Councils advised to set up ‘food resilience teams’ to prepare for Brexit

UK – Food policy experts have written to local authorities to set up ‘food resilience teams’ to ensure safe, adequate and sustainable food supply in preparation for Brexit. The document, written by specialists from City, University of London,University of Sussex and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has been sent to every council in…

Coca-Cola supports Ioniqa Technologies in development of recycled PET

NETHERLANDS – The Coca-Cola Company has announced a loan agreement with Netherlands based high tech chemical company, Ioniqa Technologies to develop Ioniqa’s proprietary technology to produce high-grade, recycled PET content from hard-to-recycle PET waste. The agreement is designed to accelerate the development and deployment of high-grade recycled content PET for use in bottles used by…

COMESA unveils plans to curb counterfeit seeds through a common label

EASTERN AFRICA - Seed companies operating in Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states will from early next year sell seeds branded with a COMESA logo as a measure to prevent sale of uncertified products. Dr.John Mukuka, COMESA regional seed programme coordinator, said that the labeling was necessary to wipe out counterfeit…

Rwanda government launches fruit project to boost agricultural export

RWANDA - The government of Rwanda through the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) has launched a fruit tree planting project that will see more than 100 million fruit trees planted by 2024 in a bid to improve agricultural exports. According to New Times Rwanda, the project is also expected to create more employment opportunities among…

Ingredion invests US$140m to accelerate growth in plant-based proteins

USA - Ingredion, a major player providing ingredient solutions, is set to invest US$140 million to accelerate production of plant-based proteins and meet its consumer demand globally. The investment is also expected to see the company expand to offer a wider array of plant based protein solutions. Following the investment, two of the company’s facilities…

Danone launches Two Good Greek Yogurt expanding its Light & Fit Brand

USA - The multinational food-products corporation, Danone has launched the Two Good Greek Yogurt which adds to its light & Fit brand in the US market. The dairy product contains 80 calories, 12 grams protein and 2 grams total sugar per 5.03 oz serving and is available in five flavours: vanilla, mixed berry, peach, strawberry…

Mars Wrigley invests US$79.36 million in Alsace M&M’s factory in France

FRANCE - The American confectionery producer, Mars Wrigley has invested US$79.36 million to upgrade its Haguenau M&M’s factory in Alsace, France. Mars Wrigley Confectionery France has made the investment as part of its commitment to remove titanium dioxide from all of its confectionery products produced in Europe by mid-2020. The investment is expected to pay…

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…

Zimbabwe millers to venture into wheat farming for raw materials sourcing

ZIMBABWE -  Zimbabwe has asked grain millers to venture into wheat farming as remedy to enhance raw materials supply for their milling operations, given forex currency shortage challenges in the country. According to the IOL Business, Zimbabwe’s cabinet has agreed to finance a decision posited by Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube to have wheat millers venture…

Shoprite opens first of its own distribution centres in Nigeria

NIGERIA - The Shoprite Group, a leading food and grocery retailer has opened a new world-class distribution centre (DC) in Lagos, Nigeria to improve its retail operations in the country. The 4,700m² facility will be occupied by Freshmark, Shoprite’s fruit and vegetable procurement, buying and distribution arm while an additional 1180 m² will be used…