Health Minister declares listeriosis officially over, manufacturers to produce cold meat

SOUTH AFRICA - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced that the country’s listeriosis outbreak, the worst ever in the world is officially over and that manufacturers across the country can now produce cold meat products. According to Business Day, the government has withdrawn advice against consuming ready-to-eat processed meat products and the Enterprise factory in…

Danish Crowns opens new production line in Blans abattoir

UK – Danish Crowns, a global meat processing company, has established a new production line at the abattoir in Blans near Sønderborg, which will increase the number of employees by almost 10 per cent from 1,100 to 1,200. According to the company, the Japanese consumers and restaurants have for decades had a strong preference for…

Tyson Foods wins contracts worth US$726.6m for beef production and supply in the US

USA - Tyson Fresh Meats, a unit of Tyson Foods, has won a US$440 million defense contract to provide fresh beef and frozen ground beef products to military commissaries in the central and eastern United States. The company also won a separate US$286.6 million contract to provide fresh beef and frozen ground beef products to…

Dutch meat alternatives innovator debuts plant-based smoked sausages

NETHERLANDS - Dutch meat alternatives innovator, The Vegetarian Butcher, has been working on a plant-based smoked sausage with a traditional taste for the past seven years. According to FoodingredientsFirst, the aim was to create a product that would taste great, even for typical meat eaters. The plant-based food market is growing at double-digit rates and…

ChesaNyama owner Gold Brands suspended on JSE for non-compliance

SOUTH AFRICA - Gold Brands Investments, a franchising company and owner of ChesaNyama and Bella Italia brands has been suspended on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) after the subsidiaries failed to submit their annual reports. Business Day has reported that prior to its suspension, the company’s share price had fallen 81% from its listing price…

Tanzania initiates construction of US$2.19m abattoir and meat processing facility

TANZANIA - Tanzania’s Longido district council has initiated the construction of US$2.19 million facility that will act as an abattoir as well as meat processing facility in accordance with the industrialization agenda. According to Daily News, this was in line with President Magufuli’s initiative to have more than 100 new industries in every region by…

FDA to enforce regulations against use of cannabidiol in plant-based foods & beverages

USA – the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have reported that it plans to enforce regulations against the use of cannabidiol (CBD) in plant-based foods and beverages. According to the administration, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a revised FAQ in which it prohibited the use of CBD derived from industrial hemp in…

Kepak Group to acquire UK’s 2 Sisters Red Meat business

UK - Kepak Group, one of Europe's leading food innovators in processing and marketing meat proteins, has reached an agreement with Boparan Holdings, Limited, to acquire the UK business and assets of 2 Sisters Red Meat, for an undisclosed sum. The company reported that this acquisition will significantly increase Kepak’s value and scale providing a…

Tyson Foods to acquire US chicken nuggets supplier Keystone Foods

USA - Tyson Foods Inc, an American multinational corporation, is close to acquiring Keystone Foods LLC, a US supplier of chicken nuggets to McDonald’s Corp, according to a source. Bloomberg reported that the company is in exclusive talks with Keystone’s owner, Brazil’s Marfrig Global Foods SA. Representatives of Marfrig and Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson declined to…

Zambeef to expand reach with a new Macro outlet in Kitwe

ZAMBIA - The food products and agribusiness company, Zambeef Plc is opening another of its popular Macro outlets in Wusakile, Kitwe as it expands its offerings on the Copperbelt. The new store is an addition to about 24 macro outlets it has opened across the country, and the company plans to launch more modern convenience…