PepsiCo upgrades UK snack processing factory with US$28.9m investment

UK – Snacks and drinks giant PepsiCo has invested £24.5m (US$28.92m) into its Walkers crisp factory in Lincoln in order to upgrade the facilities, meet growing demand for its Quavers snacks and secure the future of the site. The investment will see the company replace existing machinery at the site with new equipment, such as a compact packaging machine that will help PepsiCo to remove packaging from its supply chain by 30%. The project will also increase the factory’s capacity for Quavers – which PepsiCo claims are now bought by…

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Louis Dreyfus Company forms joint venture with Japanese specialty coffee merchant Zephyr Japan

JAPAN – Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC), a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods has signed a joint venture agreement with Zephyr Japan, specialty coffee merchants based in Japan providing premium coffees to Japanese consumers. The partnership represents LDC’s first venture in Japan, a fast-growing market for specialty coffees, aimed to position LDC to increase premium coffee flows into Japan and East Asian markets. This another positive step forward for LDC’s specialty business, growing its market share in a segment specialty coffee market which is expected to exceed US$83 billion…

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FrieslandCampina CEO Schumacher named new Global Dairy Platform Chair, Anheuser-Busch shuffles leadership team

USA – Global Dairy Platform (GDP), a not-for-profit industry association representing the international dairy sector, has announced the appointment of Hein Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer of Royal FrieslandCampina, as Chair of its Board of Directors. GDP membership, which includes more than 95 leading corporations, companies, associations, scientific bodies and other partners, has operations in more than 150 countries and collectively produces approximately 1/3 of all the world’s milk. Schumacher succeeds Rick Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dairy Farmers of America, who completed a four-year term as GDP Chair.…

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Booming citrus fibre market gains US$50m investment from CP Kelco to expand processing capacity

BRAZIL – Global ingredient solutions provider, CP Kelco has announced it will invest over US$50 million to expand production capacity for its Nutrava Citrus Fiber at its Brazilian facility, following strong customer demand and market potential. The project will add a second NUTRAVA Citrus Fiber production line to the company’s facility in Matão, increasing total capacity to approximately 5,000 metric tons. This is the second major move in the pectin space this month as Cargill inaugurated a US$150 million pectin production facility in Bebedouro – the heart of Brazil’s citrus-growing…

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Ugandan beer producers partner with research institution NARO to enhance quality of locally sourced raw materials

UGANDA – Nile Breweries Limited (NBL), the Ugandan subsidiary of AB InBev has inked a 5-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), aimed to boost commercial cassava production in the country. The partnership seeks to address the need to improve the quality and quantity of cassava produced, whose demand is expected to increase as the brewer mulls on turning it into one of its major raw materials. Theunis Coetzee, Agricultural Services Manager at NBL, revealed that they have decided to start beer production from cassava…

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Rwanda attains self-sufficiency in production of maize, wheat, soybean seeds cutting off imports

RWANDA – Rwanda’s investment in boosting local production of seeds has begun to pay of as the government has indicated it will not import seeds of maize, wheat and soya, in the coming agricultural season. This, according to Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources Gerardine Mukeshimana, follows attainment of seed production sufficiency of 100 percent in the current season. “That is why in the instructions we gave to the farmers we have shown specific prices for these seeds and we will no longer help the farmers import them, whoever wants…

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Ghana adds value to yams, cassava with launch of US$1.65m processing factory

GHANA – The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has commissioned CH Global Limited, a cassava and yam processing factory operating under the government’s 1-District-1-Factory initiative, located in Krachi East District of Oti Region. Construction of the facility which began in 2019, received financial support from Ghana EXIM Bank to the tune of GH¢10 million (US$1.65m). According to reports by The Presidency of Ghana, the facility will process yam into frozen chips and yam balls, under the brand name CH Foods. The first phase of the…

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