Genetic resistance to wheat fungal disease identified

AUSTRALIA - Wheat researchers have discovered a combination of genes that provide resistance to the significant fungal disease Stagonospora nodorum blotch (SNB) in Western Australian varieties. According to Crop Biotech, the discovery was made as part of a research project by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre…

DSM launches an enzyme that allows bakers to reduce ascorbic acid in bread

NETHERLANDS - Royal DSM has launched a new enzyme called BakeZyme AAA that allows bakers to reduce the level of ascorbic acid in their recipes while not compromising on flavor and texture. This is an addition to its range of BakeZyme enzymes portfolio used in various applications including brewing, baking, fruit processing, dairy, oils &…

Zimbabwe could face a bread shortage again, says grain millers

ZIMBABWE - The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe through its spokesperson Garikai Chaunza has announced that the country could in the near future face a bread shortage as it is left with only a week’s supply of wheat. The Association has written to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe requesting for more funds for the outstanding…

Reserve Bank releases US$20m for 200,000 tons of wheat imports

ZIMBABWE - The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has released US$20 million for importation of wheat from Canada and Germany to supplement the insufficient national wheat stocks. This was as requested by millers following poor harvest in the drought-hit southern African country. The amount will be used to pay for 200,000 tonnes of wheat procured…

IFC invests US$25m in KazFoodProducts food processing group

ASIA - The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group is investing US$25 million in KazFoodProducts LLP food processing group of companies operating in grain milling and confectionary sectors. The investment aims at supporting the company’s expansion plans, boost Kazakhstan agricultural sector through diversification strategies as well as enhancing global food…

Pioneer Foods’ division Bokomo upgrades milling plant for increased efficiencies

BOTSWANA - Bokomo Foods, a breakfast cereals company and division of Pioneer Foods (Pty) Ltd has unveiled an extensive mill upgrade which it had been undertaking since the first quarter of 2018, reported Botswana Daily News. According to the company’s CEO Mr Werner De Beer, the upgrade was a first of its kind in the…

South Korea and Japan halts ‘genetically modified’ wheat imports from Canada

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea has announced that it has suspended wheat and flour imports from Canada after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that it had discovered genetically modified (GM) wheat in southern Alberta. On June 15, Japan temporarily halted imports of Canadian wheat saying it was reviewing tests that Canadian officials had…

Genetically modified wheat ‘related to Monsanto GM wheat line’ detected in Canada

CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has discovered genetically modified (GM) wheat in southern Alberta, Canada even when GM wheat is not authorized in the country. World Grain reported that the testing carried out by CFIA found out that the Alberta wheat sample was a match for a Monsanto GM wheat line that…

Barilla invests US$1.2b in an expansion plan as demand for pasta rises

ITALY – Barilla, an Italian food company, has invested US$1.2 billion over five years to expand production and launch new products as the world’s biggest pasta maker responds to shifting demand. According to Reuters, Barilla’s pasta and sauces have grown faster than its bakery business in recent years, and now account for almost 60% of…

Mondelez announces plans to expand sustainable wheat sourcing program

USA - Mondelēz International, an American multinational confectionery, food, and beverage company, has announced its ambition to expand the Harmony program, the company’s sustainable wheat sourcing initiative. This expansion strategy is expected to cover 100% of its biscuit brands in the European Union by 2022, up from 60% of the company’s biscuit production in the…