JBS pays US$11m to resolve a cyberattack that disrupted operations in North America and Australia

US – Brazilian meat giant JBS has confirmed that it paid a ransom equivalent to US$11 million to resolve a cyberattack that disrupted its North American and Australian operations. The breach affected servers at facilities in North America and Australia, forcing the company to pause operations at nearly all plants in the U.S. The temporary closure of operations at JBS plants (which process about 20% of beef in US) raised alarm about potential meat shortages for consumers and livestock backlogs on feedlots. However, the meat producer says that its encrypted…

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Canada’s BSE negligible risk status to help beef farmers access more export markets

CANADA – The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has confirmed Canada’s successful application for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) negligible risk status. BSE is a disease of the nervous system of cattle, which has a long incubation period between two and eight years, and occasionally longer. It is one of a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE), or prion diseases, characterised by the accumulation in nervous tissue of an abnormal infectious protein called a prion. The “negligible” risk status is the lowest risk status established by the…

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Europe poultry exports plummet as region experiences one of the largest Avian Influenza epidemics ever

EUROPE –  Poultry exports from Europe decreased significantly following the  February-May 2021 European High Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) season described as “one of the largest and most devastating HPAI epidemics ever occurred in Europe.” According to statistics from the United States Department of Agriculture, the 2020-2021 HPAI epidemic counts 3,555 detected infections in 27 European countries including 22 EU member states, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. USDA notes that the epicenter of the HPAI epidemic appears to have been in Germany and Poland, with the former country detecting the…

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Bühler, Hosokawa Alpine partner to develop technology for high value protein concentrates

SWITZERLAND – Swiss technology group Bühler has partnered with Hosokawa Alpine Group from Germany to development technology for the production of high value protein concentrates. Bühler, as a leader in pulses processing, offers solutions for the intake, cleaning, dehulling and grinding of pulses. The company also has offers extrusion technology which facilitates further processing of the grains, texturizing plant-based proteins into products with a fibrous texture similar to meat. Hosokawa Alpine complements the production process by adding its technology for the dry separation of pulses’ protein – fine grinding and…

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Glovo launches first African micro fulfilment center in Kenya, expands Q-commerce arm

KENYA – Global on-demand delivery platform Glovo, has launched its first African micro fulfilment centre in Nairobi, Kenya, expanding its ‘Q-commerce’ division -next generation e-commerce. The new Glovo Market, is an extension of its Q-Commerce that consumers use to order from retail and neighbourhood stores and have the supplies delivered at their preferred location. With the new offering, individuals and small businesses with or without a brick-and-mortar footprint can sell the products on Glovo’s platform which will be fulfilled through its warehousing and logistics services. Glovo Market will be accessible…

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Kenya Association of Manufacturers launch body to address post-consumer waste

KENYA – The Kenya Association of Manufactures (KAM), has launched the Kenya Extended Producer Responsibility Organization (KEPRO) to promote collaboration, seek commitment by waste value chain players and support the achievement of a circular economy. The organization brings together players in the value chain to help increase awareness and promote sustainable capacity building in Kenya’s recycling and circular economy. The establishment of KEPRO is timely since it has come at a time when the government is gearing up to implement the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Regulations. Its launch is also…

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Ivory Coast to add value to cocoa waste, invests US$244m in cocoa-powered bio-diesel plant

IVORY COAST – Ivorian specialist in the biomass sector, Société des Energies Nouvelles (SODEN), has partnered with US Trade and Development Agency to establish a cocoa-powered renewable energy plant. The project, which will innovatively put to use the cocoa-waste is expected to cost about 131 billion West African CFA francs (US$244m). Ivory Coast is the world’s leading producer of cocoa beans contributing over 40% of the global supply. The cocoa beans which are exported to power the US$130billion per annum cocoa and chocolate industry, make up a small portion of…

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CCBA’s first Chairperson Phil Gutsche steps down, company appoints Bruno Pietracci

SOUTH AFRICA – The Coca-Cola Beverages Africa has announced the appointment of Bruno Pietracci as the new Chairperson of the company board, taking over from Mr Phil Gutsche who recently stepped down. Mr Gutsche was CCBA’s first Chairperson following the merger of the Southern and East Africa bottling operations of The Coca-Cola Company (Coca-Cola Sabco), SABMiller plc and the Gutsche Family Investments – majority shareholders in Coca-Cola Sabco in 2016, forming the new bottler, CCBA. The company has paid tribute to Mr Phil Gutsche highlighting that, “Although Mr Gutsche will…

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Tanzania Breweries Limited eliminates use of PET packaging in production lines, shifts to aluminium cans

TANZANIA – Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL), a subsidiary of AB InBev, has completely eliminated the use of polyethylene terephthalate plastic (PET) bottles in packaging of its non-alcoholic malt beverage Grand Malt, to exclusively use aluminium cans. The new packaging is in line with the company’s shift from the use of polyethylene terephthalate plastic (PET) bottles in its production lines, keeping with its commitment to promoting sustainable and circular packaging. This change also takes the parent company one step closer to achieving its 2025 Sustainability Goal of having 100% of its…

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Bakhresa Group nears completion of first phase of US$300m Bagamoyo Sugar Limited in Tanzania

TANZANIA – Said Salim Bakhresa Ltd, the flag-ship company of the Bakhresa Group, has announced that the first phase of the US$300 million Bagamoyo Sugar Limited is nearing completion and will officially start production by June 2022. According to the group’s Corporate Affairs Director Hussein Sufian, the company has pumped in about US$100 million in constructing the first phase of the project. The project, which has three phases, is expected to commence with an installed processing capacity of between 30,000 tonnes and 35,000 tonnes. For the three phases, the annual…

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