Natalie Sarich-Dayton becomes first female CEO of Australia’s oldest dairy company

AUSTRALIA- Brownes Dairy, Australia’s oldest and most iconic dairy company, has promoted Natalie Sarich-Dayton to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately.  Sarich-Dayton who untill her promotion was the company’s chief sales and marketing officer, becomes the company’s first female leader in its 135-year history.  She succeeds Tony Girgis who had headed the company for 14 years. His time as CEO saw Brownes Dairy change ownership and bring back traditional cheddar cheese to West Australian supermarkets.  Through his leadership, Browne’s vintage and mature cheddar range have now  become generally available throughout WA and nationally in IGA…

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Seed Co International, Seed Co Limited merger denied, SCL bounces back to ZSE

ZIMBABWE – SeedCo International Limited (SCIL), has abandoned plans of acquiring its Zimbabwean subsidiary, Seed-Co Limited (SCL), after failing to get all the regulatory approvals. According to the reginal seed producer, shareholders of both SCIL and SCL had approved the transaction earlier in March, but the External Loans and Exchange Control Review Committee turned down the proposal that same month. “Approval for the transaction was declined by the External Loans and Exchange Control Review Committee on 26 March 2021. An appeal against the decision was made on 7 April 2021…

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Cargill, WFP partner to promote sustainable corn growing practices in China

CHINA — Agricultural commodities trading giant Cargill and the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) have partnered to promote sustainable corn growing practices in China.   To achieve their goal, Cargill and the WFP have launched a Holistic Agriculture Risk Management Project which will train farmers on how to reduce and alleviate the risks associated with corn farming.  Farmers will be taught on how to implement the application of innovative financial risk transfer approach of “insurance + futures”.  They will also be exposed to sustainable corn growing practices in an effort to increase their productivity…

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Swiggy receives regulatory approval to start drone trials for food delivery in India

INDIA – Swiggy, India’s largest online food ordering and delivery platform, is set to start drone trials for food delivery in Mumbai, one of India’s largest cities.  This is after it’s drone delivery partner ANRA Technologies received clearance from government authorities to commence drone trials for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations in India.  With the regulatory hurdle now successfully passed, ANRA confirmed that over the next several weeks, its flight team will conduct BVLOS food and medical package deliveries in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah and Punjab’s Rupnagar districts.  According to the company, the teams will be…

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Nigeria still relies on agricultural imports surging by 140.5% in Q1 2021

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s agricultural export stood at N127.2 billion (US$309m) in the first three months (January – March) of 2021, representing a 128% increase compared to N55.8 billion (US$135m) recorded in the previous quarter (Q4 2020). This is according to the foreign trade report for Q1 2021, released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). In contrast to the N127.1 billion (US$309m) recorded in the corresponding period of 2020, this represents a 0.07% increase, reports Nairametrics. Sesame seeds, fermented cocoa beans, and cashew nuts led the list of top agro-food…

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Kerry to acquire preservation technology company Niacet for US$1.01B

NETHERLANDS – Kerry, an Irish-based global taste and nutrition company, has signed an agreement to acquire preservation technology company Niacet in a deal estimated to be worth US$1.014 billion (€853 million).  Niacet specializes in food preservation and has exclusive drying and granulation process technologies in its key market categories of Bakery, Meat and Pharma.  It also has cost-effective low-sodium preservation systems for both meat and plant-based food across conventional and clean label solutions.  According to a statement from Kerry, the acquisition will bolster its efforts to strengthen its own technologies for food protection and preservation. …

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Ghana to establish chocolate production plant in Rwanda as Rwanda eyes pyrethrum processing unit in Ghana

GHANA/RWANDA – Ghana and Rwanda have entered into an agreement to enhance value-addition of agro-allied products in the countries, boosting trade and investments between the two nations. As part of the pact, the world’s second largest producer and exporter of cocoa, Ghana, is set to establish a chocolate production plant in Rwanda, supplying the unit at the East African region with processed organic cocoa in a form of coca nibs or cocoa Liquor, as shall be determined. Meanwhile, Rwanda, the second largest producer of pyrethrum globally, accounting for approximately 15…

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Shoprite banks on growth of Zambian market opens 40th outlet

ZAMBIA – Shoprite, Africa’s leading retailer is continuing to expand its footprints outside its traditional market South Africa, opening its 40th outlet in Zambia. Located at the Jacaranda Mall in Ndola, the new branch promises to continue with its legacy of low prices, offering a variety of products, in addition to sourcing 90% of its goods and services locally. Unlike its other operations outside South Africa, which have been impacted by currency devaluations, supply issues and low consumer spending, Shoprite Zambia has been showcasing stellar performance with sales increasing by…

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CHI Limited launches fruity beverage bursting with vitamins, minerals dubbed Chivita Active Zest

NIGERIA – CHI Limited, Nigeria’s leading fruit juice, drinking yoghurt, evaporated milk, and snacks manufacturer, has expanded its Chivita Active brand with launch of Chivita Active Zest. The new product is made from a mix of 5 citrus fruits and fortified with Vitamin C for immunity boosting, Vitamin B1 and D3 for faster body metabolism and calcium for optimum bone health. CHI notes that, it has used all-natural ingredients, no artificial preservatives and flavours. The healthy drink option comes in a premium 330ml Can, targeting the trendy on-the-go consumers, complimenting…

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