Zimbabwe’s Raymeg Consultants launches first rabbit abattoir taking advantage of niche market

ZIMBABWE – Raymeg Consultants Private Limited, a corporate member of the Zimbabwe Commercial Rabbit Breeders Association (ZICORBA), has inaugurated Zimbabwe’s first export certified rabbit abattoir. Having an installed processing capacity of more than 2.5 tonnes per day, the facility will thrust rabbit meat firmly on to the country’s white meat sub-sector, which was until recently, mainly a preserve of pork, chicken and fish. Raymeg Executive director, Mrs Paidamoyo Nyamakanga, said in an interview with The Herald, the abattoir, situated on a 2.5-acre plot in Waterfalls, Harare, has generated much interest…

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Kraft Heinz reports decline in net sales as pandemic boom starts to wane

US – American multinational food company Kraft Heinz has reported a decline in net sales for Q2 2021 as the pandemic boom experienced in 2020 starts to wane and consumers resume normal purchasing behaviors.   For the three months ending 26 June, the company reported net sales of US$6.62 billion, representing a 2.1% organic decline.   While the results did not compare to an extraordinary Q2 2020, Kraft Heinz says consumption vs 2019 remained strong with a 5% organic increase as demand for snacks and packaged meals persisted.  The company predicted current-quarter organic net sales to decline by a…

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Nestle on track to attain sustainability goals in first net zero carbon emissions dairy farm

SOUTH AFRICA – Nestlé has announced that its first carbon neutral dairy farm, Skimmelkrans in George, South Africa, is past the halfway mark to reaching the net-zero carbon emissions goal. The project was launched by the food giant last year December with the commitment of becoming carbon net zero by 2023. Assessing the progress made so far, Nestle notes that the farm which produces products such as Nestlé MILO and Nestlé NESPRAY, has already attained 11% increase in milk production per cow, 40% reduction in energy by using solar and…

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Flexicon expands US manufacturing space to meet rising demand for bulk handling equipment

USA – Flexicon Corp. , has expanded the manufacturing space at it world headquarters in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania by 50,000 sq ft to meet increased demand for its bulk handling equipment and systems.  According to a statement from the company, the new space is slated primarily for warehousing of sub-assemblies, crating, and staging of assembled equipment.   This includes stocking of Quick-Ship models of flexible screw conveyors, bulk bag dischargers, and bulk bag conditioners for immediate shipment, freeing the main facility for increased capacity in fabrication and assembly.  Founded in Fairfield, New Jersey, in 1974 Flexicon has been rapidly expanding and in 2001, it consolidated its…

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Leading recycling company Extrupet goes green, sets up 1.3MWp solar plant to cut emissions

SOUTH AFRICA – One of the pioneering recycling companies in Africa, Extrupet, has taken its commitment to sustainable development even further with the launch of its brand new 1.3MWp solar power plant. Extrupet is one of the largest and most advanced recyclers of plastics on the African continent and recycles more than 4 million PET bottles every day at their Wadeville facility. With the switch to renewable energy, Extrupet has become one of the first companies in the recycling industry to adopt solar power. The 1.3MWp solar plant, has an…

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