Nigeria’s annual rice production hits 8 million MT as leading producer in Africa

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s annual rice production has increased to 8 million metric tonnes emerging as the leading rice producing country in Africa. According to Alhaji Aminu Goronyo, President of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), the federal government has also mapped out strategies to ensure the country meets its 18 million metric tonnes production…

Ghanaian university develops first local grain moisture tester to curb post-harvest losses

GHANA - The Department of Agriculture Engineering in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana has developed the first locally-made grain moisture tester. According to a Ghana News Agency report, the device, known as ‘Grain-Mate Grain Moisture Tester’ is meant to accurately measure the moisture content in grains and animal feed to…

Viterra teams up with Canadian Foodgrains Bank to end hunger

CANADA - Canadian grain handling business, Viterra Inc has partnered with Foodgrains Bank, a member of the Humanitarian Coalition to end global hunger. The two are teaming up for the third year in a row in a partnership that will see them work with Canadian farmers to help hungry people around the world. Viterra terminals…

U.S. Grains Council seeks export opportunity in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – The United States Grains Council (USGC) has embarked on a research to explore and identify opportunities for exports of U.S. corn and sorghum into South Africa amid the projected decline in local production. The persistent drought conditions could reduce the South African corn output by 20% this year, presenting short-term demand shortfalls in…

Mars Petcare, Carrefour join Loop initiative to reduce single-use packaging

FRANCE – Mars Petcare has joined the Loop initiative, a new initiative launched by TerraCycle in collaboration with Carrefour to reduce single-use packaging. Loop™ Initiative is said to be the first e-commerce platform that aims to reduce plastic waste by offering shoppers with durable, functional and reusable packaging. The launch has been backed by over…

Mars partners with Israeli venture fund to foster food innovation

ISRAEL – Mars Incorporated has partnered with Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), an Israel based venture capital fund to enhance innovation focused on food, wellness, agriculture and nutrition. The collaboration will see the partners work with leading academic research institutions with a goal to promote foodtech solutions in Israel. The partnership involves a research and development…

Africa Improved Foods partners Kenya’s Tropikal Brands to launch nutritious foods

KENYA – Rwanda-based food processing company Africa Improved Foods has partnered Kenya's consumer goods firm, Tropikal Brands to launch nutritious products in the region. The partnership also seeks to ensure sustained quality of grains sourced from across the Eastern Africa region. Speaking during the launch of the newly developed porridge flour under the brand name ‘Nutripro’, Davies…

Cargill invests in Israeli startup Aleph Farms to underpin protein focus

ASIA – Cargill is investing in Israeli cultured meat company, Aleph Farms which has raised US$11.65 million in a series A round of funding. According to Cargill, the investment diversifies its protein interests to meet future consumer demand and complements its focus on animal protein. The round was led by VisVires New Protein and also…

Unilever’s Graze introduces Wow Bakes range of oat-based snacks

UK - Graze, the UK-based snack brand owned by Unilever, is launching a new oat-based snack line that contains under 100 calories per serving. Called Wow Bakes, the range will be available in four flavours: chocolate sea salt, honeycomb crumble, sticky toffee and lemon drizzle. Graze said the wholegrain products have been created in response…

Global food firms commit to phase out industrial transfats by 2023

SWITZERLAND – Global food and beverage companies and members of the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) have pledged to phase out industrially produced trans-fat from the global food supply by 2023. The twelve food and beverage giants have agreed to adopt enhanced worldwide commitment to phase out industrially produced trans fats (iTFAs) from their…