China agrees to lift ban on imports of German poultry meat

CHINA - China has agreed to reopen its market to imports of German poultry meat, since it had stopped imports after an outbreak of the bird flu disease in Germany, according to German agriculture minister Julia Kloeckner. Reuters reported that Kloeckner said in a statement after talks in Berlin with Chinese agriculture minister Han Changfu…

Nestle sells New Zealand confectionery business with 55 jobs lost

NEW ZEALAND – Nestlé, a multinational food and beverage company, has sold some of its confectionery brands in New Zealand – including Fabulicious Red Licorice, Mackintosh and Black Knight – to Sydney-based firm Quadrant Private Equity. According to FoodBev, the company will cut production at its Wiri factory with as many as 55 jobs likely…

Arla Foods acquires Yeo Valley Diaries to expand milk, butter and cheese market

UK - Arla Foods Limited, an international dairy cooperative, will acquire Yeo Valley Dairies Limited, a subsidiary of the Yeo Valley Group Limited to expand milk, butter, spreads and cheese brands. According to the company, this transaction will give the farmer-owned dairy cooperative the rights to use the Yeo Valley brand in milk, butter, spreads…

US pizza chain boss John Schnatter resigns after racist comments

USA - Papa John’s Pizza International chairman and founder John Schnatter has resigned following an incident that implicated him for making racist comments that hit the shares of the pizza chain, according to Bloomberg. His resignation was accepted by independent directors of the company and a new chairman would be appointed in the coming weeks.…

Coca-Cola’s Crown Beverages signs deal to distribute alcohol in Kenya

KENYA - Crown Beverages, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa(CCBA) and one of the most reputable bottler of natural mineral water in East Africa has signed a signed a deal to distribute premium alcohol brands in Kenya. An article by Business Daily reported that the partnership with the Italian branded beverage firm, Campari Group will…

New KCC facility halts operations over power outage

KENYA - New Kenya Co-operative Creameries Ltd’s production facility in Kiganjo, Nyeri County has stopped operations over power outage after a power transformer caught fire earlier in the week. Business Daily has reported that after being left in darkness for the rest of the nights, the factory stopped receiving milk from farmers in the area.…

SLeCAD Sierra Leon launches Sakata Seed Company to farmers

SIERRA LEONE - The Government’s Principal Private Sector partner SLeCAD (Sierra Leone Chamber for Agribusiness Development) has launched the SAKATA Seed and Input Company in the country geared at producing and supplying quality seeds to farmers. According to Concord, the company will also engage in providing input technologies to small holder farmers and large scale…

Woolworth recalls frozen rice as precaution amidst listeria outbreak in Europe

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa-based multinational retail company, Woolworths Holdings Limited has recalled a frozen savory rice mix as part of a worldwide product recall issued by the Hungarian Food Safety Agency (HFSA) following listeria outbreak in Europe, according to Reuters. The recall comes after one of Woolworths suppliers was identified as the likely source…

Indonesia shows intent to export food products to SA at Africa’s Big Seven trade fair

SOUTH AFRICA - Indonesian companies showcasing at the Africa's Big Seven food and beverage trade show held in Midrand are seeking to export their products such as Indomie and ABC Noodles in South Africa and penetrate the rest of the African market. A report by ANA revealed that the three-day trade fair which opened on…

ISO publishes new standards for testing infant formula: ISO 20636:2018

SWITZERLAND - The international standard-setting body, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed and published new standards for testing infant formulas and adult nutritionals. The standards adjudged ISO 20635; Infant formula and adult nutritionals involves determination of vitamin C by (ultra) high performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet detection ((U)HPLC-UV), while ISO 20636; Infant formula and…