FIIRO develops technology to commercially extract natural sweetener Thaumatin

NIGERIA - The Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO) has said that it has developed a technology that allows commercial extraction of Thaumatin, a low-calorie sweetener and flavour modifier. According to a Beverage Industry News report the Director-General of FIIRO, Gloria Elemo said that the move was necessitated by a surging demand for alternative sweeteners…

PureCircle to sell stevia-based proteins, fibers and antioxidants

USA – World’s leading manufacturer of stevia sweeteners, PureCircle plans to begin commercial production and sale of new stevia ingredients including proteins, soluble fibers and antioxidants in 2019. The company said the products are a result of extensive research and development using its proprietary stevia technology and enables it to utilize much more of each…

Simbisa Brands postpones plans to list on London Stock Exchange

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe’s quick service restaurant group, Simbisa Brands Limited has put on hold plans of its listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), reports the Herald. Addington Chinale, the company’s chairman, has said that the company will now focus on growing of the business and working on its readiness before implementation of the plan…

Maple Leaf Foods to build US$497m value-added poultry facility in Canada

CANADA - Maple Leaf Foods, a major Canadian consumer packaged meats company has announced plans to construct a US$497.7 million (CAD 660 million) value-added fresh poultry processing facility in London, Ontario, Canada. The new 640,000 square feet site will help the company meet growing demand and strengthen competitiveness of Canadian poultry sector. According to the…

Carrefour Kenya inks deal with online platform Jumia to boost grocery, beverages sale

KENYA - French multinational retailer, Carrefour has entered into a definitive agreement with Jumia, a Nigeria-based e-commerce platform to boost online grocery, beverages and other sales. A Business Daily report indicates that the deal will allow Carrefour customers purchase a wide selection of products from its six Nairobi stores on Jumia’s online platform starting January.…

Distell to distribute and market cannabis lager for Poison City Brewing

SOUTH AFRICA – Africa’s leading spirits and wines producer, Distell Group has agreed to distribute and market cannabis-infused beer, the country’s first made by Poison City Brewing. The distribution support agreement will see Distell, which do not have beers in its portfolio distribute and sell the cannabis lager, which has received backing from RCL Foods…

Olam partners Canvass Analytics in artificial intelligence for sustainable agriculture

SINGAPORE – World’s leading agri-business company, Olam International has partnered Google-funded firm Canvass Analytics to utilize artificial intelligence for sustainable food and agricultural production. According to the company, the strategy seeks to find innovative and new ways of meeting the world's rapidly growing demand for food, feed, fibre and fuel. Olam will utilize its strength in…

SON unveils new standards and Codes of Practice for planting bean seeds

NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has released new Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS), and Codes of Practice for planting beans seed across the country, reports the Guardian. The standards come to address issues like preservation of the food crop from planting to the table while ensuring that the commodity is safe for consumption.…

AB InBev and SA Breweries invest US$30m in new production line

SOUTH AFRICA - Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev Africa and South African Breweries (SAB) have invested US$30.92 million in a new production line launched at SAB’s Ibhayi Brewery in Port Elizabeth. This is the second line at the brewery, which was commissioned in 2001 with US$45.91 million in investment. According to Engineering News, the new packaging line…

Ardent Mills partners Arcadia Bioscience to develop innovative wheat varieties

USA – Ardent Mills LLC, North America’s leading flour-milling and ingredient company and Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. have announced a new collaboration to develop and commercialize innovative wheat varieties. According to the companies, the first project focuses on extending the shelf life and improving the flavor of whole wheat products. The storage life of whole wheat…