Nestle partners Danimer to develop biodegradable water bottle

SWITZERLAND – Nestle has announced a global partnership with Danimer Scientific, a Georgia based biopolymer manufacturer to collaboratively develop biodegradable plastic bottles for Nestle’s water business. Nestle will utilize Danimer’s PHA polymer Nodax™ (polyhydroxyalkanoates- PHA), used with other biopolymers to create a range of applications including biodegradable bottles. Nodax is a proven biodegradable alternative to…

Danone taps Amcor’s technology to develop new PET packaging jar

ARGENTINA – The French multinational food corporative, Danone has partnered flexible packaging company, Amcor to develop attractive PET packaging jar for its new all-natural spoonable yogurt, La Serenísima sold in Argentina. The transparent packaging, made of made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) has a wide-mouth opening and an aluminum-PET-aluminum closure with a 65mm over cap in…

ADM secures right to distribute GSL’s tapioca starches in EMEA region

EUROPE - The Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has announced a long term partnership with Thailand based tapioca starch producer, General Starch Limited (GSL), to distribute the range in Europe as well as the Middle East and Africa. The agreement gives ADM exclusive distribution rights of the GSL modified tapioca starch products, which it will…

Rwanda tea competes Kenya’s in quality and price

KENYA – Rwandan tea recorded better performance at the Mombasa Tea Auction for the year 2018 compared to Kenya’s on the account of high quality that saw increased demand from buyers, reports Business Daily. According to data from the Tea Directorate, a kilogramme of Rwandan Tea on average attracted US$2.82 (kshs 287) against Kenya’s US$2.57…

Global coffee prices to shrink as production increases

WORLD - International Coffee Organisation (ICO) reports that coffee prices are expected to further move southwards as the world production is expected to increase. According to the report by ICO, international market is expected to receive a total of 167.47 million bags of coffee in the 2018/19 financial year creating a surplus of 2.29 million…

Ethiopia to intensify coffee exports to China as demand grows

ETHIOPIA – As a major coffee producer in Africa, Ethiopia, is seeking interventions to intensify coffee exports to China in a quest to supply the growing demand of the commodity in the East Asian nation. This comes as Ethiopian based coffee roastaries and cafes in China record good performance and significant growth arising from the…

SA meat industry affected by foot-and- mouth disease.

SOUTH AFRICA – Meat producers in South Africa have raised an alarm on the industry’s performance following the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease which has seen its neighbouring countries suspend importation of SA’s red meat until proof that the disease has been contained. Sandy le Marque, the CEO of the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union…

Central Bank of Nigeria to compensate 550,000 rice farmers

NIGERIA – The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) said that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has approved compensation via loan for over 550,000 rice farmers affected by the 2018 flood disaster, reports the Vanguard. RIFAN National President, Aminu Goronyo, revealed that CBN governor had directed that the loans should be restructured for a…

EU grants Uganda US$4.1m to boost coffee and cocoa sector

UGANDA - The European Union (EU) has granted Uganda US$4.1 million to boost the country’s coffee and cocoa industries. The grant agreement sealed by Uganda’s Finance Minister Matia Kasaija and the EU ambassador to Uganda, Attilio Pacifici seeks to boost the coffee and cocoa exports in the EU market. “This grant is aimed at value…

Tyson Foods partners environment lobby to accelerate sustainable food production

USA – The American food processor, Tyson Foods and environmental advocacy group, EDF (Environmental Defence Fund) have launched a partnership to accelerate sustainable food production. The deal seeks to develop and deploy initiatives that will ensure sustainable and enough food production, while putting in regard the environmental and social issues. According to Tyson, the partnership…