Developing countries urged to uphold food safety measures adopted during pandemic period

AFRICA – The world cannot over emphasis on the importance of ensuring the adoption of food safety practices and technologies in the entire agriculture and food value chain. This year, the globe has turned its focus on ‘Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow’, as the theme of the World Food Safety Day 2021, stressing that production and consumption of safe food has immediate and long-term benefits for people, the planet and the economy. However, according to a flagship dialogue hosted by EatSafe, developing countries have not yet made gainful…

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Upfield Kenya joins band of manufacturers driving food safety agenda by obtaining FSSC 22000 Certification

KENYA – Upfield, the global leader in plant-based nutrition has marked the World Food Safety Day in style, as its Kenyan operations obtained the coveted Food Management System Standard certification, FSSC 22000. The maker of the blue band brand has received the certification indicating that it has implemented the most robust food safety management system while manufacturing and handling the food products. “Our Nairobi based Blue Band manufacturing plant meets the requirements of an internationally recognized best practice approach and has been able to implement a robust food defense and…

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UK adopts plan to attract more investments in plant science, health and nutrition

UK – The United Kingdom’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has backed a new proposal to market the UK counties of Norfolk and Suffolk as the go-to destination for investments in plant science, health and nutrition. Norfolk and Suffolk are already home to global food and drink brands and more than 1,000 manufacturing businesses employing over 35,000 people. The plan therefore focuses on attracting more businesses to use the region’s globally renowned plant science expertise to develop nutritious food products. Core to the plan is Norwich Research Park, Europe’s largest…

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South African Breweries rekindles hope for SA market, plans to invest US$147m in plant upgrades

SOUTH AFRICA – South African Breweries (SAB), subsidiary of AB InBev, has now walked back on its investment plans in the South African economy, announcing it has allocated R2 billion (US$147m) for its home operations. This comes months after the maker of Castle Lager beer was forced to pull the plug on billions of Rands in planned operational investments in the country. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in August 2020, the brewer withdrew a R2.5bn (US$164m) capital and infrastructure upgrade expenditure for the year, and later on in…

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East Africa’s beverage makers mark World Environment Day by engaging in ecosystem restoring activities

EAST AFRICA – Soft beverage manufacturers and plastic bottle recyclers in Tanzania, joined hands in celebration of the World Environment Day by engaging in a clean-up exercise. The initiative which entailed beach clean-up and plastic waste management awareness at Coco-Beach in Dar es Salaam, was facilitated by Petco Tanzania, registered as Pet Recycle Company (T) Ltd, responsible for collection and recycling of post-consumer PET bottles in Tanzania. The organization was found by Coca-Cola Kwanza, Pepsi Tanzania, SilaAfrica Ltd, A-One, Sayona, Nyanza Bottlers and Bonite Bottlers, who were the active participants…

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IFF launches new ingredient to boost the probiotic profile of Chinese ambient yogurt

CHINA – IFF, a leading ingredient provider for the food and beverage industry, has launched a new ingredient aimed at boosting Chinese ambient yogurt with extremely robust live cultures. IFF says the new ingredient, YO-MIX® ViV, is a lactic acid bacteria culture from natural fermented plant-based food, sourced in China. According to the company, the live culture allows producers to offer ambient yogurt and other fermented beverages to contain highly stable live cultures throughout the shelf life. “YO-MIX® ViV provides yogurt producers with the ability to offer consumers who prefer…

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Mozambique, IFAD launch US$49m aquaculture project to boost sector

MOZAMBIQUE – Mozambique has partnered with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), to launch an aquaculture projected aimed to support more than 88,000 rural small-scale fish farmers. The PRODAPE project, worth US$49m, targets to support the transition of the aquaculture sector from subsistence to commercial production, underpinned by the involvement of small-scale farmers, particularly women and unemployed young people ready to embrace aquapreneurship. Through this, the initiative will play a crucial role in the socio-economic development of the country and improve nutrition, food security, and increase production and incomes.…

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Egyptian Al Fayoum to launch first cream packed in aseptic cartons, Clover SA shuts down facility due to poor service delivery

EGYPT – Egyptian dairy processor, Al Fayoum for Food Industries, is set to expand its product portfolio with a new aseptic line to pack feta cheese in 500g-size bricks and liquid cream in aseptic cartons. The move makes the company the first in the North African country to pack cream in aseptic cartons. It is important to note that, Al Fayoum commenced filling and packing Feta cheese in aseptic carton bricks (125 Slim and 250 Standard) designed by IPI in 2016. IPI supplies systems and materials for the aseptic packaging…

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Bericap acquires German maker of aluminium closures Mala to expand portfolio

GERMANY – Bericap, a leading manufacturer of closures, is expanding its portfolio of closures following the acquisition of German manufacturer of aluminium closures, Mala Verschluss-Systeme. The acquisition of Mala for an undisclosed sum represents an expansion of Bericap’s portfolio (which until now was comprised of plastic closures) into the aluminium material sector. Caps & closures play an important role in packaging, they help to extend shelf-life of the products and provide a barrier to dirt, moisture, and oxygen. “The extension of our product range to include Mala’s aluminium roll-on caps…

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Waterlogic bolsters presence in Nordic region with latest expansion into Finland

FINLAND – Waterlogic, a leading manufacturer and global distributor of point-of-use (POU) water coolers, has made two strategic acquisitions in Finland in an effort to bolster its presence in the Nordic region. According to a report by FoodBev, Waterlogic will now have a presence in Finland following the acquisitions of Mixtec’s Thoreau franchise and the beverage service business of Beverage Technology Services Finland. The newly-formed Waterlogic Finland will become part of the Waterlogic Nordic group alongside Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Mattias Källemyr, CEO Waterlogic Nordic, said: “This is truly a…

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