European Food Safety Authority flags Titanum Dioxide as “non-safe” whitening food additive

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) has, in its latest safety assessment, flagged titanium dioxide (E171) as a “non-safe” whitening food additive. Titanium dioxide is commonly used as a pigment to bring a bright and smooth white appearance to pastries or confectionery or to opacify yogurt or ice cream. The compound is also used in candy, chewing gum, cake icing and white sauces. Its whitening power and the chemical inertness has made it an almost unchallenged whitening pigment in F&B for many years. EFSA finds E171 unsafe Questions…

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From Kenya to the World: Traditional alcoholic beverage Muratina hits UK market

KENYA – A traditional Kenyan alcoholic beverage, Muratina, has made its way into major retail outlets in the United Kingdom. Muratina Limited, an England and Wales registered company has launched the drink in the overseas market under the brand name Muratelia. According to the company, the signature name is a combination of the traditional name Muratina and the scientific name of the fruit used to traditionally brew the drink known as Kigelia Africana or popularly referred to as “Sausage tree”. This was revealed by Kenya’s High Commissioner to the United…

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Kellogg Europe invests US$168m in expanding snack manufacturing capacity to meet rising demand

EUROPE – Kellogg Europe has invested US$168.5 million in expanding manufacturing capacity of its snack brand Pringles to meet rising demand for snacks in Europe. Of the total investment, US$132 million was used to install a new production line at Kellogg Europe’s Kutno, Poland plant that has already been opened and is fully operational. According to Kellogg, the new line is sustainably designed, reducing requirement for heating and other infrastructure in the factory. It also highly efficient, minimizing chances of food waste. Kellogg Europe said that the remaining US$36 million…

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U.S. government commits US$19m to sustainably grow Ghana’s agricultural industry

GHANA – The U.S. government has reaffirmed its commitment to assist Ghana improve food security, increase trade and investment flows, and support resilient and inclusive economic growth, through the launch of the U.S. Global Food Security Strategy for Ghana (GFSS) strategy. The GFSS is a five-year, interagency effort that aims to increase agricultural productivity, improve nutrition, and raise household incomes for millions of Ghana’s agricultural workers. The USA through USAID is committing US$19 million to support the initial activity of the initiative, known as Feed the Future Ghana “Mobilizing Finance…

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Chobani, Fair Trade USA launch new certification to bolster sustainable dairy farming

USA — Leading Greek yogurt maker in America, Chobani has partnered with Fair Trade USA to launch a new certification program aimed fostering sustainable dairy farming in the United States. The new first of its kind certification program provides financial premiums to dairy farmers while also giving them an opportunity to differentiate, increase engagement with consumers Certification also provides greater support for farmworkers in an industry that can face challenges in workforce availability, working hours and farm safety. An immigrant workforce, which makes up an estimated half of the US…

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Cargill acquires Leman Decoration to expand gourmet chocolate offerings

US – American multinational food company, Cargill has acquired Leman Decoration Group, a supplier of cake decorations to the bakery sector, to bolster its gourmet chocolate offerings.   Currently Cargill is the second largest chocolate company globally and serves the gourmet market with its Veliche Gourmet, Smet, and Vanova brands. Leman Decoration Group’s portfolio spans cake decorations, chocolate printings, sugar-based decorations and wafers. The family-owned business has customers across 55 countries, combining its strength for product innovation with a vertically integrated, end-to-end supply chain, offering a platform for customer service.…

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Blue Band brand launches new mayonnaise with low calories

KENYA – Upfield, the manufacturer of the Blue Band brand has launched a new variant of its mayonnaise dubbed Blue Band Lite mayonnaise. The new offering promises same great taste without the extra calories targeting consumers adopting a healthier life style. Coming in a 532ml bottle, the dressing is available at all leading stores country wide. Company name: Upfield Country: Kenya Product type: Mayonnaise Innovation: New Product

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National Foods reports 14% growth in volume despite being derailed by poor performance in maize category

ZIMBABWE – National Foods Holdings Limited, Zimbabwe’s listed agri-industrial concern has reported a 14.2% rise in volumes to 395 000 tonnes for the nine months to March 31, 2021, compared to the same period the previous year. However, excluding the maize category, growth is pegged at 47%. Meanwhile, for the third quarter volumes decreased by 2.4% to 131 000 tonnes but increased by 35 percent when excluding maize. “The maize division has had a difficult year. This has largely been due to the substantial volumes of maize meal imports from…

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Bigtree Brands spices up Zambian cuisines with new curry powder

ZAMBIA – Bigtree Brands, subsidiary of Zambia’s Trade Kings Group has expanded its condiments portfolio with launch of new ‘bigtree curry powder’. The new offering unlocks a world of flavour and brings a taste of India to the consumers tables, highlights the company. “We are proud to introduce Big Tree Brands’ newly launched curry powder – another great addition to their portfolio. Another example of our group’s purpose as we strive to bring you great products. “Bigtree Curry Powders are only the finest blends of spices that will bring “Pure…

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Serengeti Breweries delivers solar water pumps to Tanzanian residents availing safe water

TANZANIA – Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL), a subsidiary of East African Breweries Ltd (EABL) has launched a Tsh.220m water project in Mara Region, in a bid to avail safe and clean water to the residents. The project launched under its Water of Life initiative, comprises of a borehole, a solar water pump that can produce 7,500 litres of water per hour and a water tank. According to reports by Daily News Tanzania, over 12,000 people will benefit from the project, especially girls and women who spend a lot of time…

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