along with many other sources at Anarcy CTA’s Virtual Resource Centre.