Palm oil plantations across Africa forecast to rise as demand increases, study says

AFRICA - A new study forecasts a rise in palm oil plantations across Africa as the global demand for the commodity continues to grow, as the continent offers the low-lying tropical ecosystems palm oil prefers, hence an opportunity for businesses and local farmers to generate income. According to FoodingredientsFirst, lessons learned from Southeast Asia, where…

Cargill invests US$40m at England factory to increase production

ENGLAND - American group Cargill has invested US$39.78 million at its factory on a 13-acre site at Balliol Business Park, England as it takes on production operatives, shift engineers and team leaders for the factory. The new line will extend its capacity to more than the 19,000 tonnes of chicken product it currently delivers annually.…

Nestlé Waters North America names Yumi Clevenger-Lee as Vice President and CMO

USA - Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) has announced that Yumi Clevenger-Lee has been named Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, effective August 1, 2018. According to the company, Clevenger-Lee replaces Antonio Sciuto who has made the decision to leave NWNA to consider opportunities both within and outside of Nestlé. Clevenger-Lee is a seasoned and…

Maize flour prices in Uganda fall due to increased supply of cheap grains

UGANDA - Maize flour prices have dipped to a six-year low on increased supply of cheap grains from Uganda and harvests in western Kenya, easing inflationary pressure. According to Business Daily, the imports from Uganda and harvest has pulled down grain costs from Sh3, 200 a bag in January to below Sh2, 000, offering millers…

Bosch Appliances to open next regional outlet in Ethiopia after Kenya

ETHIOPIA – German engineering and electronics maker, Bosch Appliances, will open its next regional outlet in Ethiopia this year as it eyes further expansion across Africa. According to the Business Daily, the multinational engineering and electronics maker said it will then open similar stores in Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Ivory Coast and Nigeria…

International Coffee Organization in Kenya for talks with coffee farmers

KENYA - Members of the International Coffee Organisation (ICO) are in Kenya for talks with Kenyan coffee farmers who are looking to ink direct purchase deals with top global coffee buyers. According to Business Daily, the ICO executive director Jose Sette held a meeting with Council of Governors vice chair Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and…

DMK Group announces plan to reduce sugar content in the Milram range

GERMANY - DMK Group, Germany's largest dairy company, has announced that it will reduce the sugar content of products throughout its Milram range, as the company aims to adapt to the changing nutritional demands of consumers. According to the company, it will implement this new strategy in three phases. Firstly, Milram’s buttermilk and kefir drinks…

Mahou San Miguel invests US$3.75m to develop a sustainable chiller for the hospitality industry

SPAIN - Mahou San Miguel, a Spanish brewing company, has invested US$3.75 million in its hospitality industry to develop the company’s sustainable chiller. According to the FoodBev, the company said that the new Ecocooler chiller uses propane for refrigeration, which reduces the carbon emissions of the chiller to zero while increasing refrigeration yield by 8%.…

Constellation Brands acquires 38% ownership of cannabis producer Canopy Growth

USA - Constellation Brands, a leading beverage alcohol company, has announced that it has acquired 38% ownership of Canopy Growth Corporation, a leading diversified cannabis company. The companies also announced a significant expansion of their strategic partnership to position Canopy Growth as the global leader in cannabis production, branding, intellectual property and retailing. According to…

US FDA approves a GEA technology aseptic rotary blowing machine

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded GEA a letter of no objection (LONO) for its ABF 1.2 technology, an integrated blowing, filling and capping solution featuring a fully aseptic rotary blowing machine. According to GEA, that is the only system equipped with a 100% aseptic blower that is allowed to…