FRA releases 35,000 tons of maize to Copperbelt millers to mitigate shortage

ZAMBIA – The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) of Zambia has started releasing 35,000 metric tonnes of maize to selected millers in Copperbelt Province to address maize shortage in the region. According to Lusaka Times, Zambia’s President Lungu had directed FRA to release the maize to millers as an intervention on the maize and mealie meal shortages…

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…

Nigeria to become second largest rice importer behind China in 2019, USDA report

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s rice imports are set to hit 3.4 million metric tons high next year, a 13% increase that will see the country become the world’s second largest rice importer behind China, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report. Contrary to the federal government’s ambitious goal to put an end to rice importation,…

AB InBev and SA Breweries to launch alcohol-free grain snack to support farmers

SOUTH AFRICA - South African Breweries in partnership with the parent company AB InBev are piloting a savoury, alcohol-free grain snack, made from locally grown grain to support emerging farmers and community development initiatives, reports ANA. The snack, called Castle Lager Better Bites is packaged in 40g packs and available for purchase at five tavern…

Bidco Land O’Lakes launches new ‘Kienyeji’ poultry diet in Kenya

KENYA – Bidco Land O’Lakes, a feed-focused joint venture between the American agricultural cooperative Land O'Lakes and Bidco Africa has launched new ‘Kienyeji’ four phase diet for the indigenous chicken. The Kienyeji Feed is expected to improve the rearing of the local poultry raised on either free range or in confinement. According to Bidco Land…

Kenya Breweries seeks to increase local sorghum supply for Kisumu brewery

KENYA – Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL), a subsidiary of the British alcoholic beverages company Diageo is turning to sorghum farmers in Kakamega County to increase supply of the commodity for its soon to be opened brewery in Kisumu. The brewer has started a pilot program for local sorghum sourcing in Lugari Constituency. Success of the…

Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN and Tate & Lyle collaborate on sustainable corn sourcing

USA – Tate & Lyle and Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN, a sustainability focused technology and on-farm business management venture have announced a new collaboration on advancing conservation practices for sustainable corn sourcing. The partnership enables Tate & Lyle, a significant user of U.S.-grown corn, to enhance sustainable agriculture by helping corn farmers target and measure the…

Nigeria cuts bills on imported wheat, rice, milk by 50% to US$698m

NIGERIA – The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that import bills on wheat, rice, milk, tomato and sugar have reduced by almost 50% to almost US$698 million, compared to US$1.424 billion spent on imported foods in 2013, reports This Day. According to Olatunde Akande, the Personal Assistant to the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele,…