Danish biotechnology company Novozymes launches new dough improving ingredient

DENMARK — Global biotechnology company Novozymes has introduced Gluzyme Fortis- a new ingredient which it says strengthens gluten and improves the dough. According to Novozymes, the biological solution makes it easier for bakeries to handle dough and produce bread under warm and difficult climatic conditions. Long supply chains, storage temperature and tough climatic conditions are some of the challenges that impact how ingredients perform during production of bread and ultimately impact the final bread.  “With Gluzyme Fortis, Novozymes has made a new solution to help the industry meet these challenges…

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APC Microbiome partners ImmuCell to foster development of antibiotic alternatives for the dairy industry

IRELAND — APC Microbiome Ireland, a world leader in microbiome research has partnered with animal health company animal health company to advance research in antibiotics alternatives. According to APC, overuse of antibiotics in the food chain is a critical issue for human health due to the increasing number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria or “superbugs”, causing potentially untreatable life-threatening infections in people.  To minimize the risks, regulators worldwide are restricting the use of antibiotics in animals used in food production. To address the challenge of overuse of antibiotics and still ensure dairy…

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Naturally sourced Nitrate and Nitrite meat preservatives targeted in new US food labelling regulations

US – The United States Department of Agriculture through its Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is planning draft regulations prohibiting the use of statements such as “No Nitrate or Nitrite Added” and on products processed using any source of nitrates or nitrites. Currently, the governmental regulatory agency allows companies to make these claims when using natural sources of nitrates such as celery salt. However, this will change if FSIS goes ahead with the proposed plans which are expected to start taking effect as from May 2021. Additionally, the FSIS…

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Canadian frozen food company McCain invests US$200m in development of new potato plant in China

CHINA – Canadian-based and world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato products, McCain Foods is planning to invest US$200 million to construct a second local potato production facility in China. McCain food says the investment builds on its 25 years’ presence in China and aims to meet the growing demand for its potato products in the country. Located in Yangling Agriculture Hi-Tech Development Zone, Shaanxi Province, the new facility will expand McCain’s local production network in China. The US$200m facility will join the company’s existing potato processing facility in Harbin, Heilongjiang…

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South African food retailers brought home the bacon with onset of COVID-19

SOUTH AFRICA – Food retailers in South Africa are seen to be the biggest winners during the COVID-19 pandemic as most businesses have reported sales volumes growth or increased revenue in their latest financial statements. This is according to the latest Essential Food Pricing Monitoring report, prepared by the Competition Commission, which highlighted that the bullish sales were as a result of most people resorting to preparing food at home and thus bought the necessary groceries to do so. “The introduction of the national lock-down saw panic buying behavior and…

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China Mengniu Dairy acquires additional stake in Shanghai Milkground

CHINA – China Mengniu Dairy, through its subsidiary Inner Mongolia, has agreed to increase its stake in Chinese cheese manufacturer Shanghai Milkground for a total value of ¥3 billion ($459 million). The transaction which includes the purchase of more than 100 million shares, will see Inner Mongolia increase its stake in the Chinese dairy company to 23.8% from the 5% it acquired in March. Upon completion of the deal, Inner Mongolia will become the controlling shareholder of Shanghai Milkground, a position which was previously held by Ms Chai. Shanghai Milkground…

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More African farmers embrace biotech crops doubling number of planting countries in 2019 – ISAAA

AFRICA – Africa doubled the number of countries planting biotech crops from three in 2018 to six in 2019, leading the progress among the regions of the world in GM crop adoption. This is according to the latest report of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) on the Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops in 2019. ISAAA is a not-for-profit international organization that shares the benefits of crop biotechnology to various stakeholders, particularly resource-poor farmers in developing countries, through knowledge sharing initiatives and support to transfer…

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New functional milk enhancing mobility during ageing launched by Nestlé

CHINA – Swiss manufacturing conglomerate, Nestlé has launched Yiyang Active Milk- a functional milk product for ageing adults consisting of ingredients to support bone health, muscle strength and joint functionality. The product which was launched in China by the Swiss food group comes at a time when consumers globally are becoming increasingly concerned about healthy ageing. It is this concern that makes Matthew Incles, market intelligence manager at Leatherhead, to be confident that opportunities exist in the development of functional food and beverage products for ageing consumers. Incles notes that…

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Kenya receives US$4.4m from EU to boost food production, aid COVID-19 recovery efforts

KENYA – The government of Kenya has secured Kshs.500 million (US$4.4m) from the European Union (EU) to support small scale farmers in five counties in the western region, so as to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The donation programme being implemented by the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) targets to support farmers’ access to high-quality inputs to produce food for household use and market the surplus. Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya said during the official launch that providing food and nutrition security to all Kenyans is…

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Sustainability drives changes in beer packaging

The 13,000-year-old beer industry is facing a new revolution in packaging. Previously, beer manufacturers developed packages to mainly achieve primarily to contain the beer, protect the quality of the beer from deteriorating, enhance convenience of use by the consumer, and differentiate the beer brand from its competitors. Although these functions remain the fundamental reasons behind beer packaging, a new trend in the name of sustainability has joined the block and is revolutionizing the way the drink is being packaged around the world. Today companies are thinking on how best to…

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