Product reformulation a success in Ireland, industry says

EUROPE - The Irish trade association, Food Drink Ireland (FDI) has said that product reformulation rather than taxes, has brought tangible results for public health, a critical indicator for the success of the industry, a Euractiv article reveals. This is in line with the 2016 Reformulation Project report launched by FDI in collaboration with Crème…

Government opens new bidding process for stalled sugar projects

ETHIOPIA - The government of Ethiopia has announced a new bidding process for the construction of stalled sugar projects and is considering awarding the work to Chinese firms for completion, reports Addis Fortune. Sugar Corporation, the government-owned sugar milling firm responsible for the construction of the sugar factories has invited three companies to visit the…

Fonterra expands range by the launch of high protein flavoured drinks Anchor Protein+

NEW ZEALAND – Fonterra, a New Zealand multinational dairy co-operative, has expanded its protein range by the launch of high-flavoured drinks, Anchor Protein+ to its New Zealand market. According to the company, the new beverage features 20g of protein per serve and unlike most flavoured milk drinks, contains no added sugar, and the first time…

Tanzania reaches consensus to allow Uganda sugar imports amid duty

TANZANIA - Tanzania has reached an agreement to allow sugar imports from Uganda though this would only happen during periods of scarcity, a report from the Joint Permanent Commission meeting held in Kampala reveals. According to theEastAfrican, the meeting was attended by permanent secretaries from the two East African countries and came after a series…

Kilombero Sugar introduces new affordable sugar packs for retailers

TANZANIA - Kilombero Sugar Company, a subsidiary of Africa's largest sugar producer Illovo Sugar Africa has launched smaller sugar packs to enhance availability of the commodity at affordable prices at the retail level, Daily News has reported. According to the company, the initiative was a result of customers’ quest for the product packed in smaller…

Britannia approves 1:2 share split to enhance stock affordability and liquidity

ASIA - Britannia Industries’ board has approved share split in the ratio 1:2 to make stock more affordable for the small retail investors and increase liquidity. According to ET Retail, the division which awaits approval of the members and authorities will see authorization of 250m shares worth US$7.14mn in share capital besides 120.1m equity shares…

Kenya Standards’ officials and others in ‘toxic’ sugar case granted bail

KENYA - Two officials from Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBs) and three directors from companies implicated in illegal and sub-standard sugar importation have been released on bail, reports Daily Nation. The officials alongside a port health officer have been accused of being involved in the release of 10,000 bags of substandard sugar packed in 50 kilogram…

71% of US consumers now read sugar content labels, Kerry says

USA – Kerry, a leader in global food ingredients, has released the findings of new clean label research on sweetening agents which reveals that 71% of US consumers now read the label for sugar content. According to FoodingredientsFirst, the company added that almost half of people surveyed also wanted to cut down their sugar consumption.…

Mondelez International reports significant progress against the 2020 impact goals

USA – Mondelēz International, an American multinational confectionery, food, and beverage company, has reported important progress against its 2020 impact goals in its 2017 Impact For Growth Progress Report recently released. According to the company, the report details progress against sustainable agriculture and environmental footprint goals, as well as global expansion of healthy lifestyle and…

South Africa bans importation of possibly contaminated Zambian honey

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa has banned importation of pure honey from Zambia after authorities detected possible contamination of a consignment with American Foulbrood (Paenibacillus larvae) disease, reports Lusaka Times. The ban, announced by the South African agriculture department through a letter to honey importers has elicited dissatisfactory observation from both the authorities and Zambian…