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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]