Bühler creates new consumer foods segment, taps Haas head to lead role

SWITZERLAND– Swiss equipment leader Bühler has created a new consumer foods segment to add to its current two segments and appointed Germar Wacker, who has been the CEO of its Haas business unit, to lead the new segment.  The consumer foods segment will combine Bühler’s current chocolate, nuts, bakery and coffee business with the recently…

UK unveils US$76.4m funding to turn food scraps into eco-friendly packaging

UK – The UK government has unveiled US$76.4 million funding, a sustainability initiative that will turn food scraps into environmentally-friendly packaging for bags and cups. This is part of the UK government’s plan to lead the world in the development of sustainable packaging by reducing the harmful impact of plastics on the environment. The new…

Buhler names Andy Sharpe new North American president and CEO

USA – Buhler Inc., global company in process engineering and technology for food, feed, and advanced industrial materials has named Andy Sharpe as the next president and chief executive officer of Buhler, Inc., effective Jan. 1. He succeeds Rene Steiner, who is retiring following a 50-year career with Buhler, and will remain with the company…

CP Kelco to expand pectin production capacity by 15% to meet global demand

USA – World leading pectin producer, CP Kelco has announced that it plans to expand pectin production capacity at its Lille Skensved, Denmark facility by about 15% as it anticipates growth in global market demand. According to the company, the investment will enhance market supply by 2019-2020 with a focus on producing low methyl ester…

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.…

Packaging group Mondi to dump dual listing for a primary one in London

SOUTH AFRICA – The international packaging and paper group Mondi has announced that it plans to dump its dual listing structure for a primary listing in London, reports IOL Business. The company which operates in the consumer packaging business said it would move its primary stock to London but would retain a secondary listing on…

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…

Symrise invests US$56m in a new natural food ingredients facility in Georgia

USA – The flavours and fragrances company, Symrise has invested more than US$56 million in a new production facility in Georgia, USA for the production of high quality natural food ingredients. According to the company, the facility was a result of high technological and sustainable standards with a commitment to serve the food industry in…

Tetra Pak launches long-life milk consumer campaign in Kenya

KENYA– Tetra Pak Ltd, a multinational food packaging and processing company, has launched a long-life milk consumer campaign geared at educating consumers on the benefits and safety of long life milk products. This follows a research commissioned by the company last year to investigate the use of long life milk in Kenyan households. “In almost…

ADM, Bunge, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus partner to put grain trade on blockchain

USA – World’s largest agribusiness companies Archer Daniels Midland Company, Bunge Limited, Cargill Incorporated and Louis Dreyfus Company are looking for a platform to increase transparency and efficiency in global grain trading using blockchain technology. The companies referred to as the ABCDs of global grain trading, are investigating ways to standardize and digitize global agricultural…