Kenya lifts ban on maize imports from Tanzania, Uganda under strict conditions

KENYA – Kenya has lifted the ban on imports of Ugandan and Tanzanian maize citing strict terms that the exporters and importers need to adhere to, in a bid to curb shipping in of contaminated crops. The East African nation stopped the importation of maize from the neighbouring countries after the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, undertook a study on the grains which revealed they contained high levels of mycotoxins beyond safety levels. To this end the Ministry has indicated that…

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Bühler’s latest milling technology to bolster production of high quality rice

SWITZERLAND – Swiss technology company Bühler has unveiled a new digitally integrated milling technology with potential of revolutionizing the rice milling industry globally. In developing its new rice mill, Bühler defined three quality parameters essential to the rice market: shine, smoothness and whiteness. These, together with the percentage of broken rice, determine the quality and therefore the price that can be achieved with the final product. The mill features Bühler’s RiceLinePro DROA sensor which continuously assesses and keeps track of these characteristics in real-time using complex machine learning algorithms. This…

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India’s e-commerce market to grow to US$111Bn as consumers ditch physical stores for online shopping

INDIA –  Indian consumers just like their counterparts across the globe embraced online shopping during the pandemic when social distancing made it undesirable to shop in brick and motor stores. With the pandemic dragging on for more than a year now, consumers in the Asian country have made online a habit that is expected to stay on even after the pandemic. The shift to online shopping has made fintech form FIS to be confident that e-commerce is the next frontier for growth in India’s retail sector. In its recently released…

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Kerry, World Food Programme partner to improve milk value chain in Burundi

BURUNDI – Kerry, one of the world’s leading taste and nutrition company has partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme to launch Project Amata in Burundi, aimed to enhance the production and availability of safe, sustainable milk for children and communities. The project will be supported by a direct financial contribution of US$750,000 from the Irish company, aimed to improve food security and nutrition by strengthening the milk value chain. Over the course of the three-year programme, Kerry experts and WFP staff will work together with farmers and the…

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Blue Band brand expands portfolio with launch of instant porridge

Company name: Upfield Holdings Product type: Instant porridge Innovation: New product Upfield Holdings, the manufacturer of the Blue Band margarine has launched new instant porridge, a first of its kind in the Kenyan market. The plant-based, whole milled composite flour is fortified with 10 vitamins and 5 minerals, offering consumers a nutritious breakfast meal. Marketed under the brand name Blue Band, the porridge is prepared in under two minutes by mixing the flour with hot-water, properly stir it and it is ready to be served!

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Rwanda receives green-light to export unprocessed dry chilli to China

RWANDA – Rwanda has assented a protocol for the export of dried chilli to China, giving it access to the Asian market. The agreement was inked between the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources of Rwanda and the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China, certifying that the quality of Rwanda’s dry chilli meets the standards required by China. Prior to the signing of the protocol, Rwandan companies were only exporting chili in other forms i.e., oil and paste, but not dried chilli. China’s e-commerce platform, Alibaba…

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Shoprite collaborates with South African wine farmers to launch new private label wine brand, rescuing ailing industry

SOUTH AFRICA – Leading African retailer, Shoprite has once again come to the rescue of South Africa’s wine industry with the introduction of a new exclusive private label wine brand known as Elephant’s Cousin. The new wines with unique flavour profiles and easy drinkability i.e., a sauvignon blanc, merlot and shiraz, will be widely available in Shoprites and Checker’s LiquorShops. Much like the supermarket’s popular Odd Bins range, the exact origin of the wine is kept secret to ensure it remains both affordable and accessible. Shoprite has indicated that the…

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Slaughter free meat to become cheaper, more eco-friendly by 2030 – CE Delft

GLOBAL – Slaughter free (also known as cultivated meat) is projected to become more affordable by 2030 as production efficiencies improve and greater collaboration is made in the supply chain, a new study by CE Delft has revealed. According to the study, production efficiencies in the sector could push the price of the protein to as as low as US$5.66 per kilogram (US$2.57 per pound) in 2030. This would be a great achievement given that when the first cultivated meat debuted in 2013 in form of Dr. Mark Post beef…

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Zambeef Products names new Non-Executive Directors in company’s Board

ZAMBIA – Zambeef Product Plc, the integrated cold chain foods and retail business with operations in Zambia, Nigeria and Ghana, has announced the appointment of Katebe Monica Musonda, Pearson Gowero and Roman Frenkel to the company Board as Non-Executive Directors with immediate effect. The appointees replace Margaret Kunda Chalwe-Mudenda, Professor Enala Lyson Tembo-Mwase and John Rabb, who resigned and stepped down from the decision making and policy formulating committee effective 5th March 2021. Monica Musonda who will be the Chair of the Remuneration Committee, is an accomplished business executive with…

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Arla Foods Ingredients launches premium dairy products targeting Chinese children

CHINA – Danish multinational dairy cooperative Arla Foods is targeting Chinese children with its newly launched concepts – yogurt in pouches and cheese snacks – featuring its Nutrilac range of functional protein solutions. The cheese snacks combine Nutrilac organic milk protein with real cheese to provide children with much of their daily recommended calcium and protein intake.  The offerings are available in plain or sweet versions and offer a mild, milky taste and smooth structure. Meanwhile, Arla Foods Ingredients’ yogurt in pouches is marketed as an “easily squeezable” concept.  Arla…

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