FSSAI to discuss mandatory inclusion of nutritional facts and healthy options in airline meals

INDIA - The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has called a meeting with airlines, flight caterers and airport operators, seeking to make it mandatory for airlines to serve meal with nutritional information as well as healthier options, ET Retail reports. Airlines may need to include complete information on nutritional aspects like calories, list…

Nestle and PepsiCo to end partnership with Indonesia’s palm oil company Indofood

INDONESIA - Global confectionary brands, Nestlé and PepsiCo have announced that they are cutting ties with Indofood, Indonesia’s largest food and palm oil production company. According to Eco-business, the two companies, both long time business partners of Indofood, have ended direct and indirect sourcing of palm oil from IndoAgri, a Singapore-listed subsidiary of Indofood, due…

National Microfinance Bank to finance palm oil cultivation to cut on imports

TANZANIA - The National Microfinance Bank of Tanzania has ventured into financing palm oil cultivation with an aim to increase production as well as cover deficit met through imports. Daily News reports that the bank is expected to partner with the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank Limited (TADB) in boosting palm oil production in Kigoma Region.…

Tanzania’s chicken import ban bites as shortage looms

TANZANIA - Tanzania is facing a chicken shortage with rising retail prices, months after banning importation of poultry from its neighbours in the East African Community. Speaking to The EastAfrican, Tanzania Poultry Breeders Association secretary General Manase Mrindwa said that some firms had stopped production of day-old chicks, leading to a shortage of broilers and…

McDonald’s scraps all artificial flavours, colors and preservatives from burger portfolio

USA - McDonald’s US, the fast food giant, is scrapping all artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives from artificial sources from its top-selling classic burger portfolio. According to FoodingredientsFirst, the ingredient change is part of McDonald’s ongoing strategy to offer healthier versions of iconic and classic products which they’re famous for and is the latest in…

FDA to examine use of ‘milk, cheese, and yogurt’ terms in labeling plant-based products

USA - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States is reviewing the use of dairy food names like ‘milk’, ‘cheese’, ‘yogurt’ in the labeling of plant-based food and beverages. The FDA is stepping up approaches to modernize standards of identity including requirements for the content and sometimes the methods used to produce…

National Foods posts 25% rise in profits favored by new political regime

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe’s largest milling company, National Foods Ltd has managed 25% rise in profits to US$17.174 million for the year ended 30 June 2018 and expects to benefit from better economic environment for its business following a new political dispensation. The group noted that this could only be possible if the ruling regime focused…

Germany set to become a net grain importer on drought related losses

GERMANY - Germany is expected to increase imports of soybeans, soybean meal and become a net importer on production losses related to drought, ‘a weather incident of national extent’, said a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN). As a result of drought and hot weather, Germany’s Agriculture Ministry in…

Mars, Nestle and Unilever pledge to join Saudi Arabia’s Healthy Food Strategy

SAUDI ARABIA - Leading global food and beverage manufacturers; Mars, Nestle and Unilever, as well as importers have signed a voluntary pledge with the SFDA that includes reducing sugar, salt and fat content The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) launched its Healthy Food Strategy at a ceremony last week, held under the patronage of…

East African Community and IGAD partner to launch Nutrition Knowledge Hubs

TANZANIA - Member States of the East African Community (EAC) and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have launched knowledge hubs in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to enhance food and nutrition security while addressing challenges in the sector. The two partners in collaboration with NEPAD Agency organised a three-day regional knowledge management capacity training on Food…