PepsiCo opens new US$42.3m baby food plant in Russia

RUSSIA - PepsiCo, Inc., the American multinational food, snack and beverage company has opened a new US$42.3 million baby food plant with a daily capacity of approximately 25 tonnes in Russia, reported FoodBev. The new plant will exclusively be used to produce cottage cheese and yogurt products for the company’s Agusha and Chudo Detki brands.…

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…

Buhler expands with a new lab at its cocoa application facility in Indonesia

INDONESIA - Buhler has added a new cocoa application lab at its coca application facility in Indonesia to allow it offer complete cocoa processing trials to its customers in Southeast Asia. According to Buhler, the lab will be managed by two service engineers and a consumer food technologist who would offer trials ranging from cocoa…

Renaissance BioScience partners with Mitacs for US$1.44m research project

CANADA - Renaissance BioScience, a global leader in proprietary yeast-based technology solutions has announced a US$1.44 million research and development project in partnership with Mitacs, a research and training organisation. The project, equally funded by the two companies supports the development of next-generation, systematic tools and methods for expanding, screening and selecting biodiversity in non-GMO…

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…

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.…

tna opens new food processing hub to expand footprint in the Netherlands

NETHERLANDS - tna has opened a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the Netherlands to expand its manufacturing footprint in processing equipment for the potato and vegetable processing industries in the Netherlands. The new facility will be involved in processing equipment including its range of fryers and freezers, but also pre-processing equipment such as peelers, washers…

Müller Milk & Ingredients reviews food service delivery operations after incurring losses

UK - Müller Milk & Ingredients has begun reviews on its food service delivery operation supplying fresh milk and other products to 3,000 non-residential customers in England and Wales as it suffers losses of around US$7.1million per annum. The company has confirmed a 45 day review and consultation, placing 250 roles at risk of redundancy.…

Mondelēz International opens US$90m ‘Factory of the Future’ in Bahrain

USA - Mondelēz International, an American multinational food and beverage company has inaugurated its newest “Factory of the Future” in the Kingdom of Bahrain as it aims to meet the growing consumer demand. The company invested US$90 million in the state-of-the-art biscuit manufacturing plant that produces iconic Power Brands, including Oreo cookies and Barni soft…

South Africa’s Bon Hotels doubles brand in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA - Bon Hotels, SA’s hotel management and hotel group has doubled its brand in Ethiopia following a partnership with Bahiru Abraham to open an 82-room hotel in the country. The hotel, expected to be operational in six months’ period, would be managed by the company which signed a 15-years management deal with Bahiru, a…