Yoplait introduces a new yoghurt brand with less 40% less sugar

FRANCE – Yoplait, the largest franchise brand of yogurt, has introduced a new yoghurt brand with 40% less sugar than its previous yoghurt flavours. According to the company, the new flavour brings the yogurt category a new 1-gram-sugar-per-serving option, while packing 17 grams of protein in each 5.3 oz. serving. The flavored varieties deliver 9…

Tanzania to scrap 65% cashew export levy remitted to farmers

TANZANIA - The government of Tanzania has proposed changes to its Cashewnut Industry Act (Cap, 203), scrapping the 65% of the crop export levy remitted to farmers through the Cashewnut Board of Tanzania (CBT). Amendment to the law will see the export levy collected in the consolidated fund, instead of the current situation where some…

Canada legalizes use of cannabis creating opportunity for food and drink

CANADA - Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to fully legalize use of cannabis for recreational purposes, presenting the food and beverage industry a pool of opportunities to explore. The move fulfils a long-time manifesto promise of Liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau. The C-45 Bill, passed in the Canadian senate, grants regional provinces…

Fonterra enhances water efficiency at milk powder drying operation

NEW ZEALAND - The New Zealand co-operative group, Fonterra has developed and installed ‘a ground-breaking reclaimed water system’ in New Zealand with a goal to save half a million litres of ground water daily (equivalent to 18 milk tanker’s worth). The site reuses water from condensation that is produced from milk powder manufacturing process. The…

Caito Foods recalls fruit salad with pre-cut melon linked to Salmonella

USA - Caito Foods, LLC has voluntarily recalled fruit salad mixes that contain pre-cut melons linked to the outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide infections in seven states in the US. Recalled products include fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products containing any of these melons. The products were packaged in clear, plastic…

Egypt to import milled, paddy rice to meet market demand

EGYPT - The government of Egypt has announced the decision to import milled and paddy rice to increase supply of the commodity as well as prevent potential price shock to consumers. A June 13 USDA report indicated that grain hoarding, which resulted in the decline in the volume of rice being offered to the country’s…

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…