Indian grocery delivery startup Milkbasket launches voice-buying service

INDIA - The Indian grocery and milk delivery startup Milkbasket has unveiled a “voice-buying” service at its grocery stores, which it claims reduces the order time by over 50%. The service, available on Google Assistant or later on Amazon Alexa will allow customers to place their orders using voice command. The Gurugram-based grocery store is…

Walmart partners with Microsoft to boost ecommerce against Amazon

USA - Walmart Inc., the American chain of hypermarkets has entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft Corp for wider use of cloud and artificial intelligence technology that for faster, convenient and easier shopping by customers at its stores. The five-year agreement will see Walmart utilize Microsoft’s cloud solutions, which is Microsoft Azure and Microsoft…

Dutch cell-grown meat startup Mosa Meat raises US$8.8m in funding

USA - Mosa Meat, a Dutch food technology company, has raised US$8.8 million in funding from German drugmaker Merck KGaA and leading Swiss meat manufacturer Bell Food Group, according to Wall Street Journal. The clean meat company making slaughter-free beef from cattle cells, was founded by Dr. Mark Post (now their Chief Scientific Officer), a professor of…

2 Sisters Food Group announces major investment in Scottish plant

UK - 2 Sisters Food Group, a privately owned food manufacturing company, has announced a major investment into its Scottish Coupar Angus plant following funding from the Government-backed Food Processing Marketing and Co-operation Grant Scheme. According to the company, the investment secures long-term future for key 2 Sisters site with quality Scottish chicken for UK…

NWK sells chicken and feed business to CBH for US$22m to focus on maize

SOUTH AFRICA - North West Co-operative (NWK), the 4AX-listed company has sold its chicken and animal feed business, Opti Agri to Country Bird Holdings (CBH) for US$22.32 million as it shifts its focus on maize business. The return to its core business follows a series of acquisitions said to have wiped out substantial shareholder value.…

Cargill and Seoul-based AG Meat partner to offer a U.S beef brand ‘Excel’

USA - Cargill and Seoul-based AG Meat, a specialty import meat distributor are partnering to offer premium U.S. beef brand, Excel, in a new concept meat store called ‘It’s Meat.’ According to Cargill, the new meat concept will ensure that its Korean consumers can now purchase high-quality, premium Excel beef at competitive prices. Cargill Protein…

China agrees to lift ban on imports of German poultry meat

CHINA - China has agreed to reopen its market to imports of German poultry meat, since it had stopped imports after an outbreak of the bird flu disease in Germany, according to German agriculture minister Julia Kloeckner. Reuters reported that Kloeckner said in a statement after talks in Berlin with Chinese agriculture minister Han Changfu…

US pizza chain boss John Schnatter resigns after racist comments

USA - Papa John’s Pizza International chairman and founder John Schnatter has resigned following an incident that implicated him for making racist comments that hit the shares of the pizza chain, according to Bloomberg. His resignation was accepted by independent directors of the company and a new chairman would be appointed in the coming weeks.…

KFC franchisee Devyani to invest US$145m ahead of listing, appoints former KFC MD

INDIA - Devyani International Ltd (DIL) has announced plans to invest more than US$145 million ahead of the initial public listing of shares and has appointed former KFC India managing director Rahul Shinde as executive director. According to the company, roping in Shinde, who last year had relocated to the US as global CFO for…

Olam partners with a French firm to boost poultry production in Nigeria

NIGERIA - Olam International, through its subsidiary Olam Hatcheries Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a global veterinary health company, Ceva Santé Animale S.A to boost poultry production in Nigeria. The agreement will see Ceva Santé Animale S.A, which specializes in pharmaceutical products and vaccines for companion poultry provide further support for…