Ingredion expands pulse-based protein capacity, continues investment in future of sugar reduction

CANADA – Plant-based ingredient solutions provider, Ingredion Inc. has cut ribbon to its new production facility for flours and concentrates at its Canadian manufacturing assets in Vanscoy, Saskatchewan. The pulse-based protein facility which was acquired from Verdient Foods in November 2020, currently produces flours and concentrates from pulses such as peas, lentils and fava beans that are sustainably sourced from North American farms. The added capacity, which includes a new production line with proprietary processing technology, will enable food and beverage brands to answer consumer demand for sustainable, plant-based proteins…

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Olam Food Ingredients to develop dairy processing plant in New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND – Olam Food Ingredients, the ingredients arm of Singapore-headquartered food and agri-business company-Olam, has announced plans of setting up a new dairy processing facility in the North Island town of Tokoroa, New Zealand. The new processing plant investment by the global leader in natural and sustainable ingredient solutions, follows 10 years as an investor in the New Zealand dairy sector. It will become part of a global network that spans 20 major milk consumption markets, such as South-East Asia, China, the Middle East, and Africa further cementing its…

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Oterra beefs up natural colour offering with acquisition of Symrise’s Diana Food’s coloring business

GERMANY – Oterra, formerly known as Chr. Hansen Natural Colors A/S, has signed a transactional agreement with German flavour and fragrance company Symrise, to acquire its natural food coloring business, Diana Food’s. Following the completion of the transaction, Oterra will fully integrate Diana Food’s natural coloring business into its world class offering. This is the second acquisition in a short period of time for Oterra since its acquisition by private equity firm EQT and becoming a standalone company. In June this year, the food ingredients company acquired SECNA Natural Ingredients…

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AB InBev’s unit in Lesotho partners with technology giant Siemens to automate brewery

LESOTHO – Maluti Mountain Brewery, AB InBev’s subsidiary in Lesotho has partnered with Siemens South Africa, a technology powerhouse to automate brewing systems in a bid to improve flexibility and customization in reducing beer loss. As part of the technological upgrade, Siemens has migrated the brewery from an old automation system to a central control and monitoring station which will combine the Brewhouse and Cellars. Using Siemen’s Braumat system, the software has fostered virtualization capability, recipe control and management, trend and alarm management, batch reporting and controlled access. This will…

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Agricultural service provider Cropnuts launches cutting edge soil testing platform powered by AI

KENYA- Kenya based Crop Nutrition Laboratory Services Ltd (Cropnuts), Africa’s leading independent laboratory for agricultural and environmental testing, has launched AgViza, a disruptive AI based soil testing and digital crop advisory service for smallholder farmers. Soil testing services have been out of financial reach for smallholder farmers, which is reflected in the fact that poor soil fertility remains a key driver of yield loss in smallholder farms across Africa. AgViza soil testing technology will change the status quo by empowering farmers with this critical soil management information. The technology bundles…

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South Africa’s poultry production ups 5% attributed to implementation of sector’s master plan

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s multi-billion-dollar poultry industry is forecasted to register a 5% rise in chicken meat production in 2022 as a result of economic recovery, decreasing feed costs, and investment by the industry. In November 2019, the South African government and industry signed a Poultry Sector Master Plan that is intended to increase productivity in the poultry sector and protect the local domestic producers from alleged unfair trade practices and imports. Since 2019, South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has invested 1.14 billion rand (US$78 million) for expansion of…

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Dairibord reports 54.5% rise in interim sales volumes triggering jump in revenue to US$11.6m

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe’s leading dairy processor, Dairibord Zimbabwe Limited (DZL), has show-cased a stellar performance in the first half year period ended June 2021, reporting a 65% rise in revenue to ZW$4.2 billion (US$11.6m) from ZW$2.5 billion (US$6.9m) registered in the corresponding previous year. The solid top line performance was a result of the 54.5% increase in sales volumes and moderate price adjustments to minimise margin compression. According to the company, demand was firm across all product categories, with sales volumes for the period being 54.5% above prior year, the…

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