Canada finalizes legal framework on cannabis production and sale

CANADA – The government of Canada has completed regulations for the production and sale of cannabis and related products as it anticipates a surge in sales of cannabis beverages in the near future. The new regulations set a strict legal framework on commercialization of edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals, with an aim to protect it from the youth or organised criminals. The amended regulations seek to reduce the health risks of cannabis in line with the federal government’s public health approach to the legalization and strict regulation of…

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AB InBev launches new recyclable polymer keg to extend beer freshness

BELGIUM – Global beer company, AB-InBev has launched a new, recyclable polymer keg capable of extending the freshness of beer compared to the traditional steel keg. The keg system called PureDraught can keep the beer for times fresher once the keg has been opened and significantly reduces carbon emissions. Launched through its Global Innovation and Technology Center (GITEC), the system is available in 6L, 12L and 18L sizes rather than the standard 30L or larger steel keg size, allowing for more flexibility and less wasted product for bar and restaurant…

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Cargill opens innovation center in Singapore to address nutrition and safety

SINGAPORE – Global agribusiness and food giant, Cargill has inaugurated a new innovation center in Singapore to accelerate nutrition and food safety endeavor in the Asia Pacific region. The center will also help address the changing consumer need for healthier and inventive food products while giving it a competitive advantage in the global market. The innovation center in Singapore will employ 20 food scientists by the end of 2019, adding to the company’s global network of 10 other innovation centers and 2,000 food scientists. “Consumers in Asia Pacific want healthy…

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Heineken UK to add nutrition and calorie information of cider labels

UK – Heineken UK has said that it has significantly reduced sugar across its cider brands and will add nutritional and calorie information on the brand labels starting 2019. The move will see the leading cider maker add calorie count on its Strongbow, Bulmers and Old Mout brands packaging as a way to provide consumers with information on what is contained in their drink. This is part of the company’s strategy to boost accountability in terms of health and nutrition, laying open the ingredients used in its beers. “We have…

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Barry Callebaut and Unilever collaborate to monitor supply chain sustainability

USA – Barry Callebaut and Unilever have joined forces to adopt a new pilot platform that will assess and monitor sustainability performance across their supply chains. The new platform applies a harmonised approach to data collection with a goal to enhance sustainability assessment of its ingredients sourcing around the globe. The companies are utilizing Field to Market’s/ Sustainable Agriculture Initiative’s (SAI) Equivalency Module with US farmers to assess sustainability performance of their supply chains, in commodities including sugar. The module allows the farmers to fulfil the requirements of SAI Platform’s…

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Fazer acquires Finnish food products company Kaslink

FINLAND – Finland-based food processor, Fazer Group has agreed to acquire Kaslink Foods, a family-owned company specialized in premium Scandinavian food products. Kaslink whose portfolio includes cooking products, drinks and snacks also makes nutritionally rich and sustainable oats. According to Fazer, the acquisition accelerates its transformation into a modern sustainable food company with a joint direction even as it continues executing its growth strategy in the Nordic region. The company has identified plant-based products and solutions as its strategic growth areas, with a focus on the Northern European market. The…

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Tunisian dairy firm Land’Or to invest US$11.3m in new plant in Morocco

MOROCCO – Land’Or, Tunisian dairy manufacturer has unveiled that it will be investing US$11.3 millon in setting up a new plant in Morocco. According to a Morocco News report, Land’Or said it be commissioning operations of the facility in the first quarter of 2021. The company will build the 3,300 square meter plant in a 1.3 hectare plot in Kenitra, near Rabat for local production of canned cheese, melting cheese, and fresh cheese. Land’Or seeks to sell most of the products in the Moroccan market as part of its strategy…

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Zambia receives US$76m WFP funding to boost food security

ZAMBIA – The World Food Programme (WFP) has approved a five-year US$76 million Country Strategic Plan to significantly boost food security in Zambia. The 2019-2024 Country Strategic Plan, endorsed last week at the Board’s annual meeting in Rome, Italy, will formally come into effect on 1st July, reports Lusaka Times. During the five year period, the plan will seek to address among other things the root causes of malnutrition and build the capacities and resilience of smallholder farmers. The Plan further seeks improve responses to crises and shocks, including those…

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Zimbabwe receives US$7m funding for wheat imports to avert bread shortages

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe’s grain millers have received US$7 million funding from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) to facilitate wheat imports as part of the government’s efforts to avert wheat and bread shortages. Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) National Chairman Mr Tafadzwa Musarara, said that the foreign currency will be used for the procurement of 19 000 metric tonnes of wheat bonded in Beira, Mozambique. “The 19 000 metric tonnes of wheat will cover the national flour requirements for the next two and a half weeks and the National…

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Nigerbev Limited launches new cream liqueur to grow market share

NIGERIA – Nigerbev Limited, makers of Best Global Brands (BGB) spirits in Nigeria has launched a new premium cream liqueur -Best Honey Cream Liqueur – in the market The beverage manufacturer said: “Best alcohol premium beverage aims to satisfy the taste buds of our esteemed customers and consistent with our pledge to provide Best products and exciting choices at all times. We have recently introduced a new variant called Best Honey Cream Liqueur made from soothing and comforting honey flavor which can be served chilled or with ice,” a statement…

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