FoodBusinessAfrica.com grows, shifts to dedicated server to meet rising demand

KENYA– Africa’s leading food, beverage and milling industry website Foodbusinessafrica.com has over the last year received overwhelming growth in traffic, with a record 10.5 million hits and 650,000 visitors over the past year, thanks to the website’s dedicated and growing readership in Africa and across the world. The increased readership has necessitated the website to…

Sugar Corporation to inaugurate third sugar factory under US$286m Omo Kuraz Project

ETHIOPIA - Ethiopian Sugar Corporation is set to inaugurate Omo Kuraz Sugar Factory Three on October 14, built with US$286.12 million loan from China Development Bank. According to the state corporation, the new factory will have the capacity of upto a thousand tonnes of sugar per day, producing three types of sugar with modern technology…

US exports of feed grains set new record at 120 MMT led by corn

USA - The United States exports of feed grains and co-products for the 2017/2018 marketing year reached 120 million metric tonnes led by higher corn shipments, setting a new record for the second year in a row. According to the U.S. Grains Council, the year’s exports increased 6% (6.5 million tons) above last year’s record,…

IRRI to receive US$1.4m a year funding from Crop Trust to conserve rice varieties

SINGAPORE - The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is set to receive US$1.4 million worth of funding from non-profit organization, Crop Trust in a partnership to ensure conservation and sharing of 136,000 varieties worldwide. The seeds, stored at IRRI’s high-tech facility in Los Baños, Philippines, will be used by scientists worldwide to develop improved rice…

Bakhresa Group halts flour exports to Kenya on inapt tax rules

TANZANIA - Bakhresa Group which operates one of the largest flour mill in Tanzania has suspended Kenya flour exports on changing rules and systems for exporting goods into the country. The company said frequent changes in tax rules, instituted by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) have slowed its exports to Kenya and led to losses…

Research Institute embarks on strategic crossbreeding to boost beef production

TANZANIA - Tanzania Livestock Research Institute (TALIRI) has rolled out a special crossbreeding programme aimed at boosting beef breeds while improving production in the country. The initiative seeks to increase the stock of Boran cattle, a popular Zebu beef breed while addressing challenges faced in beef production. Speaking to Daily News, TALIRI Director General, Dr…

ADM re-opens modern flour milling facility in Oklahoma

USA - Archer Daniels Midland Company, an American global food processing company, has joined with members of the community to celebrate the re-opening of its modernized flour mill in Enid, Oklahoma. According to the company, the modernization project involved a complete retro-fit of ADM’s existing mill in Enid, which was built in 1928. ADM replaced…

DuPont launches new ascorbic acid alternative for the baking industry

CHINA – DuPont, an American conglomerate, is the first company that has launched a new ascorbic acid alternative, Hexose Oxidase, for the baking industry. According to the company, the hexose oxidase technology present in the DuPont Danisco GRINDAMYL SUREBake product range can utilize many different sugar molecules as a substrate rather than just glucose alone,…

Olam receives AGROW Award as champion of inclusive agribusiness in ASEAN

SINGAPORE - The agribusiness giant, Olam international has received the AGROW Award, recognized for inclusive agribusiness in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) agricultural sector. Olam was honored with the Golden AGROW Award (Singapore) for its outstanding contributions in the field of agriculture by helping micro, small and medium enterprises in the region to…

South Africa’s sorghum output to drop 9% to 100,000T in 2018/19

SOUTH AFRICA - Sorghum production in South Africa is on the decline and according to Global Agricultural Information Network report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this will drop by 9% in 2018-19 to 100,000 tonnes from 109,855 tonnes in 2017-18. The drop was attributed to a 32%decrease in area planted as many producers substituted…