Zimbabwe poultry sector embarks on restocking after avian influenza

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe poultry sector has unveiled an aggressive restocking programme after recovering from the outbreak of the avian influenza that killed one million chicken in South Africa and Zimbabwe. A report by the Livestock and Meat Advisory Council revealed that pre-laying broiler breeder birds increased from 130 000 birds in September last year to…

Salmonella outbreak affects 90 people in 26 states, CDC reports

USA - A salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey has affected 90 people in 26 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC and public health and regulatory officials are investigating the multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Reading infections linked to raw turkey products. According to the disease control centre,…

Zambeef to expand reach with a new Macro outlet in Kitwe

ZAMBIA - The food products and agribusiness company, Zambeef Plc is opening another of its popular Macro outlets in Wusakile, Kitwe as it expands its offerings on the Copperbelt. The new store is an addition to about 24 macro outlets it has opened across the country, and the company plans to launch more modern convenience…

2 Sisters Food Group announces major investment in Scottish plant

UK - 2 Sisters Food Group, a privately owned food manufacturing company, has announced a major investment into its Scottish Coupar Angus plant following funding from the Government-backed Food Processing Marketing and Co-operation Grant Scheme. According to the company, the investment secures long-term future for key 2 Sisters site with quality Scottish chicken for UK…

NWK sells chicken and feed business to CBH for US$22m to focus on maize

SOUTH AFRICA - North West Co-operative (NWK), the 4AX-listed company has sold its chicken and animal feed business, Opti Agri to Country Bird Holdings (CBH) for US$22.32 million as it shifts its focus on maize business. The return to its core business follows a series of acquisitions said to have wiped out substantial shareholder value.…

China agrees to lift ban on imports of German poultry meat

CHINA - China has agreed to reopen its market to imports of German poultry meat, since it had stopped imports after an outbreak of the bird flu disease in Germany, according to German agriculture minister Julia Kloeckner. Reuters reported that Kloeckner said in a statement after talks in Berlin with Chinese agriculture minister Han Changfu…

KFC franchisee Devyani to invest US$145m ahead of listing, appoints former KFC MD

INDIA - Devyani International Ltd (DIL) has announced plans to invest more than US$145 million ahead of the initial public listing of shares and has appointed former KFC India managing director Rahul Shinde as executive director. According to the company, roping in Shinde, who last year had relocated to the US as global CFO for…

Olam partners with a French firm to boost poultry production in Nigeria

NIGERIA - Olam International, through its subsidiary Olam Hatcheries Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a global veterinary health company, Ceva Santé Animale S.A to boost poultry production in Nigeria. The agreement will see Ceva Santé Animale S.A, which specializes in pharmaceutical products and vaccines for companion poultry provide further support for…

Nestle pushes for higher chicken welfare standards in Europe

EUROPE - The Swiss food group, Nestle SA has announced plans to improve the welfare of millions of chickens used for food in Europe through its leading food brands Herta, Buitoni, Wagner and Maggi. Nestle has also made a commitment that by 2026, all Nestlé food products in Europe that use chicken as an ingredient will move to…

KFC to open four more outlets to stay ahead of rivals

KENYA - Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), the US-based fast food restaurant chain is set to open four more outlets in the Kenyan capital Nairobi by the end of this year even as competition from other fast food chains increases. According to a report by Business Daily, KFC which operates locally through franchise Kuku Foods East…