Tetra Pak partners Veolia to get all beverage carton components recycled by 2025

SWITZERLAND – Global food packaging company, Tetra Pak has partnered with global resource management company Veolia to enable all components of used beverage cartons collected within the European Union to be recycled by 2025. According to Tetra Pak, the average beverage carton comprises around 75% paperboard, 20% plastic and 5% aluminium foil, and the fibres…

USDA and FDA to jointly regulate animal cell-cultured food products

USA - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have reached a consensus that both the agencies should jointly oversee the regulation of cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry. The joint regulatory framework will see FDA oversees cell collection, cell banks, and cell growth and differentiation. A…

Fonterra to reduce emissions by 25% at Brightwater site on boiler conversion

NEW ZEALAND– New Zealand’s largest dairy processors Fonterra aims to reduce its carbon footprint at its Brightwater milk processing plant after the site converted its boiler to co-fire with wood. The conversion of the boiler will slash the amount of coal used at the site and will cut carbon emissions at the site by around…

Nespresso partners Tinto to use 100% sustainably-sourced aluminium by 2020

SWITZERLAND - Nestlé's Nespresso brand has signed a new partnership with the European metal corporation, Rio Tinto use 100% responsibly sourced and certified aluminium in its coffee capsules by 2020. Nestle will become the first to use responsibly-sourced aluminium with the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) certification. This is a great milestone by the coffee brand…

Coca-Cola Amatil partners three technology startups to improve delivery efficiency

AUSTRALIA – Coca-Cola Amatil has partnered with three Australian startups Bellr, Snooper, and Staybil as part of its Xcelerate venture to boost delivery efficiencies as well as enhance consumer experience in Australia. This is part of the company’s initiative designed to test whether combining emerging businesses with Amatil’s established customer base and supply chain footprint…

Arla Foods unveils new high-protein and healthy concept in biscuit making

UK – Arla Foods Ingredients has released a new Whey-Pro Biscuit concept that will enable biscuit manufacturers tap into the high-protein and healthy indulgence trends while overcoming technical challenges. The new concept which features the company’s whey protein ingredient, Nutrilac involves a biscuit recipe with a premium look, taste and feel. It was designed to…

Nigeria to become second largest rice importer behind China in 2019, USDA report

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s rice imports are set to hit 3.4 million metric tons high next year, a 13% increase that will see the country become the world’s second largest rice importer behind China, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report. Contrary to the federal government’s ambitious goal to put an end to rice importation,…

AB InBev and SA Breweries to launch alcohol-free grain snack to support farmers

SOUTH AFRICA - South African Breweries in partnership with the parent company AB InBev are piloting a savoury, alcohol-free grain snack, made from locally grown grain to support emerging farmers and community development initiatives, reports ANA. The snack, called Castle Lager Better Bites is packaged in 40g packs and available for purchase at five tavern…

Africa’s agribusiness to reach US$1 trillion by 2030, industry experts

AFRICA – Africa’s agribusiness is projected to reach US$1 trillion by 2030 and this can be achieved through significant investments to unlock the industry’s potential, according to industry experts who attended the Africa Investment Forum held in South Africa. It was noted that there was need to invest US$45 billion per year to harness the…

Unilever Ghana launches livelihood empowerment project for women

GHANA – Unilever Ghana has launched an entrepreneurial empowerment programme in Upper West (UW) to enhance financial stability among women. According to GNA, Unilever Ghana in collaboration with ProNet North has trained women in basic bookkeeping, financial management and savings principles under an Indian ‘Shakti’ business model. The model seeks to create livelihood opportunities for…