Parag Milk to buy Danone’s closed facility to serve northern India

INDIA - Parag MilkFoods on Thursday said it will acquire French food giant Danone’s Indian manufacturing facility for Rs 30 crore (US$4.53 million) The facility at Rai in Haryana’s Sonepat area produces curd, yogurt among other dairy productsand the acquisition is aimed at expanding Parag's presence in the northern part of the country. "North market contributes…

A2 Milk Co signs distribution deal with Yuhan Corp in South Korea

SOUTH KOREA - A2 Milk Co, a New Zealand public listed company, has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Yuhan Corp in South Korea, more than a decade after an earlier foray into that country which ended in litigation. According to New Zealand Herald, the Auckland-based, Sydney-headquartered company signed an exclusive sales and distribution agreement…

Commonwealth countries pledge to eliminate single-use plastic for sustainability

UK - Countries from across the Commonwealth have pledged to eliminate avoidable single use plastic in an ambitious bid to clean up the world’s oceans. According to UK Whales Org, other countries like New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Ghana have become the latest nations to join the UK and Vanuatu-led Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance – an…

Nigeria to import more rice and wheat as consumption needs rise

NIGERIA - Nigeria, one of the largest economies in Africa is set to import more grain supplies; wheat and rice to meet increasing consumer needs, consumption rates impacted by an influx of refugees in the country. According to a report by the Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) of the USDA, the country’s rice production is…

Buhler to unveil digital solutions addressing toxic contamination and food waste

SWITZERLAND - Buhler plans to launch new digital technologies to address challenges in the food processing industry in an attempt to minimize toxic contamination, reduce food waste and increase product quality across the food chain. Digital solutions and services will be offered through collaboration with Microsoft, coming at a time when the food industry is…

Buhler enters hazelnut market with new sorting technologies

TURKEY - Buhler, the Uzwil based Switzerland technology company has launched a new innovation of sorting technologies for natural hazelnuts, marking a new entry into this new market in Turkey. The technology complements other technologies rolled in the US for almond, pistachio and walnut, all aimed at helping processors increase yield while operating at the…

Key Technology completes expansion of Netherlands facility

NETHERLANDS - Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, has announced the completion of its facility expansion in Beusichem, the Netherlands. The upgrade increases Key’s production capacity at this location by 50% and features larger cranes with greater lifting capabilities, a thoroughly refurbished working environment, enhanced customer visitor experience and more.…

Unilever reports a 3.7% sales growth in first quarter results of 2018

LONDON - Unilever announced its results for the first quarter of 2018, with underlying sales growth of 3.7% which show good volume-driven performance across all its three divisions. According to the company, the Underlying Sales Growth (USG) excluding spreads was 3.7% with an encouraging shift to volume-led growth compared to the prior year. Across all…

Olam launches a sustainable and traceable sourcing solution for agricultural raw materials

SINGAPORE - Olam International, a leading global agri-business has launched AtSource, a sustainable and traceable sourcing solution that will provide unrivalled environmental and social insights into the journey of agricultural raw materials. It will also help in getting food ingredients from the farm to manufacturing and retail customers. AtSource will also enhance Olam’s ability to…

Bio Foods debuts packaging with less impact, starts package take back program

KENYA  – Kenyan specialty dairy company Bio Food Products has introduced new packaging for its range of long life products, which it says have less environmental impact. The new Bio Fresh Milk bottles are made using 30% less polyethylene terephthalate, or PET. The company has also launched a new 2-litre Bio Fresh Milk bottle, which…