Kerry agrees to supply Renaissance’s acrylamide-reducing yeast technology

CANADA – Ireland based taste and nutrition company, Kerry has signed a license agreement with Renaissance BioScience Corp to supply Renaissance’s yeast technology. The partnership expands Kerry’s clean label offering, will see the food company commercialize Renaissance’s Acryleast, a non-GMO acrylamide-reducing yeast enzyme, to food and beverage manufacturers starting 2019. Acryleast is a natural, non-GMO…

Innscor, others receive permit to import GMO products in Zambia

ZAMBIA – Fast moving consumer goods distributor, Innscor Africa, Cold Chain and Horizon have received new permits to import products that may contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into Zambia. A Lusaka Times report indicates that the three distributors were among twelve retailers who were granted the new permit by National Biosafety Authority (NBA). According to NBA…

Marriott’s AC Hotels opens continent’s first hotel in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – AC Hotels, Marriott International’s European-inspired lifestyle brand owned by Marriott International has opened its first Middle East and Africa hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. The 188-room facility was developed and owned by the Amdec Group and is located within walking distance from the Cape Town International Convention Centre. It has four…

Nestle unveils packaging institute to accelerate sustainability agenda

SWITZERLAND – Nestle has announced that it has created the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences with a goal to develop functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions as part of its sustainability strategy. Located in Lausanne, Switzerland, Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences will be part of Nestlé’s global research organization housing a state-of-the-art laboratory complex…

Mondelez invests US$5m in Global Technical Center in Poland

EUROPE - Mondelēz International has said that it has invested a further US$5 million in its Global Technical Center in Wroclaw, Poland to serve as an R&D centre for both local and global brands. The company said the new investment expands its research and development activities beyond Chocolate and Bakery and serve Gum and Candy…

Kellogg’s expands breakfast cereal line with new Strawberry Krispies

USA – The US food company, Kellogg’s has introduced a new flavor variant for its breakfast cereals line, Strawberry Krispies, its first new flavor in more than 10 years. The new product is an addition to Kellogg's Rice Krispies, a classic, delicious, Snap, Crackle and Pop brand that claims to be a vital source of…

High court ratifies listeriosis class action suit against Tiger Brands

SOUTH AFRICA - The Johannesburg high court certified the request by the law firms representing listeriosis claimants to amalgamate the cases against Tiger Brands into a one class action suit, reports Fin24. The listeriosis outbreak, which according to the world health organisation was the largest of its kind, infected over one thousand people and costed…

Nestle Health inaugurates US$70m global R&D center in New Jersey

USA - Nestlé Health Science has opened a new US$70 million Product Technology Center in Bridgewater, New Jersey to serve as its global research and development hub. According to Nestle, the new facility which was built over a period of three years will offer capabilities in nutrition while improving the life and health of its…

PureCircle to sell stevia-based proteins, fibers and antioxidants

USA – World’s leading manufacturer of stevia sweeteners, PureCircle plans to begin commercial production and sale of new stevia ingredients including proteins, soluble fibers and antioxidants in 2019. The company said the products are a result of extensive research and development using its proprietary stevia technology and enables it to utilize much more of each…

Unilever to acquire Horlicks and GSK’s nutrition business for US$3.8b

INDIA – The global consumer goods leader, Unilever has agreed to acquire malted drinks brand, Horlicks and other GlaxoSmithKline’s Indian consumer healthcare products in a transaction worth US$3.8 billion (3.3 billion Euros). The transaction will also see Hindustan Unilever (HUL), Unilever’s operating arm and India’s largest consumer goods company merge its operations with GlaxoSmithKline Consumer…