Zimbabwe’s largest dairy processor Dairibord to launch US$1.5m processing facility

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwean milk processor, Dairibord Holdings, is set to commission a new US$1.5 million manufacturing plant. The facility which is nearing completion will produce ice cream and yoghurt as part of its expansion plan. According to reports by The Herald, the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) listed company, has not had a functional food manufacturing plant since it took the decision to decommission an old plant, to replace it with a new and more efficient one, as part of its renewed expansion drive. The latest initiative comes hot on the…

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Mai Dubai partners packaging equipment supplier Sidel to launch AOA’s fastest bottled water production line

UAE – Mai Dubai, the bottled water company fully owned by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), has made a landmark milestone with the launch of the fastest bottled water production line in Asia, Oceania, and Africa (AOA) region.  The uber-fast water line was completed in collaboration with Sidel, a leading provider of equipment and services solutions for packaging beverage, food, home, and personal care products in PET, can and glass.  It leverages Sidel’s state-of-the-art ‘Super Combi’ technology to produce a maximum output of 86,000 bottles per hour.  “The maximum output achieved…

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Dairy giant Danone alleviates hunger in Egypt through donation of surplus products

EGYPT – French multinational dairy company, Danone has launched “Zero Food Waste” initiative in partnership with The Egypt Food Bank, in a bid to eradicate hunger in Egypt. Danone will donate its daily surplus of products to EFB benefiting over 35,000 school students & other eligible recipients across Egypt. The Zero Food Waste initiative directly contributes to Egypt’s SDG on Peace & Security; providing Egyptians with food security. “We would like to invite all businesses in Egypt to join the initiative to positively impact our community,” said Basma Shams, Head…

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Alternative seafood growth potential yet to be fully exploited- Good Food Institute

GLOBAL – The alternative seafood market has great unexploited potential which if tapped could provide new growth opportunities for food companies, according to a new report from the Good Food Institute.  Despite the hype around alternative proteins, investors have not been as enthusiastic about seafood alternatives as they have been in beef and chicken.  Plant-based seafood made up just 0.1% of all of the retail dollar sales of the seafood segment in 2020, according to SPINS statistics cited in the report.  If plant-based seafood grows to make up 1.4% of the segment’s sales…

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South African fast-food restaurants register improvement in sales following steady economic recovery

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa based fast–food chain operator has reported a marginal growth in its full year restaurant sales by 1%, representing a 67.6% increase in the second half of the financial year ended June 2021. The jump in the interim period was in comparison to the same period in F2020, which was severely impacted by the total prohibition on sit-down trade in the fourth quarter. Its home operations registered a sales growth of 1.5%, while its international businesses attaining a 3% decline in sales. In a bid to…

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PepsiCo lays down strategies to drive sustainability across its operations in sub-Saharan Africa

AFRICA – PepsiCo has heightened its commitment to the sub-Saharan market under the newly launched Pep+ (Pep Positive) plan, a strategic end-to-end transformation initiative with sustainability at its core, aimed at inspiring positive change for the planet and its people. Pep+ is aimed to guide the food manufacturer on how to transform its business operations: from sourcing ingredients, making and selling its products in a more sustainable way. This is as it leverages on its more than one billion connections with consumers each day to take sustainability mainstream and engage…

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Roquette opens new R&D center to accelerate development of new plant-based proteins

FRANCE – French-based food ingredients manufacturer Roquette has opened an R&D accelerator for plant proteins in Vic-sur-Aisne, France to “bring plant-based innovation up to a new level.”   Roquette is said to have invested about US$13 million in building the 21,000-square-foot facility which will mainly focus on developing new pea and wheat proteins.   The French leader in plant-based protein ingredients also intends to add “several new sources of protein” to its portfolio every five years based on work done at the R&D center.   The new facility opens as Roquette readies what it described…

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Morocco’s OCP Group to establish US$6.1 billion integrated fertilizer complex in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA – Morocco’s state-owned phosphate and fertilizer company OCP Group, has signed an agreement with the government of Ethiopia to implement a fertilizer project in Dire Dawa. The project will have an initial estimated investment of approximately US$2.4 billion during the first phase to develop a 2.5-million-ton fertilizer production unit, combining Urea and NPK/NPS products. Its second phase, earmarked to cost US$3.7billion will boost the production capacity to 3.8 million tons per year. The agreement was reached during a high-level delegation visit to Morocco led by Ahmed Shide FDRE Minister…

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Finnish scientists develop lab grown coffee to secure future of caffeine infused hot drinks

FINLAND – A group of scientists from the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) seeking to make coffee production more sustainable has successfully produced coffee cells in a bioreactor through cellular agriculture.   The move is timely as the global coffee supply has been under threat due to climate change affecting yields in the major growing regions in the world.  In addition to climate change, a barrage of factors including unsustainable farming methods, exploitation and land rights have made cultivating one of the most beloved drinks more challenging.   To circumvent challenges facing the crop, the…

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Barry Callebaut reviews World War II Chocolate brand as Ferrero Rocher wraps chocolates in eco-designed boxes

UK – Swiss-based chocolate manufacturer, Barry Callebaut has reintroduced world-war-era quintessential British chocolate brand Stewart & Arnold in an effort to capture the taste and imagination of British chocolate lovers.    The brand can trace its origins back to 1945 when businessman William Stewart and Dr Arnold Spicer (Fellow of Royal Institute of Chemistry) created a Chocolate Factory in the small town of High Wycombe.  Over 70 years later, Barry Callebaut is reintroducing the classic chocolate brand in UK stores. They are now produced in the historic market town of…

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