Zimbabwe’s Delta Corporation invests US$1.1m in sorghum production to meet rising beer demand

ZIMBABWE – Delta Corporation Limited, leading manufacturer and marketer of both international and locally produced beverages has invested US$1.1 million into sorghum planting under a strategy to secure inputs for its massive operation. The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange listed blue-chip, has recently been making fresh forays into domestic and foreign markets, unlocking opportunities for growth and higher demand for beer. The US$1.1 million injection, according to Zimbabwe Independent, will be channelled production of 13, 425 tonnes of sorghum to quench up the thirst of beer lovers as demand rises. “We have…

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DSM launches personalised nutrition company as Kemin expands portfolio of ingredient solutions

NETHERLANDS – Global biosciences company DSM is launching a new nutrition company that aims to provide consumers with personalised nutrition solutions. FoodBev reported that the Netherlands-based company is investing US$100 million into the development of the company which will be operating as Hologram Sciences. DSM says that the newly-formed company seeks to disrupt the nutritional marketplace by creating brands that target various health conditions. Hologram Sciences brands will offer consumer-facing personalised nutrition solutions that have been clinically proven to address a variety of health needs, including those related to immunity,…

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Nestlé’s new plant-based food processing facility in Malaysia to support alternative proteins adoption in Asia

MALAYSIA – World’s largest food company Nestlé has inaugurated a new production site for plant-based burgers, schnitzels, mince, and more in Shah Alam, Malaysia in an effort to support the current wave of alternative protein foods that is currently happening in Asia. According to Nestlé, the new facility has the capacity to produce 8,000 tons of plant-based food a year and will supply both foodservice and retail with the new Harvest Gourmet brand. Plant-based diet is now in vogue in Asia just like in many other parts of the world…

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Mozambique’s Bananalândia Group eyes bigger banana export market, opening US$20m processing unit

MOZAMBIQUE – Bananalândia Group, a major producer and exporter of bananas in Mozambique has inaugurated its new US$20 million production and processing unit in Maputo province, South of the country. The new unit according to Club of Mozambique, uses modern equipment to plant banana palms and occupies an area of 900 hectares. It currently employs 1,000 workers, with an annual production capacity of 3.5 million boxes for export, reinforcing Mozambique’s lead position in the regional banana market. Over the last decade, much has been done to make the country a…

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Anheuser-Busch doubles down on barley upcycling, invests US$100m in production capacity expansion

 US – Anheuser-Busch, a subsidiary of the world’s largest brewing company AB InBev, is investing US$100 million to expand the production capacity of its subsidiary that takes barley after it is used to make beer and repurposes it to be incorporated into food and other beverages. The funding is part of Anheuser-Busch’s pledge in February to invest more than US$1 billion in its U.S. facilities during the next two years and is anticipated to create 50 jobs. The maker of Budweiser and Michelob Ultra said it is renovating a building…

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AB InBev officially cuts ribbon to fourth brewery in Mozambique worth US$180m

MOZAMBIQUE – Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the world’s largest beer producer through its Mozambican subsidiary Cervejas de Mocambique (CDM), has officially inaugurated its new US$180 million brewery. The new processing facility was opened by the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi who graced the occasion. According to reports by Reuters, the new site has a production capacity of 2.4 million hectolitres per year, with potential to expand that to 6.7 million hl. It has a filling line with the capacity to produce 80,000 bottles per hour. CDM claims that the…

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Sensient Natural Ingredients, Taylor Farms expand North American operations with new acquisitions

NORTH AMERICA – Sensient Natural Ingredients and US producer of salads and fresh foods Tailor Farms have made new acquisitions to expand their capacities in North America. On its part, Sensient Natural Ingredients announced that it has completed its purchase of New Mexico Chili Products, a dehydrated chilli production facility in the US. Located in Deming, New Mexico, the facility processes capsicums and a variety of specialty chillies for CPG food manufacturers, spice blenders and foodservice customers. The new asset is a great addition to the company which already processes…

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Yum Brands, Land Weston announce new investments to expand capacity in China

CHINA – Fast food restaurant licensee Yum China and French fries processor Land Weston have announced new investments that will see them expand their respective capacities in China. In a statement, Yum China, the owner of exclusive rights to fast food restaurants such as KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell in China, said it will invest US$27.9 million in the construction of a new logistics hub in Chengdu, China. The company says that the new hub will significantly enhance the firm’s supply chain capabilities and cold chain logistics service in…

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New animal feed factory opens in Angola boosting local production

ANGOLA – Angola has welcomed the inauguration of a new animal feed factory, Rações KN by WM Group a multi-industrial player, with a production capacity of 20 tons per hour. The plant is dedicated to the production of different types of feed in varying packages measuring between 25 and 50 kilograms, to ensure affordability and availability of the products. According to reports by Angola Press, this private investment of an undisclosed amount is set to create 150 jobs. Further to that, the project will act as the main recipient or…

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Zambia to commence operations at US$8.8m tropical fruit processing plant

ZAMBIA – The Zambian Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is set to inaugurate the K160 million (US$8.8m) Katete Tropical Fruit processing plant in May this year. This was revealed by Katete District Commissioner (DC), Joseph Makukula disclosing that the factory’s equipment sourced from India are in transit and will be soon installed in readiness for commencement of operation. Located at the mango-rich region, the facility is aimed to curb wastage of fruits by providing a ready market for farmers, to produce fruit pulp and juices. Once operational, it will create 200…

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