2 Sisters Food Group has announced 300 new permanent jobs

UK – 2 Sisters Food Group, a privately owned food manufacturing company, has invested at its Willand factory and is expanding operations in order to give it a ‘greater ability to process, cut and pack products for its retail customers’. According to the company, the business also aims to take up to 20 new apprentices…

UK watchdog probes on the allegations of meat traces in vegetarian foods

LONDON - Britain’s food watchdog said it was investigating allegations that traces of meat had been found in “meat-free” and vegan meals sold at the country’s two largest supermarket chains, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. According to Reuters, the FSA statement followed a report in The Daily Telegraph, which said an investigation by the newspaper had detected…

Danone releases 15 new infant nutrition products in the UK

UK - Danone’s Cow & Gate brand has announced that it will release 15 new infant nutrition products in the UK, and will refresh the packaging of its entire product range. According to FoodBev, Cow & Gate has released new butternut squash, salmon & courgette and courgette & hake rice jars, and the brand claims…

Danone to acquire 49.9% stake in New Zealand’s dairy company

NEW ZEALAND – Danone, a French multinational food-products corporation, has signed a non-binding agreement to acquire a 49.9% stake in Yashili New Zealand Dairy Company, after its Danone Asia Pacific Holdings (DAPH) subsidiary agreed a memorandum of understanding with Yashili International. According to FoodBev, the exact terms of the proposed purchase have not been disclosed…

India’s single-use plastics to be eliminated by 2022

INDIA - India will eliminate all single-use plastic in the country by 2022, a pledge that is the most ambitious yet of the global actions to combat plastic pollution that are taking place in 60 nations around the world. The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has announced that the move aims to drastically stem the flow…

Shoprite’s ‘job-readiness program’ to empower 12,000 youths

SOUTH AFRICA - Shoprite South Africa, one of the largest retailers in Africa aims to empower 12,000 youth in the retail sector under its ‘Retail Readiness programme’ initiative. The programme targets to empower youth between the ages of 18 to 29 years old in Gauteng and the Western Cape through eight-week training, according to Business…

AB InBev’s Nigerian Subsidiary Int’l Breweries restructures its board

NIGERIA - International Breweries Plc (IB Plc), the company unit of the world’s biggest brewer AB InBev has announced major restructuring of its Board of Directors after completing a three-way merger with Intafact Beverages Limited and the Pabod Breweries Limited. The Board has appointed Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe as its new chairman to succeed Sunday…

China imposes anti-dumping penalties on Brazil chicken products

CHINA - China has announced plans to impose anti-dumping duties on broiler chicken products imported from Brazil citing an investigation that indicated increasing imports were damaging the domestic poultry industry. Bloomberg reported that the Ministry of Commerce said that importers would now have to pay deposits of between 18.8 to 38.4% on purchases to Chinese…

Carrefour and Google forms partnership on innovation and ecommerce

FRANCE - Carrefour, France’s largest food retailer and Google have formed a strategic partnership to boost its ecommerce platform and support its digital transformation. Carrefour said it has collaborated with the technology company which help it innovate new distribution models and takes its grocery shopping experience online. As part of the partnership, Carrefour will open…

Tyson Foods starts construction of US$300m poultry plant in Tennessee

USA - Tyson Foods has started construction of US$300 million poultry processing facility in Humboldt, Tennessee projected to start operation in late 2019. According to FoodBev, the plant will produce pre-packaged trays of chicken for retailers nationwide in the US, and is expected to process 1.25 million birds every week at full capacity. Plans to…