Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation launches research on Teff crop to boost productivity

KENYA – The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO), has introduced Teff crop on its research list. Among the varieties under research work include Marsabit 1, Marsabit 2, KisTeff 1, Aila Red, KIM-1, Lusike white, KIM-2, KisTeff 2, KIB -26 & KIB -27. Teff is a dual-purpose crop used as human food and livestock feed and is commonly used to prepare fermented flatbread famously known as Injera. It is considered a super food because of its high nutritive values in aspects of iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc. According to…

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South Africa to remain net exporter of corn despite decline in production

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa is expected to register its second largest corn crop output in history in the Marketing Year 2020/21, reaching 16.8 million tons. The bumper out-put is set to put downward pressure on local corn prices, which will influence producers’ decisions on the area to be planted with corn later in 2021, for the 2021/22 MY. Hence, a GAIN report by USDA, forecasts a nine percent drop in the commercial corn area to 2.5 million hectares, resulting in corn production of 15.0 million tons, which is 11…

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EU to record higher grain harvests in MY2021/22 following higher than expected spring rainfall

EUROPE – The  European Union (EU) grain production is forecast at 293.3 MMT (million metric tonnes), over 13 MMT higher than the previous marketing year’s volume largely due heavy rains in April and May that replenished soil moisture and improved yield potential.  According to recent GAIN reports released by the United States Department of Agriculture, grain production is set to rebound in France, Germany, Romania, Hungary, the Benelux, Bulgaria, and Ireland, helping uplift the region’s total grain production.  Going to specific grains, the reports forecast EU’s wheat production to reach 138.4 MMT due to higher than…

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Nile Breweries eases COVID-19 burden on Uganda’s health system, donates 300 oxygen cylinders

UGANDA – Nile Breweries Limited (NBL), the Ugandan subsidiary of AB InBev, has donated 300 oxygen cylinders worth Ush 333 million (US$93,800) to major referral hospitals, spread across 17 districts in the country. The donation is timely as over the past few weeks, Uganda has registered a rise in COVID-19 infections which has tested the capacity of its healthcare system. Handing over the donations at the Office of the Prime Minister, Nile Breweries Legal & Corporate Affairs Director Onapito Ekomoloit said, “As Nile Breweries, Uganda’s beer market leader, we believe…

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Molson Coors introduces Vizzy Hard Seltzer watermelon variety pack as Jack Daniels ends partnership with Bacardi in Austria

US – Chicago-based multinational beverage company Molson Coors Beverage Company is expanding its popular  Vizzy Hard Seltzer portfolio with the introduction of a watermelon variety pack.  The new offering made with real watermelon juice and vitamin C features four watermelon flavour combinations: blueberry watermelon, kiwi watermelon, passionfruit watermelon, and mango watermelon.  Each 5% ABV variant contains 100 calories and 1g of sugar. The launch follows the introduction of another new Vizzy Hard Seltzer variety pack earlier this year, featuring papaya passionfruit, blackberry lemon, watermelon strawberry, and raspberry tangerine flavours.  Barcadi to stop distributing Jack Daniels in Austria Meanwhile, Brown-Forman, one of the largest American-owned spirits…

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High inflation eats into Unilever’s Q2 profits forcing CPG giant to lower full-year profit guidance

UK – Consumer goods giant Unilever is the latest causality of rising costs of raw materials, packaging and transport which have eaten into the company’s Quarter 2 profits and forced it to lower its full year guidance. Despite Unilever reporting an underlying sales growth of 5.4%, high inflation resulted in the company’s underlying operating margin in the six months to June dropping 100 basis points from a year earlier to 18.8 percent.  The company further noted that additional investment in its brands had also weighed on margins pushing net profits…

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Kenyan integrated food producer SimpliFine taps into fast growing frozen food, ready-to-cook segment

KENYA – SimpliFine, a food production company offering accessible, locally sourced meat, vegetables, baked goods and other foods to restaurants, hotels, and retailers across East Africa, is set for a rapid expansion in the Kenyan market. This follows the acquisition of Alpha Fine Foods, a Kenyan producer of premium meat products, by its parent company BlackIvy. As part of its endeavours of expanding its market share in the country, SimpliFine is launching 19 new meat and vegetarian products. These include frozen meats, prepared meal accompaniments and a range of ready-to-cook…

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Upfield introduces Altis Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Kenya promoting healthy living

KENYA – Upfield, the global leader in plant-based nutrition, has expanded its product portfolio in Kenya with the launch of Altis Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The oil, produced in Greece, is widely enjoyed in several countries across the globe, making Kenya its latest market. According to the Blue Band margarine maker, the edible oil is 100% natural olive oil made from olives by cold extraction which ensures the oil offers extensive nutritional benefits. It has low acidity, maintains natural aroma of fresh olives, green herbs and apple, combined harmoniously for…

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Endress+Hauser integrates measurement specialist SensAction AG, launches new flowmeter with enhanced reliability

GERMANY – Endress+Hauser, a Swiss-based process and laboratory instrumentation and automation supplier, has fully integrated concentration measurement specialist SensAction AG. Following the integration, SensAction AG –founded in 2008 and part of the Endress+Hauser Group since 2017 – will from now on operate as Endress+Hauser Flow Germany AG.  Chairman of the Board Stefan Rothballer said the company has been growing together with Endress+Hauser for years, and the new company name and the adapted appearance “now make this change visible.”   Endress+Hauser Flow Germany AG is a specialist in instruments for measuring concentrations in liquids that utilize surface acoustic waves (SAW).  SAW is a form of…

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Tetra Pak, Stora Enso partner to boost Europe’s carton recycling capacity as Scholle IPN works on flexible plastic recycling

POLAND – Food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak and Stora Enso, a manufacturer of pulp, paper, and other forest products, are investing €29.1 million (US$39.98 million) in boosting the recycling capacity of beverage cartons in Central and Eastern Europe.   The investment will see the installation of a large-scale carton repulping line at Stora Enso’s Ostroleka production unit in Poland, tripling the annual recycling capacity of used beverage cartons in Poland from 25,000 to 75,000.  The increased capacity will enable the recycling of the entire volume of beverage cartons sold in the country, as well as those from neighboring countries including Hungary,…

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