Stakeholders urge institutions to develop courses for qualified dairy technologists

TANZANIA - Stakeholders in the dairy sector have called on learning institutions to develop courses to ensure sufficient training that will provide the sector with professionally qualified dairy technologists. Tanzania, despite the tremendous growth in the dairy sector, has to rely on dairy technologists sourced from the neighbourhood, including Kenya since it does not offer…

Thailand’s corn and rice production to hit record high

ASIA - According to the Foreign Agricultural Service of the USDA, rice and corn production in Thailand is predicted to reach a record 21million and 5.1million tonnes respectively in the year 2018-19. The higher figures reflect a 3% and 2-3% increase for rice and corn production from 2017-18 marketing year. Growth in production is expected…

India wheat production to hit 100million tonnes target

ASIA - India’s wheat production is predicted to hit target of 100million tonnes this year given conducive climatic conditions witnessed especially during the grain ripening period. Farmers and scientists attributed the increase to favorable climatic conditions, availability of water, isolated cases of pest infestations in major wheat growing estates in the country, according to Blackseagrain…

China’s bottled water sales decline as market reaches saturation point

ASIA - China’s bottle water growth is hindered by market saturation while retail volume sales continue to decline, according to the London-based market research firm, Mintel. According to the research, China’s bottled water sales volume growth fell from 5% in 2015 to 4.2% in 2017, and is predicted to fall further to 2.8% by 2021.…

Cargill introduces de-oiled lecithin products for clean label and GMO-free range

USA - Cargill has launched a new de-oiled rapeseed lecithin, an allergen-free and label-friendly ingredient that finds application in bakery and snacks to meet increasing consumer demand. According to Juergen Detert, technical service manager for Cargill Starches, Sweeteners & Texturizers, and the new range offers great emulsification performance without compromising on taste or texture and…

Deficit in food production raises imports by 58% in January

KENYA - Kenya has imported food items worth US$207.119m, a 58.33% increase from US$130.812m witnessed in January 2017, as a result of food deficit attributed to prolonged drought conditions experienced last year, according to a data by the Kenya national Bureau of Statistics. Following poor rainfall and insufficient food production, prices of basic commodities shot…

Firmenich opens a new culinary discovery hub in Thailand

ASIA - The Swiss maker of flavors and fragrances has opened a new culinary and discovery centre in Bangkok, Thailand to drive innovation creating fragrances and flavors for the world's most desirable brands. The innovation hub brings together a team of expertise from Firmenich including chefs, flavorists and food technologists, capitalizing on continued consumer demand…