Krotaj commissions new tahini processing plant in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA- Krotaj Tahini Manufacturers Plc, a multinational joint ventrure of sesame experts, has commissioned a new tahini processing plant in Ethiopia. The processing plant will produce tahini, a value-added product from sesame seeds used as a snack or garnish for supply to the local and international market especially in the Middle East. The company said…

Kenyan scientists embark on research to boost fish industry

KENYA – Kenyan scientists have embarked on a research expedition that seeks to generate information and data on the coastal fisheries in a bid to promote sustainable utilisation of its fisheries. According to a report by Business Daily, the information will help in sealing the gap present on the lack of adequate data on the…

Tanzania embarks on bid to boost cassava production

TANZANIA – Tanzania has unveiled plans of introducing a platform that will connect cassava farmers with processor both at the local and international levels as it seeks to improve productivity. According to Mr Edwin Rutageruka, Director General Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TanTrade), the platform will work, is expected to work under TanTrade and will target…

IFF acquires The Additive Advantage to expand taste delivery capabilities

USA - International Flavors & Fragrances has acquired The Additive Advantage (TAA), a US based novel technologies company to expand its innovation capabilities in scent, taste and active ingredients. IFF, which is world leading flavors and fragrances company is looking to leverage on TAA’s expertise in developing novel technologies with diverse capabilities that span applications…

PepsiCo acquires Hormel Foods’ CytoSport sports nutritional drinks business

USA – Snacks and beverages company, PepsiCo has agreed to acquire CytoSport business, an American manufacturer of sports-oriented nutritional products from Hormel Foods for an undisclosed amount. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and is expected to be completed in one to two months. CytoSport which offers Muscle Milk and…

Cargill invests US$22.5m in Netherlands starch production facility

NETHERLANDS – Grain and agricultural giant, Cargill is investing US$22.5 million in its starch facility in Sas Van Gent, The Netherlands to serve more customers with quality starches. It involves the construction of a new building and the installation of two new roll dryers in the Sas Van Gent production facility. The plant will be…

Chr. Hansen unveils new sweet potato natural red color alternative

DENMARK – Global bioscience company, Chr. Hansen has unveiled the Hansen sweet potato™, a natural red color alternative to carmine and synthetic reds to satisfy discerning consumers. The new vegetable variety from Ipomoea batatas was developed using traditional breeding methods to create the long-sought after vibrant, natural red color for use in food and beverage…

US Wheat Associates board of directors elects new officers for 2019-20

USA – The export market development organization for the U.S. wheat industry, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) board of directors have elected new officers for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Rhonda K. Larson was appointed secretary-treasurer; Darren Padget as vice-chairman; and Doug Goyings was named chairman. The three elected, all farmers from different regions will start their…

Arla Foods Ingredients develops high-protein supplement for medical nutrition

DENMARK - Arla Foods Ingredients has unveiled a low-volume (100ml) RTD high-protein nutritional supplement for medical nutrition and designed to address challenges in producing high-quality medical beverages. The new prototype contains 10g of protein packed into a 100ml shot to be used by patients in need of high-quality protein in a low-volume nutritional treatment. According…

Board approves Varun Beverages Plans to acquire PepsiCo franchise rights in India

INDIA – Varun Beverages Limited (VBL), the bottling partner of PepsiCo India, said its board has approved its plans to acquire franchise rights of the beverage and snacks in India’s South and West regions. VBL’s board approved the company’s intent to enter into a binding agreement with PepsiCo India Holdings to acquire franchise rights for…