Afoodable sauces

Cape Town’s Afoodable commissions saucy new plant

Sauce manufacturer, Afoodable, a division of Lake Foods, has officially opened a new plant in the food production hub of Montague Gardens, Cape Town. This state-of-the art facility will enhance Afoodable’s ability to tailor-make solutions for its customers in the sauces and marinade sectors.

“Our strength lies in our ability to service local and export markets with a diverse range of quality liquid marinades and sauces,” says Tracey Davies, MD of Lake Foods. “Our new plant boosts our capacity to 1 000 tons a month and will enable us to offer our customers even better products and services.”

Afoodable was founded in 1990, also in Montague Gardens, with this new estimated R20m factory, on a different site in a repurposed factory, designed and installed by HI Calibre Engineering.

Afoodable opening

Mark Kathan AECI’s Financial Director and CFO, Tracey Davies, MD of Lake Foods and Mark Dytor, CEO of AECI, at the factory opening.

Afoodable’s extensive range of branded products are supplied to the catering and food manufacturing markets. The business also manufactures and co-packs for multiple customers, including certain retailers.

The ranges include 290 product lines, mainly marinades and sauces but also in base products, salad dressings and milkshake syrups. Manufacturing processors are cold mix and high shear, semi-cooked and fully cooked.

“Our facilities and technical know-how make it possible to customise specialty products for customers. We remove the complexities of self-manufacturing, thereby allowing marketers the freedom to focus on managing their brands in the marketplace,” adds Davies.

The five retail packing lines have filling speeds that range from 22 bottles per minute on a piston filler, to 42 bottles per minutes on the 250ml bottle line. The facility is flexible enough to accommodate glass and rigid plastics, with the ability to cold or hot fill, and in volumes from 125ml to 750ml and doypacks.

For the foodservice and food manufacturing markets, packaging options are 2-litres, 5-litres, 25-litre buckets, 20-litre bag-in-box and one-ton disposable and reusable flexitainers.

Afoodable’s team acts as an expert consultant and will source packaging, perfect recipes and control the quality of finished products.

“Food quality and safety are paramount in our industry so excellence in this regard is an integral component of our offer,” elaborates Craig Allen, GM at Afoodable. “We first implemented the SABS-audited HACCP system in 2006 and the objective is to implement FSSC 22000 by the middle of 2016.”

In addition to Afoodable, Lake Foods has three other divisions:

  • Cobito – blended and functional food additives to the poultry and meat sectors, ie brine blends, liquid and dry flavour infusions, shelf-life extension blends, texurising systems, natural colours, phosphates and emulsifiers.
  • Infigro – insulation products; filtration products for wineries, breweries, non-alcoholic beverage production, edible oils, sugar and glucose manufacturers; and plant growth aids for greenhouse application.
  • FoodSolutions – bacterial cultures, specialised phosphates and functional ingredients for the dairy and food industry. This division has moved its Cape Town business to the new Montague Gardens site, in support of business growth in the specialised additives market.

Lake Foods is a division of JSE-listed AECI, which has identified the food additives and ingredients industry as a strategic growth area.

Speaking at the opening of Afoodable’s facility Mark Dytor, CEO of AECI said, “Lake Foods is primarily focused on the South African market at present, although it has representation in some other African countries. Above-average economic growth in many markets on the continent offers great opportunities and we intend taking advantage of these.

“We are already African leaders in the mining solutions and water solutions industries, and our footprint in agrochemicals is also expanding. Our strategy for the food additives and ingredients sector is to leverage this established position.”