Zomato expands meal delivery in India amid surging covid-19 cases, appoints 4 women to board

INDIA – Food delivery platform, Zomato has expanded the offering of its meal delivery service to include home-style mini-menus to cater for surging demand of food order amid a worsening covid-19 crisis. The new, curated menus in the delivery app’s platform include options such as khichdi, soups, rajma chawal, and other Indian staples and have been launched in partnership with thousands of restaurants in the country. Chief Executive Deepinder Goyal said that expansion of the meals available on the platform was necessitated by surging demands from people with poor health…

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Chr. Hansen Natural Colors expands pigment portfolio with acquisition of Secna Natural Ingredients Group

DENMARK – Food ingredients company Chr. Hansen Natural Colors has announced its acquisition of food and beverage colours provider, Secna Natural Ingredients Group. The deal marks Chr. Hansen Natural Colors’ first major transaction since being acquired by private equity firm EQT and becoming a standalone company. Following the acquisition, Chr. Hansen Natural Colors will gain access to Secna Group’s pigment portfolio, which includes anthocyanins from black carrots and grape. The Denmark based company will also expand its footprint in Spain, Italy and Turkey where Secna has an established presence. Commenting…

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Unilever expands consumer health offerings with acquisition of US supplements brand Onnit

US – Consumer goods giant, Unilever has agreed to acquire US supplements brand and lifestyle company, Onnit, as it continues to expand its consumer health offerings. Based in Austin, Texas, Onnit’s core focus is its range of supplements that aim to improve cognitive function, mood and relaxation, gut health and immunity support. The company’s portfolio also features protein powders, protein snacks, fats and oils, as well as coffee. Founded in 2010, the holistic wellness and lifestyle company also offers fitness essentials such as kettlebells and a digital content platform that…

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Argentine candy maker Arcor partners with Webcor to establish US$45m confectionery factory in Angola

ANGOLA – The Argentine multinational company Grupo Arcor, one of the world leaders in the confectionery, agri-food and packaging sector, is nearing completion of its US$45 million confectionery factory in Angola. The project which is undertaken in partnership with Angolan distribution partner Webcor, will specialize in production of cookies, biscuits and chocolates. It is expected to produce six thousand tons of products of different brands annually, serving both the local market and neighbouring countries of Congo, Namibia, Zambia and Botswana. The ambassador of Argentina accredited to Angola, Alejandro Guillermo Vierdier,…

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Arla leverages big data to help farmers decarbonise dairy at a faster pace 

DENMARK – Danish multinational dairy cooperative, Arla Foods has turned to big data to help its farmers adopt practices that with proven ability to decarbonise dairy farming. The new strategy is part of Arla’s ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent per kilo of milk over the next decade and to work towards carbon net zero by 2050. The Danish dairy firm notes that for the last decades, its farmers have been working steadily towards sustainable farming and implementing green opportunities on their farms, such as circular farming…

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Ethiopia inaugurates US$2.3m veterinary drug manufacturing plant to meet local demand

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopia has cut ribbon to the newly build 100-million Birr (US$2.3m) veterinary drug manufacturing plant, built by the National Veterinary Institute (NBI) in Bishoftu town. The factory will produce 91.5 million veterinary tablets annually, initially operating at 60 percent processing capacity. According to reports by Ethiopia News Agency, the plant will enhance livestock productivity and accelerate the sector’s growth by availing cheaper and readily accessible remedies for the herds. It will also save foreign currency by covering 15% of the country’s veterinary demands, producing 23 types of vaccines…

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Zambia launches National Livestock Development Policy, EU supports agribusinesses with US$31m fund

ZAMBIA – Zambia has launched the National Livestock Development Policy (NLDP) aimed to transform the livestock industry, in order to enhance social economic development. The policy will be implemented over a 4-year span period from 2021 to 2024, with an expected expenditure of 1.45billion (US$80m) kwacha. Its focus will include promoting sustainable livestock production and productivity, promote standards and quality of livestock and its products, and strengthen livestock research and development. Also, it will promote sustainable management of farm animal genetic resource, improve animal welfare and livestock production environment to…

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Uganda to export the fully agreed sugar quota to Kenya after prove of origin

UGANDA – Ugandan sugar farmers can breathe a sigh of relief after Kenya and Uganda ironed out a trade dispute over the commodity that has lasted for years. During a meeting held in Kampala, attended by Uganda Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde and Trade Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina of Kenya, the two countries agreed that Uganda will export 90,000 tonnes of the commodity to Kenya as soon as the verification exercise on country of origin is completed. According to reports by Daily Monitor, this will now account for 43 per cent…

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Generation Africa is back with 3rd annual GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize Competition

AFRICA – Generation Africa, a partnership initiative with a vision to strengthen the ecosystem for youth entrepreneurs in the agri-food sector in Africa, has launched its third annual US$100,000 GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize Competition. According to the organizers, this year’s competition targets to expand the GoGettaz community of agripreneurs, providing them with access to education, mentorship and investment networks as they launch, grow, or scale their agrifood ventures. This is an incredibly important year for global food systems as COVID has exacerbated food insecurity, inequalities and poverty. “The pandemic has challenged…

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Uganda’s Hariss International introduces premium water brand known as Krystal

UGANDA – Hariss International Limited, one of Uganda’s leading manufacturers of food and beverages, has expanded its natural mineral water portfolio with launch of new premium water brand dubbed Krystal. Sticking true to its name, Krystal is packaged in a 500ml sleek, elegant PET bottle with crystal-like edges to provide a firm grip as you sip. This is an addition to its Riham natural mineral water launched in 2018, essential for a healthy life style. Company name: Hariss International Country: Uganda Product type: Mineral water Innovation: New Product

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