Tyson Foods to close US seafood processing facility

US – American multinational meat corporation Tyson Foods Inc. is set to shutter operations at its LD Foods plant in Jefferson, Wis., which employs 62 workers.   The plant previously processed seafood for foodservice customers and was a subsidiary of Keystone Foods, which Tyson acquired from Brazil’s Marfrig Global Foods in 2018.  Derek Burleson, the spokesperson for Tyson, said the closure is due to a combination of factors including its customers’ changing product needs,  According to Burleson, the facility will cease operations in mid-September as the company focuses on its strategic…

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Tate & Lyle partners Kellogg’s to offer free online course on benefits of dietary fibre

LATIN AMERICA – Tate & Lyle PLC is partnering with the Nutrition and Health Institute of Kellogg Co. (INSK) to share the latest science on dietary fibers with health clinicians, nutritionists, and food and beverage industry professionals across Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Argentina.  As part of the partnership, the companies are offering an online curriculum titled “Dietary fibers: benefits that go beyond gut health.”   The program will run from August 16 to December 31 and features 12, 20-minute video lessons in Spanish led by nutritionists and food scientists from different countries across Latin America.  A…

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Coca-Cola Europacific Partners enters new partnership to enhance plastic recycling in Australia

AUSTRALIA – Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP), one of the largest anchor bottlers for Coca-Cola has joined a new partnership aimed at enhancing Australia’s plastic recycling capacity.   Other members in the partnership include leading Australian beverage manufacturer Asahi Beverages, packaging solutions provider Pact Group, and Cleanaway Waste Management.    The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a joint venture that will build and operate the new plant.  Pact, Cleanaway, and Asahi Beverages are already collaborating to build a PET recycling facility in Albury-Wodonga – expected to be completed later this year.  The newly announced proposal with backing…

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FAO promotes growth of Southern Africa’s poultry industry through dissemination of sustainable farming practices

SOUTHERN AFRICA – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has received financial support from the Fleming Fund of the United Kingdom and the MARS Global Food Safety Center to undertake a capacity building program targeting poultry farmers in Zambia and Zimbabwe. The online course launched through its Virtual Leaning Centre for Southern Africa (SFS-VLC) is aimed to strengthen the capacity of farmer field school (FFS) facilitators and master trainers in the Southern African countries to prepare and run quality poultry-focused FFS. A total of 47 participants…

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Olam International re-affirms commitment to protect wildlife, biodiversity in Congo through renewal of partnership

CONGO – Global food and agri-business firm, Olam International has renewed it partnership agreement with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Republic of Congo to protect the country’s wildlife and biodiversity around the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in northern Congo. This innovative tripartite agreement was first signed in 1999 through Olam’s wood and forestry subsidiary, CIB, to mark the establishment of the PROGEPP (Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park Peripheral Ecosystems Management Project), which operates across three Forest Management Units (FMU). The Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park was created in 1993 with strong support from the…

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Coca-Cola quenches thirst of South African communities facing water shortages by availing alternative source

SOUTH AFRICA – In a bid to offer relief to South Africa’s water problems, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has partnered with disaster response non-governmental organisation (NGO), Gift of the Givers, to avail a 34 500-litre water tanker to serve members of the affected communities. The water tanker will be used to distribute water to areas affected by severe water shortages in Makhanda, commonly known as Grahamstown, which is part of the Makana Municipality in the Eastern Cape. To ensure the project is undertaken in an efficient manner, the soft…

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Cargill partners AeroFarms to develop climate resilient cocoa varieties

US – Agricultural commodity trading giant Cargill is supporting the creation of a more sustainable cocoa sector by working with vertical farming pioneer AeroFarms to develop high yielding, climate-resilient cocoa varieties.   According to a statement from Cargill, the research collaboration brings together AeroFarms’ expertise in controlled environment agriculture, with Cargill’s extensive knowledge of cocoa agronomy and production practices.  The findings will yield new insights, targeting factors such as faster tree growth and greater yields.  It will also feature the accelerated development of varieties with enhanced pest and disease resistance while also looking at unlocking…

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