Uganda Coffee Development Authority’s lab upgrades to new ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation

UGANDA – The Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) has announced that it will be transitioning its Coffee Testing Laboratory in Lugogo to the new ISO/IEC 17025: 2017 standard issued by the International Standardization Organization (ISO) under the European Union funded Market Access Upgrade (MARKUP) project for the coffee and cocoa value chain development in Uganda. The International Standard ISO/IEC17025 is used for the accreditation of competence of testing and calibration laboratories worldwide. According to ISO, all accredited laboratories in the world are supposed to transition to the new standard which…

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World Animal Protection raises alarm on superbug contamination on meat sold in Kenya’s retail stores

KENYA – Nearly two years after an expose by a Kenyan media outlet on the rampant use of chemicals and preservatives by some butcheries and retailers to extend the shelf life of meat products, UK-based World Animal Protection has revealed that, a significant portion of chicken and pork meat sold in supermarkets is contaminated with bacteria or superbugs. Superbugs according to WHO are strains of bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi resistant to most antibiotics and other medications commonly used treat the infections they cause. The World Animal Protection conducted a…

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France latest country to be included in Carrefour’s grocery delivery partnership with Deliveroo

EUROPE – French retail Carrefour has announced that its grocery delivery partnership with Deliveroo will be now expanded to include stores in France. The partnership will enable the French retailer to deliver on-demand groceries in less than 30 minutes to their customers’ homes. The service is already available in Belgium, Italy, and Spain. It will available in Paris with plans for a rollout to 10 other top cities over the coming months. Meanwhile the rollout is picking up speed in Belgium with the extension of the service to Antwerp in…

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DSM launches personalised nutrition company as Kemin expands portfolio of ingredient solutions

NETHERLANDS – Global biosciences company DSM is launching a new nutrition company that aims to provide consumers with personalised nutrition solutions. FoodBev reported that the Netherlands-based company is investing US$100 million into the development of the company which will be operating as Hologram Sciences. DSM says that the newly-formed company seeks to disrupt the nutritional marketplace by creating brands that target various health conditions. Hologram Sciences brands will offer consumer-facing personalised nutrition solutions that have been clinically proven to address a variety of health needs, including those related to immunity,…

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Schur Flexibles Group, Berlin Packaging make new acquisitions in Italy as Altopack develops packaging robot

ITALY- European packaging companies Schur Flexible Group and Berlin Packaging have made new acquisitions in Italy to strengthen their market positions and offer more options for customers. Schur Flexibles Group which produces flexible packaging at 22 facilities located across 11 European countries has acquired packaging specialist Sidac for an undisclosed sum. The company is expected to leverage Sidac’s production plant in Forli, near Bologna, and its portfolio of packaging solutions to expand its network in the Italian market. Sidac’s portfolio primarily consists of complex laminates supplied on reels, which are…

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South African cheese maker Lancewood expands offering with launch of instant baked cheesecake mix

SOUTH AFRICA – Baking a cheesecake is a task that’s traditionally been intimidating for many, but Lancewood a South African celebrated dairy brand has made it so easy that everyone, including the kids, can whip up a delicious baked cheesecake with minimal effort required. The dairy producer has launched the delectable new ‘Piece o’ Cake cheesecake mix “, an all-in-one product coming already mixed and prepared in a convenient tub. According to the company, one only needs to simply follow the easy on-pack baking instructions and you’re good to go.…

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Nestlé Waters North America renamed BlueTriton Brands

US – A few weeks after Nestlé announced completion of sale of its North America Water business to One Rock Capital Partners, the business has begun operating under a new corporate name, BlueTriton Brands. The business was sold to One Rock Capital Partners, in partnership with Metropoulos & Co for US$4.3 billion with the deal being finalised on 31 March. Referring to Triton, the god of sea in Greek mythology, the new name is said to reflect the company’s role as a guardian of sustainable resources and provider of fresh…

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InspiraFarms, Ifria partner to develop farm to market cold chain solutions in West and North Africa

AFRICA – African providers of cold storage solutions, Ifria Cold Chain Development Company and InspiraFarms, have entered into a regional strategic partnership to bring together deep knowledge in the cold chain business, technology development as well as economic and financial deployment skills in African countries. The partnership leverages on Ifria’s cold chain logistics expertise together with InspiraFarms’ next-generation on-farm cold chain & food handling technology and solutions. Ifria is an integrated cold chain development company operating in franchise, license, or directly- cold chain logistics assets, ranging from added value cold storage/logistic warehouses…

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East Africa poultry company Uzima Chicken receives US$3m follow-on debt from AgDevCo

RWANDA – AgDevCo, UK based social impact investor with a focus on Africa’s agricultural sector has made a US$3.0 million follow-on mezzanine debt investment into Uzima Chicken Limited, a poultry company operating in Rwanda and Uganda. The East African poultry farm produces and distributes Sasso breed chickens with the aim to create value for rural households by providing better quality meat and eggs for consumption and sale. Uzima provides day-old chicks through a network of hundreds of small, independent distributors who rear the birds to six to eight weeks before…

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Plant-based meat biggest winner of alternative protein boom in 2020, achieves US$1.4bn in sales

GLOBAL – The plant-based meat category experienced a boom in 2020 thanks to a raging pandemic that impacted supply chains of conventional meat leading to consumers discovering new brands on store shelves. According to a recently released SPINS data by the Good Food Institute and the Plant-Based Foods Association (PBFA), the Plant-based meat had US$1.4 billion in sales, growing 45% overall compared to 2019 and making up 2.7% of all U.S. retail packaged meat sales. Refrigerated plant-based meat sales saw the highest growth percentage, up 75% in 2020, according to…

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