ILRI calls for food safety improvement in low and middle-income countries

KENYA – The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a Kenya based international agricultural research institute has called for the need of increased public investment and other policy attention on food safety in developing countries. Even though food safety is recognised as a major public health concern worldwide, developing countries are way behind in understanding or…

PZ Wilmar unveils new variants of Mamador and Devon King’s seasoning brands

NIGERIA – PZ Wilmar, a joint venture between PZ Cussons and Wilmar International has unveiled new variants of its seasoning products under existing brands, Mamador and Devon King’s. According to ThisDay, the products were introduced to trade partners and consumers at a trade launch event in Ibadan, Oyo State. The Mamador seasoning debuts in three…

Government embarks on grand scheme to increase coffee production

RWANDA – The National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB), a commercial institution of the government of Rwanda has pledged to support coffee growers with the necessary essentials in a bid to increase coffee production. The reinforcement strategy will include provision of fertilizers and pesticides as well as reviving the collapsed cooperatives, according to New Times. "We…

Salt producers form association to address iodine deficiency

ETHIOPIA – Iodized-salt producing companies in Ethiopia have established a new association in bid to help combat iodine deficiency in the country. According to AddisFortune, the association was formed by the Ethiopian Food, Beverage, & Pharmaceutical Industry Development Institute. The Ethiopian Iodized Salt Producers Association, made of close to 15 salt producers plans to introduce…

PepsiCo to acquire UK chips company Pipers Crisps

UK – Beverage and snacks major PepsiCo has announced that it will acquire the UK maker of natural potato chips, Pipers Crisps for an undisclosed amount. The deal which awaits regulatory approval by the Competition and Markets Authority will allow PepsiCo to develop and export the Lincolnshire based crisp brand. Pipers was founded in 2004…

Saputo to build a new US$240m dairy processing plant in Canada

CANADA – Saputo, Montreal-based Canadian dairy company is set to build a new dairy processing facility worth US$240 million in Port-Coquitlam, Canada. With the new state-of-the-art facility, the company aims to strengthen its footprint and better serve the Western Canadian market. This was revealed by the company in its 2018 fiscal year results which indicated…

Chr. Hansen unveils innovation fund for next generation microbial solutions for agriculture

DENMARK – The global bioscience company, Chr. Hansen has launched innovation fund to develop microbial and natural solutions for sustainable agricultural production. According to Chr. Hansen, the kitty granted by the Danish Innovation Fund aims to fund a US$4.48 million (3.9mn Euro) four-year project dubbed ‘Bac4CroP’. As global food demand increases, the world innovators are…

Ardent Mills partners Arcadia Bioscience to develop innovative wheat varieties

USA – Ardent Mills LLC, North America’s leading flour-milling and ingredient company and Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. have announced a new collaboration to develop and commercialize innovative wheat varieties. According to the companies, the first project focuses on extending the shelf life and improving the flavor of whole wheat products. The storage life of whole wheat…