Leonardo DiCaprio invests in veggie burger maker

USA - Leonardo DiCaprio has joined the likes of Bill Gates and Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams in becoming an “official investor and advocate” of California-based startup Beyond Meat. The Beyond Burger – the plant-based patty that cooks and looks like meat – has expanded rapidly since it was launched last year. It’s…

Hilton Food Group to build new plant in New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND - UK meat packing business Hilton Food Group has made plans to build a plant in New Zealand in its latest project, in partnership with Woolworths, Australia's largest grocer. Hilton will construct a new meat processing facility in Auckland to supply New Zealand retailer Progressive Enterprises, trading as Countdown Supermarkets, which is owned…

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…

Brenntag opens South African operations

SOUTH AFRICA – Leading chemical distribution company Brenntag has officially opened its South African office following the acquisition of four companies, strengthening its focus in South Africa and the region. The company has officially formed Brenntag South Africa (Pty) Ltd. following the merger of four separate operating entities: Lionheart, Plastichem, Multilube and Warren Chem Specialities,…

Nestlé to build its first infant formula plant in Russia

RUSSIA – Nestlé is building its first infant formula plant in Russia and the Eurasian region, as the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company invests to meet rising demand in the region. “The factory in Vologda is a strategic plant for Nestlé in Russia and CIS, the only factory producing Nestlé infant formula in…

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…

Ghana launches new rice brand to meet local demand

GHANA – A local rice processing company has formally introduced locally processed and packaged rice, boosting domestic rice production and processing in the country and reduce imports. Royal Farmers Rice is a premium parboiled long grain rice, which is locally produced to meet the rising demand for the produce in Ghana and the surrounding countries.…

A’Saffa Foods signs financing deal for poultry project expansion

OMAN - A’Saffa Foods SAOG, Oman’s largest fully integrated poultry and processed food producer, has signed a financing deal with Bank Muscat for RO 31.5 million (US$82 million) to finance the company’s expansion plans in the Sultanate. According to the company, the massive expansion project will double the production capacity of A’Saffa Foods from the…