Amazon, Samara Capital’s bid to acquire More gets CCI’s nod

INDIA –The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the Samara Capital-Amazon joint bid to acquire Aditya Birla Group’s supermarket chain More. CCI informed the approval of the proposal to Witzig Advisory Services, the entity where Samara and Amazon will invest and which is acquiring Aditya Birla Retail but however did not issue further elaborations…

Cannabis-infused products, zero waste cooking among top culinary trends 2019

WORLD - CBD and cannabis-infused food and beverages, zero-waste cooking are among the top trends in the 2019 culinary forecast, according to What’s Hot survey carried out by National Restaurant Association. 2019 is expected to witness an unmatched preference for cannabis/CBD-infused drinks which are increasingly becoming popular as a result of an easing legislation and…

Scientists call for more research on sustainability of edible insects

WORLD – Insects-as-food is an undeniably hot and trendy topic given the urgent need to find alternatives to conventional meat products, but according to researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, there is lack of knowledge on their ecological sustainability. An overwhelmingly increasing population, limited amount of agricultural land and rising environmental concerns about…

The Netherlands to form a new institute for food safety and research

NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands is set to create a unique knowledge and research institution for food and feed safety to further its capabilities in research as well as food security matters. The institute will be formed through a merger between RIKILT Wageningen University & Research and the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA)’s…

Seaboard looking to hire group operations manager in Zambia

ZAMBIA - Seaboard Overseas and Trading Group is looking for a suitable candidate for the role of Group Operations Manager to be based in Zambia, Africa. The role will be responsible for three mills and a workforce of over 500, including a new greenfield wheat mill with new milling equipment and a maize mill situated…

Flexicon unveils new sanitary bulk bag discharger

SOUTH AFRICA - Flexicon Corporation, an international designer and manufacturer of bulk handling equipment has unveiled a new sanitary bulk bag discharger. The stainless steel equipment features an open channel construction for applications in which contamination of the product or equipment cannot be tolerated. The company explains that unlike hollow steel frame members, the open-channel…

Brooksike Africa seeking general, production and technical managers

KENYA – The leading dairy processing company in East Africa, Brookside Dairy Limited is seeking to hire a General Manager- Production, Production and Technical managers, technical operators and maintenance technicians. Reporting to Director Manufacturing, the General Manager will provide overall management and co-ordination of the production processes. He/She will be responsible for design and execution…

Ghana’s Cocoa Processing Company announces new board members.

GHANA – Ghana’s Cocoa Processing Company Limited (CPC) has announced new board of members as the company seeks to capitalize on the cocoa sector to improve its sectors, reports Ghana News Agency. The new board which was sworn into office by the Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto includes Mr Kwaku Owusu…

South Africa commits to transforming the fish industry

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African Government has expressed its commitment in transforming the fishing sector as it seeks to expand the multi-billion sector which is currently dominated by only a few companies, reports Business Day. Senzeni Zokwana, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister said the ministry is finalising the allocation of 15-year fishing rights to…

Nigeria partners Brazil through US$ 1.1b investment loan to boost agriculture

NIGERIA – The federal government of Nigeria has taken a US$1.1 billion loan from Brazil to boost agricultural sector and create 5 million jobs, reports Premium Times The programme under the name “The Green Imperative” was inaugurated by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Brazilian Ambassador to Nigeria, Ricardo Guerra de Araujo. Osinbajo said that…