Finnish baker introduces insect bread to grocery stores

FINLAND – Fazer, a family-owned company offering bakery, confectionery, biscuit and grain products as well as food and café service has introduced insect bread to grocery stores, for the first time in the market. According to the company, the novel product, called Fazer Sirkkaleipä (Fazer Cricket Bread), is the first hand-baked cricket bread. The company…

Kellogg to reduce sugar in its products, to make healthier breakfasts

UK - Kellogg UK has announced the launch of its Better Starts Plan, which by the end of 2018, will overhaul its breakfast cereals to help people in Britain make healthier choices in the morning. According to the company, it will reduce sugar in its Kellogg’s Coco Pops and Rice Krispies cereals, launch a new…

Angola imports 400,000 tons of rice a year, seeks local production

ANGOLA - Angola imports 400,000 tons of rice a year to add to its locally grown 25,000 tons to market needs, says the Secretary of State for Agriculture, Carlos Alberto Pinto. In order to meets its needs and reduce imports, the country, emerging from decades long conflict, has to put in place about 300,000 hectares…

Tiger Brands eyes Africa expansion, with caution

SOUTH AFRICA - Tiger Brands was looking for acquisitions outside SA and would place more emphasis on due diligence than in the past, management said on Monday. CEO Lawrence MacDougall said the consumer goods group had a "clearer" acquisition strategy that focused on core product categories. Tiger had also "upweighted" due diligence considerations and would…

Streamlined Nampak packs new zest, reports 3% rise in profits

SOUTH AFRICA - Nampak, Africa’s largest packaging manufacturer, posted a 3 percent hike in group trading profit, helped by the strong performance of the metals division in South Africa and Angola in the year ended September. Nampak chief executive André de Ruyter said in a statement yesterday that the JSE company's performance had been resilient…

Chr. Hansen launches colour range for beverages

DENMARK - Chr. Hansen has launched four new colour solutions for beverages, extending its existing range of CapColors and ColorFruit, in a bid to give beverage manufacturers better choices on colour, performance and costs. The two new CapColors orange solutions utilize Chr. Hansen’s newest patented encapsulation technique to improve the functionality of the natural color…

Carlsberg achieves zero carbon emissions at Swedish brewery

SWEDEN - Carlsberg Sverige has managed to reduce its carbon emissions to zero from its energy sources by utilising 100% biogas and green electricity at its Swedish Falkenberg brewery. The brewery has reduced its carbon emissions from thermal energy and electricity to zero through an initiative that has targeted the elimination of ozone depleting energy…

Frutarom reports 19.6% increase in Q3 sales, ups 2020 targets

ISRAEL - Frutarom, a flavors and fragrances specialist, has posted third-quarter earnings which show 19.6% sales increase to a record US$358.8 million in, prompting the company to raise its 2020 sales target to US$2.25 billion. According to the company, there was a constant currency pro-forma growth of 6%, while the sales from core activities grew…

Nestle Myanmar imports to reduce by 50% once new factory opens

MYANMAR - Imports of Nestle products to Myanmar would be reduced to 50% next year when the firm’s recently opened factory in Dagon Seikkan Township of Yangon reaches full production. Hayri Devrim Cobek, managing director of Nestle Myanmar, said all the Nestle products in Myanmar have been from other Asian countries until this year, but…