Argentina annual sugar production projected to fall 1.55m tonnes due to unfavorable weather

ARGENTINA – Sugar production in Argentina is forecast to fall by as much as 1.55 million tons, raw value, due to early season dryness which is expected to negatively impact yields, according to  latest projections by the United States Department of Agriculture(USDA). USDA further projects that the domestic use of sugarcane for ethanol is expected to grow while sugar exports are projected to fall 8% to 220,000 tons largely due to a smaller sugar supply. Meanwhile, Venezuelan sugar production is projected upwards to 190,000 MT In market year (MY) 2021/22.…

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Zambian Breweries embarks on long-awaited US$18m expansion plan to meet local demand

ZAMBIA – Zambian Breweries is determined to grow the country’s manufacturing sector despite the harsh economic conditions by investing in projects that stir production and boost the local value chain. The country’s largest brewery has launched a multi-million-dollar expansion project to address growing demand and improve quality, further stamping its dominance in the local alcohol industry. The subsidiary of the world’s largest brewing company, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), seeks to upgrade its Lusaka and Ndola plants with cutting-edge technology, to increase its annual brewing capacity by a third and address…

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Fonterra opens revamped application centre in China as Nestlé mulls closure of UK confectionery factory

CHINA – New Zealand multinational dairy co-operative Fonterra has opened its revamped application centre in Guangzhou, China, in an effort to support its growing foodservice business in southern China. Fonterra says the revamped center is more multipurpose than the previous one and will see the test and development of innovative products and applications unique to the ‘fast-moving’ China market. The premise will also enable the co-operative’s teams to hold more than 70 large demos and 150 small demos each year. “This updated application centre is a great enabler for our…

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Kenya’s horticulture sector gets US$6m from EU to boost sanitary and phytosanitary standards of fresh produce

KENYA – The European Union (EU) has granted Kenya €5 million (US$6 million) to support its horticultural sector achieve sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) as required by the export markets. Under a four-year plan dubbed New Export Trade (NExT), EU aims at increasing the contribution of the horticultural sector to household income. Deputy Head of Delegation, EU to Kenya, Katrin Hagemann, said this will be achieved through the generation of employment opportunities and foreign currency. She said to improve food security safety and nutrition there is need to increase the…

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TBS trains rice stakeholders on recommended standards as production in MY 2020/21 is projected to rise by 13.6%

TANZANIA – Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has embarked on disseminating information pertaining to the organization, better production principles, standards and recommended operation procedures, to the rice stakeholders in the country. To this end, the regulatory body has urged entrepreneurs dealing with processing, packaging and selling of rice to take into account standards, quality and safety of their products as way to increase productivity. The call was made by the TBS Training and Research Manager Hamisi Mwanasala while training entrepreneurs from Mwanza Region. The entrepreneurs were also guided on to…

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Guinness Ghana goes green with installation of solar power plant, Diageo’s West African units exhibit stellar performance

WEST AFRICA – Guinness Ghana Breweries has commissioned a solar photovoltaic system on the roof of its brewery in Accra, shifting to use of clean energy in its operations. The 1,095 kWp solar power plant was installed by CrossBoundary Energy, renewable energy expert in the region, reports Afrik21. The solar plant will provide up to 19% of the electricity consumed by the subsidiary of the British Diageo Group, supply 1,500 MWh per year, while avoiding 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. CrossBoundary Energy has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with…

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AfDB leads other DFIs in pledging US$17 billion support to boost Africa’s food security

AFRICA – Sub-Saharan Africa has a quarter of the world’s arable land but only produces 10 per cent of its agricultural output. The low productivity of staple crops makes African agriculture uncompetitive, with the region turning to imports making the food systems more vulnerable. During the recently held Feeding Africa: leadership to scale up successful innovations forum, African countries committed to double agricultural productivity as development banks, institutions pledged US$17 billion support to increase food security. The event was hosted by the Africa Development Bank and the UN International Fund…

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