Nestlé to expand manufacturing capabilities of US frozen foods facility to meet rising demand

US-Swiss food manufacturing giant Nestlé is investing US$100 million to expand its frozen foods factory in Gaffney, South Carolina to help it capitalize on the continued uptick in frozen food sales.  First opened in 1980, the Gaffney factory manufactures frozen food entrees for the company’s Stouffer’s and Lean Cuisine brands.  The proposed plan will ensure Nestlé can continue to meet growing consumer demand for its frozen food brands includes the addition of a new production line, as well as the expansion of an existing one.   Expected to create about 160 new jobs, the new project…

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Azelis opens new innovation center to bolster position in Mexico’s food ingredients market

Mexico – Azelis is seeking to strengthen its position in Mexico’s food ingredients and specialty chemical markets with the opening of a new full-service innovation center in Mexico City.  According to a report by FoodBev, Azelis-owned Megafarma will be responsible for the innovation center featuring five industry-specific application labs for Food, Pharma, Plastics, Personal Care and CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers).  Azelis says that application labs will provide custom formulations, product development, regulatory compliance, problem-solving, and sales support to these dynamic and constantly evolving market segments.  The center will also host virtual and live customer seminars, interactive formulation workshops, and hands-on technical training…

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Bolt Food South Africa expands into Johannesburg as it guns for rivals

SOUTH AFRICA – Bolt Food South Africa, the food delivery arm of ride-hailing firm Bolt, is eyeing expansion into Johannesburg as it readies to take on main competitors Uber Eats and Mr D Food in the market. The food delivery app, which launched in Cape Town during the onset of the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, says it has experienced 50% month-on-month growth in the past three months and is betting on competitive prices, as it eyes nationwide expansion. The lockdown resulted in online shopping reaching a tipping point during the…

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Kenya’s coffee exports benefit from lucrative markets, premium prices fetching US$203m in 2019/2020

KENYA – Kenya’s coffee variety has continued to attract buyers across the globe fetching Ksh22 billion (US$203m) in the 2019/2020 Market Year from the export of 46,333 metric tons of green bean equivalent. This was revealed by the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya during the launch of the Coffee report 2021, indicating it was a 285 percent increase in coffee export earnings from Ksh.5.7billion realized in 2003/2004. Despite, Kenya’s coffee gaining market in the lucrative markets and fetching premium prices, the country’s productivity of the cash-crop has been dwindling over…

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Slovakian company Rokosan to establish US$23.6m organic fertilizer factory in Rwanda

RWANDA – Rokosan Limited, Slovakian producer of organic and organo-mineral fertilizers, has commenced construction of a new production facility in Rwanda worth €20m (US$23.6m). The new facility, will be Rokosan first unit outside its home country, and is aimed to revolutionize production of organic fertilizer by utilizing animal wastes such as poultry feathers, cattle hooves and horns. Rokosan Rwanda plant is expected to have an annual production capacity of 20 million litres of organic fertilizer. The facility will be sufficiently served by raw materials sourced locally, as a feasibility study…

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Apollo Global enters race to buy UK’s fourth largest supermarket chain Morrisons

UK – Global alternative investment management firm, Apollo Global Management, has joined the race to acquire UK’s fourth largest supermarket chain, Morrisons.  Apollo Global’s purchase bid comes just days after Morrisons accepted a £6.3 billion (US$8.7 billion) takeover bid by a consortium led by the Fortress Investment Group.   The consortium of investors targeting the acquisition also includes Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Koch Real Estate Investments, the vehicle of the US billionaire Charles Koch. Founded in 1889 as an egg and butter stall in Rawson Market, Morrisons has expanded…

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US fast food chains Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin Robbins open flagship store in Morocco

MOROCCO – Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s most popular coffee and baked goods restaurant chain, has landed in Morocco with the opening of the Kingdom’s first outlet at Rabat. Dunkin’ Donuts, which was previously owned by Dunkin’ Brands Group, often operates side by side with its sister company Baskin Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. This will add a wide range of options for consumers to choose from, enabling the to relish in a variety of ice-cream flavors alongside Dunkin’s famous donuts, bangles and breakfast sandwiches, among other…

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Taiyo, Asiros partner to produce high-in-fiber fruit powders for the health-conscious consumer

GERMANY – German expert in natural dietary fibers Taiyo has partnered with Asiros, the Danish fruit powders specialist to develop a new high-fiber fruit powder range targeted at producers of health and wellness products.   The products will be marketed under BerryShield Premium Conventional and BerryShield Organic brands and will be mainly aimed at companies in the nutraceuticals sector and the food & beverage industry in the EMEA region.  Taiyo says the soon-to-be-launched health and wellness products can be enjoyed pure or processed in high-quality applications.  The production of BerryShield Premium Conventional and BerryShield Organic is timely as food and beverage formulations that offer health…

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EU launches new guidelines on responsible food business and marketing practices

EUROPE – The European Union alongside industry stakeholders has officially launched the EU code of conduct on responsible food business and marketing practices, a key deliverable under the commission’s Farm to Fork Strategy.  The EU commission notes that the Farm to Fork Strategy is at the heart of the European Green Deal aiming to make food systems fair, healthy, and environmentally friendly.  To develop the new codes of conduct, the European commission partnered with EU associations and companies with active involvement and input from other stakeholders, including international organizations, and NGOs.  The code is comprised of…

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Retail sector adopts technology to improve customer experience amid a pandemic – Euromonitor

GLOBAL – The unique challenges brought by the pandemic forced many players in the retail sector to adopt technology to help them enhance customer experience.   This is according to a recently released report titled “Using Retail Tech Innovation to Enhance the Customer Experience”.  The report released by global market research company Euromonitor International and the National Retail Federation (NRF) notes that approximately 58% of retail professionals say the pandemic accelerated new technology-related product launches at their company.   “The pandemic has drastically accelerated the implementation of new technology for many retailers,” said…

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