Zimbabwe reports growth in horticulture exports to US$112m

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe’s horticultural sector recorded significant growth in 2018 exports generating US$112 million up from US$50.9 million in 2017 as production of commodities increase, reports The Herald. According to Zimtrade’s acting export development manager, Tatenda Murume, an increase in consumption and conscience of healthy food consumption in the global market was also a major…

Kenya’s Indo Power Solutions wins bid to purchase US$180m worth Tanzanian cashew nuts

Tanzania – Kenyan registered firm, Indo Power Solutions Ltd has entered into an agreement with the Tanzanian government to purchase 100,000 tonnes of cashew nuts valued at $180.2 million. This comes a few days after the Tanzanian Government unveiled plans of selling 200,000 tonnes of cashew nuts in its warehouses was therefore seeking bulk international…

Kenya’s tea agency projects lower prices as production increases

KENYA – Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) projects low earnings for tea farmers this year following a 17% drop in the price of the beverage in the first half of the 2018/2019 financial year, reports Business Daily. In the first half of the 2018/2018 financial year, Kenya recorded increased volumes of processed tea which pushed…

Kenya mulls quality based milk payment system to boost the sector

KENYA – Kenya is set to adopt new regulations that will see dairy farmers receive payment based on the milk quality as opposed to the payment based in weight, reports Business Daily. The quality based pricing model is set to be adopted in March that will be influenced by the amount of butterfat in a…

Cocoa prices expected to increase amid poor weather conditions

NIGERIA - A Financial Derivatives Company’s (FDC’s) commodity updated has projected an increase in coca prices at the international market due to persisting poor weather conditions in the major producing countries. According to the Daily Independent, FDC analysts said that although cocoa prices were down by 2.86% to $2,274 per metric ton in the past…

Scientists call for more research on sustainability of edible insects

WORLD – Insects-as-food is an undeniably hot and trendy topic given the urgent need to find alternatives to conventional meat products, but according to researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, there is lack of knowledge on their ecological sustainability. An overwhelmingly increasing population, limited amount of agricultural land and rising environmental concerns about…

Tetra Pak to offer customized and flexible digital printing on cartons

SWITZERLAND -  Global food packaging leader, Tetra Pak has unveiled new digital printing technology that will offer customers with full-colour, customized and flexible digital printing on its carton packages. This offers new possibilities for beverage manufacturers, benefiting from on-package printing and a variet y of designs that best suit their customers The digital printing technology…

Coca-Cola launches Bar None line of non-alcoholic sparkling drinks

USA – The Coca-Cola Company has launched bottled line of non-alcoholic sparkling beverages, Bar None in the United States to expand the options from which alcoholic drinkers can choose from. The bottled drinks offer alternatives beyond soda, juice and tea to consumers of beer, cocktail, alcohol and wine. They are available in varieties such as…

Diageo unveils eight Game of Thrones-themed Scotch whiskies

USA – The global multinational brewer, Diageo has partnered television network HBO to launch a limited-edition range of Game of Thrones-themed Scotch whiskies. According to the company, the Game of Thrones Single Malt Whisky Collection has been launched to tide fans over during their wait for the eighth and final season of the show later this…

Kraft Heinz launches natural cheese from milk without artificial hormone

USA – The food and beverage company, Kraft Heinz has unveiled new Kraft Natural Cheese made with milk from cows raised without the artificial growth hormone rbST. The natural range includes shredded cheese, natural slices, blocks and snacking cheese, providing an endless offering which consumers who try to avoid added hormones in their food can…