World Food Programme picks Uganda as global food procurement hub

UGANDA - The World Food Programme (WFP), world’s number one Zero Hunger campaigner has picked Uganda as the global procurement hub, providing more than 1,000 grain farmers with opportunity to benefit from local procurements. According to the Monitor, WFP has constructed more than 70 silos in the country for post-harvest management as part of the…

Spur reports 25.9% decline in earnings partly blamed on racial incident

SOUTH AFRICA - Spur Corporation, the South African steakhouse franchise restaurant has reported 25.9% decline in headline earnings to US$10.28 million partly blamed on a racial spat at the restaurant, lower consumer spending and deteriorating economic conditions, reports ANA. The social media storm following the ‘racist’ argument at one of its outlets in Pretoria, together…

RMG Ghana introduces new chemical ‘Belt Expert 480SC’ to fight armyworm

GHANA - Ghana’s agricultural company, Regional Marketing Group (RMG) Ghana Limited has introduced a new chemical Belt Expert 480SC to combat the fall armyworm menace. Belt Expert 480SC, manufactured by Bayer CropScience is described as a long standing solution for the control of various chewing (lepidopteran) pests and sucking pests on maize, vegetables, and other…

EABL revenues rise 5% on higher spirits as testing begins at new Kisumu plant

KENYA – The East African Breweries Limited (EABL), a subsidiary of the British multinational Diageo Plc, has reported 4.57% increase in revenue to US$731.8 million attributed to strong sales in its spirits segment and bottled beer in Kenya and Tanzania. The brewer is now banking on increased sales of its spirits in the region and a…

Chandarana Food Plus implicated for planning a ‘racist’ marketing strategy

KENYA - Chandarana Food Plus, the Kenyan retail and grocery store has been accused of planning a marketing strategy targeting “white customers” only, enticing criticism from the public and the county government. The email is said to have come from one of their hires in the marketing department circulated to managers on how to target…

Seaboard Corp in a renewed bid to delist Unga after failed buyout

KENYA - Seaboard Corp, the American multinational conglomerate is planning to delist Unga Group from the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) after a failed takeover bid of the Kenyan grain miller, according to Business Daily. The grain and commodity merchandising company is yet to face another stand-off with minority shareholders and investors who rejected its offer…

USDA investigates Salmonella contamination of whey ingredients in various food recalls

USA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, along with other partners, are investigating possible Salmonella contamination of a whey ingredient that has caused the recall of several popular foods. According to the administration, Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) of New Ulm, Minn.,…

CDC and multiple states investigate Salmonella infections linked to backyard poultry

USA – Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and multiple states are investigating several multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks. According to CDC, it made the last update on June 8, 2018, to which 88 more ill people have been reported and the most recent illness…

CDC says Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon in salads is over

USA – Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that the Salmonella outbreak associated with pre-cut melon is over and the affected individuals were admitted to hospitals. According to federal officials, the risk of additional illnesses in this outbreak is slim. The officials added that as of July 26, 77 people across nine…

US Foods to buy Services Group of America’s Food Group of Companies for US$1.8b

USA - Food distribution company US Foods Holding Corp, has reported that it would buy Services Group of America’s Food Group of Companies for $1.8 billion in cash. With 12 distribution centers and more than 20 private brands, SGA’s Food had 2017 net sales of US$3.2 billion from its five operating units - Food Services…