Global wine production on record high, Italy remains largest producer

WORLD - Global wine production reached record high level at 292.3MHL (millions of hectolitres) in 2018 as Italy remains the world’s largest producer, according to recent report by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). The year’s production was exceptionally high compared to last year when production registered 8.2% decline to 246.7 MHL, with…

‘Hard Brexit’ to impact UK food industry negatively, raise consumer prices – Rabobank

UK – The UK economy stands to be hit negatively in case the European Union (EU) and the UK fail to agree on a Brexit deal, while the transition to this situation will be ‘sudden and far-reaching’, says Rabobank. In a research note titled ‘Consequences of hard Brexit on the Food and Agribusiness’, Rabobank says…

Global plant-based beverages market reaches US$247.8b driven by health and wellness trends

WORLD – The global plant-based beverages market is estimated at US$247.84 billion in 2018 and this is expected to grow at annual growth rate of 6.7% to reach US$474.66 billion by 2028, according to latest report by Future Market Insights. The increase is attributed to rising demand for health and wellness products in the global…

Alltech estimates world feed production increase 3% with rapid growth in Europe

USA – Global feed production has grown by 3% to 1.103 billion metric tons in the year 2018, with Europe forming the second-fastest growing region around the world, according to the 2019 Alltech Global Feed Survey. The survey, carried out on 144 countries and nearly 30,000 feed mills, indicated that the feed industry has grown…

China culls over 900,000 pigs over African Swine Fever outbreak

ASIA – China has culled 916,000 pigs after the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) disease in the country, according to figures from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. The ministry revealed that the disease continues to spread to new regions and larger farms in 24 provinces, deteriorating the pork market and business. China,…

World soybean and corn production forecast to increase for 2018/19

UK – World corn production is set to reach 1.076 billion tonnes in the 2018/19 crop season, reflecting a 3% increase from 1.047 billion tonnes estimated for the 2017-2018, according to Jan 24 report by the International Grains Council. The Grain Market Report showed that world corn consumption would increase by 37 million tonnes to…

Arla’s new research reveals nutritional knowledge gap among consumers

UK – Consumers lack adequate knowledge about the nutritional benefits of food and the essential nutrients they have in their diet, according to new research released by Arla Foods. Lack of food literacy, a broad knowledge gap is what the report says stands in the way of ensuring healthier diets and lifestyles among consumers. According…

Coca-Cola champions a world without waste, scalable diversification in year review

USA – Apart from growing a world-class and fructuous business, the Coca Cola Company took up a strategic growth path to ward off the shrinking soda category that is threatened by the changing consumer preference for healthier drinks. With the rising concerns around plastic waste pollution and ethical business practices, the world’s soft beverages giant…

Nairobi Bottlers: Investing in new juice plant on the journey to a total beverage company

Nairobi Bottlers Ltd commissioned a new juice manufacturing plant in May 2017, as the company expands its products offering to meet new consumer requirements for healthier beverages. Food Business Africa had a discussion with Duncan Kimani, the Manufacturing Director for Coca-Cola Beverage Africa’s portfolio of companies in Kenya to discuss the importance of this new…

Broadway Bakery – Expanding Capacity with Consumer Health in Mind

This article appeared in the Sept/Oct 2018 issue of Food Business Africa magazine Broadway Bakery Ltd., one of the oldest bakeries in Kenya, has recently commissioned a new fully automated Werner & Pfleiderer (W&P) bread plant at their factory in Thika, Kenya. The company has turned bread marketing on its head after introducing the highly…