Kroger opens Culinary Innovation Centre for better food

USA - The Kroger Company has unveiled a Culinary Innovation Centre equipped with a new high-tech kitchen to develop new recipes by utilizing various flavors, used in Kroger delis, meal kits, in-store bistros and Kitchen 1883. Kroger’s Kitchen 1883 is a Kroger-owned restaurant in Union offering lunch and dinner menus including appetizers, salads, sandwiches, desserts,…

Campbell announces dismal results in the second quarter, low sales blamed for Walmart woes

USA - Campbell Soup Company has announced a 7% drop in sales in its second quarter with low sales blamed for the dispute between the company and a key customer Walmart. Organic sales decreased 2% with a drop in Campbell’s shares due to a decrease in demand for Campbell soups. “This was a disappointing quarter,…

DuPont receives patent certification for its POWERMill enzyme

USA - DuPont, the Delaware based innovator in health and nutrition has received a patent certification on its POWERMill, a wheat processing enzyme developed to enhance efficiency and productivity of flour mills. The enzyme which allows millers improve quality of flour, reduce costs and achieve profit received an invention classification that is, a product given…

Market for alternative proteins to reach $5.2 billion by 2020 – report

USA - Plant proteins are big business and a fast-growing category that companies and retailers can’t afford to ignore, according to a new report. The investor report, titled “Plant-based profits,” urges global food companies to diversify their protein sourcing away from a reliance on animal proteins and analyzes how 16 multinational companies are positioned to…

Camel-based baby formula to hit shelves in Dubai

UAE- A United Arabs Emirates-based company has unveiled what it calls the world’s first camel-based baby formula, an instant powder mix aimed mainly at infants allergic to cow’s milk. The Emirates Industry for Camel Milk & Products, or “Camelicious”, unveiled the product at Gulfood 2018, an international food and beverage trade event which runs from…

Consumers hit as plastic bags trade continues in disguise

KENYA- Plastic carrier bags have re-emerged in most grocery markets, making a mockery of last year’s ban and imposing additional cost on consumers who are forced to pay more for the product. Smugglers at Kenya’s border points have been enjoying an unlikely black market boom trading in the illegal plastic bags. Groceries markets in residential…

Mango powder, pawpaw latex: farmers bank on crop value-addition

KENYA- For most farmers in Kenya today, the big dilemma is whether to carry on with agriculture as a business venture. Unreliable weather patterns have crippled their rain-fed farming while the small profit margins from the sale of unprocessed products are not encouraging to the farmers who contribute immensely to the country’s food security and…

Agency says 28 million Africans in ten States face starvation

KENYA - Some 27. 5 million people are in dire need of food aid in 10 African countries due to drought, officials announced last week. Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre director Guleid Artan said some Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda residents are…

Horticulture sector players tipped on quality

RWANDA- Horticulture sector stakeholders should embrace international standards and ensure quality along the value chain to boost exports into European markets, experts have said. The Dutch and UK experts added that Rwanda can only be able to increase its exports to Europe if farmers and exporters ensure quality along value chain and also add value…

Britannia to add 50 new products, grow regionally by 2020

INDIA - FMCG major Britannia Industries has plans to launch around 50 new products under its existing as well as new categories by the end of the next fiscal as part of efforts to be a total food company, said a top company official. In view of its growth strategy, Britannia will launch dairy products…