Kemin unveils consumer friendly alternative to synthetic antioxidants

USA - Kemin Industries has carried out a successful study that shows oil-soluble green tea extract as an alternative to synthetic butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) as an alternative in Par-fried meat and poultry applications. This showcases Kemin’s commitment in providing shelf-life extension and food safety solutions that will help manufacturers keep food and beverage products safe, high…

South Africa’s poultry body backs march over ‘unsafe’ poultry imports

SOUTH AFRICA – South African Poultry Association has backed a planned march to Parliament by the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), which wanted legislators to push for stricter regulations for poultry imports. South Africa has no laws ensuring the effective traceability of imported poultry products and its safety, where a single bag of frozen…

Sea Harvest fish and Quantum poultry firms lift profits

SOUTH AFRICA - Two white-meat producers have beefed up profits, with listed fishing group Sea Harvest and poultry producer Quantum issuing upbeat trading statements. The Sea Harvest group said the maiden financials, due for release in early March, would show basic headline earnings coming in at 99c-113c a share, an increase of 74%-98% compared with…

Poultry Association meets over South Africa’s listeria outbreak

SOUTH AFRICA - Officials from the SA Poultry Association (Sapa) and the departments of agriculture and health are today expected to meet in Pretoria to discuss ways to mitigate the listeria scourge, which has so far claimed 61 scalps in the country. This as the poultry industry is still reeling from the devastating effects of…

Lower feed costs boost Astral Food’s earnings

SOUTH AFRICA - Astral Foods has raised its final dividend by a hefty 775% to R8.75, after the poultry producer nearly doubled its full-year headline profit. Lower input costs benefited the company tremendously in the year to end-September, as the effect of the drought in the summer rainfall areas abated. Maize and soya are primary…

Tyson Foods to build Tennessee chicken production complex

USA - Tyson Foods has accepted the invitation of city, county and state leaders to build a new chicken production complex in the City of Humboldt, which is part of Gibson County in western Tennessee. The US$300 million project is expected to create more than 1,500 local jobs once the new complex begins operations in…

Afgri invests in Mozambican poultry business

SOUTH AFRICA - Agricultural investment company Afgri is re-entering the poultry business through its subsidiary Philafrica Foods in a 50-50 joint venture in northern Mozambique. The recently launched Philafrica has earmarked up to R1.5bn for investment in agriculture and food processing in several African countries over the next 18 to 24 months. Its joint-venture partner…

2 Sisters Group boss grilled over poultry factory safety breaches

UK - The multimillionaire boss of 2 Sisters Food Group has apologised to a parliamentary committee following the safety branches revealed by an undercover investigation. The chicken company's chief executive Ranjit Singh Boparan appeared before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee on Wednesday and, asked if he accepted the allegations, replied that he…

Quantum Foods expects significant results improvement

SOUTH AFRICA - Quantum Foods shares surged as much as 18% on Thursday, after issuing a trading update stating they expect a much improved financial performance. The chicken feed and egg producer expects headline earnings per share in the year to September to rise by up to 85%, benefiting from lower input costs. The trading…

No decision yet on bird flu vaccination – Minister

SOUTH AFRICA - Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana said state veterinarians were still assessing whether South Africa's chickens should be vaccinated amid the country's worst ever bird flu outbreak. Zokwana was answering questions in the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday. Over four million chickens have been culled this year following an outbreak of highly pathogenic…