IFC, OCP Africa partner to strengthen rice sectors in Côte d’Ivoire, millet in Senegal

WEST AFRICA – OCP Africa has forged a partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to support the rice and millet sectors in Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal respectively. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to advance food security in the two countries and improve the standard of living of the small-holder farmers As part of this partnership, IFC will provide consulting services to farmers and agricultural groups that are members of OCP Africa’s Agribooster program to reach nearly 12,000 Ivorian and Senegalese farmers by 2022. “We are very pleased…

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Panhandle Milling acquires organic baking mixes maker Arrowhead Mills

USA – Panhandle Milling has acquired the Arrowhead Mills facility organic baking mixes, grains, cereals, and nut butters producer in Hereford, the first of a series of expansions to come in the near future that will continue to focus on serving retailers and customers in key areas of the country. These new assets will serve to further-grow Panhandle Milling’s business via the expansion of capabilities, products, and custom packaging solutions. according to the company, its new and current capabilities include extrusion, flaking, drying, enrobing, grinding, and roasting. The expanded product…

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University of California receives US$3.55m grant to investigate long-term viability of cell-cultured meat

USA – The University of California Davis has received a grant of up to US$3.55m from the US-based National Science Foundation (NSF) Growing Convergence program to explore the long-term sustainability of cultivated meat. The NSF-funded project, which will run over five years, has a number of goals to include developing stable stem cell lines from which cultivated meat can be grown. Also, its focus is to develop inexpensive, plant-based media in which to grow the cells and assessing the nutritional value, stability and sensory qualities of cultivated meat products. The…

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Mühlenchemie appoints Peter Steiner as global head of business unit

GERMANY — German food ingredients solutions provider Mühlenchemie has named Peter Steiner as the new global head of business unit. Peter contributing over 30 years of experience in the international functional ingredients industry will structure and gear services to customers’ needs in a volatile and globalized market. “With Peter Steiner we have acquired a wealth of know-how for Mühlenchemie in respect of strategy, change management and team formation.” Dr. Matthias Mose – Managing Director Food Ingredients Division of the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe According to reports by World Grain, the focus of…

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FrieslandCampina WAMCO expands its milk production capacity with purchase of Nutricima

NIGERIA – Nigerian dairy processor FrieslandCampina WAMCO has finalized the acquisition of Nutricima’s dairy business from PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc for an undisclosed sum. The final purchase comes months after FrieslandCampina WAMCO and PZ Cussons signed an agreement regarding the acquisition in March. The acquisition according to FrieslandCampina WAMCO underlines with its continued commitment to contribute to the development of the Nigerian dairy sector which has an estimated consumption capacity of 1.3 billion tons of milk annually. “FrieslandCampina WAMCO has been a key player in Nigeria since 1954. With this…

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Mount Franklin Foods opens new candy manufacturing facility, expanding its candy production

USA – Mount Franklin Foods, a manufacturer and distributor of confections and nut items has opened a new candy manufacturing facility that will add 130 million pounds of capacity in soft non-chocolate candy from the branded, contract and private label manufacturer of candy, nuts, snacks, foodservice items and ingredients. The 220,000-square-foot facility is now open in San Jeronimo, a port entry in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, across the U.S. border from Santa Teresa, N.M., and the company’s headquarters in El Paso, Texas. It first broke ground in February 2019.…

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Flour Mills of Nigeria celebrates 60 years of operations since incorporation

NIGERIA – Flour Mills of Nigeria (FMN), one of Nigeria’s leading foods and agro-allied groups has marked a significant milestone, celebrating 60 years of feeding the nation of Nigeria and the region at large. The company’s journey since its incorporation on the 29th of September 1960 has been challenging yet rewarding as indicated by the company in its social media post. Starting as a limited liability company and pioneer wheat miller in Nigeria, the group has evolved to become one of the biggest brands in the foods and agro-allied industry…

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Low-alcohol spirits maker Clean Liquor raises US$9m in funding to support international expansion

UK – The Clean Liquor Co., a producer of low-alcohol spirits, has raised US$9 million in funding which was backed by both venture capital funds and private individuals Founded by reality TV star Spencer Matthews, Clean Co. uses traditional distilling methods to create low-alcohol spirits. The private raise has seen Clean Co. divest a 20% stake in its business. Investors included Ursula Burns, who was the first African American woman to serve as CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and Simba Sleep founder James Cox. According to Clean Co., the…

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Egypt’s rise in demand for beef to result in increase in production, importation

EGYPT – Egypt’s calf crop production for the market year 2021 is forecasted to be 1.94 million heads according to Food Agricultural Service Cairo as indicated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) in a Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report. Total supply during the year under review is forecast at 9.99 million animals, increasing by 125,000 head or slightly over one percent above USDA’s official MY 2020 figure of 9.86 million. Even with the projected production, input costs are high despite the government authorizing in 2018 an additional 400,000…

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Poultry company officially appoints Fabio Sandri as Company’s president and CEO

USA – Poultry company Pilgrim’s Pride has appointed Fabio Sandri as the company’s president and CEO, effective immediately, following the departure of Jayson Penn amid legal matters. Sandri was appointed interim president and CEO in June this year as it was announced that Penn had begun a paid leave of absence to focus on his defense, having been charged over alleged US chicken price-fixing. Pilgrim’s Pride has now announced that Penn is no longer with the company. The Justice Department indicted Mr. Penn and three other poultry industry executives in…

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