UK-based snack brand introduces two new plant-based protein bars

UK - Real Handful, a UK-based snack company with an innovation in healthy snacking, has expanded its product range by introducing two new plant-based protein bars to the UK market. The new products are the first snack bars released by Real Handful, and follow on from the brand’s release of two new trail mix flavours…

Molson Coors expands its soft drink brand with acquisition of Clearly Kombucha

USA - US brewer Molson Coors has expanded its portfolio of soft drink brands with the acquisition of California-based Clearly Kombucha from Top Shelf Beverages for an undisclosed sum. Kombucha is one of the fastest-growing segments of the packaged soft drinks market, and Molson Coors stated that projections estimate that the category will grow more…

New KCC invests US$9.9m in upgrading factories

KENYA - New Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC), the government-owned, second largest dairy processor in Kenya has invested more than US$9.9m in modernizing its factories in a bid to improve production and increase local market share. The Nation reports the investment is geared at increasing the company’s capacity from the current annual pay-out to farmers of…

Givaudan completes acquisition of 40.5% stake in Naturex

SWITZERLAND - Givaudan has completed the acquisition of 40.5% stake in Naturex, a French manufacturer of natural specialty ingredients for the food industry for US$648m. As announced in March this year, Givaudan has confirmed the intention to launch a mandatory cash tender offer for all remaining outstanding shares of Naturex, at a price of US$168…

Barry Callebaut partners with Ghana and Ivory Coast for sustainable cocoa production

GHANA - Barry Callebaut, one of the world’s largest cocoa producers and grinders has signed a letter of intent with Ghana and Ivory Coast to clear and replant trees infected with swollen-shoot virus disease in an initiative to ensure sustainable cocoa farming. The initiative, in collaboration with Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and the Coffee Caco…

Davipel Group invests US$12m in snack facilities

ZIMBABWE - Davipel Group of Companies, an agro-processing firm has invested US$12 million to construct two state-of-the-art snack facilities as it builds mileage in snacking, milling and feed production. Launched by President Mnangagwa, the facilities come handy following the government’s control on imports under Statutory Instrument 64 (SI 64) of 2016, a legislation that requires…

Firmenich partners with Nelixia to expand natural ingredients reach in Central America

SWITZERLAND - Firmenich SA, the Swiss fragrance and flavors company has entered into a strategic partnership with Nelixia, the Guatemala based producer and exporter of essential oils to expand their natural ingredients reach in Central America. Firmenich is investing in Nelixia significantly expanding its raw materials portfolio as well as accelerating its potential in natural…

Arla Foods signs strategic partnership with Starbucks

UK – Arla Foods, a global dairy company and co-operative, has signed a strategic partnership with Starbucks, a successful business partnership that allows Arla Foods to manufacture, distribute and market Starbucks premium milk-based ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee beverages for the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa.) According to the company, the two companies have signed…

Namibia opens market for US poultry meat and poultry products

NAMIBIA - Namibia has opened its market to processed and unprocessed poultry meat and poultry products from the United States, according to USDA’s GAIN June 1, 2018 report. The country will import US poultry products from establishments approved for export by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). While Namibia imported 29,500 tonnes of broiler…

Indian Unilever subsidiary to merge food and refreshments division

INDIA - Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), the Indian subsidiary of Unilever N.V has announced that it will combine its foods and refreshments businesses effective July in order to advance growth in line with global category structure of the parent company Unilever. The combined food and refreshment segment will be headed by Sudhir Sitapati, currently the…