Top pork producer WH Group to close abattoir to contain swine fever outbreak

ASIA - Privately owned Chinese meat and food processing company, WH Group has been ordered to close an abattoir in a bid to contain spread of second outbreak of deadly African swine fever (ASF), according to a Reuters report. Zhengzhou city authorities had ordered a temporary six-week closure of the abattoir, one of 15 controlled…

Monsanto glyphosate traces found in children breakfast cereals and snack bars in US

USA - Significant levels of the weedkilling monsanto chemical glyphosate have been found in an array of popular breakfast cereals, oats and snack bars marketed to US children, a new study has found. According to the Guardian, tests have revealed glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller brand Roundup, present in all but two…

Hershey Company’s Chief Financial Officer Patricia A. Little to retire in 2019

USA - The Hershey Company, an American company and one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world, has announced that Patricia A. Little, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, intends to retire from the company in the spring of 2019. The company said that Little has served as the company’s CFO since joining in…

Avocado farming booms as Kenyan farmers cash in from increasing European demand

KENYA – Farming and sale of avocado is proving to be profitable to Kenyan farmers as farmers are switching coffee and tea for avocados in a bid to profit from increasing European demand. According to News24, avocado toast is becoming a staple of European menus, as said by Laura Hannoun, a blogger who has listed…

FDA, CDC investigate multi-state outbreak of cyclosporiasis illnesses linked to McDonald’s salads

USA - The FDA, CDC, along with state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of cyclosporiasis illnesses likely linked to salads from McDonald's restaurants. According to FDA, a total of 476 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection were reported in people who consumed salads from McDonald’s restaurants; the cases were reported by 15 states,…

Nestlé Waters North America names Yumi Clevenger-Lee as Vice President and CMO

USA - Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) has announced that Yumi Clevenger-Lee has been named Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, effective August 1, 2018. According to the company, Clevenger-Lee replaces Antonio Sciuto who has made the decision to leave NWNA to consider opportunities both within and outside of Nestlé. Clevenger-Lee is a seasoned and…

International Coffee Organization in Kenya for talks with coffee farmers

KENYA - Members of the International Coffee Organisation (ICO) are in Kenya for talks with Kenyan coffee farmers who are looking to ink direct purchase deals with top global coffee buyers. According to Business Daily, the ICO executive director Jose Sette held a meeting with Council of Governors vice chair Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and…

DMK Group announces plan to reduce sugar content in its Milram range

GERMANY - DMK Group, Germany's largest dairy company, has announced that it will reduce the sugar content of products throughout its Milram range, as the company aims to adapt to the changing nutritional demands of consumers. According to the company, it will implement this new strategy in three phases. Firstly, Milram’s buttermilk and kefir drinks…

Starbucks debuts plant-based Protein Blended Cold Brew across the US

USA – The American coffee company and coffeehouse chain Starbucks has released its new plant-based Starbucks Protein Blended Cold Brew on menus nationwide, for customers looking for a new way to refuel. According to the company, the new beverages are offered in Almond and Cacao and are available at participating Starbucks stores across the U.S…

Salt intake among adult Indians excessive and unhealthy, PHFI says

INDIA - Salt intake among adult Indians has been found to be high and exceeding the levels recommended by the World Health Organisation, according to a recent study conducted by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). According to Economic Times India, the scientific evidence indicates that high dietary salt intake has detrimental effects on…