Indiana Packers agrees to acquire Speciality Foods Group in undisclosed sum

INDIA - Indiana Packers Corp. (IPC), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Corp., has reached an agreement to acquire Specialty Foods Group, L.L.C., in undisclosed financial terms. According to the company, it said the acquisition will strengthen its foundation for growth as well as position it to leverage valuable synergies relating to raw material utilization, manufacturing…

Walmart to open six stores in Northern India in ‘priority growth’

INDIA - The US multinational retailer Walmart Inc. is set to open six more stores in Uttar Pradesh expanding its footprint in the northern part of India as it forms part of its ‘priority growth’ region. ET Retail reported that the new stores will add to the already existing four outlets it operates in the…

World food and beverage companies want the government to label GMO ingredients

USA - The world’s top food companies and farmers of crops such as beet sugar are pitted against each other as they lobby the U.S. government over plans to label genetically engineered ingredients. According to Reuters, this issue of transparency over ingredients used by packaged foods makers which are facing flagging consumer trust and stagnating…

Ghana’s leading research institute endorses modern biotechnology

GHANA - Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana’s leading research institute has endorsed the use of modern biotechnology, an area considered vital in enhancing food security. According to USDA’s GAIN, the approval was made by Dr. Victor Agyeman, Director-General CSIR in an interview with the country’s leading newspaper, Business & Financial Times. Dr.…

Chr. Hansen’s launches a new cheese starter that produces soft cheese

DENMARK - Chr. Hansen A/S, a global bioscience company, has launched a new cheese starter that helps cheesemakers to produce soft cheese that maintains the desired taste and texture. According to the company, this new extension to the DVS SSC series is the latest addition to Chr. Hansen’s soft cheese starter culture range, consists of…

Higher production of cashew earns Nigeria US$402m

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s cashew production has increased from about 90,000 metric tonnes in 2011 to 220,000 metric tonnes valued at US$402 million at the end of 2017, reported the Vanguard. Despite challenges relating to unfavourable climate, the cashew industry has managed to improve, the figures showing production more than doubled since 2011. According to Tola…

US farm recalls 207 million eggs in the US amidst Salmonella scare

USA - A US farm, Rose Acre Farms has recalled 207 million eggs supplied in the US after it was reported that more than 20 consumers became ill from suspected salmonella poisoning, reports Fin24. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, the eggs from the facility in North Carolina could have been contaminated with…

Bob’s Natural Foods recalls organic amaranth flour on presence of Salmonella

USA - Bob Red Mill, producer of whole grain and gluten-free foods in the US has voluntarily recalled 2,099 cases of Organic Amaranth Flour, after one of the flour lots tested positive on the presence of Salmonella. In an article by World Grain, the single lot of flour also had a sell-by date of Nov.…

Arla Fibre launches high fibre yoghurt to improve consumer diets

UK - Arla Fibre has launched a new yoghurt brand to incorporate fibre diets into the consumer meals after a research revealed that 61% of the nation had monotonous diet plans. New research released by Arla Fibre has revealed that the nation’s diets are stuck in a rut, with nearly two thirds (61%) of the…

PureCircle debuts new plant-based, Non-GMO stevia sweeteners

ASIA - PureCircle is expanding its portfolio of sweeteners made from stevia with new plant-based, non-GMO, GRAS approved range even as stevia application in the food and beverage sector continue to rise as high as 10% in 2017. The recent advances boost production to help meet demand for stevia, a sugar substitute containing many sweetener…