Zambia’s Green Crop to invest US$72m in Paprika Production

ZAMBIA – Green Crop Field Investment Limited, a Zambia based company, has expressed interest in a Paprika Production and Processing Plant at an investing cost of US$72 million, reports Lusaka Times. Central Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kabwe says the US$72 million investment by the Lusaka-based company is part of the US $432 million that the…

Ghana’s research institutes introduce improved Vitamin A orange corn

GHANA - The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in partnership with the Crops Research Institute (CRI) has introduced a new improved vitamin A rich orange maize varieties, reports Ghana News Agency. The research bodies say that the new varieties; Honampa, Ahoedzin, Ahoefe and Dzifoo come as a gesture to enable the farmers shift…

Unilever Rwanda launches water supply project to over 10,000 beneficiaries

RWANDA – Multinational consumer goods company, Unilever, has launched a community- based social project to supply clean water to over 10,000 beneficiaries in Rwanda, reports New Times Rwanda.  According to Kelvin Kuria, Country Director of Unilever Rwanda, the company has launched four water constructed at a cost of US$50,000. Mr kuria said that the project…

South Africa’s Shoprite to appeal US$ 1.44m Competition Tribunal fine

SOUTH AFRICA – Shoprite, a leading food retailer in South Africa, has said that it will appeal against the US$ 1.44 million (R20m) fine handed to its ticket-selling subsidiary, Computicket, by the Competition Tribunal, reports Reuters. The Competition Tribunal, Competition Commission had earlier on said that it had referred a case against ticket distributors Computicket…

French firm Lactalis to buy Prabhat Dairy business for US$238m

INDIA – The French dairy company, Lactalis has reached an agreement to acquire the milk-processing business of Maharashtra-based Prabhat Dairy for US$238.37 million (Rs 1,700 crore). According to ET Retail, Lactalis, through its local arm Tirumala Milk Products, will acquire Prabhat’s dairy business as well as its step-down subsidiary Sunfresh Agro Industries through a share…

Nestle opens new maternal and infant nutrition R&D center in Ireland

UK – The global food and drink giant, Nestle has opened a new global research and development centre for maternal and infant nutrition at its manufacturing facility in Limerick, Ireland. The centre, its first in Ireland attracted an investment of US$30.65 million (€27million) and was inaugurated by Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the…

Kwik Lok appoints Xiuming Bai regional sales director in China

CHINA -  Kwik Lok Corporation, a Yakima, Washington based packaging manufacturer has appointed Xiuming Bai (Robert White) as Regional Sales Director to lead the sales team in China. Xiuming Bai, a Chinese American joins Kwik Lok Corporation’s global sales team and will head up Kwik Lok’s Chinese Office based in Shanghai. Prior to his appointment,…

Ingredion unveils virtual lab and dairy expertise for EMEA region

USA – Ingredion Incorporated has introduced virtual lab, Inside Idea Labs in the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), bringing its dairy applications and expertise in the region. Dairy manufacturers will be able to benefit from the company’s broad portfolio of solutions including ingredients, health and clean label and other dairy applications. The virtual…

Novio Group acquires packaging firms Flacopac and Deflaco

EUROPE – Novio Packaging Group, a Netherlands based packaging manufacturer has acquired the Dutch packaging firm Flacopac and sister company Deflaco for an undisclosed sum. German-based Flacopac and Switzerland’s Deflaco produces a range of food and beverage packaging such as bottles, jars and closures, thus the acquisition gives Novio a significant presence in the industry.…

Symrise unveils 2025 strategy targeting health and naturalness

GERMANY – The Dutch flavors and fragrances company, Symrise AG has announced its new long-term targets until 2025, with a particular focus on capitalizing the rising trends in the health and natural category. The company aims to achieve an average annual organic sales growth (CAGR) of 5 to 7 % and make strategic acquisitions that…