COMESA unveils plans to curb counterfeit seeds through a common label

EASTERN AFRICA - Seed companies operating in Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states will from early next year sell seeds branded with a COMESA logo as a measure to prevent sale of uncertified products. Dr.John Mukuka, COMESA regional seed programme coordinator, said that the labeling was necessary to wipe out counterfeit…

Promasidor Nigeria launches Sun Vita cereal in the market to expand portfolio

NIGERIA – Consumer goods manufacturer, Promasidor Nigeria has introduced a zip-lock packaged ready-to-go cereal Sun Vita, expanding its range cereals in the market. According to the company, the new range is suited for mothers and others working on tight schedules as it is easy to prepare to meet their daily health and nutritional requirements. SunVita…

Zimbabwe millers to venture into wheat farming for raw materials sourcing

ZIMBABWE -  Zimbabwe has asked grain millers to venture into wheat farming as remedy to enhance raw materials supply for their milling operations, given forex currency shortage challenges in the country. According to the IOL Business, Zimbabwe’s cabinet has agreed to finance a decision posited by Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube to have wheat millers venture…

Kenya Breweries partners farmers to boost sorghum yields

KENYA – Kenya Breweries has partnered with farmers to enhance improved sorghum yields as a long-term sustainability programme of its upcoming plant in Kisumu, reports Business Daily. According to the beer making company, the upcoming plant has a capacity of producing up to 100 million litters of Keg beer. The sustainability programme comes after farmers…

Seed Co to invest US$10m in drying facilities to increase efficiency

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe’s largest seed producer, Seed Co Limited, is to develop seed drying facilities at total investment cost of US$10 million which will expedite delivery of seed into the market and cut down losses, reports the Herald. The seed drying technology is expected to be commissioned by 2020 with the pilot project being undertaken…

Bunge Chief Executive Soren Schroder to step down, appoints new board chair

USA – Agriculture, food and ingredients giant, Bunge Ltd has announced that its Chief Executive Officer Soren Schroder will step down and has commissioned a searching process for the new CEO. The company said Schroder will continue in his current role until a successor is named. Aged 57, the outgoing CEO joined Bunge in 2000…

Bühler creates new consumer foods segment, taps Haas head to lead role

SWITZERLAND– Swiss equipment leader Bühler has created a new consumer foods segment to add to its current two segments and appointed Germar Wacker, who has been the CEO of its Haas business unit, to lead the new segment.  The consumer foods segment will combine Bühler’s current chocolate, nuts, bakery and coffee business with the recently…

Ingredion unveils ‘calorie-reducing’ allulose sweetener in America

USA – Global ingredient solutions provider, Ingredion has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Japan’s leading producer of specialty ingredients, Matsutani Chemical Industry Co. to unveil a ‘calorie-reducing’ allulose sweetener in America. Matsutani will manufacture the new product, Astraea Allulose in Mexico and market it across the Americas starting 2019. With wide…

Argentina soybean imports rise on low production estimated at 56M Tons

USA – Soybean imports in Argentina continue to rise with production estimated to be slightly lower at 50 million tons in 2018/19 as a result of the recent drought faced in the country. According to a Dec. 4 Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the U.S.Department of Agriculture, Argentina has imported more than 3.5…

Cargill opens US$70m North American protein headquarters

USA – Cargill has inaugurated new, state-of-the-art headquarters for its protein business operations in North America with an investment of US$70 million. The investment focuses on bringing innovative food solutions to global customers through collaboration, technology and a focus on sustainability while providing expertise in culinary and food sensory experiences. Cargill said the headquarters connects…