Ukraine grain exports forecast to rise to 42.5 million tonnes

EUROPE – Ukraine grain exports are projected to rise to 42.5 million tonnes in the 2018-19 marketing year (July-June) boosted by higher harvests expected during the period. According to Ukraine’s agriculture ministry, Ukraine expects to harvest 64 million tonnes of grain this year, compared with 61.3 million in 2017-18. The country has exported 14.1 million…

Ardent Mills partners Arcadia Bioscience to develop innovative wheat varieties

USA – Ardent Mills LLC, North America’s leading flour-milling and ingredient company and Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. have announced a new collaboration to develop and commercialize innovative wheat varieties. According to the companies, the first project focuses on extending the shelf life and improving the flavor of whole wheat products. The storage life of whole wheat…

Grain millers of Zimbabwe fault bakers’ attempt to double bread price

ZIMBABWE - Grain Millers' Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has faulted attempt by bakers to increase the price of bread, saying that the attempt was not justified by a rise in the cost of wheat. According to the Herald, bakeries sought to double the bread price from US$1.10 to US$2.20 citing rising costs of inputs. Media…

Federal Agency inks deal to construct 25 silos for wheat and teff value chain

ETHIOPIA – The Federal Cooperative Agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the heads of regional cooperatives to construct 25 silos to be used by agricultural cooperative unions involved in teff and wheat value chain in four regional states. The bid aims to alleviate the shortage of warehouses and help cooperative unions with a reliable…

Algeria’s MY2018/19 grain production up by 74% to reach 6.05 MMT

ALGERIA - Algeria’s (Marketing Year) MY2018/19 cereals production reached 6.05 million metric tonnes, a 74.4% increase compared to last year’s 3.47MMT, according to figures from the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), quoted in USDA’s September GAIN report. The Ministry attributed the production level to favourable climatic conditions as well as government support through loans, seeds, equipment…

McDonald’s India launches whole wheat buns in a nutritional foods offering

INDIA - A leading quick-service restaurant chain, McDonald’s India has introduced whole wheat buns in its restaurants to offer customers with wholesome and nutritious food offerings. According to an ET Retail report, the whole wheat buns will be available in burgers as well as other products on the breakfast menu. "McDonald's in India has been…

Bakhresa Group halts flour exports to Kenya on inapt tax rules

TANZANIA - Bakhresa Group which operates one of the largest flour mill in Tanzania has suspended Kenya flour exports on changing rules and systems for exporting goods into the country. The company said frequent changes in tax rules, instituted by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) have slowed its exports to Kenya and led to losses…

ADM re-opens modern flour milling facility in Oklahoma

USA - Archer Daniels Midland Company, an American global food processing company, has joined with members of the community to celebrate the re-opening of its modernized flour mill in Enid, Oklahoma. According to the company, the modernization project involved a complete retro-fit of ADM’s existing mill in Enid, which was built in 1928. ADM replaced…

Unga Group to commission new Eldoret wheat mill, plans soya meal facility

KENYA - Seaboard-backed grain miller, Unga Group is set to commission a new 300 tonnes-a-day wheat milling plant next month, an expansion of the Eldoret facility that currently handles 250 tonnes. According to Business Daily, the company will also install a soya meal production facility at its Nairobi plant by June next year. Unga’s investment…

Kenya imposes new tariffs on Tanzanian flour as trade war escalates

KENYA - Kenya has announced 25% import duty on Tanzania’s products like flour, saying it is produced from imported wheat which contravenes the East African Community (EAC) rules and regulations on such products, reports Business Daily. The two countries have had a long-time battle regarding some products such as sugar, flours and cement products, blaming…