Category: Blog Competitions

We have found the best freezer store sock…

The best freezer sock – Always interested in finding better ways to keep freezer store workers feet warm, Vector Logistics Manager Jurie Schoeman and Warehouse Controller Shafiek Isaacs contacted Barpro to spearhead our search for the ultimate cold storage sock.

For a week, Keith Bosman, a 27 year old cold store picker at Vector Logistics in Bellville, Cape Town, wore 5 different types of sock and provided us with feedback after each shift. Specific factors which he had to comment on included comfort, warmth, dampness and smell.

Danielle Manuel Barpro Storage and Shafiek Isaacs at Vector Logistics with cold storage socks
Danielle Manuel of Barpro Storage and Shafiek Isaacs at Vector Logistics with the woolen cold store socks

The socks trialled were:

  • Cape Mohair wool mix
  • New Zealand Possum wool mix
  • A sock with a mixture of acrylic and nylon which is supplied by Delf Coldwear
  • Cape Alpaca fur
  • And a typical woollen safety sock


Shafiek Isaacs and Keith Bosman inside the Vector Cold Store
Shafiek Isaacs and Keith Bosman inside the Vector Cold Store

Keith found the woollen and possum socks were shorter than required but all were easy to put on, soft and comfortable. Wearing a standard cold store safety boot Keith’s feet were still slightly cold at the end of every shift after being in the cold store for approximately 8 hours. His feet were also slightly moist from perspiration but did not smell.

Interestingly, feet and hands continue to perspire even in cold temperatures. Something that is also challenging to soldiers in combat situations.  It is a good idea to change your socks at about lunch time to give your socks time to dry.


In 3rd place was the Cape Mohair sock

 Cape Mohair


In 1838 Sultan Mahmad II of the Ottoman Empire sent twelve neutered rams and one female to Port Elizabeth. He neutered the rams to prevent breeding in South Africa but the female was pregnant with a kid ram which is how the South African mohair industry began.  Now the Karoo produces the most Angora goat mohair in the world. Mohair is an antibacterial and insulated fibre which prevents moisture from clinging to the skin. For more information visit or call +27 21 534 4134


In 2nd place was the New Zealand Possum sock

The Australian bushtail possum were released inpossum sock New Zealand from 1837 to develop a fur industry but it was not long before it became a noxious pest. Its hair is hollow and reported to be the warmest in the world after the polar bear and arctic fox. It is also very durable. Fairly new to the market and manufactured in Hawkes Bay New Zealand, the possum sock is a combination of possum fur and wool making it soft, lightweight and naturally breathable.

Although a bit shorter than he would’ve liked, Keith found the possum sock to be easy to put on, comfortable and warm.

The possum sock can be purchased from $NZD17.50 excluding freight and duties. A minimum order amount is required.

For more information contact Peter Scott at Pacific Consumables (NZ) Ltd on +64 6 8421468 or via

The winner is….The Cape Alpaca sock

Cape Alpaca socks clothing freezerwear PPE Cape Town Cold Store

The first herd of alpaca was imported to South Africa in November 2000 by a Capetonian dentist who had developed a love for the alpaca whilst on holiday on a farm in Australia. Originally found in South America, about 5000 years ago the alpaca were thought to be a gift from the Sun-God Inti and their wool was only used for godlike kings and their kin. The luxurious and fine quality fibres of almost 200 alpaca are farmed and processed in the agricultural farm town of Wellington in the Western Cape by Stephen and Linda Nessworth. Using milling machinery the fleece is spun and used to make a range of knitwear including scarves and blankets with the production of their socks being done by a local sock knitter. The alpaca fibres are smooth yet strong making it extra soft and breathable, superior in strength and resilient.


Alpaca Farm Wellington Western Cape South Africa
Alpaca Farm in Wellington, Western Cape, South Africa

The cost of alpaca socks is approximately R190.00 per pair excluding delivery and can be purchased from Cape Alpaca Products on 021 873 6242 or email and





Barpro Storage would like to thank the team at Vector Logistics for their assistance and use of their time and feedback.

Vector Logistics

Barpro needs freezer employee’s feet

Barpro needs a freezer employee’s feet for several weeks

Barpro needs freezer employee’s feet – Over the next few weeks Barpro will be testing a variety of socks, including possum, wool, mohair, alpacha and synthetic in a freezer store yet to be chosen. The objective is to identify the sock type that is able to best insulate against the cold, keeping employees comfortable and productive for longer periods. So we will need their honest feedback on quality, durability and of course…smell.

The lucky cold store employee needs to:

  • Have the permission of their employer (the company will get free advertising in our newsletter, YEAH!)
  • Be based in Cape Town
  • Works in a freezer storage facility for no less than 10 mins at a time
  • Be able and willing to supply us with feedback

To participate in the great Barpro sock test contact Danielle Manuel at 021 552 9190 or email

The Tony Lewis Award

Following 2014’s successful Peter Worthington-Smith Award won by Ivan Sutic of Chilleweni Cold Storage, it has been decided to honour another “Great” in the local refrigeration industry for 2015 -Tony Lewis.

Tony began working at Irvin & Johnson Ltd as the local production manager in 1957 after spending 7 years at the Fishing Industry Research Institute where he worked under the direction of Dr Dreosti and completed various research projects.

During his years at Irvin & Johnson Ltd and after his retirement in 1985, Tony served on many influential committees due to his knowledge and experience in the fishing, food and refrigeration industries.

These included:

  • Member of Board of Control of FIRI (Fishing Industry Research Institute)
  • For many years he was the SA Fishing Industry’s Technical Adviser to the SA Bureau of Standard’s delegation at Codex Alimentarius Committee on Fish and Fishery Products.
  • Member of IIR (International Institute of Refrigeration) working party which revised the IIR “Red Book” – (Recommendations for the Processing and Handling of Frozen Foods.)
  • Member of Food Technology Commission at the IIR.
  • Advisory board member at the International Journal of Refrigeration.
  • Member of RSA Liaison Committee for the IIR.
  • Member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the Washington based International Frozen Food Association.
  • Member of numerous SABS Committees on Food Standards and Codes of Practice.
  • Member of Department of Health’s Food Legislation Advisory Group as from 1988.

During his time as Irvin & Johnson Ltd’s Group Transport Manager, Tony was part of the team which introduced refrigerated GRP bodies leading to I & J becoming a large operator of refrigerated vehicles.

Mr Tony Lewis
Mr Tony Lewis
  1. Entrants into the Tony Lewis Award should match the following criteria: 
  2. Currently employed in  cold or freezer stores in Africa
  3. Under the age of 35 years on 1st April 2015
  4. Have worked within the Cold Storage Industry for more than 3 years
  5. Have insight of their company’s strategic plan
  6. Have a broad knowledge of the African cold storage industry
  7. Cold store where currently employed has a pallet capacity of 500 pallets or more

Entry forms available from:

John Ackermann at SARDA


Tel:  021 551 5076

Or Danielle Manuel at Barpro Storage SA


Tel: 021 5529190

Entries close on Friday 20 November. Initially entrants will be judged on the basis of written applications. Finalists will travel to Cape Town (expenses paid) in December 2015 for the final judging. The winner will attend the 2016 Global Cold Chain Alliance Convention in the USA in April 2016 (expenses paid) and will make a presentation to the 700+ delegates.