Nestle ahead of Unilever in final race to acquire GSK’s nutrition business in India

INDIA – Nestle SA, the Swiss transnational and the world’s largest food company is contending Unilever in the final round of negotiations to acquire GlaxoSmithKline’s consumer nutrition business in India. According to three people aware of the development, cited by ET Retail, Nestle is believed to be the frontrunner with a more aggressive offer after…

FSSAI outlines new regulations that prohibits use of ‘natural’ on some food labels

INDIA – The Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has laid down new regulations that requires food companies to use the word ‘natural’ only if the food labelled is natural. According to ET Retail report, manufacturers cannot claim a food to be natural if rather than washing, peeling, trimming and chilling, is subjected to…

Arla Foods unveils new high-protein and healthy concept in biscuit making

UK – Arla Foods Ingredients has released a new Whey-Pro Biscuit concept that will enable biscuit manufacturers tap into the high-protein and healthy indulgence trends while overcoming technical challenges. The new concept which features the company’s whey protein ingredient, Nutrilac involves a biscuit recipe with a premium look, taste and feel. It was designed to…

Kellogg unveils probiotic, prebiotic and fibre cereal brand for digestive health

USA – The Kellogg Company has debuted a new cereal brand, HI! Happy Inside that contains prebiotics, probiotics, and fiber that supports digestive health and wellness of consumers. Kellogg said the new cereal delivers 1 billion CFU live probiotics from active strains, 2.5 grams of prebiotics and 8-9g of fiber pending variety. Developed at WK…

South Korea’s CJ CheilJedang buys U.S. frozen foods firm Schwan for US$1.84b

USA – South Korean food ingredients and pharmaceuticals company CJ Cheil Jedang has bought Minnesota based privately owned food company Schwan Co. for $1.84 billion. CJ CheilJedang has acquired 80% of Schwan’s, representing CJ Group’s biggest ever acquisition. With the deal, the group will be able to access Schwan’s distribution network, including logistics centers and…

Unilever Ghana launches livelihood empowerment project for women

GHANA – Unilever Ghana has launched an entrepreneurial empowerment programme in Upper West (UW) to enhance financial stability among women. According to GNA, Unilever Ghana in collaboration with ProNet North has trained women in basic bookkeeping, financial management and savings principles under an Indian ‘Shakti’ business model. The model seeks to create livelihood opportunities for…

Simbisa Brands launches mobile application to boost delivery efficiencies

ZIMBABWE – Simbisa Brands, the quick service restaurant business owned by Innscor Africa has launched a mobile application dubbed Dial-a-Delivery (DaD) to enhance efficiency in its delivery network, reports the Herald. The platform boosts efficient delivery of products to customers through centralised call centres. Customers place orders through the phone via the DaD application and…

Poor personal hygiene, cross contamination among foodborne illness risk factors in fast food restaurants, FDA report

USA – The Food and Drug Administration has released findings from the first phase of a 10-year study indicating that among the foodborne illness risk factors that needed improvement were poor personal hygiene, improper food holding/time and temperature and cross-contamination with the equipment. According to FDA, more than half of all food poisoning outbreaks in…

Premier Foods CEO Gavin Darby to step down, considers Ambrosia brand sale

UK – The British grocery and food manufacturer has said that its Chief Executive Officer, Gavin Darby will step down from the company in January, soon after announcing that it is considering sale of its Ambrosia brand. Darby will be leaving after six years as CEO at the company that has been heavily indebted in…

Plant Based Foods Association launches new plant-based certification label

USA – The US based The Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) has unveiled a new initiative, Certified Plant Based that focuses on plant-based alternatives to animal-based foods. The programme which it claims to be the first and only plant-based food certification specifies the criteria required to make a certified plant-based food claim and has NSF…