USDA announces the launch of new electronic data platform

US - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced the launch of a new electronic data platform to deliver market price information to the commodities industry. The new web-based platform, Market Analysis and Reporting Services (MARS), uses state-of-the-art technology to present detailed data sets in a more customer-focused way to…

USDA, FDA announces formal agreement to improve food safety

USA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food & Drugs Administration (FDA) have announced a formal agreement aimed at making the oversight of food more efficient and effective by bolstering coordination between the two agencies. According to the two agencies, this formal agreement outlines efforts to increase inter-agency collaboration, efficiency and effectiveness on…

BASF, GAIN partner on study to combat post-harvest losses

NIGERIA - A leading chemical company, BASF, has collaborated with Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition on a study aimed at finding solutions to post-harvest losses in Nigeria. According to statement from the partners, the study aims to identify the current cold storage capacity of Nigeria in both frozen and ambient temperature segments. It said the…

Total Produce buys 45% in US fresh produce company Dole Foods

USA - Global fruit and vegetable distributor Total Produce has agreed to buy a 45pc stake in US-based Dole Food for $300m (€242m). Dole is one of the world's largest fresh produce companies, and a producer and marketer of fresh fruit and vegetables. In the twelve months to October 2017 it generated revenue of $4.5bn…

Court orders Coca-Cola to display nutrition data on glass bottles

KENYA - The High Court has ordered giant soft drinks maker Coca-Cola to put nutritional information and customer care details on its glass bottles within six months. Justice Joseph Onguto in a judgement yesterday said it amounts to discrimination for the beverage maker to display the information on its plastic bottles and not the glass…