Heineken launches electric trucks in Netherlands, Brazil in race to rid cities of diesel fumes

NETHERLANDS – Dutch multinational brewing company Heineken is rolling out electric trucks to supply beer in certain regions in Brazil and the Netherlands in an effort to make diesel fumes in cities “a thing of the past.”  In the Netherlands, Heineken is supplying cafés in the center of Amsterdam with what it says is the world’s first electrically powered mini-tank truck.  The new trucks are reportedly lighter than their predecessors and meet the standard of 7.5 tons aimed at protecting Amsterdam’s quays and bridges.   In this first phase, two electric tank beer trucks will…

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Economic headwinds weigh down Tongaat Hulett’s performance widening its headline loss to US$75m

SOUTH AFRICA – Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett, has posted a wider headline loss of R1.1 billion (US$75m) for its financial year ending March 31, 2021, compared to a headline loss of R285 million (US$19.5m) for the prior full-year. This saw the South Africa headquartered group, which was rocked by an accounting scandal involving former executives just over two years ago, reporting a headline loss per share of 822 cents, a dip from 211 cents of 2020. The company attributes the decline in performance to South Africa’s broader Covid-19 economic fallout…

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FrieslandCampina launches hydrogen-powered milk truck in journey towards CO2-neutral future

NETHERLANDS – Dutch multinational dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina is putting its first 50 tonnes hydrogen-powered milk truck into use as part of efforts to improve the sustainability profile of milk transport.  According to a statement from the company, the trucks will be used in the Netherland’s Groningen region where infrastructure supports their use as the company explores possibilities of introducing them to other parts of the country.  This is not the first time FrieslandCampina is revolutionizing milk transport in pursuit of an emission-free supply chain.  Over five years ago, the Dutch dairy company started using…

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Coca-Cola introduces Minute Maid brand in Angola through partnership with local beverage company Refriango

ANGOLA – Refriango, one of Angola’s leading producers and distributers of soft beverages, energy drinks and alcoholic beverages, has entered into a partnership with one of the world’s largest soft drink companies, Coca-Cola. Under the agreement, Refriango will commence local production of Coca-Cola’s fruit-based juice brand Minute Maid, coming in three flavours tropical, orange and apple. The partnership is also aimed to open new market opportunities for the Angolan company, as it is eyeing the export routes to Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. “We…

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Nestlé partners Future Meat to explore emerging technologies for cultured meat

SWITZERLAND – Swiss food manufacturing giant Nestlé  is exploring emerging technologies for cultured meat, a novel concept that is quickly gaining popularity as a more environmentally friendly alternative to animal protein.  The company in a statement said it is evaluating innovative technologies to produce cultured meat or cultured-meat ingredients with several external partners and start-ups.   Future Meat Technologies, a leading cultured-meat start-up, is one of the startups that Nestlé  has said it is working with to explore the potential of cultured-meat components that do not compromise on taste or sustainability.  “Future Meat Technologies’ novel…

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USDA to invest US$500m in enhancing resiliency, competitiveness in US meat industry

US – The United States Department of Agriculture is committing more than US$500 million to expand meat and poultry processing capacity, as part of efforts to increase competition in the market.  The pledge comes after President Joe Biden enacted a new executive order aimed at cracking down on anti-competitive practices in major sector sectors of the economy including agriculture, healthcare, and technology.     According to the USDA, key agricultural markets have become more concentrated and less competitive; with farmers and ranchers having fewer options to sell their products.  In the new US$500 million Initiative, the department will…

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Kenya’s horticulture sector registers decline in export earnings despite rise in volume

KENYA – Kenya’s horticulture sector exhibited exemplary performance in the first half of the year in terms of volumes, but value dropped by Kshs. 6.3 billion (US$58.3m) due to suppressed prices at the international market. Volume of fruits, vegetable and flowers between January and June 2021, stood at 191,210,134 kgs, a rise from 160,931,659 kilogrammes traded in the previous corresponding period, earning Ksh77.2 billion (US$714m) from Ksh83.5 billion (US$773m) in 2020. The volume increased by 30,278,475 Kg, according to the Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD), mainly from fruits and vegetables. During…

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Welcome Dairy Holdings expands dairy portfolio with acquisition of spray drying service provider North Star processing

US – Welcome Dairy Holdings, a portfolio company of private equity firm New Heritage Capital, has acquired North Star Processing, to enable it to expand its offering to customers.   North Star is a leading provider of spray drying services for the food ingredient industry, with an impressive track record of growth spanning over 20 years.  Spray drying is the most common and easy drying process used for drying any liquid or semi-solid feed as compared to other industrial drying processes.  It is also the most viable method to produce heat-sensitive products such…

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OCP Africa receives US$1.4m grant from USAID to offer specialty fertilizer blends to Nigerian farmers

NIGERIA – The USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub) has awarded a US$1.4 million co-investment grant to OCP Africa Fertilizers Nigeria Limited, a division of the world’s leading producer of phosphate-based fertilizers, OCP Africa. The investment will be channelled towards installation of modern blending equipment within OCP Africa’s fertilizer blending plant facility under construction in Kaduna State. The top-in-class blending equipment will help bridge the gap where there is a paucity of specialized fertilizers to grow crops on a large scale and support food security in the…

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Uganda coffee exports attains highest volumes, earnings in 3 decades fetching US$58.5m

UGANDA – Uganda’s Coffee exports in June 2021 amounted to 618,388 60-kilo bags worth US$ 58.56 million, the highest exported volumes and amount earned in a single month since 1991. According to the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA), this is an increase of 47.04% and 46.63 % in quantity and value respectively compared to the same month last year. Also, it is a huge rise from the previous month’s exports which amounted to 543,251 bags, fetching US$49.78 million. The authority has further revealed that from the total bags sold, Robusta…

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