Amazon, Samara Capital’s bid to acquire More gets CCI’s nod

INDIA –The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the Samara Capital-Amazon joint bid to acquire Aditya Birla Group’s supermarket chain More. CCI informed the approval of the proposal to Witzig Advisory Services, the entity where Samara and Amazon will invest and which is acquiring Aditya Birla Retail but however did not issue further elaborations…

SAPA calls for increase in tariffs to protect South Africa’s poultry industry

SOUTH AFRICA -  South Africa Poultry Association (SAPA) has proposed a hike in import tariffs of frozen chicken portions to 82% saying that cheap imports from Brazil are hurting the competitiveness of the local industry. According to the association, the hefty increase in tariffs, for bone-in and boneless portions, will shield the local industry from…

Burger king to open new outlet in Kenya as competition increase

KENYA - The American global fast food franchise, Burger King, is set to open a new branch in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, as its seeks to increase is store count in the country, reports Business Daily. The expansion will increase the number of the Burger King’s food outlets to five and comes at a time when…

Cannabis-infused products, zero waste cooking among top culinary trends 2019

WORLD - CBD and cannabis-infused food and beverages, zero-waste cooking are among the top trends in the 2019 culinary forecast, according to What’s Hot survey carried out by National Restaurant Association. 2019 is expected to witness an unmatched preference for cannabis/CBD-infused drinks which are increasingly becoming popular as a result of an easing legislation and…

Scientists call for more research on sustainability of edible insects

WORLD – Insects-as-food is an undeniably hot and trendy topic given the urgent need to find alternatives to conventional meat products, but according to researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, there is lack of knowledge on their ecological sustainability. An overwhelmingly increasing population, limited amount of agricultural land and rising environmental concerns about…

The Netherlands to form a new institute for food safety and research

NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands is set to create a unique knowledge and research institution for food and feed safety to further its capabilities in research as well as food security matters. The institute will be formed through a merger between RIKILT Wageningen University & Research and the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA)’s…

Seaboard looking to hire group operations manager in Zambia

ZAMBIA - Seaboard Overseas and Trading Group is looking for a suitable candidate for the role of Group Operations Manager to be based in Zambia, Africa. The role will be responsible for three mills and a workforce of over 500, including a new greenfield wheat mill with new milling equipment and a maize mill situated…

Flexicon unveils new sanitary bulk bag discharger

SOUTH AFRICA - Flexicon Corporation, an international designer and manufacturer of bulk handling equipment has unveiled a new sanitary bulk bag discharger. The stainless steel equipment features an open channel construction for applications in which contamination of the product or equipment cannot be tolerated. The company explains that unlike hollow steel frame members, the open-channel…

Commission approves Karan Beef Holdings merger

SOUTH AFRICA - The proposed merger of Karan Beef Holdings with Karan Beef and Karan Beef Feedlot was approved by the Competition Tribunal with certain conditions reports, Fin 24. Karan Beef Holdings is a newly incorporated special purpose entity, established for the proposed transaction. Karan Beef is involved in cattle slaughtering, deboning, packaging and selling…

Brooksike Africa seeking general, production and technical managers

KENYA – The leading dairy processing company in East Africa, Brookside Dairy Limited is seeking to hire a General Manager- Production, Production and Technical managers, technical operators and maintenance technicians. Reporting to Director Manufacturing, the General Manager will provide overall management and co-ordination of the production processes. He/She will be responsible for design and execution…