Cargill voluntarily recalls feed possibly contaminated with aflatoxin

USA – Cargill’s animal nutrition business is voluntarily recalling select Southern States feed due to aflatoxin levels that exceed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) action levels, according to World Grain. The affected products were manufactured at Cargill’s Cleveland, North Carolina, U.S., facility. Cargill first learned of the issue when it received a notification from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture of test results showing that a single lot of a specific Southern States product contained elevated levels of aflatoxin. Cargill said it identified and corrected the root cause.…

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Corteva Agriscience partners AGRA to boost cereals, fruit production in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA – Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, has entered into a partnership with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in a deal that seeks to boost cereals, fruit and vegetable production in Ethiopia. Prabdeep Bajwa, President of Corteva Agriscience, Africa Middle East said that the partnership will provide famers with better production solutions that will safely and sustainably maximize productivity. “We will work with our farmers to introduce new agricultural practices that cause minimal impact to the environment and innovate to produce food ingredients which are…

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ADM Milling receives workplace awareness and safety award

USA – ADM Milling has received recognition from two professional milling and baking industry associations for promoting workplace safety awareness in the year 2018. 42 ADM milling locations were honored by the American Bakers Association after the business recorded a DART (Days Away Restricted or Transferred) rate of .40 and a TCIR (Total Case Incident Rate) of only .80 for the year. Through its Safety Recognition Program established in 2016, ABA recognizes individual member company sites that excel in safety while increasing workplace safety awareness and emphasizing the importance of…

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Kenya’s Unga Group mulls soya meal production line, banks on new wheat plant to drive growth

KENYA – Unga Group Limited, a major grain miller in Kenya, has unveiled plans of setting up a soya meal production line in its Nairobi plant as it seeks to grow its investments in the grains and milling sector. The Seaboard-backed grain miller recently commissioned a new state-of-the art wheat milling plant in Eldoret with a 300-tonne daily milling capacity and a storage silo with a capacity of 15,000 tonnes in a bid to grow its production capacity. Commissioned in mid-December last year, the Eldoret plant is expected to more…

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Kellogg operating profit dips 25.4% as cereal sales continue to fall

USA – The Kellogg Company recorded an operating profit drop of 25.4% in its first-quarter results, as falling cereal sales and “business realignment costs” marked a difficult start to the year for the company, according to FoodBev report. Following the release of the results, Kellogg’s – which owns major brands such as Corn Flakes, Rice Crispies and Pop Tarts also announced that its chief financial officer Fareed Khan is leaving the business, and he will be succeeded by Amit Banati, who is currently president, Kellogg Asia Pacific, Africa & Middle…

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US Grains Council names Ryan LeGrand as new President and CEO

USA – U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has appointed Ryan LeGrand, current council director in Mexico as new president and chief executive officer, effective mid-June. He succeeds Tom Sleight, who announced his retirement from the council this February. LeGrand joined USGC in Mexico in 2015 and has served as the director of the council’s Mexico City office since 2016. He has overseen the expansion of the council’s programming in that country to include ethanol promotion and worked to steady relations with the U.S. and Mexican feed and livestock industries during the…

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Zimbabwe’s CFI holdings gets US$33m to revamp food processing divisions

ZIMBABWE – CFI Holdings, a diversified investment company in Zimbabwe, has received US$33 million working capital to revamp its food processing divisions; Agrifoods and Victoria Foods. The capital injection from Dominion Trading will also allow the food processing giant to undertake a scheme of arrangement that will allow the firm to revitalise and be fully operational. According to a report by the Herald, Dominion Trading will invest US$18 million into Victoria Foods and US$15 million into Agrifoods. The scheme of arrangement is expected to reschedule the debt and free up…

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Zimbabwe’s government unveils wheat production strategy to reduce import bills

ZIMBABWE – The government of Zimbabwe has unveiled plans of engaging more producers in contract wheat farming in a move that seeks to increasing local production aimed at cushioning the country form hefty wheat import bill. According to Mr Cephas Mlambo, Manicaland Agritex Livestock and Crops officer the “government is in the process of registering contract winter wheat farmers as a way of increasing production and yields.” “We are aiming at reducing the import bill on the crop by engaging more farmers under the Command Wheat programme which has since…

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ADM elects new director to its board, declares cash dividend

USA – Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has announced the election of its board of directors, including new director Dr. Lei Zhang Schlitz at its 96th Annual Stockholders’ Meeting. Dr. Schlitz has held a series of senior-level positions for Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), an innovative, diversified Fortune 200 manufacturing company with operations in 55 countries, approximately 48,000 employees, and more than 18,000 current and pending patents. Currently, she serves as executive vice president of ITW’s Food Equipment segment, a $2.2 billion business that designs and manufactures state-of-the-art commercial ovens,…

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Kenyan millers oppose government’s maize flour blending policy

KENYA – Grain millers in Kenya have opposed the government’s proposal to blend maize flour with other local grains in an effort to ease overreliance of maize, reports the Daily Nation. According to Munir Thabit, chief executive at Grain Industries Limited, the government’s blending policy, which aims at promoting use of sorghum, millet and cassava, is untimely and should allow for more consultations with all stakeholders before it is implementation. Mr Thabit cited that if the proposal sees the light, millers would in an untimely situation be forced to incur…

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