Kenyan tea exports to Pakistan hit US$34.79m at 15200 tonnes as top buyer

KENYA – Pakistan emerged as the leading buyer of Kenyan tea as the commodity exports to the country surged to  15.2 million kilogrammes, equivalent to 15200 tonnes, which is valued at US$34.79 million (Sh3.5 billion) during the month of January 2019. According to data from the Tea Directorate, the Asian country purchases accounted to 32…

FDA advances implementation of agric water requirements for produce safety

USA – The Food and Drug Administration of the United States has announced that it is advancing new tools and science for implementing agricultural water requirements for produce safety. The agency has said the additional initiatives are meant to ensure the feasibility of federal requirements and incorporate lessons learned from recent outbreaks related to Romaine…

Kenya eyes Chinese market for lucrative avocado and stevia exports

KENYA – Kenya is set to market its avocado produce in the Chinese market after the Ministry of Agriculture launched an initiative that seeks to expand the country’s market at a global scale. According to said Agriculture Cabinet Minister, Mwangi Kiunjuri avocado and Stevia, a crop used for the making of calorie free sweetener, are…

Nestle join forces with Veolia to tackle plastics leakage and accelerate recycling

SWITZERLAND – Global food and drinks giant, Nestle has announced that it has partnered Veolia, the world's leading resource management company to tackle plastics leakage into the environment and develop recycling schemes. The two will collaborate on waste collection sorting and recycling of plastic material, with an emphasis on flexible plastic packaging. The initiative which…

Guinness Nigeria launches new Premium lager beer to grow its portfolio

NIGERIA - Guinness Nigeria Plc, a subsidiary of Diageo Plc, has launched a new premium lager beer the ‘Guinness Gold’ into the local beer market. The company describes Guinness Gold as a beer that brings a rich, amber gold, great flavour and great taste to discerning Nigerians who expect more from their lager beer experience,…

DSM sets new science-based reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions

NETHERLANDS – The global bioscience company, Royal DSM has announced new sustainability commitments that aims to reduce 30% of its greenhouse gas emissions from direct production and purchased energy by 2030. The new targets are part of the company’s strategy to deliver science-based, sustainable and scalable solutions that face up to the challenges brought by…

Canada’s soybean exports to China more than triples despite production decline

CANADA – Canadian soybean exports to China increased by 230% through the first half of MY 2018/19 despite a decline in production, according to the Global Agricultural Information Network report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report attributed the increase to a record high production in Ontario, high carryover stocks, and Eastern Canadian access…

Ghana inaugurates new shea nut warehouse and processing facility

GHANA – Ghana has inaugurated a new shea processing plant and warehouse facility in Kumbungu District in the Northern Region of the country to facilitate increased production of the commodity. A report by GhanaNewsAgency, reveals that the new centre was established by the Presbyterian Agricultural Services, in partnership with the government and Global Shea Alliance…

Wessanen in talks with a consortium of funds for a possible buyout

NETHERLANDS – The Dutch multinational food company, Wessanen has confirmed that it is in discussions a consortium of funds managed by PAI Partners SAS for a potential takeover. Also participating in discussions include various entities controlled by Jobson and his family who have also shown interest in the buyout. The company said that it has…

Long serving AEEI’s director Dr Charles Mehana resigns

SOUTH AFRICA – Dr Vukile Charles Mehana, non-executive director at Premier Fishing and Brands Limited’s parent company, African Equity Empowerment Investment Limited (AEEI) has resigned from the position after 12 years of service in the firm. This follows his appointment as the new chief executive officer at Sizwe Africa IT Group, a subsidiary of AYO…