Beyond Meat increase research capabilities with new facility

US - Beyond Meat, the Los Angeles-based producer of plant-based meat substitute has announced plans to build a new research and development facility at El Segundo in Los Angeles. The research facility is purposed to improve on the outcome of their research abilities to enable the consumers make sound decision about plant sourced versus animal…

Angel Yeast partners with Renaissance BioScience to expand product range

CHINA - Angel Yeast has entered into a partnership with Renaissance BioScience that will see it patent Renaissance’s portfolio of yeasts to the wine, cider and beer industries. As part of the agreement, the two companies will work hand in hand to develop new strains of yeasts to expand on Renaissance’s yeast portfolio that is…

Orkla acquires Struer Brod A/S to increase production capacity

NORWAY - Orkla, through its subsidiary Orkla Foods Sverige has signed an agreement to acquire the Danish bakery Struer Brod A/S for an unknown sum to enhance production capacity. Orkla Foods will assume the business operations of Struer which has been supplying Orkla with breakfast cereals and breadcrumbs. According to the company, the acquisition of…

Hostess completes acquisition of Aryzta Breakfast brands

US- Hostess brands have completed the acquisition of some of Aryzta Llc breakfast assets including Cloverhill bakery facilities, Big Texas and Cloverhill brands. According to the company, the acquisition which also included supply partnerships with several key retailers of Hostess, adds to its portfolio of fresh baked sweet foods. The Big Texas and Cloverhill brands…

Cargill invests US$4.2 million in US plant to increase ground beef production

US - Cargill has invested US$4.2million at its Columbia, South Carolina plant that will facilitate a 15% increase in ground beef production to cater for the needs of the Eastern US beef customers. The facility has been advanced with new equipment that will increase the grinding capacity to produce consistent and high quality beef products.…

Britvic invests US$142 million at its production site in UK

UK - Britvic, British producer of soft drinks has invested US$142 million in three new production lines at its Rugby manufacturing site, thereby creating 80 new jobs. According to the company, the move adds to its plans to ensure efficient and effective flow of products and services from the factory to the customers purposely to…

Firms collaborate in construction of US$91.2 million Ethiopian slaughterhouse

ETHIOPIA - Addis Ababa Abattoir Enterprise (AAAE) has granted a consortium of six firms the mandate to oversee the construction of a US$91.2million abattoir in Nefasilk Laphto District, Ethiopia, reports Addis Fortune. The firms, comprising of both local and international companies will supervise the construction of the slaughterhouse with capacity of 8,000 cattle and 21,000…

Dr. Oetker to close pizza site as the Canadian market becomes competitive

CANADA - Dr. Oetker, a subsidiary of Oetker Group has announced that it will be closing its pizza manufacturing site in Great Falls as the Canadian market has become unfavourable to them. The closure which is expected to take effect in May will lead to a 70% transition of its manufacturing to its facility in…

Arla announces US$655.8m investment plans towards its 2020 growth ambition

UK – Arla Foods, the farmer-owned dairy cooperative has announced a plan to invest US$655.8 million in 2018 as it continues to deliver on its 2020 growth ambition. The executive management’s decision to significantly increase the investments of the company was approved by Arla Foods’ board of directors, which consisted mainly of elected farmer owners.…

Cargill partners with Faccenda to launch a new poultry venture Avara Foods

UK - Cargill’s fresh chicken unit in the UK has partnered with Faccenda, a supplier of fresh chicken, turkey and duck to launch a new poultry venture, Avara Foods As part of the agreement, each company will hold a 50% stake in the newly created business. Avara Foods business will operate as an independent entity…