EABL reaches out to sorghum farmers ahead of new plant opening

KENYA - East African Breweries Limited (EABL) has intensified its outreach to farmers ahead of a grant opening of a new brewing facility in Kisumu in a bid to achieve a steady supply of the grain. In addition, the East Africa's largest alcohol beverage company seeks to deepen socio-economic benefits, at the same time play…

Brazil improves its food safety standards to avoid another ban on meat exports

BRAZIL - Brazil has improved its food safety standards and is working with trading partners to avoid another ban on meat exports from the country, according to Blairo Maggi, Brazil's Agriculture Minister. In line with Reuters report, the minister said that it was possible some meat-packing plants could be banned by importing countries due to…

Tyson to sell Circle Foods to Japanese food and chemical corporation, Ajinomoto

USA - Tyson Foods has reached a deal to sell Circle Foods, its specialty food products arm in the US to Ajinomoto Co., Inc is a Japanese food and chemical corporation which produces seasonings, cooking oils, TV dinners, sweeteners, amino acids, and pharmaceuticals. Tyson Foods acquired Circle Foods LLC, a manufacturer of frozen and refrigerated…

DuPont Nutrition launches a new deep-freeze storage centre

GERMANY - DuPont Nutrition and Health has launched a new deep-freeze warehouse, a storage centre that brings together DuPont’s operations in Epernon, France and Niebull, Germany sites. The joint project aims at securing additional capacity in cultures used in developing high quality yogurt, fresh fermented and cheese products and will be run at a temperature…

Audit shows Nakumatt lost US$178 million in fraud

KENYA - Retail chain Nakumatt has suffered about US$178 million in a fraud, which the management in a report attributed to stolen goods lost through shoplifting and petty thievery from employees, according to the Standard Digital report. The claims have left auditors who conducted an audit on the struggling retailer alarmed. This has left the…

Cargill to open new warehousing and distribution centre in Texas

USA - Cargill Protein, the meat solutions category of Cargill said the company has improved its capacity and supply chain capacity by centralizing its regional warehousing in Texas. The hub targets to serve retail, foodservice and food ingredients customers, bringing together logistics from San Antonio, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Okla., operations. Cargill said that they…

Dr. Oekter’s owned brand launches new breadstick range

GERMANY - Ellio’s Pizza, an American frozen pizza brand owned and distributed by Dr. Oetker, has expanded its portfolio with two delicious varieties of breadsticks during the National Frozen Food Day celebrations. According to the company, these new breadsticks come in two varieties that is, cheesy and parmesan & garlic flavors served on the brand's…

Orkla acquires the majority stake in the Danish pizza chain Gorm’s

NORWAY - Orkla, supplier of branded consumer goods to the grocery, retail and bakery has acquired 67% stake in the Danish pizza chain Gorm's, making it the majority shareholder with an opportunity to increase the stake to 100% ownership after an agreed period. The investment positions the Norwegian conglomerate into a new sales channel with…

EU launches Knowledge Centre to combat food fraud and enhance quality

EUROPE - The European Commission has launched a Knowledge Centre for food fraud and quality in Strasbourg, stepping up fight against fraudulent practices concerning food in the European Union. According to FoodingredientsFirst, this centre was established with an aim to boost the quality of foodstuff and address concerns about food fraud which are said to…

Astral Foods wants chicken to be among VAT free food items

SOUTH AFRICA - The South African integrated poultry producer, Astral Foods has expressed its concerns following the increase of Value Added Tax (VAT) on basic commodities, saying that chicken should be exempted from the list. SA Treasury increased VAT to 15% in April from 14% it had been for the past 25 years, adding to…