India to lease out state-owned dairy firm, Delhi Milk Scheme for 30 years

INDIA - The government of India has invited milk cooperatives to run the state-owned dairy firm, Delhi Milk Scheme (DMS) on lease for thirty years after reporting heavy losses since 2010. The proposal to lease DMS has been pending since the time of the previous government and with the new decision, it means it will…

Nestle pushes for higher chicken welfare standards in Europe

EUROPE - The Swiss food group, Nestle SA has announced plans to improve the welfare of millions of chickens used for food in Europe through its leading food brands Herta, Buitoni, Wagner and Maggi. Nestle has also made a commitment that by 2026, all Nestlé food products in Europe that use chicken as an ingredient will move to…

Heineken’s Lagunitas introduces cannabis-infused sparkling water

USA - Heineken’s fully owned subsidiary, Lagunitas Brewing Company has launched cannabis-infused sparkling water line in California, making Heineken the first international brewer to introduce a THC-infused cannabis beverage. The beverage was developed through a collaboration between Lagunitas and California cannabis manufacturer CannaCraft by creating the Hi-Fi Hops line, which is infused with THC and/or…

New edition of ISO 22000 on food safety management systems released

WORLD – A new edition of ISO 22000 on food safety management systems has been released after reports were made that over two hundred diseases spread through the food chain and therefore, sustainable food production has become a challenge. Food safety is about the prevention, elimination and control of foodborne hazards, from the site of production…

Ingredion expands Idea Labs platform with new virtual lab

USA - The US based incorporated ingredient solutions provider, Ingredion has launched a virtual lab for beverages, ‘Inside Idea Labs’, an extension of the global network of Ingredion Idea Labs® innovation centers. The virtual lab is an interactive online platform equipped with resources and content developed by experts at the company’s brick-and-mortar labs around the…

Conagra Brands announces agreement to acquire Pinnacle Foods for US$10.9b

USA - Conagra Brands, Inc. and Pinnacle Foods Inc. have announced that their boards of directors have unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which Conagra Brands will acquire all outstanding shares of Pinnacle Foods in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately US$10.9 billion, including Pinnacle Foods' outstanding net debt. According to Conagra Brands, Pinnacle…

Agilex Fragrances acquires Fragrance West to expand presence on United States West Coast

USA - Agilex Fragrances, a company of the Firmenich Group, has announced the acquisition of Fragrance West, a leading body, home and air care perfumery house from the HORN Company. According to the company, Fragrance West offers superior creative scent design and best-in-class speed-to-market supported by a manufacturing facility in Los Angeles. With this acquisition…

South Africa’s Wiese cuts stake in grocer Shoprite after Steinhoff hit

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s tycoon Christo Wiese has sold part of his stake in one of Africa’s biggest supermarket chain, Shoprite to raise US$264 million, boosting his finances after being dented by links to scandal-hit Steinhoff, according to a Reuters article. He raised the funding through his company, Titan which sold 17 million shares,…

China signs an agreement to import beef from France

CHINA - China has reached a health and safety agreement with France to import beef from the European country’s meat facilities, reported Reuters citing information from a French industry official. China has conducted inspections on certain meat plants in France and certification from Beijing is required before any meat is shipped. France will export chilled…

India extends ban on milk products from China on food safety issues

INDIA - The government of India has further extended the ban on milk and its product imports from China including chocolates, candies and other confectioneries based on food safety concerns. The ban, imposed from 22 June 2017 to 23 June this year has now been extended to December 23 covering ‘food preparations’ with milk or…