Nigeria to commission Africa’s first automated 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…

Reserve Bank releases US$20m for 200,000 tons of wheat imports

ZIMBABWE - The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has released US$20 million for importation of wheat from Canada and Germany to supplement the insufficient national wheat stocks. This was as requested by millers following poor harvest in the drought-hit southern African country. The amount will be used to pay for 200,000 tonnes of wheat procured…

Footprint to Africa stakes US$16.68m in new yam and plantain processing plants

NIGERIA - The premium African news media and investment company, Footprint to Africa has invested more than US$16 million for new yam and plantain processing plants in order to enhance food security in Nigeria. The initiative is part of plans to bridge Nigeria’s food gap as well as achieve the government’s diversification agenda for the…

Pizza Hut commits to use anti-biotic free chicken by 2022

USA - Pizza Hut, the pizza, pasta and chicken restaurant has pledged to use chicken raised free from antibiotics in the US by 2022 in its latest move to provide healthier food menus. This involves cutting antibiotics important to human medicine from all its chicken products including its subsidiary WingStreet wings. Pizza Hut is responding…

Ghana opens a new flour milling factory in West Coast Region

GHANA - Ghana has established a new plant, Aspuna Flour Mill and Processing Factory in Duwasu, Kombo, West Coast region that will process cassava into flour and starch, reported a Ghana Newspaper, Foroyaa. While the cassava flour produced will be sold in the local market and surplus exported, the starch will be exported to attract…

IFC invests US$25m in KazFoodProducts food processing group

ASIA - The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group is investing US$25 million in KazFoodProducts LLP food processing group of companies operating in grain milling and confectionary sectors. The investment aims at supporting the company’s expansion plans, boost Kazakhstan agricultural sector through diversification strategies as well as enhancing global food…

ADM, DuPont partner to produce and market cellulose enzyme

USA - Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM), the global food processing and commodities trading corporation has announced a collaboration with DuPont Industrial Biosciences to develop, produce and market cellulose enzymes for operators of grain-based ethanol plants. According to ADM, cellulose enzymes assist in hydrolysing the corn kernel fiber, which consists mostly of cellulose and hemicellulose…

Ingredion launches new certified, clean label organic starches in North America

USA - The Illinois ingredient provider, Ingredion has launched two new certified, organic starches, an addition to its clean-label range for the US and Canada. The starches, Novation Prima 309 and 609 boast of superior eating experiences suitable for organic products that undergo harsh process conditions and require high freeze/thaw stability, such as organic savory…

Tetra Pak and Yili launch the first drinking yoghurt with large fruit and cereal pieces

CHINA - Tetra Pak, the multinational food manufacturing and packaging company, has announced that it has helped Yili, a leading Chinese dairy manufacturer, to produce the world’s first drinking yoghurt with large fruit and cereal pieces. ​​ According to the company, Yili launched the breakthrough product in Tetra Top 200ml with large re-sealable screw caps,…

Vita Coco announces acquisition of Runa organic company

USA - All Market Inc. (AMI), the parent company of coconut water maker Vita Coco, today announced the acquisition of Runa, an organic energy drink brand made with the guayusa leaf. Runa, founded in 2009 by college buddies Tyler Gage and Dan MacCombie, produces eight-SKU line of energy drinks made from organic guayusa, a naturally…