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…

Dean Foods shuts down Illinois facility over decreased dairy consumption

USA – Dean Foods, an American food and beverage company and the largest dairy company in US, has announced that it is shutting one of its major Illinois facilities this year, with 'decreased dairy consumption trends' among the reasons given for the decision. According to Plant Based News, The closure is one of a number…

FDA says sale of recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal still ongoing

USA - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has announced that the recalled Kellogg Co Honey Smacks cereal was still being sold at retail outlets and warned consumers not to purchase the product, according to Reuters. Kellogg company had voluntarily recalled an estimated 1.3-million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal in the US over potential…

Sweden health officials probe Hepatitis A outbreak as a result of frozen strawberry imports

SWEDEN - Public health officials in Sweden are probing an outbreak of Hepatitis A in SwedeN, after thirteen people were thought to be infected with the virus from a batch of frozen strawberries that were imported from Poland. According to FoodingredientsFirst, the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the National Food Agency and local authorities are involved…

Nestle sells New Zealand confectionery business with 55 jobs lost

NEW ZEALAND – Nestlé, a multinational food and beverage company, has sold some of its confectionery brands in New Zealand – including Fabulicious Red Licorice, Mackintosh and Black Knight – to Sydney-based firm Quadrant Private Equity. According to FoodBev, the company will cut production at its Wiri factory with as many as 55 jobs likely…

US pizza chain boss John Schnatter resigns after racist comments

USA - Papa John’s Pizza International chairman and founder John Schnatter has resigned following an incident that implicated him for making racist comments that hit the shares of the pizza chain, according to Bloomberg. His resignation was accepted by independent directors of the company and a new chairman would be appointed in the coming weeks.…

Woolworth recalls frozen rice as precaution amidst listeria outbreak in Europe

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa-based multinational retail company, Woolworths Holdings Limited has recalled a frozen savory rice mix as part of a worldwide product recall issued by the Hungarian Food Safety Agency (HFSA) following listeria outbreak in Europe, according to Reuters. The recall comes after one of Woolworths suppliers was identified as the likely source…

FSSAI wants calorie count on restaurant menu to promote healthy habits

INDIA - The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has called on restaurants to voluntarily indicate calorie counts on menus to promote healthy diets and lifestyles in the country, reported ET Retail. The food regulator has also asked the e-commerce and retail companies to promote healthy options such as fortified foods on their landing…