Yoplait introduces a new yoghurt brand with 40% less sugar

FRANCE – Yoplait, the largest franchise brand of yogurt, has introduced a new yoghurt brand with 40% less sugar than its previous yoghurt flavours. According to the company, the new flavour brings the yogurt category a new 1-gram-sugar-per-serving option, while packing 17 grams of protein in each 5.3 oz. serving. The flavored varieties deliver 9…

Wilmar partners with Singapore for a new US$80.1m research facility

ASIA - Asian agribusiness company Wilmar International and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have invested in a new research laboratory to conduct clinical nutrition and synthetic biology research to create healthier food products, worth US$80.1 million. According to FoodBev, the laboratory seeks to strengthen Singapore’s innovation system by conducting industry-relevant research and development. Research…

General Mills’ venture arm invests in GoodBelly Probiotics in a US$12m funding

USA - General Mills' venture arm, 301 Inc. has invested in NextFoods, the parent company of US probiotics firm GoodBelly in a US$12 million funding. NextFoods is raising the funding led by 301 Inc., with additional capital coming from existing investors, including Emil Capital Partners. The deal is significant for General Mills and its venture…

Tanzania to scrap 65% cashew export levy remitted to farmers

TANZANIA - The government of Tanzania has proposed changes to its Cashewnut Industry Act (Cap, 203), scrapping the 65% of the crop export levy remitted to farmers through the Cashewnut Board of Tanzania (CBT). Amendment to the law will see the export levy collected in the consolidated fund, instead of the current situation where some…

Nestle SA launches ‘zero water technologies’ site at its Mossel Bay facility

SOUTH AFRICA - Nestle South Africa has launched a zero water dairy manufacturing facility in Mossel Bay, Western Cape that will see the Swiss multinational company educe the factory’s water consumption by more than 50% during the first year of implementation. Equipped with new water recovery, treatment and recycling technology, the facility will reuse the…

Canada legalizes use of cannabis creating opportunity for food and drink

CANADA - Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to fully legalize use of cannabis for recreational purposes, presenting the food and beverage industry a pool of opportunities to explore. The move fulfils a long-time manifesto promise of Liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau. The C-45 Bill, passed in the Canadian senate, grants regional provinces…

Fonterra enhances water efficiency at milk powder drying operation

NEW ZEALAND - The New Zealand co-operative group, Fonterra has developed and installed ‘a ground-breaking reclaimed water system’ in New Zealand with a goal to save half a million litres of ground water daily (equivalent to 18 milk tanker’s worth). The site reuses water from condensation that is produced from milk powder manufacturing process. The…

Caito Foods recalls fruit salad with pre-cut melon linked to Salmonella

USA - Caito Foods, LLC has voluntarily recalled fruit salad mixes that contain pre-cut melons linked to the outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide infections in seven states in the US. Recalled products include fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products containing any of these melons. The products were packaged in clear, plastic…

Egypt to import milled, paddy rice to meet market demand

EGYPT - The government of Egypt has announced the decision to import milled and paddy rice to increase supply of the commodity as well as prevent potential price shock to consumers. A June 13 USDA report indicated that grain hoarding, which resulted in the decline in the volume of rice being offered to the country’s…

Nigeria to commission Africa’s first rice seedling factory in Calabar

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s President Buhari is set to commission Africa’s first automated rice seed and seedlings factory in Calabar, Cross River State as part of the country’s initiative to agricultural diversification. The factory is located in the Cross Rivers rice city and according to New Telegraph, the rice project is expected to boost the state’s…