Tate & Lyle exceeds 2020 environmental targets, embarks on achieving ambitious 2030 targets

UK – Tate & Lyle PLC, a leading global food and beverage ingredient supplier, has announced announce that it has exceeded its 2020 environmental targets, set using a 2008 baseline.  In a statement, the company said that it was able to reduce scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, generated by on-site energy use, by 25% (an equivalent of the carbon captured by nearly 1 million acres of US forestry) against a target of 19%. Additionally, the company was able to reduce waste to landfill was by 37% (an…

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Eat Just to begin home delivery of cultured meat in Singapore

SINGAPORE – Alternative protein startup, Eat Just has partnered with Asian grocery delivery platform Foodpanda on what it claims will be the world’s first home delivery of cultured meat. The collaboration will see meals featuring Eat Just’s Good Meat cultured chicken product available for delivery on the Foodpanda app for a limited time in Singapore. According to a statement from the company, customers can order three dishes containing cultured chicken prepared by Singapore’s 1880 – the first restaurant which served Eat Just’s cultured meat to its guests. Some of the…

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Danone impacted by pandemic in Q1 as Coca-Cola sees slight recovery

FRANCE – French dairy giant Danone and US beverage company Coca Cola have released their Q1 results, reporting mixing results as the pandemic continues to impact business operations across the globe. For the French dairy, sales declined 3.3% on a like-for-like (LFL) basis to €5.66 billion (about US$6.80 billion), affected largely by a 7.7% drop in its Specialized Nutrition unit and an 11.6% decline in water sales. Its noteworthy to mention that the company’s Essential Dairy and Plant-based (EDP) division managed to record a 1.5% LFL growth in sales to…

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Duravant, Arcadia Biosciences make new purchases to expand presence in Europe

NETHERLANDS –Duravant and Arcadia Biosciences have announced new acquisitions aimed at bolstering their presence in Europe and expanding their offering to customers. Duravant, on its part has signed an agreement to acquire Foodmate, a manufacturer of poultry processing equipment based in the Netherlands. The company’s product line spans a wide assortment of poultry processing equipment suitable for a number of activities ranging from weighing and grading to the cutting and deboning. Founded in 2006, the firm expanded its worldwide distribution into North and South America with the launch of Foodmate…

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JBS to bolster presence in plant-based foods with acquisition of Dutch protein company Vivera

NETHERLANDS – world’s largest processor of fresh beef and pork JBS has agreed to acquire plant-based meat producer Vivera in a deal worth approximately €341 million (about US$409.35 million). Netherlands-based Vivera is the third-largest manufacturer of plant-based food products in Europe producing a number of meat alternatives such as burgers, chicken and mince alternatives. It has a presence in 25 countries across the continent, including the Netherlands, the UK and Germany. According to a statement from JBS, the acquisition includes three manufacturing units and a research and development centre located…

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Nestlé steps up efforts in combating plastic watse, becomes first FMCG to join Polyco in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Nestlé East and Southern Africa Region has joined the Polyolefin Responsibility Organisation (Polyco), a not-for-profit industry body focusing on reducing the amount of used polyolefin plastic packaging waste going to landfill and ending plastic waste in the environment. The food giant is the first food and manufacturing company to join the organization whose aims is to make waste a valuable resource that works for the economy by increasing the sustainable collection, recycling, recovery and beneficiation of polyolefin plastic packaging. “As Nestlé in East and Southern Africa, we…

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Domino’s Pizza expands global footprint with first store in Ghana

GHANA – Domino’s Pizza Inc. one of the largest pizza companies in the world, is continuing its global growth momentum as it has opened its the first store in Ghana. Residents of Accra can now enjoy hot, made-to-order pizza in-store or delivered to their doorstep by Domino’s master franchisee, Fire Foods Ghana Ltd. “We are excited to partner with Domino’s on bringing this leading and much-loved pizza brand to Ghana’s shores,” said Karan Kapur, executive director of Fire Foods Ghana Ltd. “We are thrilled that Domino’s delicious food, excellent customer…

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Nestlé’s chocolate brand KitKat pledges to be carbon neutral by 2025

SWITZERLAND – KitKat, one of the world’s most popular chocolate brands, has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2025, bolstering Nestlé’s sustainability efforts which aim to achieve net zero emissions  throughout its value chain by no later than 2050. The Nestlé owned chocolate brand aims to achieve carbon neutrality by reducing the emissions generated through the sourcing of its ingredients, the manufacturing of the product and its distribution by more than 50% as part of the plan. According to KitKat, most emissions occur when producing ingredients like cocoa and milk…

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FrieslandCampina WAMCO, global dairy giants partner to boost dairy self-sufficiency in Nigeria

NIGERIA – Nigeria targets to increase milk production from the current 600,000 metric tonnes to 1,700,000 metric tonnes by 2024, in a bid to reduce the US$1.5 billion dairy importation bill incurred by the country annually. To achieve this target, the government is set to provide the needed infrastructure to enhance milk aggregation and distribution. The private sector has also joined the initiative with four leading dairy players in Nigeria forming a consortium, aimed to bring knowledge, high quality products and long-term farming improvements to Nigeria. These companies led by…

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Kenya’s demand for grains to surpass local production forcing reliance on imports

KENYA – Kenya is a diverse country with many agro-ecological zones (AEZs) which makes it ideal for agriculture production. However, the country is expected to remain a net importer for corn, wheat, and rice in the Marketing Year 2021/22 as local production does not match demand levels. According to a GAIN report prepared by USDA, the East African nation is expected to produce 4 million MT of its staple grain, corn, during the period under review. This will be against consumption levels of 4.5 million MT due to a rise…

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