USDA invests in scientific research programme to promote sustainable agricultural practices

USA – US Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has invested US$77.8 million in research that will focus on sustaining a more abundant, nutritious, and accessible food supply. The funding will see eight land-grant universities lead projects aimed at integrating sustainable agricultural approaches covering the entire food production system. USDA’s Deputy Under Secretary, Scott Hutchins says that the investment will enable adoption of climate smart agriculture techniques to ensure sustainable productivity in the sector. “Investing in high-value research that promotes sustainably intensified agricultural…

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China grants six month transition period for new pet food labels

CHINA – The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) has issued an additional six months transition period for domestic and foreign pet food producers to transition to new labels as per the new regulations. This follows the six regulatory document concerning pet foods, including the Administrative Measures for Pet Food and the Provisions for Labeling of Pet Food that the ministry announced in April 2018. As per the provisions for labelling of pet food, – indicated in the regulations- pet food producers were authorized to comply with the…

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Guinness Nigeria launches new Guinness Smooth Stout

NIGERIA – Guinness Nigeria Plc a subsidiary of Diageo Plc, has launched Guinness Smooth stout into the market, a new addition to its portfolio. Made from hops and roasted barley with a touch of local flavours, the company describes the drink as a blend of bitter and sweet taste. It has 5% ABV.  “Guinness Smooth is a perfect partner for spicy foods and BBQ. The smooth refreshing taste balances the spicy heat, while the distinctive characterful flavour ensures Guinness Smooth is a beer that doesn’t get overshadowed by the food.”…

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Indian snacks major Haldiram’s plans US$10m investment in Frozen Bottle

INDIA – Haldiram Snacks, one of the leading snacks and sweet producer in India is in advanced talks to invest in Bengaluru-based milk shake brand Frozen Bottle. According to a DealSteerAsia report, Haldiram’s is looking to invest between US$8 million and US$10 million in Frozen Bottle, a quick-service restaurant (QSR) chain that sells milkshakes and desserts. “Haldiram’s proposed investment into Frozen Bottle will be structured via their family office fund and will involve equity with a strategic investment approach,” sais a person familiar with the development. The traditional snacks maker,…

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Kenyan coffee earnings drop by US$28.9m in 11 months to August

KENYA – Kenya coffee earnings in the 11 months to August 2019 declined to sh11bn (US$106M) representing a Sh3bn (US$28.9M) decline from from Sh14 billion (US$134.9M) that was realized in the same period last year, according to data from the Nairobi Coffee Exchange. Despite Kenya having one of the best coffees in the world that is highly sought after by roasters for blending, the drop-in earning was due to a consistent drop in prices experienced at New York terminal, which is the main market for the Kenyan Coffee. “The earnings…

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Agritech start-up Lentera to hold fundraising for expansion of solutions to farmers

KENYA – Lentera, a Kenyan Agri-tech startup, is raising a US$560,000 funding round to build out crop-specific versions of its climate smart solutions for African farmers. Lentera started as a soil health and crop nutrition company, formulating and manufacturing a range of organic fertilisers. But after serving thousands of farmers across the country, it realised that in addition to high quality inputs, farmers also needed advice on subjects such as what crops to plant, when to plant them, when to irrigate, and when to scout for pests and diseases. “In…

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MAN appoints Anegbe as new chairman of food and beverage sector

NIGERIA – Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has appointed Chief Patrick Anegbe as its new chairman of its Food, Beverage and Tobacco (FBT) sectoral group. Anegbe will hold the new office alongside his position as the President, Association of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employers as well as the Chairman, Blenders and Distillers Association of Nigeria, a sub-sectoral group of MAN. The new Food, Beverage and Tobacco chairman, is presently the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Intercontinental Distillers Limited, a renowned distillery company in the food and beverage industry. During his tenure…

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E-commerce firm Jumia launches online mall linking distributors to customers

KENYA – Jumia, the leading e-commerce firm has launched an online mall dubbed Jumia Mall where consumers will directly purchase products from authorized distributors of international and local brands. The mall will enable brands who have listed on Jumia Mall to able to differentiate their official suppliers from the wider marketplace.   “We are seeking to attract new customers into the online shopping category, for the benefit of both our brands and the wider marketplace vendors,” said Jumia Kenya CEO Mr. Chappatte. “As part of this, we have partnered with…

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Africa Logistics Properties holds forum to tackle supply chain challenges in the East African region

KENYA – Africa Logistics Properties (ALP), a modern warehousing solutions company recently hosted a Supply Chain Networking Forum aimed at finding solutions key to supply chain technology advancement. The forum, which coincided with it’s second anniversary since the completion of phase one – ALP North at Tatu City’s Industrial Park, brought together key stakeholders in the Logistics and Supply Chain sector with the aim of generating industry solutions. The networking forum presented an opportunity for various sectors to discuss the current supply chain challenges and practices, while sharing knowledge on…

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Japanese consortium to fund Kenyan small-scale sorghum processors

KENYA – A consortium of private firms from Japan have rolled out an initiative to equip and fund Kenyan small scale processors to add value to sorghum in efforts to boost uptake of the traditional food crop. The initiative aims at boosting food security, creating jobs in the traditional food crops value chain and increasing income for farmers, reports KBC. The initiative targets farmers in Embu, Meru, Kitui and Migori Counties who will be paid on delivery to the processors. Though highly nutritious and readily available, most traditional food crops…

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