Food, Medicine Authority to decentralize for efficiency in product regulation

ETHIOPIA - The Food, Medicine Authority of Ethiopia considers decentralizing after the government revealed plans to re-establish the federal authority with a focus on product regulations, leaving services to other agencies, reported the Fortune. With the new bill awaiting approval and endorsement by parliament, the country seeks to restructure the Food, Medicine & Health Care…

SA management considers buying the largest African feedlot valued at US$450m

SOUTH AFRICA - The management of the largest cattle feedlot in the continent, Karan Beef (Pty) Ltd is planning to acquire part or all of the firm from its owner Ivor Karan in a deal that values it at US$450 million, according to people familiar with the matter. An article by Bloomberg revealed that Karan…

Nestle to invest Outsiders Pizza brands as part of its innovation models

FRANCE - Nestle SA, in line with its innovation models called ‘internal incubators’ will invest in Outsiders Pizza Co. and Wildscape brands as part of its innovation approach through start-ups. The investment enables Nestle combine its broad capabilities and strength with the speed and mentality of a start-up in order to conform to the ever…

Tanzania liquor manufacturers lauds proposal for electronic tax stamps

TANZANIA - Alcoholic beverages manufacturers of Tanzania have expressed their confidence in the proposal to introduce electronic tax stamps set to replace the paper stamps currently used, reported the Citizen. The manufacturers said they were embraced with the government's 2018/19 budget which gave provision to stop illegal production of liquors or those that could reach…

EU invests US$2.37m in cashewnut project in Kenya to revive the industry

KENYA - The European Union has launched a US$2.37 million cashewnut and sesame value chain project to revive the ailing industry after the collapse of the sole processor at the Kenyan Coast, Kenya Cashewnuts Factory. Revival of the new factory, now under the management of the Millennium Nuts Company, brings hope for 15,000 farmers in…

Coca-Cola Ghana wins bottling and manufacturing company of the year awards

GHANA - The Cola-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana (TCCBCG) has been named the “Bottling Company of the Year” and the “Beverage Manufacturing Company of the Year (non-alcoholic)” at the Ghana Manufacturing Awards held in Accra on May 24. It recommends the Coca-Cola bottler for achieving sustainable growth, becoming once again, the best beverage company in…

Seaboard’s joint venture increases capacity with second shift at Iowa pork plant

USA - Seaboard Triumph Foods (STF), a joint venture between Seaboard Foods and Triumph Foods has announced that it plans to increase production with a full second shift at its pork processing facility in Sioux City, Iowa by mid-October. The second shift has been running since May but on a limited basis, with continued hiring…

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…