Olam Foods Ingredients scales up efforts to enhance sustainability in global cashew supply chains

UK – Olam Food Ingredients (OFI), has published new targets aimed at making the global cashew supply chain more sustainable and rewarding to the farmer.  According to OFI, despite cashews being in high demand, cashew farmers are among the poorest in the world with no enough income to feed their families, afford much-needed healthcare or send their children to school.   Through its new sustainability targets, OFI hopes to change this narrative and encourage others in the sector to collaborate for measurable change.   The Cashew Trail strategy sets 2030 targets across OFI’s cashew business – in line with the United…

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South African premium food maker In2food expands offering with launch of wide range of products

SOUTH AFRICA – South African premium food business In2food, is enabling consumers to travel around the world through their taste buds with the launch of its new Global Menu. The food spread features Beef Empanadas, a crispy pastry filled with a fragrant beef mince, sautéed onion and red peppers, served with a chimichurri sauce, giving a little Latin flair. For a touch of Thai, the company has launched Yellow Thai – Style Chicken Curry with sticky coconut rice, Coconut shavings, fresh coriander and charred pepper. Further taking the taste buds…

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Arla’s global ingredients business poised for growth following partnership with Dale Farms

DENMARK – Arla’s global ingredients business is set to grow even further following a new partnership between its parent company Arla and Northern Ireland dairy company, Dale Farms.   According to a statement from Arla, the new partnership will allow Dale Farm to supply whey protein concentrate for Arla’s global ingredients business which will be used as an ingredient in infant formula and consumer health ingredients.  This is the first time the two dairy cooperatives have partnered as part of a significant supply contract.   AFI is a supplier of refined whey ingredients within the…

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Algeria rejects French, Canadian wheat cargo deemed unfit for consumption

ALGERIA – Algeria was recently met with a shocking surprise after two dead animals were found in two separate batches of wheat cargo. The incident forced the government of rejected the shipment of 27,000 tonnes of French milling wheat, indicating it was unfit for consumption. According to the reports by Reuters, Algerian authorities are seeking compensation for the shipment, which was be sent back to France. The North African country has also rejected a cargo of 33,000 tonnes of Canadian durum wheat for not meeting specifications, local media outlet Ennahar…

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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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Nestlé meal delivery service unit Freshly to open new distribution center in US to meet rising demand

US – Freshly, a meal delivery service owned by Swiss food giant Nestle is opening a second distribution center in suburban Atlanta, Georgia to meet rising consumer demand.  According to a statement from the company, the new distribution center will be built at a cost of US$52 million and will create employment opportunities for another 665 workers.  Freshly announced the Atlanta project four months after it announced a US$3.2 million center in Austell projected to employ 250 people.  The subscription service delivers precooked meals that customers can quickly reheat and eat.   Freshly…

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European seafood processor Sykes invests US$47.7m in Morocco to establish two processing plants

MOROCCO – Sykes Seafood, British specialist in seafood processing, is seeking to invest €40 million (US$47.7m) in the establishment of two new factories in Northern Morocco over the next two years. The new facilities will join the company’s large-scale prawn peeling plant in Tangier, operated by Klaas Puul. The Netherlands-based Klaas Puul, has been operating in Morocco since 1989 and was acquired by Sykes Seafood in 2020, creating a €300m (US$358m) pan-European seafood business. Klaas Puul specializes in shrimps, prawns, and mussels while Sykes offers both saltwater and freshwater fish.…

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Heineken purchases 39.6m shares of United Breweries to bolster position as majority owner

INDIA- Heineken International B.V., the world’s second-largest brewing company, has acquired an additional 39.6 million shares of United Breweries, a leading alcoholic beverage company in India.  With the acquisition, Heineken’s shareholding in United Breweries (UB) has increased to 61.50% from 46.50%, increasing the company’s influence on its India’s subsidiary and cementing its position as majority owner.   The acquisition is a major win for Heineken as UB has undisputed market leadership with a national market share in excess of 50%.   The UB Group today controls 60% of the total manufacturing capacity…

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Rwanda, JICA ink 5-year agreement to strengthen coffee value chain

RWANDA – The government of Rwanda, in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), have launched the second phase of the coffee cooperation project. The five-year agreement was signed by the Japanese government’s developmental organization, JICA, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), National Agriculture Export Development Board (NAEB) and Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB). It aims to strengthen the coffee value chain and promote technical cooperation projects, sustaining the achievements of the first phase which was launched in May 2017. Focus of the…

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Ardent Mills partners Nutrien Ag to advance regenerative agricultural practices

US – Ardent Mills, one of the leading flour-milling and ingredient companies in the United States, has partnered with Nutrien Ag Solutions, the retail division of the world’s largest crop inputs company, to advance regenerative agriculture practices.  According to a statement by Ardent Mills, the program is aimed at strengthening the soil ecosystem and helping producers improve their farms’ productivity and profitability.   The program uses key outcomes and provides side by side quality comparisons to comprehensively understand how regenerative agriculture affects the quality of wheat.  Through the program, the leading flour miller hopes to…

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