Bühler partners Vyncke to offer clean process energy solutions to food factories

SWITZERLAND – Swiss Technology Company Bühler Group and clean energy company Vyncke have formed a strategic partnership to offer sustainable energy solutions to food companies. According to statement from Bühler, the two companies will seek to offer customers integrated solutions that transform biomass side stream products into clean process energy while reducing the customers’ carbon footprint. Biomass by-products are generated in almost all food processes. Typical examples are the processing of grains, rice, corn, and cocoa. These by-products are often either used for animal feed or simply disposed of. Bühler…

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Iconic Namibian artisanal bakery Hansa Bakery shuts down

NAMIBIA – Hansa Bakery, one of Namibia’s oldest baking firms is closing the curtains to its over 40-year-old business, due to loss of business and pilling cost of operations. Signifying the end of an era, Hansa Bakery together with its Przybylski bakery and confectionery unit will finally close their doors on April 30th. This according to a report by Allgemeine Zeitung, was triggered by the company’s long struggle with cost of operations i.e., raw material prices, energy and production costs which have exploded in recent years. Also there has been…

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Israeli startup Demetria to use AI-tech to remove the guesswork out of quality coffee production

ISRAEL – Demetria, an Israeli–Colombia-based start-up, is set to drive efficiency, transparency, and sustainability throughout the coffee value chain using its first-of-its-kind AI-powered software. The firm notes that it’s AI technology will significantly help in improving the quality of coffee at the firm level by bringing to farmers “first-of-its-kind insights” on which farming methods produce better crops. According to the startup, Cupping (which determines the quality of coffee)  is inaccessible to the vast majority of the 12.5 million smallholder farmers who produce 60% of the world’s coffee beans. This means…

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Ugandan coffee fetch lower earning in January stifled by prevailing low global prices

UGANDA – Uganda exceeded its projected coffee exports for the month of January 2021, which was set at 400, 000 bags each weighing 60 kgs, to selling 446,560 bags worth US$ 39.73 million. This was an increase from previous month’s output which was 422,922 bags, but a 4.92% and 17.19% decline in quantity and value respectively compared to the same month last year. By comparing quantity of coffee exported by type in the same month of last Coffee Year (January 2020), Robusta comprising of 398,160 bags valued at US$ 32.71…

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Shoprite furthers commitment to use sustainable energy, installs solar pv projects

SOUTH AFRICA – Shoprite, Africa’s largest retailer has inked an agreement which will see the group procure 434 000 MWh of renewable energy per year for the next seven years, a first of its kind in Africa by any retailer. Further to that, the supermarket chain owner has made strides in reducing green-gas emissions by installing rooftop photovoltaic panels at 19 sites in South Africa and Namibia, generating 12 300 MWh of electricity – a year. Its largest installation is at its Basson distribution centre in Brackenfell, South Africa, covering…

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Japanese beverage giant Kirin supports healthy aging with new memory-supporting ingredient

JAPAN – Kirin Holdings has introduced a new functional ingredient to support “support the maintenance of memory, which declines with age.” Called Beta-Lactolin, the new ingredient reportedly targets those who are healthy but have started to become forgetful or slower in making decisions due to the natural aging process. To ensure market success, Kirin is partnering with a number of local food companies to launch the product in various forms including a beverage, yogurt, and supplements. New products to be released throughout Japan include beta-lactolin by Kyowa Hakko Bio on…

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DSM’s new flavor to allow food producers make vegan plant-based fish alternatives

NETHERLANDS – Dutch multinational Food and Nutrition Company Royal DSM has launched a new vegan flavor solution derived from algal oil to bolster the development of plant-based protein offerings. Dubbed Maxavor Fish YE, the new flavor is a 100 percent allergen-free solution that allows food manufacturers to deliver across a variety of plant-based fish alternative applications, in addition to fish-based products. These could include vegetarian fish nuggets, vegan fish sauce and fish cakes. DSM’s says its new solution addresses the challenges food producers face when developing authentic-tasting, sustainable and label-friendly…

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Cargill to boost U.S. soy crush capacity, plant efficiency as Bunge Completes Sale of Rotterdam Refinery

US –  U.S. agricultural commodities trader Cargill Inc is expanding soybean processing capacity at two large Midwest crush plants and increasing efficiency at five other U.S. facilities to meet the growing demand for food and fuel. The development is happening at a time when leading producer and supplier of specialty plant-based oils and fats Bunge has completed the sale of its refinery located in Rotterdam to Neste Bunge plans to lease back the facility from Neste in a phased transition through the end of 2024 so that it can continue…

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Kenyan tomato farmers to benefit from US$3.9m processing facility, to be operational by 2022

KENYA – The government of Kenya is investing Ksh. 430 million (US$3.9m) to build a tomato processing factory in Loitok tok, Kajiado County, one of the country’s food basket. According to reports by Business Daily, the establishment of the facility is funded by the national government under the Ewaso Ng’iro South Development Authority (ENSDA). It is expected to be up running by the end of 2022, promoting value addition of the crop, in a bid to curb post-harvest losses and reap more benefit in the market both locally and abroad.…

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COMESA, EU champion development of National Sanitary and Phytosanitary System for Comoros

COMOROS – Africa’s regional economic organization, COMESA has partnered with the European Union (EU) to support the development of an efficient national Sanitary and Phytosanitary System (SPS) for Comoros with €3.2m (US$3.8m) funding. According to COMESA, the support has been provided to the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and the Environment (INRAPE), through its Adjustment Fund (CAF) under the Regional Integration Support Mechanism (RISM) programme. Its aim is to address the regulatory deficit within the national sanitary and phytosanitary system and further ensure food safety and quality control within…

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