Asda eliminates single-use plastic bags with a new recycling strategy

UK - Asda, the British retailer has announced its plan towards making 100% of its own-brand plastic packaging recyclable by phasing out ‘5p’ plastic bags from their products by 2025. According to the company, the strategy also involves introduction of reusable coffee cups, a replacement of the daily takeaway coffee cups which form part of…

Key Technology launches VERYX, a high-capacity digital sorter

US - Key Technology has launched a high capacity digital sorter, the VERYX B210, state-of-the-art electronic sorting machine to serve unique and specific needs of the food processing industry. VERYX B210 machine can recognize color, size, shape and structural properties with ability to eliminate foreign objects and product defects thus, improving quality of the final…

Ocean Spray acquires Atoka Cranberries to expand presence in Canada

CANADA - Ocean Spray, an agricultural cooperative of growers of cranberries and grapefruit has revealed plans to acquire Atoka Cranberries in Quebec seeking to increase its manufacturing activities in the region. According to the company, it will acquire Atoka Brand and processing facility as well as Bieler Group’s freezer and receiving facilities in the coming…

Lagos state government to check food, beverages contamination in restaurants, hotels

NIGERIA - The Lagos State government has moved to check food and water contamination in eateries, restaurants and hotels across the state, imploring stakeholders to embrace the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and certification. HACCP is a management system that gives a systematic preventive approach to food safety, from biological, chemical, and physical hazards…

Standards Organisation of Nigeria plans more laboratories, trains staff

NIGERIA - The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has announced plans to establish more laboratories in the country, noting that the move will ensure all goods produced locally and imported meet the minimum requirement of the Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS). The Director General, SON, Osita Aboloma, stated that the standards body is determined to put…

Flour Mills of Nigeria to empower youth in a new programme

NIGERIA - Flour Mills of Nigeria has partnered with Federal Government’s Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to launch a youth capacity development training and empowerment programme. The programme initiated through its Niger Mills, Calabar division, will work to improve capabilities of the youth in delivering meaningful contribution towards national development. According to the company, the new…

Mondelez International unveils new research and development centre

SINGAPORE- Mondelez International has launched a new Technical Centre in Singapore to build on its research and development capabilities in its US$65 million development plan. The centre will focus on introducing new methods or ideas in a product development scheme that will solely engage new technologies. The company had announced that it was investing in…