Ghana FDA orders recall of 16 tomato paste brands over adulteration

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) of Ghana has ordered the immediate withdrawal of 16 tomato paste brands from the market alleged to have been adulterated with starch and colour. The brands in question are Alyssa, Aicha, Snow Red, Shalom, Mama and Papa, Juliet, Star-Time, Daily Double, Prestige, Roi Lion, Richese, Green Garden, Rococo, Nano, and Ma Bravo and Tasty tomato pastes. A statement issued by the authority indicated that the ingredients erythrosine and starch that are not permitted in tomato paste and are not on the labels…

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Zambeef reports growth in annual profits despite prevailing economic hardships

ZAMBIA – Integrated cold chain food products and agribusiness company Zambeef reported a rise in full-year profit despite variations in the Kwacha contributing to a mixed revenue picture in what the food producer described as a “challenging year.” In the year ended September 30, revenue was up 13% to ZMW3.13 billion from ZMW2.78 billion last year. In dollar terms, revenue declined by 9.2% year-on-year to US$254.5 million from US$280.3 million. Zambeef said: “The weakening of the Zambian Kwacha against the USD by approximately 24%, increase in the cost of fuel…

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Kevian Kenya wins reprieve in brand legal battle against Squishy

KENYA – Kevian Kenya, a leading fruit juice producer in Kenya has been given the go ahead by a Kenyan court to proceed with plans to register the Squishy trademark even as it faces opposition from its former partner in the brand targeting children. Kevian and Squishy Drinks Limited (SDL) are now expected to try to resolve their dispute through arbitration, reports Business Daily. The two companies entered into an agreement in October 2018 towards the merging of their business interests. The firms agreed that the merger would be through…

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Kwale cane miller gets greenlight to resume cane milling

KENYA – Kenya’s ultra-modern sugar factory, the Kwale International Sugar Company Limited (KISCOL) has finally started crushing cane after it got the green light from a Kenyan high court to resume production. A protracted legal battle arising out of an order by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) to order for the closure of the milling plant saw KiscoL carry the day in court after Justice Eric Ogola declined Kebs argument on closure. Kiscol Outgrowers Society members led by its chair, Mr David Ndirangu said that the milling plant had…

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Azelis acquires Megafarma to expand operations into Latin America

MEXICO – Global food ingredients supplier, Azelis has signed an agreement to acquire Megafarma, a Mexican specialty distributor for food, pharma as well as veterinary industries. According to Azelis the integration of Megafarma will provide the company with access to a “promising market” while creating a strong platform for growth in the global specialty chemicals and food ingredients distribution business. With Azelis Americas’ headquarters in Westport, the company added that the acquisition of the Mexico City based company will also support he company’s expansion in Latin America. Megafarma also has…

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Indian meat delivery startup Licious closes US$30m funding round

INDIA – Licious, an Indian online fresh meat and seafood brand has closed US$30 million Series E funding round led by Bengaluru-based investor Vertex Growth. Licious’ existing set of backers, which includes, 3one4 Capital, Bertelsman India Investments, Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia and India and Sistema Asia Fund also participated in the latest investment round. Founded by Abhay Hanjura and Vivek Gupta in 2015, the starup has 2,000 employees and is present in seven cities across India. It processes more than 17,000 orders a day and is targeting Rs 1,000 crores…

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Balchem Corporation acquires specialty snacks maker Zumbro River Brand

USA – Specialty ingredients manufacturer Balchem Corporation has acquired Minnesota- headquartered Zumbro River Brand Inc for an undisclosed sum. Zumbro specializes in developing, marketing, and manufacturing agglomerated and extruded products for the food and beverage industry. The company is also market leader in high protein and specialty extruded snacks, cereals, and crisps, marketed under the brands Z-Crisps, Whey-Os, Whey-Vs, and Z-Texx Complete. Ted Harris, Chairman, CEO, and President of Balchem, said, “Zumbro’s products, brands, and manufacturing capabilities will further enhance our portfolio of solutions for our customers in the food…

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Coca-Cola’s Chief Growth Officer Francisco Crespo to retire, unveils new structure

USA – The Coca-Cola Company has announced that its Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer, Francisco Crespo will retire in 2020, stepping down after a three-decade career with the company. Crespo was appointed to the newly created role in May 2017 where he has focused on building a global community across the company’s operations – as an instrumental aspect of positioning the soft beverage company in the market. As CGO, Crespo had oversight of integrated global marketing, corporate strategy and customer and commercial operations. His work included the creation…

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Green Plains and Novozymes partner in production of protein ingredients

USA – Diversified commodity-processing company, Green Plains has entered into an exclusive partnership with Danish company, Novozymes for biological solutions in the production of high protein ingredients. The partnership will be aimed at aquaculture, pet food, as well as novel ingredients to be used in the global protein markets. The collaboration will utilize the biorefinery footprint, process know-how, and global distribution capabilities of Green Plains together with Novozymes’ expertise in microbiology to create a diverse range of value-added products resulting in functional proteins. Novozymes will combine its biological solutions with…

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Kenya mango exports ban lifted after six years as inspectorate body steps up

KENYA – Mango exports from Kenya to Europe, the US and other key markets, slated to resume next year after lift of the ban imposed by the regulator six years ago. Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) says the country has put in place measures to address the issues that led to the 2014 ban. Kephis Phytosanitary Services General Manager Isaac Macharia said the agency had established five pest-free areas in Elgeyo Marakwet and Makueni that would act as export zones. According to Kephis, the ban on mango exports was…

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