Egyptian food manufacturing giant Domty is on expansion spree, earmarks US$2.95m investment in new facilities

EGYPT – The Arabian Food Industries Co, an Egyptian food and beverage company popularly known as Domty is seeking to enter the croissant market, as it has signed an agreement to acquire a processing line from AMF, a US-based provider of bakery equipment solutions. The company has also inked another contract with AMF to supply it with a fourth line for baked goods production, with both investments set to total to 2.5 million euros (US$2.95m). Currently at its three bakery production facilities, Domty is operating with a capacity of 90…

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Unga Group taps into expertise of Premier Foods’ CEO Joseph Choge to be its new MD

KENYA – Unga Group Limited, a major grain miller in Kenya, has announced the retirement of its long serving Managing Director Nicholas Hutchinson, effective December 31 2021. The holding company with investments in flour milling and manufacturing of human nutrition products and animal feeds, has tapped into Premier Foods’ CEO Joseph Malel Choge, to take over from Mr Hutchinson from December 1. The Nairobi Securities Exchange-listed company said in a notice that Hutchinson would continue in an advisory capacity for a while to ensure a smooth transition, reports Business Daily.…

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Ghana launches US$1.1m rice processing facility with modern parboiling, milling, packaging plants

GHANA – Ghana is forging ahead with its ambitious target of attaining self-sufficiency in rice production with the launch of new processing plant in the Western-North Region. The newly built GH¢6.7 million (US$1.1m) Sefwi Akontombra rice processing factory has the capacity to produce between 1.5 and 2.8 tonnes of processed rice per hour. According to official reports from the Presidency of Ghana, the state-of-the-art facility features modern parboiling, milling and packaging plants. It also has a standby generator plant, a mechanised borehole to supply the facility with water, fully furnished…

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Bakhresa Group takes aim at a bigger piece of Africa

Not so many businesses can boast of having brands that are household names, resonating with consumers of all ages and different social walks of life. Deemed as one of Africa’s success stories, Bakhresa Group, a diversified industrial conglomerate headquartered in Tanzania, is one such company

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Corbion unveils expands Pristine range with new dough conditioners that reduces need for gluten

NETHERLANDS — Amsterdam, Netherlands-based global ingredients leader Corbion is expanding its Pristine range of dough improvers with the launch of a new consumer-friendly dough strengthening solution that helps bakers bake more efficiently.  According to a statement from the company, the new Pristine 3000 allows bakers to overcome quality hurdles such as wheat protein inconsistencies and high-speed processing without relying on gluten supplementation and other artificial systems like DATEM (diacetyl tartaric acid ester of monoglycerides).  Removing the need for wheat gluten is cost-effective for bakers as supplementation often subjects bakers to volatile pricing which they…

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ADM flour milling network in US achieves net-zero emissions, paving way for carbon-neutral flour

USA – ADM has achieved net carbon neutral status at its US mills, making it the first company of such kind and scale in the milling sector to achieve such a milestone.  ADM which has 22 mills around the US that process wheat, sorghum and corn into flour says that the net-zero emission status now paves way for the company to start producing carbon-neutral flour.  To achieve the enviable status, ADM employed a number of strategies including a combination of energy efficiencies and the purchase of renewable energy certificates.   ADM also…

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Olam empowers female wheat farmers with irrigation equipment as border closers revive Nigeria’s idle milling plants

NIGERIA – Female wheat farmers in Nigeria’s Kano state are set to boost their production after receiving irrigation equipment from Crown Flour Mill (CFM) Limited, a subsidiary of Olam Nigeria Limited.  The irrigation equipment comprising mainly of high-pressure water pumping machines was formally presented to the female farmers at a ceremony held in Giyamusu, Ajingi Local Government Area of Kano State.  According to the flour milling company, the irrigation equipment is meant to assist the female smallholder wheat farmers and ultimately enhance their productivity levels.  In a statement, CFM stated that…

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SIO acquires Sara Lee desserts and baked foods business in Australia

AUSTRALIA — New Zealand-based investor group South Island Office (SIO) has reached an agreement to acquire the Sara Lee desserts and baked foods business in Australia from McCain Foods (Aust) Pty. Ltd.  Once completed, the transaction will combine Sara Lee with Christchurch-based baking company Original Foods Baking Co., which SIO acquired in February.  McCain acquired the Sara Lee business from Hillshire Brands Co. in 2013 for approximately $85 million. as a way  to expand its range of products across desserts, meals and snacking occasions.   As part of its strategy to grow the Sara Lee business, McCain named Mark Mackaness as a dedicated general…

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