AfDB, Dangote Foundation launch action plan to improve child nutrition in Africa

AFRICA – The African Development Bank in collaboration with Aliko Dangote Foundation and Big Win Philanthropy has unveiled a new Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Action Plan that aims at reducing stunting by 40% in African children aged under 5 by 2025. The initiative targets to raise investments geared towards improving nutrition information across the continent where undernutrition…

Nestlé partners technology provider to increase nutritional awareness in East Africa

EAST AFRICA– Food and beverage company Nestlé has partnered Tembo Educationto deliver customised, nutrition-based curriculums to families across Kenya, through SMS and WhatsApp messages. The aim of the initiative is to help families provide their children with the best possible nutritional start in life by delivering information, tools and tips that could tackle malnutrition and…

Royal DSM officially opens a second Animal Nutrition & Health premix in India

INDIA - Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in nutrition, health and sustainable living, has officially opened its second Animal Nutrition & Health premix plant in Jadcherla, India. Accoding to the company, the opening follows years of detailed research and analysis of the Indian market, with the objective of serving the market with solutions that…

Kerry officially opens first production plant in Moscow

RUSSIA - Kerry, the global taste and nutrition company, are delighted to announce the opening of its first plant in Russia yesterday, in the Istra district of Moscow. According to the company, the new production and warehouse complex occupies a site covering more than 7,000 square meters and employs over 50 people. Production begins immediately…

BASF launches HMO ingredient as it gears up for competition in infant formula

GERMANY - BASF plans to launch a human milk oligosaccharide ingredient 2’-fucosyllactose (2’-FL) by early 2019, accelerating its presence in infant formula even as manufacturers upgrade to large scale production to meet consumer demand. 2’-FL was developed in-house using a specific HMO fermentation strain and is said to be beneficial to infant gut microbiota and…

DuPont to open a new innovation site in Japan to expand production

JAPAN - DuPont Nutrition & Health, an American conglomerate, will open a new innovation site in Japan later this summer to serve customers primarily in the bakery, beverage and dairy industries. Located in the Kanagawa Prefecture, the 700-square-metre facility will provide solutions for the company’s Japan- and Korea-based clients. According to the company, the site’s…

EFSA to consider limits for kaurenoic acid, an impurity found in stevia

EUROPE - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is considering a recommendation to the European Union to set limits for the kaurenoic acid (KA), an impurity found in stevia, a sweetener and sugar substitute. Last month, EFSA held a technical meeting with representatives from Cargill, International Stevia Council (ISC), Pure Circle, Coca Cola, Sweegen and…

Supermarket chain Kroger launches personalized nutrition app

USA - The American retailer, Kroger Co. has unveiled a personalized nutrition mobile platform OptUp, a wellness app that provides customers with nutritional information on the produce they purchase at the grocery stores. With the app, customers can see product recommendations, scan, search items to find nutrition facts and product alternatives, and helps make healthier purchase…

Ghana’s leading research institute endorses modern biotechnology

GHANA - Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana’s leading research institute has endorsed the use of modern biotechnology, an area considered vital in enhancing food security. According to USDA’s GAIN, the approval was made by Dr. Victor Agyeman, Director-General CSIR in an interview with the country’s leading newspaper, Business & Financial Times. Dr.…

World Food Prize awards efforts in reducing stunted growth in children by 10m

USA - The 2018 World Food Prize has been awarded two individuals for their “individual but complementary” efforts of global leadership in elevating maternal and child undernutrition within the food security and development dialogue. According to NutritionInsight, the combined efforts of Dr. Lawrence Haddad and Dr. David Nabarro resulted in reducing the world’s number of…