Cannabis-infused products, zero waste cooking among top culinary trends 2019

WORLD - CBD and cannabis-infused food and beverages, zero-waste cooking are among the top trends in the 2019 culinary forecast, according to What’s Hot survey carried out by National Restaurant Association. 2019 is expected to witness an unmatched preference for cannabis/CBD-infused drinks which are increasingly becoming popular as a result of an easing legislation and…

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…

Ghana’s Cocoa Processing Company announces new board members.

GHANA – Ghana’s Cocoa Processing Company Limited (CPC) has announced new board of members as the company seeks to capitalize on the cocoa sector to improve its sectors, reports Ghana News Agency. The new board which was sworn into office by the Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto includes Mr Kwaku Owusu…

Unilever Ghana invests US$12m in new infrastructure and factory plants in 2 years

GHANA -  Unilever Ghana has said that it has invested more than US$12.27 million (GH¢60 million) in new infrastructure and factory plants over the last two years, cementing its leadership position in the country's consumer goods segment, reports GNA. The investment has seen the multinational company commission new personal care dryer plant, Biomass Boiler plant…

Rwanda tea competes Kenya’s in quality and price

KENYA – Rwandan tea recorded better performance at the Mombasa Tea Auction for the year 2018 compared to Kenya’s on the account of high quality that saw increased demand from buyers, reports Business Daily. According to data from the Tea Directorate, a kilogramme of Rwandan Tea on average attracted US$2.82 (kshs 287) against Kenya’s US$2.57…

Ethiopia to intensify coffee exports to China as demand grows

ETHIOPIA – As a major coffee producer in Africa, Ethiopia, is seeking interventions to intensify coffee exports to China in a quest to supply the growing demand of the commodity in the East Asian nation. This comes as Ethiopian based coffee roastaries and cafes in China record good performance and significant growth arising from the…

EU grants Uganda US$4.1m to boost coffee and cocoa sector

UGANDA - The European Union (EU) has granted Uganda US$4.1 million to boost the country’s coffee and cocoa industries. The grant agreement sealed by Uganda’s Finance Minister Matia Kasaija and the EU ambassador to Uganda, Attilio Pacifici seeks to boost the coffee and cocoa exports in the EU market. “This grant is aimed at value…

Café Africa collaborates with Tanzania government to boost coffee production

TANZANIA - Café Africa has joined hands with the Tanzanian government and the Agricultural Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF) on efforts to boost coffee production and re-position the produce as the leading export crop, reports The Citizen. Spearheading the initiative, Café Africa, which was established to uplift the vision of Africa coffee sector mainly by conducting…

Givaudan opens new US$1.2m flavour commercial center in Morocco

MOROCCO – Givaudan, a leading flavour and fragrance company, has commissioned a new Flavours technical and commercial centre in Morocco, an investment valued at US$1.22 million. The investment is part of Givaudan’s growth plan in tandem with its high growth markets strategy and demonstrates its ongoing commitment to the Maghreb and West Africa regions. Louie…

Kenya’s KTDA to pay farmers higher prices

KENYA – The board of Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) is expected to approve small-scale farmers’ monthly pay of between Sh20 and Sh25 a kilo in February 2019 as a move to curb tea hawking which has cut off supplies to the Agency. This will come as a relief to growers who have for many…