Lamb Weston invests US$415m in expanding US facility to meet rising demand

US – Lamb Weston, one of the world’s largest producers and processors of frozen french fries, is investing US$415 million into the expansion of its facility in American Falls, Idaho.   Expansion works include the construction of a new processing line with capacity to produce more than 350 million pounds of frozen french fries and other potato products each year.  Work will also be undertaken to modernise the facility, which was built in 1961, enabling it to accommodate the new line which is expected to be ready by mid-2023, and more than 130 additional staff. The announcement follows news that Lamb Weston…

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Kenyan integrated food producer SimpliFine taps into fast growing frozen food, ready-to-cook segment

KENYA – SimpliFine, a food production company offering accessible, locally sourced meat, vegetables, baked goods and other foods to restaurants, hotels, and retailers across East Africa, is set for a rapid expansion in the Kenyan market. This follows the acquisition of Alpha Fine Foods, a Kenyan producer of premium meat products, by its parent company BlackIvy. As part of its endeavours of expanding its market share in the country, SimpliFine is launching 19 new meat and vegetarian products. These include frozen meats, prepared meal accompaniments and a range of ready-to-cook…

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Lucrative citrus industry in South Africa calls for increased efficiency on back of expected rising exports

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African citrus industry expects to break all export season records, with an estimated 158.7 million cartons this year. If this estimate was reached, it would represent a third consecutive season of record export volumes, with 130 million cartons exported in 2019 and 146 million cartons last year. This is according to projections by the Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA), indicating a 22 percent growth in exports in just two years. Medium-term crop estimates indicate that the citrus industry is expected to continue increasing…

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Kenya’s county government mitigates post-harvest losses with launch of fruit processing plant

KENYA – Kitui County in Eastern Kenya has kick-started operations at the newly build Ksh. 20 million (US$185,000) fruit processing plant located at the Kitui Agricultural Training Centre. The processing facility, with a production capacity of 5 tons per hour, is aimed to add value to fresh produces such as tomatoes and mangoes which are highly perishable, reports Kenya News Agency. While commissioning the factory, Kitui County Governor Charity Ngilu, indicated that the huge losses the farmers in the region have been encountering over the years, will be a thing…

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Kenya’s horticulture sector registers decline in export earnings despite rise in volume

KENYA – Kenya’s horticulture sector exhibited exemplary performance in the first half of the year in terms of volumes, but value dropped by Kshs. 6.3 billion (US$58.3m) due to suppressed prices at the international market. Volume of fruits, vegetable and flowers between January and June 2021, stood at 191,210,134 kgs, a rise from 160,931,659 kilogrammes traded in the previous corresponding period, earning Ksh77.2 billion (US$714m) from Ksh83.5 billion (US$773m) in 2020. The volume increased by 30,278,475 Kg, according to the Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD), mainly from fruits and vegetables. During…

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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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Ghanaian horticulture exporter Maphlix Trust receives financing from Impact investor AV Ventures

GHANA – Maphlix Trust Ghana Limited, a leading producer and exporter of fresh vegetables, roots, tubers, and fruits in Ghana, has clinched a US$700,000 long-term loan from ACDI/VOCA’s financing arm AV Ventures. ACDI/VOCA is U.S. Government’s implementing partner and responds to non-USG official development assistance (ODA) and host country government opportunities, to foster broad-based economic growth, raise living standards, and create vibrant communities. The financing will enable Maphlix acquire new farming equipment that will mechanize production activities, as part of efforts to modernize production for enhanced operational efficiencies. It will…

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South Africa bags US$15m Philippines’ citrus market, targets to be main exporter

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa is set to access the lucrative Philippines citrus fruit market, following the conclusion of negotiations that stretched over 12 years, further expanding the bullish South African citrus industry. The work plan to export South African citrus to the Philippines was signed between the Department Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development and the Philippines Bureau of Plant and Industry at the end of 2020. Marking the historic occasion, a delegation from the Citrus Growers’ Association of South Africa (CGA) visited the Port of Durban earlier this…

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Kraft Heinz to invest US$198m in expanding manufacturing capabilities of UK facility

UK – Kraft Heinz, the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world, has announced plans to invest £140 million (about US$197.7m) in expanding and modernizing Manufacturing capabilities its Kitt Green food facility, which is located near Wigan, in the UK. The company says that the proposed investment- which is subject to final US approvals from Kraft Heinz later this year- could create up to 50 new full-time positions If approved, the project would be Kraft Heinz’s biggest investment in more than two decades in an existing manufacturing site outside…

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The Netherlands co-finances construction of agro-logistics center in Angola with US$73m

ANGOLA – Angola has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dutch government, on co-financing the implementation of an agro-logistics center in the province of Benguela. The construction of the logistics center, which will store, pack, transform and package agricultural products, targeted for the European market, will be co-financed by The Netherlands and Angola. To this end, the Dutch government will provide a credit line of up to 60 million euros (US$73m) to be channelled towards the establishment of the facility, serving the Port of Lobito. The agreement establishes…

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