ADM considers voluntary early retirement and job cuts in new restructuring

USA – The American grain giant, Archer Daniels Midland Co (ADM) has announced that it will seek voluntary early retirements for some of its employees in North America as well as job cuts in a new restructuring strategy. According to a Reuters report, the move is expected to strengthen the company’s core business and establish…

Louis Dreyfus makes senior leadership changes, appoints new Grains head

NETHERLANDS - Louis Dreyfus Company has appointed Anthony Tancredi as head of its Grains Platform, effective immediately as it gears up for a new phase of growth. Tancredi succeeds Adrian Isman, joining LDC’s senior leadership team and reporting to Chief Executive Officer, Ian McIntosh. He is a US national, having worked with LDC for thirty…

GlaxoSmithKline Chairman Philip Hampton to step down amidst company split

UK – The British pharmaceutical and consumer goods company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced that company chairman Philip Hampton will be stepping down from his role in the middle of a possible split of its business. Hampton will be leaving the company after more than three and a half years as chairman even as he succumbs…

PepsiCo appoints Steven Williams CEO of PepsiCo Foods North America

USA – PepsiCo has appointed Steven Williams to the role of chief executive officer of PepsiCo Foods North America (PFNA), effective immediately Steven who is currently senior vice president and chief commercial officer for Frito-Lay's U.S. operations, will lead the division which includes Frito-Lay North America (FLNA) and Quaker Foods North America (QFNA). Steven William…

CBH Group appoints Simon Stead as Deputy Chairman of the Board

AUSTRALIA – Australia’s leading grain handler, CBH Group has appointed member director Simon Stead as deputy chairman of the board, effective immediately. Mr Stead has been a Member Director of the CBH Board since 2015 and is the CBH appointed representative on the Co-operatives WA Council. He is also a member of the Industry Advisory…

Cargill appoints Joe Stone to lead global Agricultural Supply Chain

USA – The global agribusiness giant, Cargill has appointed Joe Stone to lead the company’s global Agricultural Supply Chain, effective June 1. Joe will succeed GJ van den Akker who has decided to retire as enterprise lead for Cargill’s Agricultural Supply Chain in 2020 after 30 years with the company. Joe Stone is currently enterprise…

East African Breweries’ director Paul Gallagher resigns

KENYA - East African Breweries Limited (EABL) has announced the resignation of Paul Gallagher as non-executive director of the company's board after serving for over two years. The Nairobi Stock Exchange-listed firm said Gallagher’s resignation took effect on March 31, after serving the position in the board since his appointment in July 2016 “The board…

Olam donates US$500,000 to support disaster relief efforts in Mozambique

MOZAMBIQUE – Global agri-business giant, Olam International has announced a donation of US$500,000 towards disaster relief efforts in the wake of cyclone Idai in Mozambique. Olam said the disaster relief efforts seeks to rejuvenate and reconstruct communities in Mozambique and as well as in Indonesia where it has made such efforts. According to the firm,…

Twiga Foods taps Coca-Cola’s regional head as new CEO

KENYA - Kenya's leading online grocery platform, Twiga Foods has appointed Peter Njonjo, co-founder and former President of Coca-Cola West and Central Africa as new company Chief Executive Officer. Peter Njonjo has left the left the position in the multinational soft drink manufacturer after 21 years of service and is now set to head the…

Food Drink Europe publishes updated Toolbox to aid acrylamide mitigation

EUROPE – Food Drink Europe, the European organisation representing the food and beverages industry has updated its Acrylamide Toolbox in its 15th edition with new scientific and technological developments. The updated toolbox highlights the organisation’s ‘most complete collection’ of knowledge on acrylamide (AA) formation and mitigation across a variety of foodstuffs. It identifies commitment undertaken…