Cadbury Dairy Milk enhances sustainability profile with switch to recycled plastic packaging

UK –  Cadbury Dairy Milk made in Bournville and sold in the UK and Ireland is to be made with packaging containing up to 30% recycled plastic, a statement from Mondelēz International has revealed.   The transition to recycled packaging is expected to commence in 2022 with an initial rollout of the packaging innovation on more than 28 million sharing bars.   The shift, according to Mondelēz is part of a broader global commitment by the business to reduce the use of virgin plastic material in its overall plastic packaging portfolio by 5% by 2025,…

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Bühler pursues highest quality flour production with launch of new data-driven milling technology

SWITZERLAND – Swiss technology group Bühler has unveiled its most recent innovation yet: a high-tech data-driven mill with the potential to produce the highest quality flour possible. Dubbed Mill E3, the new technologically advanced mill was unveiled at Whitworth Bros. Ltd’s Whitley Bridge plant in Yorkshire, the UK. At the heart of the Mill E3 lies more than 15,000 data points collecting information on all aspects of the production process. According to Bühler, the volume of data being analyzed, along with the cutting-edge application of blockchain technology, will enable the…

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Cocoa processing startup Koa, chocolate maker Valrhona launch most conc cocoa fruit juice concentrate

GHANA – French chocolate maker Valrhona in collaboration with Swiss-Ghanaian start-up Koa have launched a new cocoa fruit juice concentrate ingredient dubbed Oabika. The flavourful ingredient is the very first cocoa fruit juice concentrate at 72° Brix, created especially for chefs and other gastronomy professionals. It has the highest concentration on the food service market providing a silky consistency and an amber-coloured appearance. Besides its fruity and tangy flavour, Oabika surprises through its candied, honey-like notes, delivering a new experience with a smooth texture and a unique taste. The innovation…

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Cold chain solutions provider InspiraFarms opens SADC regional hub in Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE – InspiraFarms, a provider of on- and off-grid cold storage solutions is continuing with its expansion strategy across Africa, establishing a regional office representation for Southern Africa, based in Harare, Zimbabwe. InspiraFarms’ team designs first-mile, on-farm pre-cooling cold chain and food handling solutions, which are made up of the best European technologies. Zimbabwe has become a key market for InspiraFarms, with the Zimbabwean horticultural sector growing rapidly in response to the increasing demand for fresh fruit and vegetables in the European Union (EU), UK, Middle East, Far East and…

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Blue Bottle Coffee to help scale regenerative agriculture in pursuit of 2021 carbon neutrality goal

USA – Nestlé-owned global network of cafes in the US and Asia, Blue Bottle Coffee has pledged to help scale regenerative agriculture as part of its 2024 carbon neutrality target.  Additionally, the coffee chain has promised to carry out fundamental changes to its business operations and partnerships with suppliers so as to reduce its GHG emissions as much as possible.   Where it’s unable to reduce emissions, Blue Bottle has made a multi-year commitment to purchase the first available high-quality, registry-certified agricultural carbon credits.  Produced by Carbon by Indigo, these…

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Pick n Pay brings South Africa’s most-loved traditional local dishes closer to shoppers

SOUTH AFRICA – The recent pandemic has brought copious amounts of stress, worry and uncertainty to consumers due to change in lifestyle. This has left consumers looking for ways to alleviate that stress by turning to traditional and nostalgic foods, which offer something soothing and familiar during times of uncertainty. Leveraging on this fast-growing trend, South African supermarket chain Pick n Pay, has launched a traditional Mzansi-inspired range of products reflecting the country’s best in look and flavour. Dubbed Africa Rise, it comprises of five signature local flavours, Chakalaka, Chicken…

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CCBA’s Ghanaian unit Voltic Limited names Flora Jika as new Managing Director

GHANA – Voltic Ghana, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) has appointed Flora Jika, as its new Managing Director. According to the parent company, Flora will take up the leadership position at the end of December 2021. Taking over the helm of the soft-beverage manufacturing and distributing entity, she succeeds Simon Everest who’ll be retiring in December after 20 years with The Coca-Cola Company family. Flora joins Voltic Ghana from Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) where she is the current Logistics Director. She hails from a mining engineering background,…

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Food giants PepsiCo, Nestle introduce tangible solution to managing, tackling waste problem in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Ceres Fruit Juices, the largest fruit juice packaging operation in Africa, has migrated from the use of plastic straws to paper straws on all its 200ml juice boxes, in a bid to tackle plastic waste pollution. Plastic waste management is a growing concern across the globe, with plastic drinking straws identified as a major contributor to this problem. The South African brand owned by PepsiCo believes that there is an opportunity to change how the world produces, distributes, consumes, and disposes of packaging in order to tackle…

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FSSAI introduces new logo for Vegan foods, bolsters food safety efforts with commissioning of 19 mobile food testing vans

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Agency of India has introduced a new logo for Vegan foods to help consumers easily identify and differentiate plant-based foods from non-vegan foods.  According to the Indian food regulator, the new logo was in response to the rising number of people who are switching to the vegan diet for health and environmental reasons.   Just the way the green dot depicts vegetarian food and red indicates non-vegetarian, vegan food will now be designated by the v-shaped green logo shared by FSSAI.   The logo also features a green-colored leaf which…

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UK introduces mandatory folic acid fortification for wheat flour to help prevent birth defects

UK – UK government has announced that Folic acid (Vitamin B9) is to be added to UK wheat flour to help prevent spinal birth defects in babies.   Folate helps the body make healthy red blood cells and is naturally occurring in certain foods, such as leafy green vegetables.    Research shows that not getting enough folate (Vitamin B9) within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy can lead to neural tube defects and result in spinal conditions such as spina bifida or anencephaly.  Spina bifida (abnormal development of the spine) and anencephaly, a…

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