Brazilian food processor BRF appoints new CEO amid company struggles

BRAZIL - Brazilian food processor BRF has appointed José Aurélio Drummond Jr to the position of CEO to turn around the fortunes of the struggling company, and will take over from Pedro de Andrade Faria, who remains as CEO until 22 December. Drummond previously served as chief executive of appliance maker Whirlpool, aluminium manufacturer Alcoa…

Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings to chair global dairy body

NEW ZEALAND – Global Dairy Platform, which leads the development of a collaborative, unified approach on common industry issues and the nurturing of innovative research in the dairy industry, has appointed Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings as new chairman of the body, effective 16 November. According to Fonterra, Mr. Spierings said he was pleased to be…

Bühler Group introduces new digital rice analyser TotalSense

SWITZERLAND - The Bühler Group has introduced a new digital rice analyser TotalSense, which enables the reduction of costs, improvement of yield and improvement of quality for rice processors. As part of Bühler’s digitalization initiative, this innovation features a number of new solutions that leverage the power of Internet of Things (IoT) with increased customer…

Agri-food industries highlight risks of hard Brexit, demand clarity

EU - The EU’s food and drink industry has joined forces with farmers and agri-food traders to call for a smooth Brexit transition and highlight the damage a cliff-edge EU exit would do to the bloc’s food chain. Operators in the food chain face “unprecedented challenges” after Brexit, according to Food Drink Europe, the organisation…

Study shows India’s food processing sector to get US$33b by 2024

INDIA - India's food processing sector has the potential to attract $33 billion investment by 2024, according to a study released here today. The country's food and retail market is expected to touch $482 billion by 2020, up from $258 billion in 2015, with recent reforms making the sector more competitive and market- oriented, it…

WHO report highlights rise in malnutrition, obesity in Africa, decries data gaps

AFRICA - A newly released nutrition report by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa has revealed that under-nutrition is still persistent in the Continent while the number of stunted children has increased. The Africa Nutrition Report, which was launched in Abidjan, Ivory Coast also indicates that a growing number of children under…