PepsiCo, Pilgrim’s Pride release 2020 sustainability reports showing great progress towards carbon zero

USA – Food and Beverage major PepsiCo and meat processing giant Pilgrim’s Pride have released their 2020 sustainability detailing the progress made thus far in efforts towards net positive environmental impact.  In its report, PepsiCo said that it managed to sustainably source 100% of its direct commodities in 28 countries, with nearly 87% of direct commodities sustainably sourced globally as of 2020.  That same year, PepsiCo also reports having been able to reduce absolute GHG emissions across its value chain by 5% versus a 2015 baseline while at the same time improving its…

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Nigeria’s Ellah Lakes crosses boarder into Ghana, enters into partnership with KJM Trading Limited

WEST AFRICA – Ellah Lakes Plc, a diversified Nigerian agribusiness company has entered into a partnership with Ghanaian KJM Trading Limited, to establish its presence in the neighbouring West African country. With the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the parties have set out the broad framework of their intention to work together to facilitate the development of ELP’s business interests and operations in Ghana. This is part of Ellah Lake’s strategic plan to establish its presence in three other Anglophone countries in West Africa, starting with Ghana, reports Naira Metrics. Chuka…

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Nigeria’s growing appetite for palm kernel oil, meal set to propel production rate

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s palm kernel oilseed production in marketing year (MY) 2021/22 (January-December) is expected to reach 900,000 metric tons (MT), up by 23 percent beyond the MY 2020/21 estimate of 730,000 metric tons. The rise in production, according to a GAIN report by USDA, is attributed to the rise in area harvested as the primary producers have been encourage by the increasing demand for palm kernel oil in the country. Currently, there is growing private sector investment in production of palm kernel for oil, with manufacturers like DUFIL, a…

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UN Food Systems Summit releases potential solutions for sustainable food production

GLOBAL – The UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) has released more than 50 potential solutions that could be adopted by local, regional, and global players to transform food systems and make them more resilient to climate change.  According to a statement from UNFSS, the solutions represent key areas to address some of the world’s most pressing issues, from hunger and poverty to climate change.  Collectively, they are an extensive menu of possible actions expected to support Member States as they work through national pathways for food systems transformation.   Among the game-changing solutions are…

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Maple Leaf Foods eyes four Canadian pig farms as Niagara Bottling plans to build US$156m facility in US

NORTH AMERICA – Maple Leaf Foods Inc, a Canadian consumer packaged meats company, has reached an agreement to purchase four pig farms in central Saskatchewan from a group of companies known as Polar Pork.   According to a statement from Marple Leaf Foods, the acquisition includes two sow barns and two nursery barns with the potential to supply approximately 140,000 pigs.  Marple Leaf Foods says that the acquisition will enhance its overall pig supply and substantially increase its pig production capacity in the province.  “This purchase offers us ready access to some of the healthiest hogs…

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FAO, AUC, UNECA call for transformation of Africa’s agri-food systems to make healthy diets more accessible, affordable

AFRICA – With Africa boasting of having 60% of the world’s arable land and diverse agro- ecological zones, it is a sceptical paradox that is genuinely disturbing, that nearly three-quarters of Africans cannot afford a healthy diet of fruits, vegetable and animal proteins. This is according to the latest Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition launched by FAO, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC), further indicating that, over half of all Africans (51%), cannot afford a nutrient-adequate diet which provides a…

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Aaryan Investment gets nod from CAK for full ownership of Bidco Land O’ Lakes

KENYA – The Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) has approved Aaryan Investments Limited (AIL), to acquire 50% stake in animal feed joint venture by Bidco Africa and American Conglomerate Land O’Lakes. The proposed deal involves the acquisition of an additional 50 percent shares in Bidco Land O’ Lakes by AIL, gaining full control of the business. Aaryan, which is incorporated in Kenya as an investment holding company, currently owns 50 percent of the target’s issued share capital. The company also controls Bidco Africa Limited which, through its subsidiaries, manufactures fast-moving…

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Uganda’s leading dairy processor expands offering into UHT products with launch of US$2.6m packaging line

UGANDA –   Pearl Dairy Farm Limited (PDFL), the largest dairy processor in Uganda, has partnered with World’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company, Tetra Pak, to install a new Ush 9.25 billion (US$2.6m) packaging line. The new state-of-the-art facility will enable the maker of LATO branded products, expand its offering to a new range of UHT products, while leveraging on Tetra Pak’s Aseptic technology that keeps food safe and maintains its quality for a long duration of time. The wow factor of the technology, according to Bijoy Varghese, General…

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JBT to acquire food safety solutions provider Prevenio as Tate & Lyle expands presence in Brazil’s fruit preparations market

US – JBT Corporation, a leading American food processing machinery and airport equipment company, is set to acquire Prevenio, a US-based provider of food safety solutions in an effort to become the preferred provider of full-line solutions for poultry customers.  Prevenio, formerly known as CMS Technology, offers pathogen protection through its anti-microbial delivery solution that enhances food safety and integrity for its clients in the protein and produce markets.  Its solutions are primarily tailored for the poultry industry where it has expertise in providing breakthrough solutions to prevent foodborne illness from entering the supply chain.  The acquisition made at a…

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Denmark to reduce agricultural emissions by 7.1 million tons by 2030

DENMARK – Denmark’s ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Fisheries has presented proposals aimed at reducing the country’s agricultural emissions by 7.1 million tons by 2030.  According to GAIN, the proposals were drawn up by the Danish government in close collaboration with the Danish food and agriculture sector, which has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.  Known as the Climate Action Plan for Agriculture, the new plan contains concrete actions to reduce CO2 emissions from agriculture including investment in green technologies and a partial ban on farming on peat soil, through which carbon is being released.  …

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