FrieslandCampina sells cream liqueurs unit Creamy Creation to Wagram

NETHERLANDS – Dutch dairy multinational, FrieslandCampina has reached an agreement to sell its cream liqueur manufacturer Creamy Creation to Dutch investment company Wagram Equity Partners (Wagram). The transaction whose details were not disclosed includes the production of cream liqueurs in Rijkevoort and sales office in Paramus (the United States of America).    The company said…

Danone reports 0.8% rise in first-quarter sales, maintains full-year outlook

FRANCE – Global dairy giant, Danone has reported 0.8% increase in first-quarter sales to US$6.89 billion (€6.13 billion), confirming 2019 full-year profit guidance. The company expects like-for-like sales growth of around 3% and recurring operating margin of more than 15% in the year 2019. Consolidated sales during the quarter were boosted by a 3% rise…

USAID, World Cocoa Foundation unveil US$2m fund to boost cocoa sector in Ivory Coast

IVORY COAST – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the World Cocoa Foundation has announced a US$2 million fund to boost cocoa sector in Ivory Coast. Mark Green, USAID Administrator the funds will also facilitate empowering women to fully participate in the value chain outlining that the agency has in…

FSIS proposes to remove dual labeling for some meat and poultry products

USA - The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed to remove dual labeling requirements for certain amounts of meat and poultry products. This involves duplicative net weight and net content requirements for packages that contain certain amounts of meat or poultry products. The proposed regulation would apply to…

Muller invests in Milk & More delivery fleet to expand UK operations

UK – Dairy company, Muller has announced that it is set to invest in its milk delivery service, Milk & More by expanding its fleet of electric vehicles for more deliveries in the UK. The company said it is rolling out 160 new environmentally friendly electric delivery vehicles, taking its fleet to just over 500…

Barry Callebaut achieves traceability of a third of its global cocoa volume

SWITZERLAND – The Swiss cocoa and chocolate company, Barry Callebaut has said that it has established traceability for a third of its global cocoa volume, bringing it closer to achieving its ambitious cocoa sustainability goals. By 2025, the company aims to source 100% of the group’s ingredients sustainably by 2025. This commitment is supported by…

Pernod Ricard to acquire Italian premium gin brand Malfy

ITALY – The global spirits company, Pernod Ricard has agreed to acquire the Italian super-premium gin brand Malfy from Biggar & Leith for an undisclosed sum. Malfy makes a range of super-premium gins distilled by the Vergnano family in the Italian region of Moncalieri, and already present in several international markets such as the United…

U.S. beef, poultry and egg products gain new market access in Tunisia

TUNISIA - Tunisia has opened its market for beef, poultry, and egg products from the United States following an agreement between the two governments to allow importation of the products into the country. Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture said the agreement strengthens the United States Departments of Agriculture (USDA) commitment to expanding its reach…

AfDB approves US$23m to support agribusinesses in eight African countries

AFRICA - The African Development Bank (AfDB) through the Board of Directors of the Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT) has approved US$23 million grant to support agribusiness Small-and-Medium- sized Enterprises (SMEs) in eight African countries. The fund will be used to finance agribusiness in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal and Tanzania with…

Industrialisation lobby group proposes US$2bn bond to support Ghana’s agriculture sector

GHANA – The Alliance for Development and Industrialization (ADI), an industrialisation advocacy group in Ghana, has tabled a US$2 billion Transformational Commodity Fund (TCF) for the development of a sustainable agriculture sector in Ghana. According to ADI the US$2 billion fund will support the entire sector and adjourning structures such as roads infrastructure at community…