Dairibord’s revenue up 17% on overall volumes growth

ZIMBABWE - Dairibord Holdings, Zimbabwe’s leading processor of food and dairy has reported 17% growth in revenue in the first quarter ended April as compared to the same period last year. The company indicated that overall volumes grew 8% above same period last year while demand was firm across all categories, reported the Herald. During…

Arla Foods Chairman Åke Hantoft set to retire in July

UK - Arla Foods, an international dairy company, has announced the retirement of its Chairman Åke Hantoft, set to happen in July, further to a prior announcement made on December 2017. According to the company, the Chairman of Arla Foods amba, Åke Hantoft, has announced that he has agreed to the sale of his dairy…

Parag Milk to buy Danone’s closed facility to serve northern India

INDIA - Parag MilkFoods on Thursday said it will acquire French food giant Danone’s Indian manufacturing facility for Rs 30 crore (US$4.53 million) The facility at Rai in Haryana’s Sonepat area produces curd, yogurt among other dairy productsand the acquisition is aimed at expanding Parag's presence in the northern part of the country. "North market contributes…

Bio Foods debuts packaging with less impact, starts package take back program

KENYA  – Kenyan specialty dairy company Bio Food Products has introduced new packaging for its range of long life products, which it says have less environmental impact. The new Bio Fresh Milk bottles are made using 30% less polyethylene terephthalate, or PET. The company has also launched a new 2-litre Bio Fresh Milk bottle, which…

Kenyan dairy production increases by 25% to reduce milk powder imports

KENYA – The Kenyan dairy sector has reported a 25% increase in milk production according to the Kenya Dairy Report. Latest industry report by the Kenya Dairy Board covering between January and March indicated the volume of milk has gone up from 47.9 million kilogrammes in January to 60.2 million kilogrammes last month. According to Business…

New York raw milk cheese company ordered to stop manufacture and sales

NEW YORK - A New York raw milk cheese company whose products were linked to a multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono), has been ordered by a federal court not to manufacture its ready-to-eat aged soft, semi-soft and hard cheeses until it complies with food safety regulations. The U.S. District Court for the Northern…

Dairy firm to introduce Journalists Award to promote sector

TANZANIA - ASAS Dairies Ltd, a private dairy processing firm in Tanzania is contemplating on introducing Journalist Award to enhance growth in the sector by promoting existing opportunities as well as attract investments. According to Daily News, the award would motivate journalists to write more about prospective opportunities in the sector, in the long-run boost…

Amul Dairy MD resigns, board refutes corruption allegation

INDIA- The managing-director of Anand-based Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers Union Limited, popularly called Amul Dairy, has resigned and his resignation was accepted in a board meeting yesterday, the milk cooperative's chairman Ramsinh Parmar said. While K Rathnam's resignation comes amidst allegations of a Rs 450-crore corruption in allocation of tenders and recruitment at the…

Stakeholders urge institutions to develop courses for qualified dairy technologists

TANZANIA - Stakeholders in the dairy sector have called on learning institutions to develop courses to ensure sufficient training that will provide the sector with professionally qualified dairy technologists. Tanzania, despite the tremendous growth in the dairy sector, has to rely on dairy technologists sourced from the neighbourhood, including Kenya since it does not offer…

Deficit in food production raises imports by 58% in January

KENYA - Kenya has imported food items worth US$207.119m, a 58.33% increase from US$130.812m witnessed in January 2017, as a result of food deficit attributed to prolonged drought conditions experienced last year, according to a data by the Kenya national Bureau of Statistics. Following poor rainfall and insufficient food production, prices of basic commodities shot…