Siggi’s appoints Carlos Altschul as new CEO replacing Bart Adlam

USA - Siggi’s, the Lactalis-owned maker of Icelandic-style yogurt, has appointed Carlos Altschul as its new CEO, replacing Bart Adlam who has left the company to pursue a new business opportunity. According to the company, with the rise in consumer demand for cleaner, higher-quality foods with lower sugar, it views this as the optimal time…

FSSAI to discuss mandatory inclusion of nutritional facts and healthy options in airline meals

INDIA - The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has called a meeting with airlines, flight caterers and airport operators, seeking to make it mandatory for airlines to serve meal with nutritional information as well as healthier options, ET Retail reports. Airlines may need to include complete information on nutritional aspects like calories, list…

State takes over US$23m school meals project from World Food Programme

KENYA - The government of Kenya has taken charge over the school feeding project previously allocated to the global food-assistance agency, World Food Programme (WFP), reports the Nation. The WFP, who have been sponsors of the school feeding programs in Arid and Semi–Arid areas in the country had earlier indicated that they were set to…

Beam Suntory announces Albert Baladi as new CEO replacing Matt Shattock

USA - Beam Suntory Chairman & CEO Matt Shattock has announced that he will transition CEO responsibilities effective April 2019 to Albert Baladi, the company’s current Chief Operating Officer and President – North America. According to the company, Shattock will remain a member of the Beam Suntory Board as non-executive Chairman and a member of…

Bonduelle Fresh Americas appoints former Cargill executive Mary Thompson as new CEO

USA - Bonduelle Fresh Americas, home to the Ready Pac Foods brand and the newest business unit of Bonduelle, has announced the appointment of Mary Thompson to chief executive officer, effective Oct. 8. According to the company, she will lead the day-to-day management of Bonduelle Fresh Americas and develop a strategic vision and approach for…

Walmart Foundation to invest US$25m to improve farmer livelihoods in India

INDIA - Walmart Foundation, the global charitable partner of Walmart has announced a five-year US$24.7 million (Rs 180 crores) investment to improve the livelihoods of farmers in India. The funding will help small farmers raise their incomes by supporting them develop knowledge on sustainable farming practices, best business prices, value addition to agricultural commodities as…

McDonald’s scraps all artificial flavours, colors and preservatives from burger portfolio

USA - McDonald’s US, the fast food giant, is scrapping all artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives from artificial sources from its top-selling classic burger portfolio. According to FoodingredientsFirst, the ingredient change is part of McDonald’s ongoing strategy to offer healthier versions of iconic and classic products which they’re famous for and is the latest in…

Tesco CEO calls on transparency of global food industries about their food waste data

UK - Tesco CEO Dave Lewis, has called on the global food industry to be more transparent and publish their food waste data, to ensure that no food goes to waste across the global food chain. According to FoodBev, Lewis announced his call for action at the Champions 12.3 conference in New York, with a…

Authority orders bottler to shut down on Classy Water standards controversy

ETHIOPIA - The Ministry of Trade has cautioned the public against Classy Water bottled by Belay Industrial Plc on water quality issues, leading to the closure of the facilities, reports Fortune. The warning to avoid and stop drinking the product was issued on 20 September 2018 by the ministry saying a batch of bottled water…

Most outstanding change makers in Africa’s food industry celebrated at Awards ceremony

KENYA – Some of the most important founders, managers, academicians, government and NGO shapers and other change makers in Africa’s food, beverage, milling and hospitality industry were feted at the Africa Food Industry Excellence Awards ceremony that was held on September 14, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. Made up of a mix of veterans from across…