Nestle SA launches ‘zero water technologies’ site at its Mossel Bay facility

SOUTH AFRICA - Nestle South Africa has launched a zero water dairy manufacturing facility in Mossel Bay, Western Cape that will see the Swiss multinational company educe the factory’s water consumption by more than 50% during the first year of implementation. Equipped with new water recovery, treatment and recycling technology, the facility will reuse the…

Nigeria to commission Africa’s first rice seedling factory in Calabar

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s President Buhari is set to commission Africa’s first automated rice seed and seedlings factory in Calabar, Cross River State as part of the country’s initiative to agricultural diversification. The factory is located in the Cross Rivers rice city and according to New Telegraph, the rice project is expected to boost the state’s…

Reserve Bank releases US$20m for 200,000 tons of wheat imports

ZIMBABWE - The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has released US$20 million for importation of wheat from Canada and Germany to supplement the insufficient national wheat stocks. This was as requested by millers following poor harvest in the drought-hit southern African country. The amount will be used to pay for 200,000 tonnes of wheat procured…

Footprint to Africa stakes US$16.68m in new yam and plantain processing plants

NIGERIA - The premium African news media and investment company, Footprint to Africa has invested more than US$16 million for new yam and plantain processing plants in order to enhance food security in Nigeria. The initiative is part of plans to bridge Nigeria’s food gap as well as achieve the government’s diversification agenda for the…

Pizza Hut commits to use anti-biotic free chicken by 2022

USA - Pizza Hut, the pizza, pasta and chicken restaurant has pledged to use chicken raised free from antibiotics in the US by 2022 in its latest move to provide healthier food menus. This involves cutting antibiotics important to human medicine from all its chicken products including its subsidiary WingStreet wings. Pizza Hut is responding…

ADM, DuPont partner to produce and market cellulose enzyme

USA - Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM), the global food processing and commodities trading corporation has announced a collaboration with DuPont Industrial Biosciences to develop, produce and market cellulose enzymes for operators of grain-based ethanol plants. According to ADM, cellulose enzymes assist in hydrolysing the corn kernel fiber, which consists mostly of cellulose and hemicellulose…

Ingredion launches new certified, clean label organic starches in North America

USA - The Illinois ingredient provider, Ingredion has launched two new certified, organic starches, an addition to its clean-label range for the US and Canada. The starches, Novation Prima 309 and 609 boast of superior eating experiences suitable for organic products that undergo harsh process conditions and require high freeze/thaw stability, such as organic savory…

HOCHDORF to divest Lithuania milk plant Baltic Milk UAB

SWITZERLAND - The HOCHDORF Group, the producer of natural ingredients such as milk, wheat germ and oil seeds, is parting company with HOCHDORF Baltic Milk UAB. The HOCHDORF Baltic Milk UAB milk plant, which is being taken over by an investment group, was the HOCHDORF Group's first milk plant in the European Union. The sale will take place retroactively to the end of May.…

Arla Foods appoints Ash Amirahmadi as managing director for UK

UK - Arla Foods has appointed its current SVP - Sales for Arla Foods, Ash Amirahmadi as new management director for UK effective 1 July 2018. He succeeds Tomas Pietrangeli, who is leaving the company to become CEO of Danish retail group Dagrofa A/S as from 30 June 2018. Ash Amirahmadi joined Arla Foods in…

DSM targets acquisitions in Nutrition and reduce greenhouse emissions

NETHERLANDS - DSM, the Dutch speciality chemicals company said in a strategy update that it targets value-creating acquisitions predominantly in Nutrition as well as step-up its ambitious goals regarding the reduction of GHG emissions, energy efficiency and use of renewable energy. The company said given its science-based competencies, it works on delivering on global megatrends…