Corbion upgrades listeria control model to bolster food safety efforts

NETHERLANDS – Corbion, a leading food ingredients supplier, has upgraded its Listeria control model to increase the accuracy of food safety measures and enhance speed-to-market for new product developments. Improvements to the newly relaunched CLCM have made the job of identifying the most effective and cost-efficient Listeria control method very simple, says the Dutch company. It uses pH, Aw water activity (Aw), salt content and other parameters to determine the optimum antimicrobial to achieve the desired level of Listeria control. Developers of the enhanced Corbion Listeria Control Model (CLCM) leveraged…

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Turning plastics into food: UK scientists convert post-consumer PET into edible vanillin

UK – A team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom have developed a novel solution of addressing post-consumer PET, converting it into human food. To create human food, Vanillin in particular, the researcher’s lab-engineered E. coli to transform terephthalic acid – a molecule derived from PET – into the molecule known for giving vanilla its characteristic taste and smell. Known as the “Queen of Flavors,” vanilla is the second most sought-after flavor in food and beverages after mint.  The classic and versatile taste continues to…

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Nespresso invests US$178m in expansion of Swiss facility to meet rising demand for premium coffee

SWITZERLAND – Nespresso, a coffee brand owned by the Nestlé Group, has invested US$178m in expanding its Romont coffee manufacturing facility in Switzerland to meet the increasing demand for premium coffee. According to a statement from Nestlé, work has already started at the site with the first new production lines expected to be fully operational by June 2022. The Romont factory, inaugurated in 2015, is the center of production for Nespresso’s Vertuo coffees, now available in 24 countries across North America, Europe and Asia. The new capital injection will see…

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IFC, German partner to strengthen supply chains for smallholder farmers in Africa with launch od US$25m program

AFRICA – IFC and BMZ, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, have launched a new program that will leverage greater private sector investments to support the food production value chain across Africa and increase access to finance for rural farmers and businesses.  The Euro 21 million (US$25.45 million) Food Systems Development Program, focuses on giving food producers, ranging from smallholder farmers to small and medium-sized agri-businesses in Africa, greater opportunities to improve their incomes. IFC’s technical assistance will strengthen agricultural value chains from farm to market. “The battle…

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Susan Jebb appointed chair of UK Food Standards Agency

UK – Professor Susan Jebb, one of the UK’s leading scientists has been confirmed as the new chair of the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) following a public pre-appointment scrutiny hearing in line with parliamentary procedures. Jebb will take on the role from 1 July for three years, allowing Ruth Hussey – who has acted interim chair over the last few months following the departure of Heather Hancock – to return to her role as deputy chair. Susan, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Honorary Fellow of…

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E-commerce marketplace start-up Fatura secures US$3m in pre-series A round to expand offering

EGYPT – Fatura, a Cairo-based ecommerce marketplace connecting FMCG wholesalers to retailers, has secured US$3 million in a pre-Series A round led by Sawari Ventures and Arzan Venture Capital. The round also saw participation from Egypt Ventures, EFG-EV, Cairo Angels, and Khwarizmi Ventures. The boost came after the company raised an unknown amount of money in a seed round in July 2020, led by Disruptech, Egypt’s first fintech-centric VC Fund, with participation from EFG EV, and Cairo Angels. With the new financing, Fatura will be able to expand its services…

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Pick n Pay fosters healthy competition in SA’s retail market, scraps off exclusivity lease agreements

SOUTH AFRICA – South African retail chain, Pick n Pay, has heed to the call of the Competition Commission of South Africa to cease use of exclusive lease agreements in all shopping centres where it has set base. The Competition Tribunal, the body which has the final say on anti-competition matters in the country, has confirmed that the retailer has signed an agreement with the Competition Commission to end the use of such restrictive terms. Under the agreement, supermarkets that are privately-owned and controlled by historically disadvantaged persons (HDP) can…

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Ivory Coast receives US$200m blended financing from Proparco, EAIF for establishment of oil palm waste electricity project

IVORY COAST – Biovea Energie, an Ivorian incorporated firm owned by Électricité de France (EDF), Meridiam and Biokala, a joint venture created by Meridiam and a major agro-industrial player in West Africa, Sifca has closed a financing deal for its Biovea project in the country. The Biovea project which seeks to set up the first biomass power plant with grid injection in Africa, is set to receive Euros 165m (US$200m) loan and Euros 13m (US$15.76m) grant from Proparco, the subsidiary of the French Development Agency (AFD) group responsible for financing…

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Kenyan county government Machakos adds value to local produce with launch of Best Tropical Fruits Processing Hub

KENYA – Machakos County in Eastern Kenya, has officially commissioned the Best Tropical Fruits Processing Hub, aimed to add value to the region’s produce and provide direct market for the farmer’s produce. The new processing facility is deemed to be a game-changer as it has also created employment opportunities for the youths in the area. Targeting the lucrative international markets; Australia, Europe and other countries across the world, the manufacturing hub is undertaking processing of high-quality mangoes, avocados, banana, pawpaw, tree tomatoes, peanuts and macadamia into avocado oil, macadamia oil,…

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