France to introduce penalty system for packaging made of non-recycled plastics

FRANCE - France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic. The project is part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official told Euractiv. Brune Poirson, secretary of state for ecological transition, said…

Delivery startup DailyNinja acquires milk delivery business 4amShop in a cash deal

INDIA - DailyNinja, Bengaluru-based hyperlocal subscription delivery startup has acquired milk delivery startup business 4amShop in an undisclosed cash deal as it seeks to expand its presence in Southern India. On completion of the transaction, the founders of 4amShop will exit and 2,000 customers of 4amShop will be transferred to DailyNinja, according to inc42. The…

Anti-Profiteering agency questions Subway, KFC and Pizza Hut on tax cuts

INDIA - The National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAPA) has questioned Subway, Yum Restaurants owned Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) for not fully passing on cuts in goods and services tax (GST) rates to consumers. The fast food restaurants were indicated to have impartially adhered to lower GST rates by passing tax cuts on select…

EU and Eastern Europe drought causes damage to wheat, maize and barley crops

EUROPE - The drought in many regions of the European Union and Eastern Europe has caused significant damage to wheat, maize and barley crops, according to FAO of the United Nations. FoodingredientsFirst reported that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said that the prices of these crops could remain under upward…

Kenyan University launches a US$3.98m food laboratory in a food fortification drive

KENYA - Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT) has launched a food laboratory worth about US$3.98 million, to be used as a centre for monitoring and analysing the nutritional significance of foods, Business Daily has reported. This is part of the European Union funded food fortification programme in collaboration with the ministry of…

Olam’s joint venture Nutrifoods launches first premium oats digestive biscuits

GHANA - Nutrifoods Ghana Limited, a joint venture between Olam and Sanyo Foods has launched its first premium oats digestive biscuit under its adult health segment brand, Nutrisnax, a GNA report reveals. The Premium Nutrisnax Oats Digestive biscuit is made from oats and whole wheat, high in fibre and totally devoid of trans-fat. It will…

Kelloggs introduces improved cereal bags after insect infestation in Singapore packs

SINGAPORE - Kellogg’s, an American multinational food-manufacturing company, has introduced improved cereal bags following an insect infestation in several packs of Kellogg’s Special K cereal bought in Singapore. In a statement, Kellogg’s assured the public that their “number one priority” is the quality of their food. "Our strong quality programmes identified that a small number…

UAE issues new labeling and licence regulations for dairy and beverages

ASIA- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) cabinet has issued regulations for the dairy, beverages and juice categories, requiring licencing of companies as well as proper labeling of the products to ensure conformity to standards. The two regulations cover the UAE regulatory system for the monitoring of milk and dairy products, and on the monitoring of…

Spain, USA and UK researchers successfully create GM rice with HIV-neutralizing proteins

WORLD - An international team of researchers from Spain, the United States, and the United Kingdom has successfully created a strain of genetically modified (GM) rice that will produce HIV-neutralizing proteins. According to Crop Biotech, the scientists have been developing possible treatments for people infected with HIV. Their efforts to produce a vaccine against the…

World Food Programme picks Uganda as global food procurement hub

UGANDA - The World Food Programme (WFP), world’s number one Zero Hunger campaigner has picked Uganda as the global procurement hub, providing more than 1,000 grain farmers with opportunity to benefit from local procurements. According to the Monitor, WFP has constructed more than 70 silos in the country for post-harvest management as part of the…