Givaudan partners Bühler, Migros to launch cultured food innovation hub

SWITZERLAND – Givaudan, Bühler and Migros have joined forces to create a new pilot facility for cellular agricultural products, as they look to expand their presence in this high growth sector.  In cellular agriculture, animal cells are used as a starting point, and then technologies such as fermentation are employed for the cultivation of meat products.   The result is meat identical in structure and in taste to its animal counterpart with vastly reduced environmental impact and no mass farming or slaughter.  Located in The Valley in Kemptthal, Switzerland, the Cultured Food Innovation Hub will serve…

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Mane Kancor expands R&D capabilities with launch of new Innovation center

INDIA – Mane Kancor, a subsidiary of French flavour specialist Mane, has inaugrated a new Innovation center at its campus in Angamaly, India.   According to a statement from the food ingredients supplier, the new innovation center is housed in a 24000 Sq.ft building set in a vast stretch of land.   The state-of-the-art facility integrates all the research activities and product development initiatives in one comprehensive site with the support of expert analytical teams and top-of-the-line technologies.  Mane Kancor notes that the new facility will focus on innovations in natural shelf-life solutions, natural color solutions, culinary taste…

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Kroger partners Instacart to launch 30-minute delivery service as Zomato shutters grocery delivery service

US –  American retail company Kroger is teaming up with Instacart on a new delivery service that can get grocery items to customers in as little as 30 minutes.   Called Kroger Delivery, the service will offer customers up to 25,000 items to choose from and is targeting to reach up to 50 million homes, the company said in a statement.   Kroger which boasts of more than 2,700 stores, will offer the service for its namesake stores as well as Ralphs, Fred Meyer, King Soopers, Fry’s, Mariano’s, and Smith’s locations.  Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen noted that the fast delivery will help the…

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Dutch Koudijs Animal Nutrition invests US$14m in new poultry feed facility in Ivory Coast

IVORY COAST – Dutch animal nutrition specialist Koudijs Animal Nutrition, subsidiary of Royal De Heus, has broken ground for the construction of a new CFA franc 8 billion (US$14m) poultry feed production plant in Ivory Coast. The facility which is expected to be completed by August 2022, will have a manufacturing capacity of 120,000 tonnes of feed per year. With this initiative, Koudijs Animal Nutrition intends to strengthen its presence at the upstream level of the poultry value chain in Côte d’Ivoire, where it set base since 2009. In 2019,…

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Kerry completes US$1B acquisition of Niacet as Prinova expands portfolio with purchase of Ingredient House

IRELAND – Global taste and nutrition company Kerry has completed the acquisition of leading food protection and preservation technology supplier Niacet.  The acquisition which was previously announced in June this year aims to complement Kerry’s extensive portfolio of food protection and preservation technologies and processes.  A stronger Kerry portfolio coincides with strong consumer and market demand for technologies that preserve freshness, extend shelf life and reduce the global burden of food waste is accelerating.   Niacet boasts of a range that includes both conventional and clean label solutions and has a clear leadership position in bakery…

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AfDB unveil initiative to secure climate-resilient water and sanitation services in 5 drought-prone countries

AFRICA – The African Development Bank, in partnership with the Nordic Development Fund and the Government of Denmark are seeking to roll-out a program to strengthen access to climate-resilient water and sanitation resources in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mali, Niger and Somalia. The new initiative is set to enhance the sustainability of water systems through the construction or upgrade of existing infrastructure. Under the program, the partners will support feasibility studies to prepare bankable projects that contribute to increased financing for water, sanitation and hygiene services, improving human health, child education…

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Astral Foods undertakes new executive appointments, introduces new role

SOUTH AFRICA – Astral Foods Limited (Astral), South Africa’s leading integrated poultry producer, has appointed Mr. Gary Arnold, as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Astral with effect from 1 October 2021. This new position has been introduced with a specific mandate to optimise expansion opportunities and continuous improvement initiatives, whilst effectively allocating capital and human resources across all Astral divisions. Mr. Arnold, who is currently the Managing Director of Astral’s Agriculture Division, will continue to report to the Chief Executive Officer of the company. He has been with the…

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CCEP invests US$33m to expand sustainable packaging capacity of UK manufacturing site

UK – Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP), one of the largest anchor bottlers of beverage giant Coca-Cola, has invested £28m (US$33m) into its manufacturing site in Sidcup, United Kingdom to fund the installation of a new canning line.  The new high-speed canning line is capable of producing 2,000 cans per minute, elevating the site’s production capabilities and supporting the production of sustainable packaging for a number of CCEP’s brands.   According to a statement from the UK-based bottling giant, the new canning line is set to open in June 2022, creating…

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Kenya Breweries Limited kick starts second phase of US$3m Raising the Bar initiative

KENYA – Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL), subsidiary of East African Breweries Limited has kicked off the second phase of a program that seeks to revive the hospitality sector through the provision of Covid-19 safety equipment, merchandise, and training. The initiative dubbed the Raising the Bar recovery program seeks to benefit nearly 850 bars and eateries across the country by end of November 2021 and subsequently improve their operations in the wake of the pandemic. During the first phase, 169 outlets around the Nairobi Metropolitan area have benefitted from the program,…

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