PepsiCo India to reduce salt in snacks and pilot 100% plant-based packaging

INDIA - PepsiCo India has said it will reduce salt content in 75% of its snacks by 2025 as it looks to pilot 100% compostable, plant-based packaging for its popular brands in India this year. The food and beverages company is planning to cut the sodium content in its Lay’s snacks by 13-15% in line with…

Kenya sighs relief as COMESA extends safeguards on sugar imports for 2yrs

KENYA - The regional trade bloc, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has approved an extension safeguarding Kenyan sugar industry from cheap imports from the region for two more years. According to Business Daily, the July 14 nod, granted by the bloc’s Council of Ministers in a meeting in Lusaka, Zambia protects Kenya…

EFSA to consider limits for kaurenoic acid, an impurity found in stevia

EUROPE - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is considering a recommendation to the European Union to set limits for the kaurenoic acid (KA), an impurity found in stevia, a sweetener and sugar substitute. Last month, EFSA held a technical meeting with representatives from Cargill, International Stevia Council (ISC), Pure Circle, Coca Cola, Sweegen and…

Lesaffre acquires bakery ingredients company Delavau Food Partners

USA - Lesaffre, a French yeast manufacturer and the world’s largest manufacturer, has announced that it has purchased Delavau Food Partners a leading innovator in baking ingredients based in North America. According to the company, Delavau has served as a premier supplier of technologies to major food brands, with knowledge in calcium and enzymes is…

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…

Kenya seeks COMESA’s protection from cheap imported sugar

KENYA - Kenya has written to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) seeking protection from cheap sugar imported into the country from the region, according to Business Daily. This is not the first time Kenya has written to the free trade area pursuing to limit sugar imports from the region while protecting…

Government to boost rice sector with US$29m large integrated rice mills

NIGERIA - The Federal government has said that it has allocated more than US$29 million to purchase ten large integrated rice milling machines by December 2019 with an aim to boost rice production in ten states. An article by the Guardian reported that according to Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Audu Ogbeh, benefiting states…

South African food retail sales reaches US$44.9bn in 2017

SOUTH AFRICA - The South African food retail sales reached US $44.9 billion in 2017 on increasing demand for organic and natural products by consumers, a report by USDA’s GAIN has revealed. Growth in the sector is associated with development and production of high quality and niche products in the domestic market plus a strategy…

UK government announces new measures to reduce childhood obesity by 2030

UK - The UK government has announced new measures aimed at halving childhood obesity rates by 2030, including efforts to prevent stores from displaying unhealthy food at checkouts and to ban the sale of caffeine-laden energy drinks to children. According to NutritionInsight, the industry and lobby groups have generally welcomed the announcement, as the UK…