Consumer awareness of the need to protect oceans drives demand for sustainable seafood

UK – Consumer awareness of the need to protect oceans is driving demand for sustainable seafood sales, providing a new lifeline for marine ecosystems which have for a long-time suffered from unsustainable fishing practices.  According to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a  total of 1,267,000 tonnes of MSC labeled seafood were sold globally between April 2020 and March 2021, a 6% rise when compared with 1,197,000 tonnes the year before.  The international not-for-profit responsible for the world’s most widely used sustainable seafood ecolabel, frozen seafood products saw the highest overall increase…

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USAID funded Trade Hub supports Senegalese Agro Boye, Guinea’s La Petite Damba to increase capacity

WEST AFRICA – Senegal-based agribusiness firm Agro Boye, has received a US$1.1 million co-investment grant from the USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub), to increase its production capacity of horticultural products, helping to reduce food insecurity and import-dependency in the country. The investment comes three years after its partnership with the Trade Hub on building a successful pilot project that the agribusiness implemented in 2019 to boost its potato cultivation using 30 hectares of land. At that time, Agro Boye first invested around US$260,000 and produced 900…

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Tate & Lyle appoints Bill Magee as President, North America for Food & Beverage Solutions

UK – British-headquartered, global supplier of food and beverage ingredients Tate & Lyle PLC has appointed William ‘Bill’ Magee as President, North America, Food & Beverage Solutions, with effect from 1 October 2021.   “Bill has been an outstanding leader of our North America business and has consistently delivered strong growth in the region,” said Nick Hampton, Chief Executive Officer of Tate & Lyle.  “His expertise and customer understanding will be invaluable as we re-position Tate & Lyle as a growth-focused global speciality food and beverage solutions business.”  Bill who now becomes a member of Tate & Lyle’s…

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Ruud Tijssens appointed chair of International Feed Industry Federation for 2022-2023

LUXEMBORG – Ruud Tijssens, Group Director Public & Cooperative Affairs, Royal Agrifirm Group, has been elected as International Feed Industry Federation new Chairman for 2022-2023.  The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) is made up of national and regional feed associations, feed related organizations, and corporate members from around the globe, representing over 80% of the feed production worldwide.  Mr. Tijssens has held several leadership positions within IFIF, previously serving as Chair of IFIF’s Sustainability Steering Group as well as a member of the IFIF Executive Committee and the IFIF Board of Directors.    He has more than thirty years…

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Kenyan food processor SimpliFine enters baked goods market following acquisition of Ennsvalley Bakery

KENYA – SimpliFine, a food production company offering fresh, locally-sourced meat, vegetables, baked goods, and other foods to restaurants, hotels, and retailers across East Africa has completed the acquisition of Kenyan based Ennsvalley Bakery.  SimpliFine has taken full ownership of the premium baked goods manufacturer Ennsvalley, from Kenya’s leading milling company, Unga Group, in a deal that was entered through its cold chain logistic firm BigCold. With the acquisition, SimpliFine is set to inject US$500,000 worth of investment in the next six months into the operations. The investment is earmarked…

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New study casts doubt on reliability of glycemic index as an indicator of blood sugar response

USA — The glycemic Index, a value that aims to quantify how fast blood sugar rises after eating it, may not be a reliable indicator blood sugar response, according to a new study by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.  The scientists conducted controlled, repeated tests involving 63 healthy adults and found out that blood sugar responses after consuming a fixed amount of white bread could range across all three glycemic index categories (low, medium, or high).  The team found that the average glycemic index value of white…

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Innscor Africa records 35% rise in full year revenue following impressive volume growth across all business segments

ZIMBABWE – Innscor Africa Limited, an expansive manufacturing and retail conglomerate in Zimbabwe, has registered a 41% decline in full year profit earnings to ZWL 4.397 billion despite a 35% increase in revenue. During the period, the diversified group has attained a revenue of ZWL 66.9 billion, achieved on the back of volume growth across all businesses, coupled with the introduction of new products, increased capacity utilisation in existing and new categories, access to a growing informal market and a market-sensitive pricing strategy all aligned to provide a pleasing result.…

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Unilever starts sale of tea business unit after restructuring, seeks to divest from Kenya’s Limuru Tea

KENYA – Multinational consumer goods company, Unilever is seeking to divest from its Kenyan tea subsidiary, Limuru Tea, to a new owner Holdco UK Limited (TeaCo). The board of the company has approved the transfer subject to regulatory approvals, reports The Star. The move follows a decision by its parent firm Unilever Group to separate its global tea business including tea plantations to become a separate entity and divest in most markets. The maker of the popular Lipton, Brooke Bond and PG Tips brands, had initially indicated that it will…

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Team Europe partners with Zanaco to launch US$34m agriculture investment initiative in Zambia

ZAMBIA – Smallholder farmers and rural cooperatives across Zambia are set to benefit from a new €30 million (US$34m) initiative launched by Zambia National Commercial Bank (Zanaco) in partnership with Team Europe, aimed to accelerate agricultural investment in the country. The new initiative is geared towards improve agricultural productivity, upgrade agricultural processing, and support a sector severely impacted by COVID-19 challenges and is supported by a best-practice assistance program. This will be achieved through increasing access to finance, support job creation and enhance agricultural productivity. This represents the first targeted…

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Alapala named Turkey’s number 1 exporter of Food Machinery

TURKEY – Turkish supplier of milling and handling system technologies Alapala has been listed among ‘Top 1000 exporters of Turkey’ in 2020 by the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM).  Through 4 companies, Alapala Group which exports milling machinery, equipment, and parts to the world from Turkey, ranked 636th in this year’s ranking, a great improvement from last year where it ranked 824th.   The group which has successfully completed over 600 turn-key projects in four continents and trades as ‘Alapala Foreign Trade’ also emerged 13th in the ‘Machinery and Parts’ category.  It also maintained its position as the lead…

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