Mars Petcare, Carrefour join Loop initiative to reduce single-use packaging

FRANCE – Mars Petcare has joined the Loop initiative, a new initiative launched by TerraCycle in collaboration with Carrefour to reduce single-use packaging. Loop™ Initiative is said to be the first e-commerce platform that aims to reduce plastic waste by offering shoppers with durable, functional and reusable packaging. The launch has been backed by over…

Mars partners with Israeli venture fund to foster food innovation

ISRAEL – Mars Incorporated has partnered with Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), an Israel based venture capital fund to enhance innovation focused on food, wellness, agriculture and nutrition. The collaboration will see the partners work with leading academic research institutions with a goal to promote foodtech solutions in Israel. The partnership involves a research and development…

Tropikal Brands partners Africa Improved Foods, launches new product

KENYA – Tropikal Brands Afrika, a Kenyan consumer goods manufacturer, has partnered with a Rwandan-based food processing company Africa Improved Foods to ensure sustained quality of grains sourced from across Eastern Africa. Speaking during the launch of the newly developed porridge flour under the brand name ‘Nutripro’, Davies Mukuria, Tropikal Brands Afrika Managing Director, unveiled…

Cargill invests in Israeli startup Aleph Farms to underpin protein focus

ASIA – Cargill is investing in Israeli cultured meat company, Aleph Farms which has raised US$11.65 million in a series A round of funding. According to Cargill, the investment diversifies its protein interests to meet future consumer demand and complements its focus on animal protein. The round was led by VisVires New Protein and also…

Unilever’s Graze introduces Wow Bakes range of oat-based snacks

UK - Graze, the UK-based snack brand owned by Unilever, is launching a new oat-based snack line that contains under 100 calories per serving. Called Wow Bakes, the range will be available in four flavours: chocolate sea salt, honeycomb crumble, sticky toffee and lemon drizzle. Graze said the wholegrain products have been created in response…

Global food firms commit to phase out industrial transfats by 2023

SWITZERLAND – Global food and beverage companies and members of the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) have pledged to phase out industrially produced trans-fat from the global food supply by 2023. The twelve food and beverage giants have agreed to adopt enhanced worldwide commitment to phase out industrially produced trans fats (iTFAs) from their…

Kenyan millers to get US$69m worth of maize to ease shortage

KENYA –The Government of Kenya is set to release 3 million bags of maize worth US$69 million to maize millers in the country aimed at easing shortage that has spiked maize and flour prices. Zakayo Magara, acting managing director of the National and Cereals Board (NCPB) said, the millers would receive the grain in tranches…

Ardent Mills to close four US flour mills for operating efficiency

USA – US-based leading flour supplier, Ardent Mills has announced that it is closing close four U.S. flour mills to reflect the analysis of current and prospective flour demand, with a goal to enhance operation efficiency, reports World Grain. The mills have a combined milling capacity of 23,600 cwts and are located in Macon, Georgia;…

Tanzanian firm to invest US$ 1.52m in developing tech to curb aflatoxin

TANZANIA – Tanzania’s A to Z Textile Mills has unveiled plans of investing US$1.52million (Tsh 3.5bn) in establishing a factory that will be producing Aflasafe, a technology to combat aflatoxin in grains and cereals. This follows an agreement between A to Z and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in conducting research on aflatoxin…

South Africa’s Kaap Agri grows revenue 28.7% to US$310.74m as conditions recover

SOUTH AFRICA - Kaap Agri, a South African agriculture group, reported a 28.7% in half-year revenues were up to US$310.74 million (R4.4bn) in the six months to end-March this year. The company, which trades in the agricultural, fuel and related retail markets in Southern Africa said net profit rose 3% in the six months period…