Danone partners Ecosurety to bolster recycling traceability

UK – The food products corporation has signed a three-year recycling partnership with Ecosurety, a UK based investor in quality recycling for plastic to increase packaging waste recycling. As part of the deal, Ecosurety will manage Danone’s packaging and waste recycling obligations in UK through its market leading compliance scheme and expertise in recycling projects.…

Cargill outlines plan to achieve 100% cocoa traceability in ending deforestation

NETHERLANDS – The US based agricultural cooperative, Cargill plans to eliminate deforestation in its cocoa supply chain by achieving 100% cocoa bean traceability in its operations. The company has committed to avoid further conversion of any forest land in Ghana and Ivory Coast for cocoa production. Cargill sources cocoa beans from Brazil, Indonesia, Cameroon, Ivory…

Canadian grocery firm SPUD raises US$8.2m to grow food delivery unit

CANADA - Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD), a Canadian online grocery service has raised US$8.2 million (CAD 11 million) to advance its online delivery platform, Food-X Urban Delivery. The investment, led by CIC Capital Ventures and backed by existing investors, including Walter Capital Partners, enhances consolidation of orders which SPUD said will enable decrease the…

Nestle to close two facilities in Germany, to cut 360 jobs

GERMANY – The Switzerland based food and beverage giant Nestle has announced that it will close two locations and reduce the workforce at two others, putting a total of 360 jobs at risk. A Reuters report indicates that the move was blamed on lower demand and the company was looking to shift the production operations previously…

Dairy Farmers of America agrees to acquire Agropur’s Minnesota facility

USA – The Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Agropur-owned production facility in St. Paul, Minnesota to strengthen presence in the United States. The acquisition will expand the farmer-owned cooperative’s extended shelf-life capabilities and introduce aseptic processing into its business portfolio. The firms said that the transaction, which is…

Frigoglass to invest upto US$34m to enhance capacity in Nigerian operations

NIGERIA – The Greek commercial refrigeration and glass manufacturer, Frigoglass has announced that it will invest between US$28.4 million and US$34.1 million in increasing its capacity and revamping its glass operations in Nigeria. According to the Beverage Industry News report,the investment will increase capacity at the company’s Beta Glass Guinea plant,located in Agbara, Ogun state…

EU unveils US$11.3m fund to support horticultural, coffee value chains in Rwanda

RWANDA – The European Union has launched a US$11.37 million (10 million Euros) funding to support Rwanda’s horticultural and coffee value chains in a bid to unlock the potential at both the local and regional markets. The funding will support initiatives that aims to ensure the supply of safe products to local, regional and international…

Cargill pledges more support to cocoa industry in Ghana

GHANA- Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate Business has said it will continue collaborating with the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and the government as part of its commitment to improving the cocoa sector through continued investment in the cocoa industry, reports Ghana News Agency Mr.Harold Poelma, the President of Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate made the announcement during…

Nigeria’s State government to commission modern rice and cocoa factories

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s Cross River State Government is set to commission the first ultra-modern rice and cocoa processing factories in Ikom and Yala at the first quarter 2019,reports the Leadership Newspaper. The states Commissioner for Agriculture, Prof.Anthony Ineji, said the construction works are underway with efforts geared towards ensuring the commercialization early next year. “Of course…

Nigeria’s Dangote subsidiary launches new ‘Dangote’ seasoning

NIGERIA - Dangote Industries Limited’s subsidiary, NASCON Allied Plc has introduced a new product into the northern market under the brand name Dangote Seasoning, reports ThisDay. Speaking during the launch of the product, the executive Director Commercialization at NASCON Allie Plc, Hajiya Fatima Aliko Dangote said that the product in the form of seasoning cubes…