European Union allows commercialization of dried yellow mealworm

EUROPE  – The European Union has approved the commercialization of of dried yellow mealworm and derived products across in its market following a novel food application submitted by the French insect producer Agronutris. With the approval, Agronutris now becomes the first European insect producer officially authorized to sell insects as human food in the EU. Additionally, this authorization will also benefit companies which intend to incorporate the ingredients produced or commercialized by Agronutris into insect-based products. This approval by the EU  follows a recent publication by the European Food Safety…

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Nestlé launches Wunda, new plant-based milk that performs just like milk in all applications

EUROPE- Nestlé has announced that it is launching Wunda, a new pea-based beverage that is ‘epic in everything that you would otherwise use milk for. According to a statement from the company, you can drink the new drink straight from the packaging, pour over cereal, use in hot beverages, froth it, cook with it and much more. The Wunda range is made from yellow peas which provide high-quality protein and are sourced in France and Belgium. The drinks are high in fiber, low in sugar and fat, enriched with calcium and…

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Endress+Hauser delivers strong performance in 2020 as China overtakes US to become company’s largest single market

SWITZERLAND – Endress+Hauser, a Swiss-based globally operating process and laboratory instrumentation and automation supplier, weathered the 2020 pandemic year well, managing to report sales higher than the industry average. According to a statement from the company, group’s sales for the year amounted to €2.577 billion (US$3.09bn). When compared to 2019, this was a 2.9% drop in revenue but Endress+Hauser notes that were it not for the heavy influence from exchange rate developments, the business would have almost reached the previous year’s level in sales. Endress+Hauser noted that Digitization which picked…

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Ingredion secures exclusive licensing deal for Amyris’ fermented Reb M sweetener

US – American multinational ingredient provider, Ingredion is set to expand its ingredient portfolio following the signing of an agreement with Amyris for the exclusive licensing of Amyris’ zero-calorie, nature-based, fermented Reb M sweetener at a cost of US$100 million. According to a statement from the company, US$75 million will be for the exclusive license to sell and market Reb M from fermentation while the extra 25 million will be for Ingredion’s participation in the Brazil manufacturing joint venture. With the deal, the parties will enter into an R&D collaboration…

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India’s food safety authority issues SOPs for licensing and registration of fortified food products

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued provisions for licensing and registration of fortified food products in its Food Safety and Compliance System. The provisions cover processed food products categories, including milk, edible oil, fortified fruit juices, rice, wheat flour and maida1 (refined flour), fortified cereal products, fortified bakery ware, and salt. As per FSSAI-issued standard operating procedures, food business operators (FBOs) are required to upload test reports showing levels of fortificants in the fortified food product. Results must be obtained from the FSSAI…

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Nigerian commodity trader AFEX proudly supports over 160,000 farmers in the last five years

NIGERIA – AFEX Commodities Exchange Limited (AFEX), a leading private commodities exchange company in Nigeria, has launched a 5-year impact report, reviewing its operations since it launched in 2014. Since its inception, the organization has set out to build a platform that addresses major development challenges in Africa’s food systems by investing in innovations, with the potential for sustainable social impact in rural households and the larger society. “When we started AFEX, we recognized the need to create a systemic and sustainable change in the commodities market by creating a…

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South Africa announces second bird flu outbreak as neighboring countries ease poultry import restrictions

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African Poultry Association (Sapa) has announced a second outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), that has occurred on a broiler breeder farm on the East Rand of Johannesburg. The association said the farm was under quarantine and the birds were being culled and disposed of under Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) supervision. This comes weeks after the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development confirmed the first outbreak of the pathogenic disease that killed 300 birds at the…

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Kenya adopts new standards to govern fast-growing food additives market

KENYA – Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the government standards agency has approved five new standards aimed to boost the safety and quality of food additives in the market. The adopted guidelines are aimed to provide a basis to ascertain the quality, purity, and safety of the food additives, which according to KEBS Managing Director, Ltd. Col. (Rtd) Bernard Njiraini, it’s the first step to ensure safe use as guided by the General Standard for Food additives. “As a matter of fact, the use of food additives in food processing…

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UBL, National Agricultural Research Organisation partner to boost local raw material sourcing

UGANDA – Uganda Breweries Limited, subsidiary of Diageo through East African Breweries Limited (EABL), has inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), to advance agricultural productivity in a bid to boost its local raw materials sourcing. The beer maker currently manufactures 96% of its brands locally and works with over 20,000 farmers countrywide who supply it with raw materials, investing over Ush. 45 billion (US$12.6m) in farming communities annually. This is undertaken through its local raw materials program which targets to source 100% of the…

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Italian company Hebron Plc invests US$1.8m in production of coffee capsules in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA – Hebron Trading Plc, an Italy headquartered company, has set base in Ethiopia, investing Birr 80 million (US$1.8m) to add value to locally grown coffee, packaging them into capsules used for brewing espressos. The company based in the recently inaugurated Yirgalem Agro-Industrial Park, is currently undertaking machinery and equipment installation and targets to launch in the market by July, reports Addis Fortune. Once completed, Hebron will be the first company to locally produce the value-added coffee product in Ethiopia Ethiopia’s coffee exports accounted for 28.6% of the country’s foreign…

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