Bühler, Balaguer partner to develop high-quality SmartRolls for grain processing

SWITZERLAND – Swiss Technology Company Bühler Group and leading manufacturer of centrifugally chilled cast iron rolls for the food processing industry Balaguer Rolls from Spain have partnered to develop next-generation smart rolls for grain processing.   Under the partnership, the two companies will work together in the design and supply of SmartRolls and services of the highest quality standards allowing remote condition and performance monitoring of the rolls. Being industry leaders in grain milling, the two companies however recognize that scale is critical on the digital journey and have partnered…

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Zimbabwean grain millers to invest US$8 million towards breakfast category in anticipation of bumper harvest

ZIMBABWE – In anticipation of a bumper grain harvest in the 2020/21 season, Zimbabwean millers are seeking to pump US$8 million towards the breakfast category. This was revealed by the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) highlighting that it is expecting 2 million tonnes of grain to be delivered at its granary with 1.8 million tonnes comprising of maize and the rest of traditional grains. The improved agriculture output will be realised on back of ample rains during the farming season and timely distribution of inputs across the country by…

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Swiss bakery company Aryzta to sell North American unit for US$850m

US-Swiss food company Aryzta Group has signed an agreement to sell its North American business to an affiliate of US private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg for US$850 million. Aryzta North America (ANA) provides breads, sweet and savory baked goods, and snacks to leading customers in the quick-service restaurant, foodservice, and retail markets across the U.S. and Canada. With over 1,500 unique products, the Company has one of the broadest portfolios in the industry, including both private label and branded offerings under the Otis Spunkmeyer, La Brea Bakery, and Oakrun Farm…

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AFEX Nigeria: Transforming Grains Commodity Markets with Technology

Developing viable commodity markets in Africa is fraught with failures and disappointments. AFEX, a private commodity trading enterprise based in Nigeria has shown that there are many opportunities in the sector. Food Business Africa had a conversation with the firm’s CEO, Ayodeji Balogun on his company and the opportunities in the sector. Authorities across Africa have failed at attempts to establish and streamline the warehousing receipt systems that would lead to organized, working and transparent commodity exchange systems that eventually lead to food security and improved trade in the Continent.…

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Kenya lifts ban on maize imports from Tanzania, Uganda under strict conditions

KENYA – Kenya has lifted the ban on imports of Ugandan and Tanzanian maize citing strict terms that the exporters and importers need to adhere to, in a bid to curb shipping in of contaminated crops. The East African nation stopped the importation of maize from the neighbouring countries after the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, undertook a study on the grains which revealed they contained high levels of mycotoxins beyond safety levels. To this end the Ministry has indicated that…

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Bühler’s latest milling technology to bolster production of high quality rice

SWITZERLAND – Swiss technology company Bühler has unveiled a new digitally integrated milling technology with potential of revolutionizing the rice milling industry globally. In developing its new rice mill, Bühler defined three quality parameters essential to the rice market: shine, smoothness and whiteness. These, together with the percentage of broken rice, determine the quality and therefore the price that can be achieved with the final product. The mill features Bühler’s RiceLinePro DROA sensor which continuously assesses and keeps track of these characteristics in real-time using complex machine learning algorithms. This…

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Synergy flavours introduces new ingredient to boost healthy baking

UK – British Food Ingredients Company Synergy Flavours has launched a new ingredient with properties aimed at helping food companies create healthier baked products. The company says its “next-generation” ingredient effectively replicates the taste and texture of common baked goods while reducing calorie content. Synergy says its team formulated the new ingredient with the intent of helping food manufacturers easily reduce fat content in their baked goods with minor recipe adjustments. “We are fully committed to improving dietary health by using our flavor technology and our taste modulation platform to…

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Kenya raises concerns on safety of maize imported from Tanzania, Uganda

KENYA – Kenya has with immediate effect banned the importation of maize from Tanzania and Uganda citing safety health concerns. This comes after the Kenya Agriculture and Food Authority under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives undertook a study on produce from the two neighbouring countries, which revealed that the maize contained high levels of mycotoxins beyond safety levels. “The Authority has been conducting surveillance on the safety of food imports to Kenya. Test results for maize imported from Uganda and Tanzania have revealed high levels of mycotoxins…

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Kellogg signs new deal with Enel Green Power to accelerate transition to 100% clean energy

US – American multinational food manufacturing company Kellogg is doubling down on its efforts to achieve 100% transition to clean energy sources. The company recently signed a long-term wind energy virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with Enel Green Power in North America . Under the agreement, Kellogg will buy a portion of electricity delivered into the grid from Enel’s Azure Sky wind project in Texas. The 100mW VPPA will result in approximately 360 gigawatt hours of wind electricity annually, an amount which is equal to 50% of the volume of…

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Iconic Namibian artisanal bakery Hansa Bakery shuts down

NAMIBIA – Hansa Bakery, one of Namibia’s oldest baking firms is closing the curtains to its over 40-year-old business, due to loss of business and pilling cost of operations. Signifying the end of an era, Hansa Bakery together with its Przybylski bakery and confectionery unit will finally close their doors on April 30th. This according to a report by Allgemeine Zeitung, was triggered by the company’s long struggle with cost of operations i.e., raw material prices, energy and production costs which have exploded in recent years. Also there has been…

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