Donnie King appointed as Tyson Foods Group Chief Operating Officer

US – American multination meat corporation Tyson Foods has appointed group president of poultry Donnie King to the role of chief operating officer (COO). The appointment comes at a time when the corporation which is the world’s second largest meat company is implementing a number of organisational changes intended to create a more agile business. King took up the position of group president of poultry in September 2020 and will continue to serve in this role, in addition to his COO duties. King first joined Tyson Foods in 1982 where…

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Symrise creates chicken solutions that meet the rising demand for ethical food and drinks

US – Diana Food, a subsidiary of German producer of flavours and fragrances Symrise, has launched a range of Organic and Animal Welfare Poultry solutions specifically developed to meet the rising demand for ethical food and drink among consumers around the world. Diana Food’s organic solutions are comprised of organic hen broth, hen bone broth, organic hen meat powder, and organic hen fat. The broths are available in both liquid and dehydrated forms. In the Animal Welfare offer,  Diana Food’s products include liquid and dehydrated free range chicken extracts; free…

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Tate & Lyle launches digital nutrition centre to better address public health challenges

UK – Leading provider of food and beverage ingredients Tate & Lyle PLC has launched a new digital hub to enable it provide easy access to authoritative science on ingredients that can help address public health challenges. The company said that the Tate & Lyle Nutrition Centre aims to increase awareness of evidence-based science for ingredients, including low- and no- calorie sweeteners and dietary fibres, and their role in a healthy, balanced diet. Accessible via www.tateandlyle.com/nutrition-centre, the hub houses expert insights, research and educational tools for food and beverage companies,…

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BOC Kenya board sits on the fence in regards to company take over by Carbacid

KENYA – The takeover of manufacturer of industrial, medical and special gases, BOC Kenya by Carbacid Investments Limited, East Africa’s leading supplier of food grade liquefied carbon dioxide has hit a speed bump. The independent adviser, Dyer and Blair Investment Bank, who was hired to review the transaction offer made by Carbacid at Ksh63.5 (US$0.58) per share, has indicated it undervalues BOC Kenya by 30.8 per cent. The adviser wrote to the board of BOC, stating that the company has a fair value of Ksh91.76 (US$0.84) or an aggregate of…

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Kenyan startup The Bug Picture transforms desert locust into animal feed, organic fertilizer

KENYA – Necessity is the mother of invasion. Kenyan regenerative agriculture startup, The Bug Picture is turning the locust invasion menace that has engulfed Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Yemen, into an opportunity by turning the insects into animal feed or an organic fertiliser. The startup is dedicated at addressing environmental challenges in East Africa via the sustainable use of insects, producing competitively priced sustainable alternative protein source. With support from Danida emergency funding, The Bug Picture has mobilised affected community members around the areas of Laikipia, Isiolo and Samburu in…

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Symrise appoints Dr Jean-Yves Parisot as head of newly created Flavor & Nutrition segment

GERMANY – Symrise AG, a major producer of flavours and fragrances, has appointed Dr Jean-Yves Paris to the newly created Flavour and Nutrition segment. Jean-Yves Parisot (56) has been Head of the Nutrition/Diana business unit since 2014 and a member of the Executive Board of Symrise AG since October 2016. In his role, he was most recently responsible for the successful acquisition of ADF/IDF in the U.S. Prior to the acquisition and integration of Diana Group, he headed the Food Division within the Diana Group for five years. The Flavour…

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Kapa Oil Refineries changes decades old baking powder packaging

Company: Kapa Oils Refineries Product type: Baking powder Innovation: New packaging Kapa Oils Refineries, a Kenyan FMCG company has launched a new packaging for its flagship baking powder product dubbed Chapa Mandashi. The food ingredient has been packaged in a paper box since the 1960’s, with the company giving it a new brand identity packing the product in a plastic container. Some Kenyan netizens have hailed the move as it is a refreshing sight from the decades old packaging. However, others have aired their concerns sighting that manufacturers across the globe are moving…

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Two-thirds of consumers globally believe that food safety is a major issue for society- Tetra Pak

GLOBAL – Food safety is a major issue for society. This is according to a recent study conducted by Tetra Pak, a leading manufacturer of food processing equipment, in partnership with global survey company Ipsos. According to the study, 77% of respondents said that they considered food safety to be a major issue for society and further believed that COVID-19 is a “real threat.” The Tetra Pak research further revealed that health is deeply connected to heightened issues of food safety and hygiene. Two-thirds of consumers sayed that being healthy…

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Ivory Coast eyes US$1.2 billion financing from EU to aid its gradual transition to sustainable cocoa production

IVORY COAST – The world’s leading cocoa producing country Ivory Coast, is set to clinch €1bln (US$1.2 billion) financing from the European Union over the next six years, to aid the country’s cocoa sector adapt to EU supply chain laws towards sustainable cocoa production, due to be introduced later this year. The loan will be provided under the “Team Europe” initiative set up by the institution to assist its member countries, with the resources expected to come from all 27 EU member states as well as financial institutions in the…

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Ingredion expands presence in South America through partnership with Argentina’s Grupo Arcor

ARGENTINA – Global ingredient solutions provider to the food and beverage industry Ingredion has partnered with Argentina’s Grupo Arcor to create a new food ingredients joint venture for the South America region. Arcor is a leading food company in Argentina, the first global producer of hard candy, and the main confectionery exporter in Argentina, Chile, and Peru. It has more than 40 industrial plants with a daily production volume that amounts to 3 million kilograms and brands that are reportedly sold in more than 100 countries worldwide. In a statement,…

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