RAPS launches vegan barbecue products made from pea-protein

GERMANY – RAPS, a leading supplier of the meat industry has launched new vegan barbecue products made from pea-protein in an effort to bring even more variety to the plant-based market that is currently in vogue. The new products range from burger patties and bratwurst, to barbecue skewers and meatballs and promise “flavoursome, flame-grilled enjoyment”. The German based company said the new products addresses the demands of manufacturers who want to expand their barbecue range with diverse, plant-based applications. The launch is timely as meat-free products for vegans, vegetarians and…

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World food production will need to increase by 50 percent to meet the needs of the growing population

GLOBAL – World food production will need to increase by 50 percent to overcome present shortages and meet the needs of the growing population – predicted to reach almost 10 billion by 2050. This is according to the study findings of a new comprehensive 12-month review literature on climate change and healthy diets published in the Annual Review of Public Health. According to the findings, it will be possible to produce enough food to maintain adequate intakes for the time being by using improved farming practices and technology and more…

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Bell launches new flavours to enhance sensory profile of plant-based foods

EUROPE – Bell Flavors & Fragrances has launched a portfolio of functional flavors to aid European manufacturers in mitigating specific off-notes, while creating a more neutral and appealing sensory profile in plant-based foods. Plant proteins often generate unwanted bitter or beany off-notes or lack specific sensory attributes, making them less appealing for consumers. To address this problem, experts from Bell identified the potential off-tastes of various protein sources, including soy, wheat, pea, rice, oat, almond and coconut. Primary focuses were studying the ingredients’ organoleptic effects on taste and other characteristics,…

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South Africa’s Libstar banks on innovation to drive growth during pandemic period, launches new products

SOUTH AFRICA – Libstar, one of South Africa’s leading Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) manufacturers and distributors, has launched two No Added Sugar yoghurt flavours, in a bid to meet consumers demand of healthy and nutritious products, triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new variants are Double Cream No Sugar Added Strawberries & Cream and Low Fat No Sugar Added Blackberry & Cherry, launched under the group’s dairy subsidiary, Lancewood. This follows the company’s debut of ‘Piece o’ Cake cheesecake mix,’ an all-in-one product coming already mixed and prepared in a…

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South Africa confirms avian flu outbreak, cases reported in commercial poultry farm

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s multi-billion-dollar poultry industry is on high alert and implementing contingency plans after an announcement of an outbreak of avian flu on a farm in South Africa’s central province of Gauteng. The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development confirmed the outbreak announcing that about 300 birds died of avian flu at the commercial chicken-layer farm in Ekurhuleni. Samples from the farm were taken for laboratory testing which turned positive for the H5 strain of AI. Upon confirmation that it was H5, the birds in…

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India’s WayCool Foods adopts electric mobility in last mile delivery to cut down on carbon emissions

INDIA – WayCool Foods, a leading Fast Consumer Goods Company in India, will begin using electric three-wheelers for intra-city deliveries in Bengaluru in an effort to cut down on carbon emissions and improve its sustainability profile. To make the transition to electric-mobility possible, WayCool has partnered with Pune-based third party logistics services provider FM Logistic which will provide the e-vehicles for last mile delivery. The vehicles will be particularly used in delivering WayCool products to local kirana stores, supermarkets as well as end consumers in Bengaluru. “Sustainability is at the…

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Ethiopia’s dairy company Lame Dairy invests US$14.5m in new processing facility

ETHIOPIA – Lame Dairy, subsidiary of Midroc Ethiopia Technology Group has opened a new dairy facility in Addis Ababa, constructed at a cost of Br 600 million (US$14.5m). The new factory more than doubles the dairy processors capacity from 70,000 litres of milk a day to 160,000 litres, and will produce the long-life Shola Milk brand that can stay fresh for three weeks under refrigeration. The new bottled product will enable distribution to far-off and remote areas, as well as reduce wastage. It will also produce other by-products such as…

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Naivas, Cleanshelf open new branches in Nakuru, take over spaces of struggling Tuskys, Ukwala

KENYA – IFC backed Kenyan retailer Naivas Supermarket has opened its fourth store in Nakuru town, as local chain Cleanshelf opens its inaugural store in the same region, central of Kenya. The new stores steam up competition in the town which hosts other retailers such as WoolMart and QuickMart who have two branches each, while homegrown Gilanis has maintained its only branch. According to reports by Business Daily, Naivas’ and Cleanshelf’s new branch have occupied spaces vacated by Tuskys and Choppies owned Ukwala respectively. Troubled Tuskys supermarket exited Nakuru town,…

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Kenyan bakery DPL Festive receives FSSC 22000 certification showcasing utmost safe food handling

KENYA – DPL Festive Bread, one of the leading bakeries in Kenya producing the market dominant Festive brand, has received the Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) from EA SGS Kenya Ltd. The bread maker becomes the first bakery in the East Africa region to receive the standards certification, showcasing its commitment to safe handling of food and food-related products. FSSC 22000 provides a framework for certifying and auditing Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS), which meets the Global Food Safety Initiative’s (GFSI) Benchmarking Requirements – the highest food safety…

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Kenya’s Family Bank partner USAID to disburse US$4.7m to agribusinesses

KENYA – Financial institution Family Bank and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), have partnered disburse US$4.7 million to agri-businesses in seventeen counties in Kenya in the next one year. The partnership deal between the lender and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) seeks to unlock US$374 million to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Kenya and East Africa. The partnership will see Family Bank finance agri-businesses in the selected 17 Counties in the East Africa nation. Through an initiative dubbed ‘Pay for Results’, the bank…

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