Launch of Zimbabwe’s commodity exchange draws nigh to first focus on non-strategic grains

ZIMBABWE – The much-anticipated Zimbabwe Mercantile Exchange (ZMX) will be launched on April 30, an extension by one month from the initially slated date of March 31. The extension according to The Herald, is aimed to give allowance for the requisite approvals and promulgation of statutes. The commodity exchange has been developed through a Public-Private Partnership between the government, Financial Securities Exchange Limited (FINSEC), TSL Limited and CBZ Holdings Limited. “This change will allow for the completion of final lawful approvals as well as enactment of statutes relevant to the…

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Diageo ups sustainability efforts with launch of new low-carbon glass whisky bottle

UK – UK-based multinational alcoholic beverage manufacturer Diageo has collaborated with glass manufacturer Encirc to trial a glass whisky bottle that can reduce the carbon impact of its bottle production by up to 90%. Research and technology body Glass Futures was also involved in the development process that used waste-based biofuel-powered furnaces to produce the glass for  Diageo’s  Black & White Scotch whisky brand. Aston Fuller, general manager of Glass Futures, said: “Glass is a fully recyclable and highly sustainable product, and through this trial, with Encirc we are seeing…

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Scientists develop new method to upcycle spent barley to bolster sustainability in beer production

US – The process of making beer usually results in mounds of leftover grain that beer manufacturers have to dispose of. Previously, the protein-rich and fiber-rich powder typically was either used in cattle feed or discarded in landfills. With sustainability increasingly becoming an important part of the brewing process, filling landfills with their spent grain does not look good on the sustainability scorecard of beer manufacturers. It is neither a good idea if a protein rich product is just fed to animals when millions of people have a problem accessing…

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Algeria sets up strategy to boost local cereal production, reduc import bill

ALGERIA – Algeria is implementing a new policy for the agriculture sector aimed to achieve food security, increase domestic production and reduce imports of some expensive commodities, by encouraging local investments. According to the Algerian Customs data, total cereal imports from January to November 2020 increased by 2.65% in value terms compared to the same period in 2019, due mostly to corn. The report indicates an increase in imports as 8.62% rise for corn while wheat declined by 8.6%. In addition, soybean meal imports fell by 34.9% as soybean imports…

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Castle Malawi debuts new beer brand Doppel Munich

MALAWI– Castel Malawi, leading producer and distributor of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in the South African country has launched a new brand of beer on the market known as Doppel Munich. Castel Malawi Managing Director Herve Milhade described the new beer as very tasty, very strong and very unique, introduced in the market to address consumer needs. “This new beer on the market will surely provide a great experience to our consumers,” he said The company’s manager for alcoholic beverages Stanley Chiyola said they have introduced Doppel to bring variety…

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Solar Foods secures funding to accelerating production of air-based protein

FINLAND – The alternative meat protein industry is bursting with novel and at times unimaginable ideas on how to create food products that mimic the taste and feel of animal protein without input from actual animals. Alternative proteins from plants and those cultured in the lab have been a mainstay in the alternative protein industry and are no longer surprising. According to the SPINS data, plant-based food retail sales jumped 27% in 2020 to record sales worth US$7 billion, a testament their popularity among consumers. Finnish food tech company Solar…

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Kenya Defence Forces rallies for exemption of state-owned meat processor KMC from privatization list

KENYA – The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) through the Ministry of Defence has written to the Privatisation Commission to exempt the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) from the list of State-owned enterprises that Cabinet has approved for sale. According to reports by The East Africa, the Privatisation Commission which was brought into being by the Privatisation Act (2005) was mandated to sell of 26 poorly performing parastatals to strategic investors to reduce their reliance on the exchequer. The sale of state-owned enterprises was also expected to mobilise resources and support the…

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European Food Safety Authority warns resistance levels still high in foodborne bacteria

EUROPE – A sizeable proportion of Salmonella and Campylobacter bacteria is still resistant to antibiotics commonly used in humans and animals, as in previous years, according to a new report released by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The report was based on antimicrobial resistance monitoring data collected by Member States as part of their EU regulatory obligations and jointly analyzed by EFSA and ECDC with the assistance of external contractors.  “In humans, high proportions of resistance to ciprofloxacin, an…

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COMESA enhances seed trade by developing certified labels, fosters trade in animal under AfCFTA

AFRICA – The Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA) is a specialized agency of COMESA, focused on agricultural development, has developed over four million physical seed labels that are ready for use by seed companies in the region. ACTESA, manages the Seed Development Programme which is implemented within the guidelines of the COMESA Seed Harmonisation Implementation Plan (COMSHIP). In line with COMSHIP, the programme has developed the COMESA Variety Catalogue, a platform that contains seed varieties which comply with requirements of having the seed registered in…

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Tyson Foods opens new US$425m Tennessee poultry complex amid unending price-fixing allegations

US – Tyson Foods, the world’s second-largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork, has officially inaugurated its new poultry complex in Humboldt, Tennessee, following a total investment of US$425 million. Located within the Gibson County Industrial Park , the site consists of a processing plant, feed mill and hatchery, and represents Tyson Foods’ biggest investment in Tennessee. The plant is expected to start production later this month and will produce pre-packaged trays of fresh chicken for retail grocery stores nationwide. According to Tyson Foods, several hundred workers have…

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