USAID hands over modern dairy processing plant to Makueni co-operative

KENYA – Kenyan dairy farmers have received a modern dairy plant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) which is set to boost milk production. Located in the Makueni county, Eastern region, the fully installed dairy processing plant has a capacity to pasteurize 1000 litres of milk per hour. The project was developed…

U.S. Grains Council president and chief executive Tom Sleight to retire

USA – President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Thomas Sleight has announced plans to retire in the summer when his successor will be appointed by the firm’s Board of Directors. Tom was named president and CEO of the firm in 2012 after Thomas C. Dorr who also retired from USGC.…

IRRI strengthens partnership with University to enhance rice research

PHILIPPINES - The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nagoya University in the Philippines to strengthen capabilities in rice research and education. The cooperation between IRRI and the University will run through a 15-year period bringing together expertise in rice-based agri-food systems with a goal to greatly contribute…

Tate & Lyle launches stevia sustainability project in partnership with Earthwatch

UK – Food and beverage ingredients supplier, Tate & Lyle has partnered Earthwatch, an international environment body to launch a new research project to assess the sustainability of the stevia sweetener supply chain. The strategic review will be carried out by Earthwatch, Tate & Lyle and its stevia partner Sweet Green Fields will join expertise…

Animal nutrition firm Wilbur-Ellis Feed rebrands as Wilbur-Ellis Nutrition

USA - Wilbur-Ellis Feed, LLC, a Canadian animal feed, agribusiness, and specialty chemicals company has been rebranded as Wilbur-Ellis Nutrition. Founded in 1921, the firm is part of the Wilbur-Ellis companies with a vision to develop innovative products within rigorous safety standards and delivered with superior customer service in livestock, pet food and aquaculture industries.…

South Africa’s Chicken Bird Holdings to invest US$150m in Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE – Chicken Bird Holdings (CBH), a South African poultry and feed company and KFC franchise, has committed to invest US$150 million in Zimbabwe’s poultry and agricultural sector. Chicken Birds’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Marthinus, noted that the company will invest in chicken production and abattoirs as well as maize and soya bean production. “CBH…

Kazakhstan, Iran and Russia sign wheat trade cooperation agreement

RUSSIA – Ministry representatives from Kazakhstan, Iran and Russia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on wheat trade, a step towards boosting trade cooperation between the countries. An AzerNews report stated that the memorandum was an integral part of the free trade zone agreement signed last year between the EEU (Eurasian Economic Union) member states…

South Africa’s poultry products firm Quantum Foods reports 13.6% decline in earnings

SOUTH AFRICA – Quantam Foods, a feed and poultry products firm in south Africa, recorded 13.6% decline in its egg business during the first four months to January 2019, reports Business Day. Compared to earnings in the corresponding period of the previous year, Quantam had posted a significant decline in earnings which it attributed to…

Muller unveils US$128m cost and margin improvement program

UK - Müller Milk & Ingredients has launched a new US$128.71 million (£100m) program to promote cost and margin initiatives meant to secure a vibrant and sustainable future for the business. Called ‘Project Darwin’, the initiative involves a comprehensive review of every aspect of the company operations, logistics, back office and people organisation, all looking…

COFCO International joins CEO-led sustainable development group

SWITZERLAND - COFCO International, the overseas trading subsidiary of COFCO Corp has joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to accelerate sustainable development across its businesses. As a member of WBCSD, COFCO targets to tackle sustainability in soy production and land use challenges in Brazil. The company joins WBCSD as a member of…