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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Richardson to expand crush capacity of Canadian plant amid rising demand for canola products

CANADA – Canadian agribusiness company, Richardson International has announced plans to double the processing capacity of its canola crush plant in Yorkton, Saskatchewan amid rising demand for canola products globally. The company says that construction work at the site will begin immediately with no disruption to current operations and is expected to be completed in early 2024. In addition to increasing the plant’s annual processing capacity to 2.2 million metric tonnes of seed, the new project also aims to modernise the facility and create further operational efficiencies. The project follows…

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Barry Callebaut inaugurates third factory in India as demand for high-quality chocolate soars

INDIA – Leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, Barry Callebaut has inaugurated a new chocolate and compound manufacturing facility, located in Baramati, India. The Baramati facility is Barry Callebaut’s third factory in India and represents the company’s largest investment in the country to date. The new chocolate factory and warehouse includes an R&D lab and assembly lines capable of manufacturing chocolate and compound in different delivery formats. This will enable the company cater to the various needs of its customers – international food manufacturers, local confectioneries and semi-industrial…

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Benson Hill doubles down on plant-based ingredients as research shows US$3.1Bn was invested alternative proteins in 2020

US –   Alternative protein ingredients company Benson Hill is launching two new business segments — Ingredients and Fresh — to help it meet growing demand for plant-based foods. The Ingredients unit will use Benson Hill’s work developing a genomic map for yellow pea to create new varieties. The company says its new products will have reduced off-flavors, higher protein content and will require less water, energy, and money to produce. The Fresh segment will develop and commercialize differentiated produce and functional foods by applying Benson Hill’s CropOS technology platform to…

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Diageo to expand US RTD operations as Heineken launches Pure Piraña hard seltzer across Europe

US – UK-based alcoholic beverages giant Diageo is expanding its US ready-to-drink (RTD) operations as part of efforts to support its growth strategy in the rapidly expanding category. Consiquently, Diageo’s new Plainfield, Illinois site will be expanded to a tune of US$80 million. According to a statement from Diageo, the expansion project will include the installation of two high-speed can lines with the capacity to produce over 25 million cases of RTDs per year. Products to be produced at the Plainfield site include Smirnoff seltzers and Diageo’s newly-launched spirits-based RTD…

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RCL Foods makes plant-based food more accessible in Africa through newly formed JV

SOUTH AFRICA – South African consumer goods company, RCL Foods has formed a plant-based joint venture with US-based alternative foods supplier LIVEKINDLY Collective. This comes amid a growing consumer interest in plant-based foods and more sustainable living globally. According to RCL Foods, the establishment of the local JV, LIVEKINDLY Collective Africa has already been approved by the Competition Commission. It will market, sell and distribute all of LIVEKINDLY Collective’s brands – including the well-known local Fry Family Food Co. and the international brands LikeMeat and Oumph! – in South and…

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National Beef expands US facility to accommodate growing demand for fed cattle supplies

US – National Beef Packing Company has announced plans to double the capacity of its U.S. plant located in Tama, Iowa in response to growing demand for fed cattle supplies in the state. The beef company said it will invest more than US$100 in the expansion project which is expected to raise the daily capacity at the plant to 2,500 head. National Beef acquired the facility in 2019 for approximately US$150 million, at a time when revenue was about US$650 million per year. At the time of the acquisition, Iowa…

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Kellogg, Tyson make new investments in capacity expansion

BELGIUM – Kellogg, an American multinational food manufacturing company, has announced a €30 million (about US$36 million) investment in its Pringles plant in Mechelen, Belgium, to boost sustainability and throughput. The facility – which is one of two Pringles plants in Europe – ships cans of the brand’s potato chips to more than 40 countries across the continent, North Africa and the Middle East. Kellogg says that the US$36million investment will be used to upgrade production lines with a new fryer to increase throughput. Additionally, the company plans to install…

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Unilever injects US$15m into Closed Loop to bolster recycling efforts in North America

US – Consumer Packaged Goods Company Unilever has announced a US$15 million investment into the Closed Loop Leadership Fund to bolster recycling efforts in North America. The Closed Loop Leadership Fund is a private equity fund focused on acquiring companies across the value chain that are looking to upgrade their recycling infrastructure and create a circular system. Last year, Swiss food manufacturing giant Nestlé joined the closed loop initiative, investing $30 million in the Fund to enable it scale up its activities. With its investment, Unilever aims to recycle an…

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Cameroonian SODECOTON to build US$45.5m cottonseed oil plant, Ethiopian edible manufacturer expands facilities

CAMEROON – SODECOTON, Cameroonian state- owned enterprise in charge of managing the cotton sector, has made preparation to construct XAF25 billion (US$45.5 million) cotton seed oil production plant in Tchabal Margol-Ngaoundéré, Adamaoua. This is in anticipation to a rise in cotton production to at least 400,000 tons per annum by 2025 in the country. The new oil production plant with a daily pressing capacity of 300 tons, will be the third similar infrastructure owned by SODECOTON, joining the facilities in Garoua and Maroua, reports Business in Cameroon. To facilitate funding…

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