Agri-food industries highlight risks of hard Brexit, demand clarity

EU - The EU’s food and drink industry has joined forces with farmers and agri-food traders to call for a smooth Brexit transition and highlight the damage a cliff-edge EU exit would do to the bloc’s food chain. Operators in the food chain face “unprecedented challenges” after Brexit, according to Food Drink Europe, the organisation…

European Union lifts ban on Ghanaian horticultural exports

GHANA - Ghanaian farmers can now resume export of all plant commodities to the European Union (EU) market from January 1, 2018, following the European Commission’s decision on October 31, to lift the current ban on commodities from Ghana. A release from the European Union Delegation to Ghana copied to the Ghana News Agency in…

SA citrus industry suspends exports to the EU, with exceptions

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa has suspended exports of citrus to the EU following the detection of black spot. This comes at a time when the country’s agricultural sector is dealing with the fallout from a prolonged drought. The Western Cape, which produces more than 50% of SA’s agricultural exports, has been particularly hard hit.…

Fonterra invests in Lithuanian dairy producer Rokiskio Suris

LITHUANIA – Fonterra, New Zealand’s dairy company, has invested US$8.26 million in Lithuanian dairy producer Rokiskio Suris, where it has bought more than 3.58 million shares. The investment had been under negotiation for a while, with Rokiskio issuing statement that Fonterra would recover any losses if it withdrew from the planned share issue by November.…

ADM invests in German facility to produce non-GMO soybean meals

GERMANY - Archer Daniels Midland Co. as announced its plans to making further investments to produce more high protein soymeal free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) at its Straubing crushing plant in Germany. “The decision to invest in the production of non-GMO high-protein soybean meal is a logical step after the successful implementation of non-GMO…

Kerry Group buys US-based probiotics company Ganeden

IRELAND – Kerry Group, the Irish consumer foods and ingredients group, has confirmed the acquisition of US-based tech company Ganeden, Ganeden is a tech innovation company, which focuses on patented probiotics and related technologies, with more than 135 patents for technologies in the supplement, food, beverage, nutrition and personal care markets, based in Cleveland. It…

Tate & Lyle doubles non-GMO maltodextrins capacity

SLOVAKIA - Tate & Lyle Plc has expanded its food range products to double the capacity of the company’s non-GMO maltodextrin product line at its facility in Slovakia, over the next two years. The non-GMO Maltosweet infant food grade facility will be expected to be complete in 2019, according to the company spokesperson. Maltosweet Maltodextrin…

EU pauses inquiry into Monsanto-Bayer mega-merger

EU - The EU said on October 5 that it had “stopped the clock” on its probe into German chemical firm Bayer’s proposed mega-takeover of US agri-giant Monsanto while it waits for the companies to provide information. Brussels launched an in-depth investigation in August into the €56-billion deal, which would create the world’s largest integrated…