FOOD & BEVERAGES: CDSVintec Has Its Measure On Wine
Recent Western Cape Business News
THE well-being of Paarl-based CDSVintec, a major supplier to the local wine industry, is a relatively good indicator of the state of this sector.
Not only does CDSVintec supply raw materials and consumables, including items such as corks, capsules, fittings, hose, barrels and other related products, but it is also a major supplier of a number of specialist equipment that covers all aspects of the wine processing cycle, from grape harvesting, crushing and pressing to bottling and packaging.
Managing director Darryl Simpson says there has been a noticeable decline in capital expenditure in the wine industry. Although sales of such capital equipment have declined in recent years, a great deal of work is going into maintenance and repair.
CDSVintec represents a number of European machine manufacturers – most importantly, from Germany, France and Italy – and these are fully supported by its technical department, which includes a complete range of spare parts, as well as European trained technicians based at its Paarl head offices and workshop.
The company has a thorough knowledge of the equipment, as it has been representing some of these suppliers for over 50 years.
An interesting addition of late to the range of capital equipment has been the Pellenc range of harvesting machines.
“The technology provides for handling berries from harvesting, sorting right through to fermentation”, Simpson says.
“Although this is new to us – the first time that we are going into the vineyards, so to speak – it’s opening up exciting new opportunities. Utilising Pellenc’s multifunction arm, their harvesters can even be used as trimmers, pruners and sprayers,” Simpson says.
Much of CDSVintec’s focus is now on the consumable side, including items such as closures, capsules, fittings, hose, barrels, sparkling wine production needs and other related products.
The company has noticed an increased demand for screwcaps for wine bottles, the trend being driven by English supermarkets. But locally it’s catching up too, although the usage of cork still remains.
So the company is vibrant, not only measured by its well-being, but especially so by how it is maintaining a wide range of products and new innovations to keep business going forward.
CDSVINTEC is now more than 100 years old, being first established in 1905.
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