Africa Food Industry Excellence Awards

The Africa Food Industry Excellence Awards celebrate the very best new products, projects and initiatives; and outstanding individuals in the food, beverage and milling industry in Africa. Through a competitive process judged by some of the most outstanding industry veterans, the Awards aim at boosting innovations and excellence in the region's food industry. The 2018…

Indian grocery delivery startup Milkbasket launches voice-buying service

INDIA - The Indian grocery and milk delivery startup Milkbasket has unveiled a “voice-buying” service at its grocery stores, which it claims reduces the order time by over 50%. The service, available on Google Assistant or later on Amazon Alexa will allow customers to place their orders using voice command. The Gurugram-based grocery store is…

Premier Foods mulls selling assets as investors plan to replace CEO

UK - The British food manufacturer, Premier Foods has said it may sell part of its assets to turnaround its business even as shareholders mount pressure on the CEO, Gavin Darby to step down. Plans to sell part of its business received back up from the CEO who said he was open to do the…

Greenyard reports US$35 million listeria-related product recall impact

BELGIUM - Belgian food company, Greenyard has reported that the first estimate on the financial impact from its recall of frozen products, potentially linked to an outbreak of the food-borne disease listeria in Europe, was estimated at US$35 million after insurance. According to Reuters, the company’s shares have fallen 38 percent since local media reports…

Nestlé Nigeria MD Mauricio Alarcon appointed second VP of NECA

NIGERIA - Nestle Nigeria Managing Director, Mauricio Alarcon has been appointed the second vice president of Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Beverage Industry news has reported. Alarcon, charged with key roles in the governing council and management committee, was previously involved in the direction of the association for the past one year as a member…

Bunge appoints Mark Zenuk to its Board of Directors

USA - Bunge Limited, the American agribusiness and food company has appointed Mark Zenuk, former managing partner of Tillridge Global Agribusiness Partners to its Board of Directors effective July 17. Prior to his appointment at Tillridge in 2016, Zenuk was managing director at NGP Energy Capital Management, where he led NGP’s agribusiness investment platform from…

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…

Nestle to reward US$1.08m to cocoa farmers under the Nestlé Cocoa Plan (NCP)

GHANA - Nestle Ghana Ltd will reward US$1.08 million to over 17,615 farmers under the Nestlé Cocoa Plan (NCP) as the company looks to doing business profitably while ensuring sustainable development in the community they operate. The increased premium payment is geared at motivating farmers for quality cocoa production, meet production standards, increase local sourcing…

PureCircle announces increased expansion capacities for Reb M supply

USA - PureCircle, the world’s leading producer and innovator of stevia sweeteners, has announced that it has expanded its capacity to supply significantly more Reb M to global beverage and food companies. Reb M is the variant of stevia sweetener which has the most sugar-like taste and which is most sought after by beverage and food…

Tate & Lyle introduces TASTEVA Reb M stevia sweetener as sugar alternative

USA - Tate & Lyle PLC, a leading global provider of food ingredients and solutions, introduces TASTEVA M Stevia Sweetener, a Reb M stevia sweetener that starts from the stevia leaf and tastes remarkably like sugar. According to Tate & Lyle, this new label-friendly, premium stevia sweetener is the first Reb M offering from Tate…