Arla adds new plain yoghurt variant to its fibre yoghurt range

DENMARK - Arla Foods, the largest producer of dairy products in Scandinavia has expanded its fibre yoghurt line with new plain yoghurt variant in the UK to add to its current range of four fruit-based flavours. Arla said the launch was in accordance with UK government 2015 guidelines which advising that adults should eat 30g…

Muller confirms Werner Stegmuller as its new CEO

UK - Muller, Britain’s supplier and distributor of dairy products has confirmed the promotion of Werner Stegmuller to global chief executive role effective April. Werner was the company’s chief operating officer, a role to which he was appointed in June 2017, according to a Muller spokesperson pointed out by Just-Food. He succeeds Uwe Sommer reported…

PepsiCo unveils second year of its brand incubator programme

USA - PepsiCo has announced the second year of its Nutrition Greenhouse incubator programme, an initiative aimed at enhancing food innovation and nurturing both big and small entrepreneurs in the nutrition, health and wellness sectors. Calling for applications, PepsiCo said the programme will identify up to ten emerging brands in the nutrition space with products…

Europe commits to collect 90% of all PET bottles by 2025

EUROPE - Europe’s bottled water industry has committed to major plastic goals to collect 90% of all PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles by 2025 as an average across the European Union, the efforts aimed at reducing plastic waste into landfill and oceans. The goal was revised from the previous 60% target and will ensure discarded plastic…

Kraft Heinz profits decline 0.3% in first quarter results

USA - Kraft Heinz profits declined 0.3% to US$893 million in its first quarter ended March results which show net sales declined 0.3% to US$6.3 billion while organic net sales decreased 1.5% compared to the same period a year ago. The company said the financial results reflected higher input costs, lower net sales in the…

Brazil coffee volumes fall as Africa’s production rise 3.2% to fill gap

UK - The world’s leading coffee producer Brazil’s total exports declined 10.5% to 2.52 million tonnes in March and this is offset by increasing coffee production in Africa and other countries, according to the International Coffee Organisation. Brazil is also said to be declining in coffee output in crop year 2017/18 estimated at 51 million…

FrieslandCampina invests in Holland Dairy Ethiopia to boost its presence

ETHIOPIA - Royal FrieslandCampina, the Netherlands based multinational dairy cooperative has joined forces with Holland-based Veris Investments to invest in Holland Dairy Ethiopia in an undisclosed cash injection. Friesland Campina said they were investing in supply chain, production and market development as it seeks to expand its already existing presence in the Ethiopian dairy market,…

FrieslandCampina WAMCO’s sales grew 13.2% despite economic challenges

NIGERIA - FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc, maker and distributor of dairy products has said that sales for the full year 2017 grew 13.2% to US$387.8 million from US$342.78 million in the previous year. According to the company, the financial results for the period were marred with economic challenges including foreign exchange constraints, high inflation rate…

Flour Mills Nigeria enters partnership with DowDuPont for maize hybrid development

NIGERIA - Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC, one of Nigeria’s leading food and agro-allied companies and Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont have entered into partnership for maize hybrid seed development in Nigeria. According to the company, this move reiterates the commitment of Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc (FMN) to be a catalyst in the…

Bunge files to list Brazilian sugar and ethanol business

USA - The global agribusiness and food company has filed a registration for a potential public offering of its sugar and ethanol business, Bunge Açúcar & Bionergia with the Brazilian Securities Commission. With the listing which is subject to market conditions and valuations, Bunge plans to operate the business as a stand-alone entity after obtaining…