Food safety certification for indoor-grown leafy greens launched

GLOBAL – A new food safety certification program specifically designed for leafy greens grown using controlled environment agriculture (CEA) has been launched by the CEA Food Safety Coalition (CEA FSC). According to a press statement, the CEA FSC’s Leafy Green Module uses science-based standards to assess an operation’s food safety practices in areas including water and pesticide use, site control and hazard analysis. CEA FSC’s module will assess hazards associated with water, nutrients, growing media, seeds, inputs, site control and more. Systems using recirculating water will require continuing hazard analyses…

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Zambia’s Bigtree Beverages debuts immune-boosting energy drink Lifeway C-Shot 500

ZAMBIA – Zambia’s leading consumer goods manufacturer Trade Kings, has launched an immune-boosting energy drink dubbed Lifeway C-Shot 500 through its subsidiary Bigtree Beverages Limited. The latest addition protects one’s body from everyday ailments such as the cold, flu and fatigue. It is fortified with vitamins B, C & Wellmune, a proven way to boost your immune system and maintain a healthy body. “As part of our ongoing purpose to enable consumers to “Drink Different”, we have intensified our focus on innovation and development. “Today we are proud to introduce…

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SA’s wine maker Nederburg hands over its cellar’s keys to Samuel Viljoen

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s leading and most celebrated wineries, Nederburg has announced the appointment of Samuel Viljoen as its new cellar-master. The seasoned wine maker takes over the reins from Lizelle Gerber, who has left to pursue other interests. In his new role, Viljoen will oversees the production of the Paarl cellar’s multi-tiered range, distributed across more than 80 countries worldwide. Prior to the appointment, he was a fully-fledged winemaker at the company and has been part of the legendary winery boosting of over 200 years of existence, since…

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Yum Brands Q1 profits more than triple buoyed by elevated appetite for fast foods

US – Yum Brands, the owner of KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut, has had its profits more than triple in Q1 as business improved following easing of Covid-19 restrictions. The company’s profits during the quarter jumped to US$326 million up from US$83 million recorded in 2020. The profits were also higher than the US$262 million earned in the same three months in 2019. Sales at stores open at least a year, a key gauge of a restaurant operator’s health, climbed 9% with KFC’s same-store sales increasing 14% in the…

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US Court orders slowing down of pork line speeds citing worker safety

US – A federal judge in the United States has ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s removal of processing speed limits did not adequately take worker safety into consideration and ordered the reinstatement of the speed limits.   The federal judge has further directed the USDA to rework regulations around pork processing speeds in the next 90 days— until the end of June. “Line speeds are a risk factor that will increase the already hazardous conditions faced by workers,” U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen wrote in the ruling. “These…

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Ethiopian dairy processor KMPI ventures into niche market, builds US$1.6m camel milk processing plant

ETHIOPIA – Khelif Milk Processing Industry (KMPI), a dairy processor in Ethiopia has invested Br 70 million (US$1.6m), in the establishment of a camel processing plant. The facility which is set to soon commence operations, has a processing capacity of 16,000 litres a day but the company will begin its production with 10,000 litres. According to reports by Addis Fortune, KMPI financed half of the project with the acquisition of a loan from the state-owned, Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE). The company is currently installing machinery and equipment at the…

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Competition Commission of India approves BigBasket’s 64% stake sale to Tata Digital

INDIA – The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has given the green light for Tata Sons’ proposal to acquire a majority stake in Alibaba-backed BigBasket. Tata Digital, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, had sought CCI’s approval to acquire a 64.3% stake in Supermarket Grocery Supplies, the business-to-business arm of BigBasket, through a mix of primary and secondary share purchases. This is after the group had finalised a US$1.2 billion deal to acquire a majority stake in BigBasket, of which US$200-250 million would be a primary cash infusion into the…

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Angolan Sunavest Group invests US$15m in paper recycling unit, Ugandan plastic manufacturer lament over rising costs

ANGOLA – Angolan manufacturing giant, Sunavest Group has announced that it’s investing around US$15 million in a paper recycling factory, which is scheduled to commence operations in September this year. With an installed capacity of 55 tonnes/day and an annual average of 20,000 tonnes/year, the investment is in line with the Angolan state’s strategy of promoting local production, reports ANGOP. The facility will also contribute to reduction of waste in the environment, with the recycled items converted into packaging materials, carrier bags, cardboards etc. The Sunavest Group owns the Zeepack…

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Marine Stewardship Council partners with South African fisheries to achieve sustainable operations

SOUTH AFRICA – Fisheries in the Global South provide nearly three-quarters of the world’s fish and seafood, but many of them are fishing unsustainably, often because they lack the resources and the capacity to improve the way they operate. Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), an international non-profit organisation which sets science-based standard for sustainable fishing and seafood traceability, collaborates with other NGOs, governments, retailers and funders, to provide a pathway for fisheries that face obstacles in reaching sustainability. Beginning with comprehensive analysis of fisheries and their environments, MSC pathway projects implement…

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