EIB strengthens its support to Morocco to optimize supply, distribution of drinking water

MOROCCO – Morocco’s National Office for Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed a new agreement worth €37.5 million (US$48.9m). The foreign investment aims to rehabilitate and improve Morocco’s drinking water supply production sites along with distribution infrastructures across the kingdom. The planned investments will ensure the reliability of the drinking water supply and improve the living conditions of the population, mainly in rural areas. It will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing water losses in the country’s distribution networks, while strengthening…

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Bühler partners with Angolan grain processor Leonor Carrinho to install new pasta processing lines

ANGOLA – Leonor Carrinho, Angola based food distributor that has backward integrated into grain processing, is expanding its processing capacity with the installation of several pasta lines. The new facility is being established by the world’s leading plant equipment manufacturer, Bühler Group. The Swiss technology company did not reveal the processing capacity of the pasta line or when it will be finalized, but highlighted that its team is on the ground undertaking the installation of the lines. This won’t be Leonor’s first project undertaken in partnership with Bühler as both…

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Barry Callebaut bolsters presence specialty chocolate market with acquisition of Europe Chocolate Company

EUROPE – Swiss based chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut has agreed to acquire Europe Chocolate Company (ECC), a Belgian B2B manufacturer of specialty chocolate ingredients, for an undisclosed sum. ECC operates a chocolate factory and warehouse in Malle, near Antwerp in Belgium where it produces a wide range of specialty chocolate and decorations in multiple taste and color variations including batons, curls, chunks, leaves and shavings. The Belgian-based company supplies a variety of customers in multiple industries such as biscuit, bakery, dairy, ice cream, confectionery and food service. ECC’s acquisition will…

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Ghana COCOBOD adopts sustainable cocoa seedlings raising techniques, protects environment

GHANA – Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has adopted the use of cocopeat and receptacles as new technologies for raising cocoa seedlings at nursery sites. Cocopeat is 100% soilless organic medium produced from coconut husks with some trace elements which make it a good substitute for topsoil, whereas the receptacles are plastic containers adopted to replace polybags often used in raising cocoa seedlings. The initiative is part of the Board’s moves to streamline its core activities to align with best practices that protect and conserve the environment. Every year, the Seed…

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Arla Food Ingredient launches new solution that improves taste profiles of medical nutrition products

DENMARK – Arla Foods Ingredients has launched a new whey protein hydrolysate that improves the taste profiles of products for patients with maldigestion or malabsorption. According to Arla, Whey protein hydrolysates commonly used in medical nutrition products for people with conditions that impair their ability to digest or absorb protein usually have a bitter taste that is unpleasant to the consumers.   Taste is a key factor in patients’ compliance with nutritional regimes, and malnourishment is a serious problem for health services across the world.  It is linked with greater…

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SA agritech startup Omniolytics launches precision poultry farming technology powered by IBM

SOUTH AFRICA – South African agritech startup Omniolytics, has developed a suit of smart farming solution for emerging and commercial poultry farmers in the country. The digital farming platform, OmnioFarm, is aimed to enable poultry farmers make informed, real-time decisions on potential threats and forecast dangers within the broiler house facility. The solution is powered by IBM’s Watson and machine learning capabilities to identify and learn the typical behaviour of birds, thereby improving management practices. It uses Internet of Things (IoT) to collect data on the environmental conditions of production…

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Food beverage majors partner with Carbios to launch world’s first enzymatically recycled bottles

EUROPE – Major food beverage manufacturers Nestlé, PepsiCo and Suntory have partnered with French biochemistry company Carbios to launch the world’s first food-grade enzymatically recycled PET plastic bottle. According to a joint statement, sample bottles for products including Perrier, Pepsi Max, and Orangina have already been produced using Carbios’ enzymatic recycling process. According to Carbios, the successful launch of the bottles is the culmination of nearly ten years of research focusing on development of a new process to supercharge enzymes that naturally occur in compost heaps and normally break down…

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Namibia gradually becomes weaner-exporting country recording 66.8% rise in export of live animals

NAMIBIA – Namibia has exported more live animals than it has slaughtered for value addition, in the first five months of the year, in turn leading to the country importing more beef than usual. This was revealed by the Meat Board of Namibia, indicating that the country exported 45 623 live animals, while local slaughtering stood at 29 379 head of cattle for both export and local consumption during the period under review. Out of the total live animals exported which was 66.80% higher than the previous comparable period, 44…

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Zimbabwe’s African Distillers Limited reports rise in sales volume triggered by surge in spirits demand

ZIMBABWE – African Distillers Limited, manufacturer, distributor and marketer of branded spirits, ciders and wines in the Zimbabwean market, has reported sales volume growth of 34% in the nine months period ended March 2021. According to the beverage maker, the growth was triggered by surge in the consumption of spirits and ready to-drink beverages which grew by 50% and 22% respectively. The company indicated that a new product, Gold Blend Number 9, was launched in the spirit category during the period under review, and was well received by the market…

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