Flour Mills Nigeria enters partnership with DowDuPont for maize hybrid development

NIGERIA - Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC, one of Nigeria’s leading food and agro-allied companies and Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont have entered into partnership for maize hybrid seed development in Nigeria. According to the company, this move reiterates the commitment of Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc (FMN) to be a catalyst in the…

Bunge files to list Brazilian sugar and ethanol business

USA - The global agribusiness and food company has filed a registration for a potential public offering of its sugar and ethanol business, Bunge Açúcar & Bionergia with the Brazilian Securities Commission. With the listing which is subject to market conditions and valuations, Bunge plans to operate the business as a stand-alone entity after obtaining…

Ukraine soybean production to fall 14% in 2018-19

UKRAINE - Ukraine’s soybean production is set to fall 14% to 3.3 million tonnes despite higher expected yields than the five-year average, according to USDA’s Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) May 16 report. Soybean planted area for the coming crop year is forecast at around 1.5 million hectares, a 23% decline from 2017-18. While Sunflower…

Bunge considers soybean exports to Argentina

USA - Bunge Ltd, multinational food and agribusiness company is considering exporting US soybeans to Argentina and the move would be ratified depending on the margins. The plans were revealed by Soren W. Schroder, chief executive officer of Bunge at an investor event in New York adding that they look forward to bumping up soybean…

Olam profit grows despite 10.5% drop in revenue for confectionery and beverage

SINGAPORE - The global agribusiness company Olam International, has reported profit growth in the 2018 first quarter results despite 10.5% drop in revenue for its confectionery and beverage segments on both lower volumes and prices. Olam reported US$274.18 million in EBITDA lower than that of Q1 2017 which stood at US$296.9 million. During the quarter…

Kellogg’s exits Venezuela placing blame on country’s ‘economic crisis’

USA - The US-based multinational food manufacturing company, Kellogg’s has announced it has pulled out of Venezuela citing the country’s economic hard times that were characterized by hyper-inflation and strict price controls. According to FoodBev, the company’s product distribution in Venezuela had been suspended and the license agreement for the use and commercialization of its…

US sugar production down 2.9% from a record high the previous year

USA - US sugar production for 2018-19 is forecast at 8,981,000 short tons, raw value, 2.9% down from record high 9,252,000 tons forecast for 2017-18, according to USDA’s May 10 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. For the next year, cane sugar production was forecast at 3,945,000 tons, down 2.1% while beet sugar production was…

Dangote Sugar revenue declines 30.9% on lower prices in the first quarter

NIGERIA - Dangote Sugar Refineries has reported margin expansion amidst slowed sales impacting on revenue, which declined 30.9% to US$113.84 million due to lower prices in the first quarter. The Vanguard reported that although the company recorded 10.9% increase in after tax earnings to US$14.68 million, these were way too below the estimates by analysts…

Nigeria agric products exports worth US$81m in three months

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s exports in agricultural products including cashew nuts, biscuits, cocoa butter, sesame seeds, frozen shrimps, biscuits and others were estimated to be worth US$81.02 million between January and March 2018, a 558.46% increase compared to the same period in 2017. ThisDayLive reported the increase in agricultural commodities which stood at 45,462 tonnes was…

Ghana to build one factory in every district focusing on agric sector

GHANA - Ghana has announced that twenty-four factories have so far been approved for construction under the government’s “One District One Factory (1D1F)” initiative to build one factory in every district with a close emphasis on the agricultural sector, reports GNA. Deputy Trade and Industry Minister, Robert Ahomka-Lindsay said the category includes six existing factories…