The Netherlands to form a new institute for food safety and research

NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands is set to create a unique knowledge and research institution for food and feed safety to further its capabilities in research as well as food security matters. The institute will be formed through a merger between RIKILT Wageningen University & Research and the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA)’s…

Seaboard looking to hire group operations manager in Zambia

ZAMBIA - Seaboard Overseas and Trading Group is looking for a suitable candidate for the role of Group Operations Manager to be based in Zambia, Africa. The role will be responsible for three mills and a workforce of over 500, including a new greenfield wheat mill with new milling equipment and a maize mill situated…

Flexicon unveils new sanitary bulk bag discharger

SOUTH AFRICA - Flexicon Corporation, an international designer and manufacturer of bulk handling equipment has unveiled a new sanitary bulk bag discharger. The stainless steel equipment features an open channel construction for applications in which contamination of the product or equipment cannot be tolerated. The company explains that unlike hollow steel frame members, the open-channel…

Rwanda’s cassava miller unveils plans to increase production

RWANDA – Kinazi Cassava Plant Limited, a cassava flour and starch processing plant in Rwanda, has unveiled its plans to increase its cassava processing capacity from 5500 tonnes to 28 000 tonnes this year, reports New Times Rwanda. Emile Nsanzabaganwa, the Chief Executive Officer Kinazi, said that the increased local production of cassava has also…

Canada to invest US$29m in crop research and innovation in 5 years

CANADA – The Canadian government has unveiled US$29.61 million (C$39.3 million) funding to enhance research and innovation in crops such as barley, wheat, diverse field crops and soybeans over the next five years. The funding is part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and comprises industry contributions worth US$21.40 million for a total of US$51 million.…

ADM acquires remaining 50% stake in JV Gleadell, combines UK entities

UK – Archer Daniels Midland Company has announced that it has agreed to purchase the remaining 50% stake in Gleadell Agriculture Ltd, a company it jointly owns with InVivo. The deal includes Gleadell’s wholly owned subsidiary Dunns (Long Sutton) Ltd, which together with Gleadell will be merged with ADM Arkady, ADM’s UK destination marketing business,…

Cargill lines up US$200m investment to grow business in Pakistan

ASIA – The global agricultural merchant, Cargill has announced plans to invest more than US$200 million in Pakistan to grow its food and agricultural business in the next three to five years. Planned investment will be carried out across agricultural trading, oilseeds crushing, edible oils, animal feed and dairy industries, which all are critcal in…

Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission mulls nuclear tech for food preservation

TANZANIA - The Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC) is considering development of a food preservation project using Nuclear energy in the country, reports Daily News According to the commission’s Director General, Professor Lazaro Busagala, TAEC is planning to introduce the food irradiation project with a view of reducing the risk of food-borne diseases caused by…

Louis Dreyfus to exit dairy business as part of strategic focus

NETHERLANDS – The global agri-merchant firm, Louis Dreyfus Company B.V. has announced decision to exit its dairy business by mid-2019 as part of strategy to focus on core business operations. As one of the leaders in the world's agricultural product trade flows, the company is looking to exit non-core areas and focus on key product…

Cargill appoints Jon Nash to lead North American protein business

USA – The agribusiness giant, Cargill has selected on Nash to lead its North American protein business effective March 1, 2019. He will report to Brian Sikes, who was recently appointed to the executive team as leader of the company’s global protein and salt businesses. Prior to his appointment, Nash was the president of Cargill’s…