FIIRO develops technology to commercially extract natural sweetener Thaumatin

NIGERIA - The Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO) has said that it has developed a technology that allows commercial extraction of Thaumatin, a low-calorie sweetener and flavour modifier. According to a Beverage Industry News report the Director-General of FIIRO, Gloria Elemo said that the move was necessitated by a surging demand for alternative sweeteners…

Zomato Chief Financial Officer Sameer Maheshwary resigns after 5 months

INDIA – Food delivery platform, Zomato’s Chief Financial Officer, Sameer Maheshwary has resigned less than six months after joining the company, reports ET Retail citing information from three people. The finance team would likely be led by Chief operating officer Gaurav Gupta until the company completes its search for a new CFO, said a spokesperson…

FDA investigates E. Coli illness outbreak linked to California-grown Romaine lettuce

USA – The Food and Drug Administration of the United States along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have launched an investigation into the outbreak of E.Coli infections possibly linked to Romaine lettuce grown in California. According to the CDC, since the outbreak was reported in October, 52 people have been infected…

Tiger Brands reopens Polokwane meat factory after listeriosis hush

SOUTH AFRICA – Top Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed company, Tiger Brands has received the green-light to re-open its polony meat processing factory, Polokwane months after Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi declared an end to the Listeria outbreak. According to a Reuters report, Tiger Brands has received permission from South Africa authorities to immediately resume production of…

Tanzania government pays cashew farmers US$15 million for produce

TANZANIA – The government of Tanzania has announced that it has paid cashew farmers over US$15.2 million for their produce since it decided to buy the commodity early last month. According to Agriculture minister Japhet Hasunga, the money has been paid to 34,938 farmers from 146 verified Agricultural Marketing Co-operative Societies (Amcos), The Citizen report…

Zambia launches SADC harmonized certified-seed regulatory system

ZAMBIA – The government of Zambia has launched the Southern African Development Community (SADC) seed certification and harmonized seed regulation system, reports Lusaka Times. This puts Zambia in a position to produce and trade certified seeds in the SADC region and ensures availability of high quality seed to farmers through rationalizing and removing national regulatory…

Marriott’s AC Hotels opens continent’s first hotel in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – AC Hotels, Marriott International’s European-inspired lifestyle brand owned by Marriott International has opened its first Middle East and Africa hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. The 188-room facility was developed and owned by the Amdec Group and is located within walking distance from the Cape Town International Convention Centre. It has four…

Tanzania Dairy Board and TADB signs deal to develop value chain

TANZANIA - Tanzania Dairy Board has signed a memorandum of understanding with Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) on development of the dairy value chain. A report by TheCitizen indicates that the agreement targets to enhance sector growth and help strengthen the capabilities in Tanzania’s dairy. “This agreement meant a lot for increasing productivity, sustainable production…

Singapore considers ban, tax on high-sugar drinks to tackle diabetes

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MoH) and Health Promotion Board are contemplating banning the sale of higher-sugar pre-packaged drinks or introducing a sugar tax in a bid to curb high sugar intake among people. The Ministry indicated that the move targets to control lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and obesity in the country. MOH…

Nestle unveils packaging institute to accelerate sustainability agenda

SWITZERLAND – Nestle has announced that it has created the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences with a goal to develop functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions as part of its sustainability strategy. Located in Lausanne, Switzerland, Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences will be part of Nestlé’s global research organization housing a state-of-the-art laboratory complex…