High intake of dietary fiber and whole grains can reduce risk of non-communicable diseases, report

WORLD - High intake of dietary fiber and whole grains has been associated with reduced risk of non-communicable diseases, according to a series of systematic reviews and meta-analyses published in The Lancet. The study, commissioned by the World Health Organization show that people who eat higher levels of the products have lower rates of non-communicable diseases…

Coca-Cola Amatil ditches plastic straws and stirrers in Australia

AUSTRALIA – Coca-Cola Amatil has announced that it will no longer distribute single-use plastic drinking straws or stirrers in Australia, and would instead stock fully recyclable and biodegradable FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) accredited paper straws starting February. The company said the new paper drinking straws will be sourced from suppliers BioPak and Austraw and made…

Arla creates new organisation to drive innovation, appoints Senior VP to lead role

DENMARK – The Danish dairy cooperative, Arla Foods has created a new Product and Innovation division and appointed Lars Dalsgaard as new Senior Vice President to lead the organisation effective April 1, 2019. This is the dairy company’s approach to driving the innovation and product development capabilities. The company said the new company fit strengthens…

FSSAI sets new food packaging regulations effective July 1

INDIA – India’s food regulator, Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) has announced new packaging requirements and food businesses are required to comply with the new rules effective July 1, 2019. The new regulations replace provisions in the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011 and prohibits packaging material made of recycled plastics…

SC revives US$91m class-action suit against Nestle India over Maggi noodles

INDIA – The Supreme Court of India has revived the government case seeking US$91 million in damages from Nestle India for alleged unfair trade practices, false labelling and misleading advertisements. The suit is based on an earlier case that claimed high lead content and presence of MSG (Monosodium glutamate) in Nestle’s popular brand of pasta,…

Former standards boss charged with fraud over unlawful import penalties

KENYA – The former Managing Director and chief executive of the Kenya Bureau of standards, Charles Ongwae has been charged with abuse of office in a fraud suit for enforcing unlawful penalties on imports that cost the government its revenues. A Business Daily report, Mr Ongwae, released on bond, was among other suspects accused of…

Coca-Cola HBC in new partnership to use air-captured CO2 in sparkling drinks

SWITZERLAND - Coca-Cola HBC Switzerland, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company plans to use carbon dioxide filtered from the air in its sparkling drinks, starting with its own mineral water brand, Valser. Through a partnership with Swiss Direct Air Capture firm Climeworks, the company will use carbon dioxide extracted from air for carbonation of…

UK’s packaging manufacturers to pay recycling costs under waste scheme

UK – The UK government has unveiled a new waste strategy that mandates businesses and manufacturers of packaging to pay the full cost of collecting, recycling or disposing of their packaging waste. Also, supermarkets and other retailers will be charged penalties for putting difficult to recycle packaging such as black plastic trays on the market…

Nestle to close two facilities in Germany, to cut 360 jobs

GERMANY – The Switzerland based food and beverage giant Nestle has announced that it will close two locations and reduce the workforce at two others, putting a total of 360 jobs at risk. A Reuters report indicates that the move was blamed on lower demand and the company was looking to shift the production operations previously…

African Universities team up to launch research centre for food security

SOUTH AFRICA – The University of Pretoria in partnership with the University of Nairobi and the University of Ghana has been awarded the privilege to host a new research center that aims to enhance food security and transform food policy on the continent. The African Research Universities Alliance Centre of Excellence for Food Security was…