Impossible Foods to debut plant-based chicken nuggets as competition in alternative protein market heats up

US – Impossible Foods has announced plans to launch a plant-based chicken nugget, a few weeks after its competitor Beyond Meat launched its meat-free chicken tenders in more than 400 stores across the United States.   Impossible Foods said its nuggets, which are soy-based and use sunflower oil, will first launch in restaurants and then roll out to grocery stores.  According to the meat alternative startup, the chicken nuggets will not use any of Impossible Foods’ plant-based heme — the company’s ingredient that replicates the meaty taste of beef and pork.  Impossible Food’s chicken nuggets are…

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BigBasket to launch express online grocery delivery to enhance customer experience

INDIA –  BigBasket, India’s largest online grocery startup, is set to launch express deliveries, in latest attempt to improve customer experience amid rising competition from rivals such as Amazon, Grofers, Reliance, and Jiomart.   According to a report by ET retail, Big Basket will over the next two to three months introduce a quick-delivery service that will be made within an hour of purchase.  Big Basket previously experimented with express deliveries but pulled back due to a number of logistical problems that it had probably underestimated prior to the launch.  The category is however hotting up with well-capitalized companies like SoftBank Vision…

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Morocco, France sign agreements to promote climate-smart farming practices

MOROCCO – Morocco has entered into an agreement with France to support the “Green Generation 2020-2030” strategy, aimed to promote agricultural sustainability throughout the Kingdom with US$177 million financing. Under the new agreement, the Moroccan government and the French Development Agency (AFD), will work together to support the country’s agricultural industry, and make upgrades to its infrastructure to improve the sector’s sustainability. According to reports by Morocco World, some of the upgrades will include developing agricultural and semi-agricultural entrepreneurship, as well as encouraging agricultural practices that sustainably utilize the natural…

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China’s Mengtai Group imports entire distillery from Scotland to create “globally award-winning whisky”

CHINA – The Mengtai Group, One of Inner Mongolia’s largest private firms with vast interests in coal production and electricity generation, is importing an entire whisky distillery from Scotland to China.  According to a report by the BBC, more than 35 tonnes of equipment, including stills, flooring, control valves, and pipework, are leaving Buckie in Moray for the port of Tianjin.  On arrival, the equipment part of a £3m “design and build” deal signed between Forfar firm Valentine International and China’s Mengtai Group in 2019 will be assembled at a facility being built in Inner Mongolia.  The facility in Ordos – a city of more…

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Kenya’s tea exports rise in first four months despite depressed leaf prices

KENYA – Kenya’s tea exports rose by 18.9 percent in the first four months of the year to 202.75 million Kilograms (Kgs), compared to 172.43 million Kgs recorded during the same period of last year. According to the Tea Directorate, the total export volume for the month of April 2020 was 14% higher compared to 43.55 million Kgs of April 2020, reaching 49.45 million Kgs. Pakistan was the leading buyer of Kenyan tea in the first four months, importing 73,587,466 tonnes, a rise from 58,293,459 tonnes purchased in the previous…

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Botswana based Sechaba Brewery Holdings names Mabu Nteta as its new Managing Director

BOTSWANA – Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited (SBHL), an investment holding company with 60% controlling interest in Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KLB) and Botswana Breweries (Pty) Limited, has appointed Ms. Mabu Nteta to the position of Managing Director with effect from 1 July 2021. SBHL’s subsidiary, Kgalagadi Breweries, produces lager beers, traditional beers, bottled water and soft drinks under license. The brewery has four traditional beer breweries, a clear beer brewery, a sparkling soft drinks production plant and six sales and distribution centres in Botswana. Meanwhile its other unit, Botswana Breweries produces…

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Ghana suspends importation of poultry from neighboring countries following bird-flu outbreak

GHANA – Ghana is on high alert following reported cases of spread of the highly pathogenic Avian Influenza in the country, that could affect about 600,000 farm animals. The West African country has confirmed an outbreak of the bird flu in seven farms located at the Greater Accra, Volta and Central regions. According to Patrick Abakeh, Director of veterinary services at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), nearly 6,000 birds were found to have died of the H5N1 avian flu, with the veterinary department forced to destroy 4,500 chickens…

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UK retail chains, pubs mull shutting some stores due to staff shortages amid rising Covid-19 cases

UK – The rising number of cases in the UK is presenting a new challenge to business operators as many employees have had to self-isolate themselves following contact with people who have tested positive.  Recent figures showed more than 500,000 people in England and Wales were “pinged” by the NHS Covid app in the week to 7 July and required to self-isolate for 10 days for coming into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.    According to a BBC report, the rising number of people who are being forced into self-isolation is having profound consequences for the economy…

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South African retailers soar above riot disruptions, commence rebuilding, restocking

SOUTH AFRICA – South African retailers are working round the clock to replenish shelves with groceries, food and other essential supplies in hundreds of stores which were looted in one of the country’s worst unrest in years. Supermarket owners have indicated that they are racing to keep stores unaffected by the violence stocked, as some shoppers were stripping shelves with panic buying, though blocked roads and disruptions to supply chains were hampering their efforts. In the affected areas i.e., KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, retailers are gearing up to rebuild the affected…

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Alapala celebrates life of experienced technical director, offers range of professional services to millers

TURKEY — Grain milling and handling system technologies company Alapala is celebrating the life of Milan Shah who until his death was the company’s technical director.   Milan Shah, a Kenyan by birth, had a mechanical engineering degree from Bristol and over 20 years of experience in the milling sector.   He had served Alapala for over 10 years in various positions and until his demise, he was serving as the Technical Director where oversaw a number of functions including engineering, research, and development.  In a statement, Alapala described Milan Shah as a great leader whose vision and guidance inspired Alapala adding that his steller leadership will continue to…

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