Europe commits to collect 90% of all PET bottles by 2025

EUROPE - Europe’s bottled water industry has committed to major plastic goals to collect 90% of all PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles by 2025 as an average across the European Union, the efforts aimed at reducing plastic waste into landfill and oceans. The goal was revised from the previous 60% target and will ensure discarded plastic…

Ishida’s new technology to solve water ingress in food weighing applications

EUROPE - Ishida Europe has unveiled a new technology including an internal moisture sensor and monitoring system that controls and prevent water entering production equipment when weighing fresh and frozen food. The technology together with Ishida’s advanced Sentinel monitoring and reporting system will allow producers achieve both high performance and longer term reliability while protecting…

Drifter Brewing raises funding to drive expansion into US, Europe and Asia

SOUTH AFRICA - Drifter Brewing Company, one of SA’s upcoming brewers has raised almost quarter a million US dollars (R3million) in funding to explore beer markets outside its home continent that is US, Europe and Asia. Business Day reported that the company’s plans to expand its reach outside Cape Town where it is based and…

EU bans ‘dual food’ to restrict sale of low quality food

EU - The European Union has issued a directive to ban ‘dual food’ to tackle the issue of known brands selling its food products of lower quality in some markets in the EU. The commission is set to provide a methodology for testing multinational brands to help identify the real culprits when they try to…

EU proposes new rules to tame unfair trading practices in food supply chain

EUROPE - The EU has come up with a number of proposals that aims to tackle unfair trading practices and ensure small and medium-sized food and farming businesses are treated fairly. The food supply chain has been marred with unfair trading practices especially against smaller food operators and farmers who are said to lack bargaining…

EU launches Knowledge Centre to combat food fraud and enhance quality

EUROPE - The European Commission has launched a Knowledge Centre for food fraud and quality in Strasbourg, stepping up fight against fraudulent practices concerning food in the European Union. According to FoodingredientsFirst, this centre was established with an aim to boost the quality of foodstuff and address concerns about food fraud which are said to…

EU plans to impose tariffs on typical US food exports in a fresh trade war

EUROPE - The EU, in what Bloomberg News terms as ‘retaliatory’ tactic against President Trump’s steel and aluminium tariff threat, is planning to impose tariffs on US iconic brands including a 25% levy on a number of consumer, agricultural and steel products. Among them are food and agricultural imports from the US such as Kentucky…

UNIDO to help Nigeria to resume beans exports to EU

NIGERIA - The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) will in the next month begin a pilot project to enable the resumption of export of Nigerian dried beans to the European Union (EU). According to an article by the Daily Trust, the European Union had instilled the ban for export to the member countries from Nigeria…

Frutarom invests US$6.16m in its new color formulation centre in Europe

EUROPE - Frutarom, Israel-based flavor and fragrance company has invested US$6.16 million in its newly opened natural color formulations facility at its Etol plant in Celie, Slovenia. The investment was designated to improve equipment and technology at the new facility, meant to serve 15,000 of Frutarom’s customers in Europe. Frutarom acquired the Slovenian manufacturer of…