SON develops new standards for dry beans to aid acceptance in global markets

NIGERIA - The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has developed a standard specification for dry beans following numerous rejections at the international market, reports This Day. SON is looking to aid in acceptance of the commodity based on international standards by developing new ones, reviewing of existing ones, and adoption of international, continental and regional…

Serengeti Breweries to increase volume of cereals sourced locally by 2020

TANZANIA - Serengeti Breweries, a subsidiary of East African Breweries Ltd (EABL) has said it will increase the amount of barley, maize and sorghum it sources locally from 15,300 metric tonnes to over 17,000 tons by 2020, IPP media reports. At the time, the company is looking to increase beer production and a collaboration with…

Monsanto glyphosate traces found in children breakfast cereals and snack bars in US

USA - Significant levels of the weedkilling monsanto chemical glyphosate have been found in an array of popular breakfast cereals, oats and snack bars marketed to US children, a new study has found. According to the Guardian, tests have revealed glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller brand Roundup, present in all but two…

Kelllogg attributes acquisition of Chicago protein bar RXBar for profits

USA – Kellogg’s, an American multinational food-manufacturing company, has attributed the acquisition of the Chicago protein bar RXBar for its continued sales reports. According to CNBC, Kellogg bought the River North-based company last fall for US$600 million, a hefty price tag that conveyed both the potential that Kellogg saw in RXBar and also Kellogg’s desire…

Kelloggs introduces improved cereal bags after insect infestation in Singapore packs

SINGAPORE - Kellogg’s, an American multinational food-manufacturing company, has introduced improved cereal bags following an insect infestation in several packs of Kellogg’s Special K cereal bought in Singapore. In a statement, Kellogg’s assured the public that their “number one priority” is the quality of their food. "Our strong quality programmes identified that a small number…

FDA says sale of recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal still ongoing

USA - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has announced that the recalled Kellogg Co Honey Smacks cereal was still being sold at retail outlets and warned consumers not to purchase the product, according to Reuters. Kellogg company had voluntarily recalled an estimated 1.3-million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal in the US over potential…

DuPont launches a new label-friendly antioxidant in powder form

USA - DuPont Nutrition & Health, one of the largest chemical producers, has announced its debut of Guardian Toco 30p, a highly effective and label-friendly antioxidant from naturally sourced mixed tocopherols in a powder form. According to the company, the manufacturers of cereal and granola brands will have a convenient, easy-to-use antioxidant protection product when…

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…

Nigeria’s maize output may fall 7% amid rising imports, pests

NIGERIA - Corn output for the 2017-18 season will probably decline by as much as 750,000 metric tonnes due to the impact of pests and increased imports, according to the Maize Association of Nigeria. Bloomberg sources quoted the President, Maize Association of Nigeria, Tunji Adenola, as saying that Nigeria was estimated to produce 10 million tonnes of…

Syngenta to acquire Nidera Seeds from COFCO

SWITZERLAND – Syngenta has entered a binding agreement to acquire Nidera Seeds for an undisclosed sum in an announcement by the Swiss agri-business giant and Chinese grains trader China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO) The Chinese-state owned food processing holdings company COFCO International is the country’s largest food processor, manufacturer and trader, which focuses on…