South African premium food maker In2food expands offering with launch of wide range of products

SOUTH AFRICA – South African premium food business In2food, is enabling consumers to travel around the world through their taste buds with the launch of its new Global Menu. The food spread features Beef Empanadas, a crispy pastry filled with a fragrant beef mince, sautéed onion and red peppers, served with a chimichurri sauce, giving a little Latin flair. For a touch of Thai, the company has launched Yellow Thai – Style Chicken Curry with sticky coconut rice, Coconut shavings, fresh coriander and charred pepper. Further taking the taste buds…

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Algeria rejects French, Canadian wheat cargo deemed unfit for consumption

ALGERIA – Algeria was recently met with a shocking surprise after two dead animals were found in two separate batches of wheat cargo. The incident forced the government of rejected the shipment of 27,000 tonnes of French milling wheat, indicating it was unfit for consumption. According to the reports by Reuters, Algerian authorities are seeking compensation for the shipment, which was be sent back to France. The North African country has also rejected a cargo of 33,000 tonnes of Canadian durum wheat for not meeting specifications, local media outlet Ennahar…

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South Africa enters lucrative Chinese lemon market expanding bullish citrus sector

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa has signed a new protocol agreement with China which opens the door for South African lemon exports to the Asian market. The deal follows a request submitted by South Africa to exempt lemons from the current regulatory requirements for false codling moth (FCM) in light of the category not being a host for the pest. According to report by IOL, the revised citrus protocol was six years in the making and is forecasted to add another R325m (US$22m) in new export revenue to the South…

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European seafood processor Sykes invests US$47.7m in Morocco to establish two processing plants

MOROCCO – Sykes Seafood, British specialist in seafood processing, is seeking to invest €40 million (US$47.7m) in the establishment of two new factories in Northern Morocco over the next two years. The new facilities will join the company’s large-scale prawn peeling plant in Tangier, operated by Klaas Puul. The Netherlands-based Klaas Puul, has been operating in Morocco since 1989 and was acquired by Sykes Seafood in 2020, creating a €300m (US$358m) pan-European seafood business. Klaas Puul specializes in shrimps, prawns, and mussels while Sykes offers both saltwater and freshwater fish.…

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Rwanda, JICA ink 5-year agreement to strengthen coffee value chain

RWANDA – The government of Rwanda, in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), have launched the second phase of the coffee cooperation project. The five-year agreement was signed by the Japanese government’s developmental organization, JICA, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), National Agriculture Export Development Board (NAEB) and Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB). It aims to strengthen the coffee value chain and promote technical cooperation projects, sustaining the achievements of the first phase which was launched in May 2017. Focus of the…

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Kenya’s Tropikal Brands offers consumers a shot of Vitamin C with launch of immune-boosting energy drink

KENYA – Tropikal Brands Afrika Limited, one of Kenya’s fast growing consumer goods manufacturer, has launched an immune-boosting energy drink dubbed Super-C. According to the company, the energy & immune booster is packed with antioxidants aimed to ensure consumers get a healthy dose of Vitamin – C. Coming in a 100ml bottle, Super C is widely available in all pharmacies and retail outlets in country. “With the goal of ensuring our consumers live a healthy lifestyle, our consumer healthcare division lead by Marley Gitau and assisted by bonnie K. Damaris…

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Tetra Pak offers support to Nigeria’s dairy farms establishing reliable water sources, safe milk handling

NIGERIA – World’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak, has donated solar-powered boreholes and stainless-steel milk collection containers to dairy producing communities in Nigeria. The support is aimed to enable the dairy farmers access clean water and transportation of their fresh milk to collection centres. Tetra Pak’s Managing Director West Africa, Oshiokamele Aruna, highlighted that as the demand for dairy products keeps rising across the world, there was an urgent need to focus on sustainable dairy development especially in Africa, as guided by the UN SDGs. “Statistics…

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Kenya’s Apollo Agriculture set for further growth clinching US$1m financing from ABC Fund

KENYA – Kenyan agri-tech startup Apollo Agriculture has raised US$1 million in debt funding from the Agri-Business Capital Fund (ABC Fund). Apollo Agriculture is a commercial farming platform for small-scale farmers that uses machine learning and automated operations technology to help them access things like financing, insurance, data analysis for higher crop yields, farming products and optimised advice. The startup, which raised a US$6 million Series A funding round in May of last year, currently serves about 60,000 farmers, having grown its customer base by three times in the last…

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FAO launches Green Cities Action Programme for Africa to promote sustainable food systems

AFRICA – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has launched the Green Cities Regional Action Programme for Africa, aimed to apply innovative solutions and turn urbanization into an opportunity for cities to become more sustainable, more resilient, provide access to healthy foods and ensure a better life for everyone. The initiative will focus to scale-up fast-action measures for large, medium and small cities to be more resilient, food and nutrition secure, with pleasant natural environments, more integrated nutritious food production-and-distribution systems benefiting residents and farmers alike.…

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Bühler supports Ghana in building capacity of cocoa industry, Ivory Coast-Ghana Cocoa Initiative names Chairperson

GHANA – Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has signed an agreement with Bühler, one of the world’s leading plant equipment manufacturer, to build Ghana’s local cocoa processing and value addition capacity through training, product development and technology guidance. This is in line with the government’s plan to significantly increase the portion of Ghana’s cocoa which is processed locally to meet both the sub-regional and international consumption demands. Speaking at the signing ceremony, at Bühler’s Cocoa Competence Centre in Abidjan, Hon Joseph Boahen Aidoo, the Chief Executive of COCOBOD, said the agreement…

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