Pioneer Foods’ division Bokomo upgrades milling plant for increased efficiencies

BOTSWANA - Bokomo Foods, a breakfast cereals company and division of Pioneer Foods (Pty) Ltd has unveiled an extensive mill upgrade which it had been undertaking since the first quarter of 2018, reported Botswana Daily News. According to the company’s CEO Mr Werner De Beer, the upgrade was a first of its kind in the…

South Korea and Japan halts ‘genetically modified’ wheat imports from Canada

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea has announced that it has suspended wheat and flour imports from Canada after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that it had discovered genetically modified (GM) wheat in southern Alberta. On June 15, Japan temporarily halted imports of Canadian wheat saying it was reviewing tests that Canadian officials had…

USA and China trade war intensifies with new tariffs on soybeans and technology

USA - The United States has threatened to impose a 25% tariff on products with ‘industrially significant technologies’ from China while the latter has promised retaliatory measures on 100 types US goods including 25% tariff on soybean. The new measures were announced by US President Donald Trump on June 14 prompting a haste response from…

Walmart starts dairy production with own milk plant in Indiana

USA - The American multinational retail corporation, Walmart has inaugurated a new dairy processing plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, its first food production facility in the United States. The facility will produce liquid milk sourced from 30 dairy farms in Indiana and Michigan, serving some 500 Walmart stores in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Northern…

Genetically modified wheat ‘related to Monsanto GM wheat line’ detected in Canada

CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has discovered genetically modified (GM) wheat in southern Alberta, Canada even when GM wheat is not authorized in the country. World Grain reported that the testing carried out by CFIA found out that the Alberta wheat sample was a match for a Monsanto GM wheat line that…

Coca-Cola launches its acquired juice brand Rani Float juice in India

INDIA - Coca-Cola is launching Rani Float, its acquired juice brand in India to compete against rivals such as PepsiCo’s Tropicana, Dabur’s Real and Parle Agro’s Frooti, reported ET Retail. Rani Float is one of the brands belonging Aujan Industries’ beverage business in which Coca-Cola has a 50% equity stake. Rani Float has real fruit…

Hollandia launches new soy milk sachet to expand portfolio

NIGERIA - Chi Limited, Nigeria’s fast-moving consumer goods company has launched 100ml soya milk sachet, an additional range to its soya milk brand portfolio, Hollandia. The offering, available in resealabe Tetra Pak gives customers more choice among its soya milk products and according to the firm, the move is meant to deliver value by making…

Microsoft to introduce check-out free retail to take on Amazon Go

USA - Microsoft Corp is working on check-out free retail that would eliminate cashiers and checkout lines from stores, meant to compete with Amazon’s automated grocery stores, Amazon Go, reported Reuters. With the technology, the company’s systems will be able to track what shoppers add to their trolleys. According to people familiar with the matter,…

McDonald’s to ditch plastic straws in UK and Ireland by 2019

UK- McDonald, an American fast food company, is set to eliminate plastic straws in some of its markets in Europe including UK and Ireland by 2019 in a way to reduce plastic waste. McDonald aims to transition to paper straws in all of its locations in these markets with planned trials for selected restaurants in…

BRF to close down turkey meat production line in Mineiros

BRAZIL – BRF, one of the largets food companies in Brazil, has made plans to close down its turkey meat production line in Mineiros (GO) due to lack of market for the products. According to Business Insider, Jorge Luiz de Lima, the global vice president of the Brazilian food company's corporate efficiency, made the statement.…