Cargill joins other industry leaders to launch decarbonization program in Singapore

SWITZERLAND – Global agribusiness and commodity trader, Cargill, along with Rainmaking and more than 10 industry partners, is launching a program in Singapore to decarbonize the maritime industry. The program, which is the first of its kind in Asia, will bring together startups and industry leaders to test and scale transformational technologies that can reduce CO2 emissions. While shipping plays an essential role in facilitating world trade as it remains the most cost-effective and energy-efficient mode of mass cargo transport, it also contributes to around 2% of global greenhouse gases…

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Uganda to resume sugar exports to Tanzania after lengthy talks

UGANDA – Tanzania has partly opened borders to Ugandan sugar exports following more than a year of being locked, on accusation that the latter is importing and repacking the sugar for export. According to a report by Daily Monitor, this was revealed by Mr Japheth Hasunga, the Tanzanian Minister of Agriculture who was in Uganda to asses its sugar production and capacity. He visited Uganda’s four major sugar factories out of the 11 operation i.e. Kakira Sugar Works, Kinyara, Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited. He noted that the sugar will…

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Mondelēz International appoints Javier Polit as Chief Information Officer

USA – Mondelēz International has appointed Javier Polit as the company’s new Chief Information Officer (CIO), effective March 23, 2020. In this role, he will be responsible for the company’s global information technology solutions and will report directly to Luca Zaramella, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “We are very pleased to welcome Javier to Mondelēz International to lead our global team of IT professionals and help accelerate our enterprise-wide digital transformation,” said Zaramella. “He has a successful track record of leading large-scale IT transformations at global companies and…

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Danone’s Horizon Organic commits to be coming carbon positive by 2025

USA – Horizon Organic, an organic dairy brand owned by Danone, has announced its commitment to become carbon positive across its full supply chain by 2025. With agriculture known to contribute approximately 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., the brand said that the ambition to become carbon positive in the next five years will significantly improve its impacts on the environment. “Climate change is the challenge of our lifetime—we are out of time on this issue—food and farming must evolve,” said Mariano Lozano, CEO of Danone North…

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Brenntag opens new Food Application & Development Center in Latin America

GUATEMALA – Brenntag Food & Nutrition has officially opened its new Food Application & Development Center in Guatemala City, Latin America. The new facility is Brenntag’s fourth Food Application & Development Center for Latin America and will support the Food & Nutrition teams particularly in Central America. The German ingredients supplier added that the facility will also serve the rest of Latin America in the Beverage, Dairy, Confectionery and Bakery segment. According to the company, the new Food Application & Development Center is equipped with specialized devices to find the…

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Ice cream market shifts towards greater pleasure and less guilt, says Innova

WORLD – Pleasure is still the driving force behind ice cream purchases, with consumers naming its taste, the fact that it’s a treat and makes people feel happy as the top three reasons for buying it, a new report from Innova Market Insights highlights. In the contemporary consumer environment, however, the study finds that the balance between health and indulgence is increasingly important – resulting to the ice cream category’s growing focus on delivering pleasure without the guilt. As far as the key macronutrients are concerned, for example, the focus…

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New initiative launches to increase understanding of genetically engineered foods

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), have launched a new initiative to help consumers better understand foods created through genetic engineering. The new initiative, dubbed “Feed Your Mind” seeks to provide information on genetic engineering foods, commonly called genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as well as address consumer health and safety concerns arising from the use of these foods. FDA explains that the initiative will answer the most common questions that consumers…

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Ceres Fruit Juices to launch new innovative packaging after US$6.25m investment

SOUTH AFRICA – Ceres Fruit Juices, South Africa’s innovative fruit-juice beverage brand owned by Pioneer Foods, is set to launch a new packaging for its 200ml juice to meet the changing demands and lifestyle of the consumers. With an investment of R100m (US$6.25m) into the SIG Combismile, an on the go packaging solution, Ceres will launch the first of its kind packaging in the Middle East and Africa region (MEA). The new carton has a curved, modern shape which is easy to grip, increasing the drinking comfort and convenience of…

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Kenyan poultry firm Suguna to clinch US$4m financing from IFC

KENYA – Suguna Poultry Kenya, subsidiary of India’s multinational Suguna Foods is seeking US$8.4m to invest in the construction of feed mills, breeders and hatcheries with an already proposed partial financing from The International Finance Corporation (IFC) of US$4m. Suguna Foods, headquartered in Coimbatore, India, is involved in broiler farming, hatcheries, feed mills, processing plants and vaccines manufacturing for poultry. Being the largest poultry company in India they also market and export broiler chicken, frozen chicken and chicken eggs. Suguna Poultry Kenya started operations in 2017. It has a breeding…

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