DuPont develops a naturally sourced monoglyceride emulsifier for improved production

USA - DuPont Nutrition & Health has developed a new, naturally sourced monoglyceride emulsifier that brings food manufacturers improved production and handling efficiencies. Monoglycerides are among the most widely used emulsifiers in the food industry, but they can become lumpy under certain conditions. Many food manufacturers faced a challenge with product flowability when using powdered,…

Monsanto glyphosate traces found in children breakfast cereals and snack bars in US

USA - Significant levels of the weedkilling monsanto chemical glyphosate have been found in an array of popular breakfast cereals, oats and snack bars marketed to US children, a new study has found. According to the Guardian, tests have revealed glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller brand Roundup, present in all but two…

Nigeria Federal Court strikes out suit filed against GM crops permit issuance

NIGERIA - The Federal High Court in Abuja struck out a suit filed against the issuance of permits and subsequent release of Genetically Modified (GM) crops including BT cotton in the country. According Premium Times, Justice Ahmed Mohammed held that the court was compelled to strike out the suit because it appeared statute barred, though…

Avocado farming booms as Kenyan farmers cash in from increasing European demand

KENYA – Farming and sale of avocado is proving to be profitable to Kenyan farmers as farmers are switching coffee and tea for avocados in a bid to profit from increasing European demand. According to News24, avocado toast is becoming a staple of European menus, as said by Laura Hannoun, a blogger who has listed…

Palm oil plantations across Africa forecast to rise as demand increases, study says

AFRICA - A new study forecasts a rise in palm oil plantations across Africa as the global demand for the commodity continues to grow, as the continent offers the low-lying tropical ecosystems palm oil prefers, hence an opportunity for businesses and local farmers to generate income. According to FoodingredientsFirst, lessons learned from Southeast Asia, where…

Cargill invests US$40m at England factory to increase production

ENGLAND - American group Cargill has invested US$39.78 million at its factory on a 13-acre site at Balliol Business Park, England as it takes on production operatives, shift engineers and team leaders for the factory. The new line will extend its capacity to more than the 19,000 tonnes of chicken product it currently delivers annually.…

Maize flour prices in Uganda fall due to increased supply of cheap grains

UGANDA - Maize flour prices have dipped to a six-year low on increased supply of cheap grains from Uganda and harvests in western Kenya, easing inflationary pressure. According to Business Daily, the imports from Uganda and harvest has pulled down grain costs from Sh3, 200 a bag in January to below Sh2, 000, offering millers…

International Coffee Organization in Kenya for talks with coffee farmers

KENYA - Members of the International Coffee Organisation (ICO) are in Kenya for talks with Kenyan coffee farmers who are looking to ink direct purchase deals with top global coffee buyers. According to Business Daily, the ICO executive director Jose Sette held a meeting with Council of Governors vice chair Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and…

DMK Group announces plan to reduce sugar content in the Milram range

GERMANY - DMK Group, Germany's largest dairy company, has announced that it will reduce the sugar content of products throughout its Milram range, as the company aims to adapt to the changing nutritional demands of consumers. According to the company, it will implement this new strategy in three phases. Firstly, Milram’s buttermilk and kefir drinks…

Salt intake among adult Indians excessive and unhealthy, PHFI says

INDIA - Salt intake among adult Indians has been found to be high and exceeding the levels recommended by the World Health Organisation, according to a recent study conducted by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). According to Economic Times India, the scientific evidence indicates that high dietary salt intake has detrimental effects on…