AFMASS Eastern Africa Edition records 44% growth, stakeholders impressed with outcome

KENYA- The 2018 of AFMASS Eastern Africa edition has been hailed as a milestone event by attendees, sponsors and exhibitors who participated at the event held in Nairobi, Kenya on the last week of April 2018. The event was held on April 25-27, 2018 at the Nairobi Convention & Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. The event recorded a 44% increase…

France to ban use of titanium dioxide in pastries by the end of 2018

FRANCE - The French government has intensified campaign against titanium dioxide used as a pigment to bring a bright and smooth white appearance to pastries or confectionery or to opacify yogurt and ice cream, according to FoodingredientsFirst. The country is debating to ban the use of titanium dioxide as an additive in recipes by the…

UberEats acquires South African restaurant tech start up orderTalk

SOUTH AFRICA - UberEats, the American online food ordering and delivery platform has announced that it has acquired the South African restaurant technology start up orderTalk at an undisclosed sum. orderTalk Inc. owned by venture capital firm Knife Capital, offers online ordering software and call center solutions for the restaurant, takeout, and hospitality industry. According…

Tiger Brands to open Enterprise polony factory by end of 2018

SOUTH AFRICA - The South African packaged good company, Tiger Brands has told their shareholders that the opening of the Enterprise polony factory in Polokwane is set to be by the end of this year. However, the group said though production at the site is expected to start by October 2018, its opening would depend…

Quantum Foods bounces back to profit with US$162.81m in revenue

SOUTH AFRICA - The diversified poultry and feeds business has declared US$162.81 million in revenue with a 4.6% increase of US$400,038.40 in Other African operations offset by a decrease in South African operations. For the six months ended 31 March 2018, headline earnings per share (“HEPS”) increased to 82.5 cents from the 12.4 cents per…

Famous Brands closes one of its GBK restaurants in the UK

UK - Famous Brands, the JSE listed quick service brand has closed a premium burger restaurant in the UK, saying that it has set funds aside in case it decides to close another five outlets in the market, reported Business Day. The group said that it was expecting to report a US$9.21 million operating loss…

Alcohol makers adopt new advertising rules to discourage underage drinking

KENYA - Alcohol manufacturers in Kenya have agreed on new advertising rules in their marketing campaigns that aim to discourage underage drinking, according to Business Daily. Along the new rules, the Alcohol Beverages Association of Kenya launched a code of conduct for members who may risk penalties if they fail to adhere to the new…

Tetra Pak says plastic straws are vital and should not be banned

SWITZERLAND –Food packaging giant Tetra Pak has said plastic straws serve a "vital" function in cartons and should not be banned. Plastic straws can be recycled together with used cartons if they are pushed back into the box, the company said. Tetra Pak is developing a paper straw but it said it would still "be…

Arla Foods appoints Jan Toft Nørgaard as new Chairman

UK - Arla Foods amba Board of Directors has appointed Jan Toft Nørgaard from Skærbæk, Denmark to succeed Åke Hantoft as Chairman of Arla Foods amba, when he steps down on July 2, after seven years in the role. The appointment of Jan Toft Nørgaard was made at the Arla Foods Board of Directors ordinary…

tna launches fully integrated data management tool to improve production processes

AUSTRALIA – tna, a leading global supplier of integrated food processing and packaging solutions, has introduced the tna intelli-sys iPS 3, a fully integrated, high-performance data collection and reporting tool. According to the company, the new tool will provide manufacturers with unprecedented insights into all their production processes. The new tna intelli-sys iPS 3 software will also ensure food manufacturers are able to use…