Roquette announces expansion of Tokyo Food Customer Technical Service Center

FRANCE - Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients for Food, Nutrition and Health markets, has announced the expansion of its Food Customer Technical Service Center (CTS) in Tokyo. According to the company, this was in response to a local increasing demand in personalized nutrition, with ingredients such as plant-based proteins, fibers and healthy carbohydrates.…

Nigeria’s Lagos State to commission the ‘biggest in Africa’ rice mill in Feb 2019

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s Lagos State has revealed that it was planning to commission and start production for 32 metric tons per hour rice mill in February 2019, which Adebowale Akinsanya, Commissioner for Works described as the biggest in Africa, according to the Guardian Nigeria. This forms part of the Federal Government’s initiative to self-sufficiency and…

Buhler introduces Vertical Pearler for ‘purer’ semolina in grain milling

SWITZERLAND - Buhler Group, Uzwil-based technology company for plant and equipment, has introduced the Vertical Pearler Osiris MTPA, an equipment with an innovative and sturdy design used in pearling to produce purer and almost speck-free semolina, reported World Grain. According to Buhler, the Osiris MTPA, to be used in pearling the outermost hull layers from…

Seaboard Corp.’s profit falls 36% on lower corn and soybean meal sales

USA - Seaboard Corp, the diverse multinational agribusiness and transportation conglomerate has posted operating income of US$11 million, a 36% decline for the Commodity Trading and Milling (CT&M) segment on lower corn and soybean meal sales prices and volumes. In the first quarter ended March 31, net sales increased by 8% to US$786 million reflected…

Zambia’s 2018 maize output to fall 34% on account of drought

ZAMBIA - Zambia’s maize production for 2017/18 will fall 34% to 2.39 million metric tonnes as compared to the previous year largely impacted by drought, according to Agriculture Minister Michael Katambo who based the report on a government survey. According to the minister, farmland under corn fell to 1.39 million hectares from 1.64 million hectares…

Grain SA faults AB InBev for changing malt barley prices

SOUTH AFRICA - Barley farmers through Grain SA, the commodity organisation for grain producers have filed a complaint with the Competition Commission on a decision by AB InBev to change its pricing formula for malt barley, a key ingredient in beer making, reported Reuters. The lobby group accused AB InBev, the world’s largest brewing company…

Kenya’s sugar imports fall 54% after end of duty-free period

KENYA - Kenya’s sugar imports have fallen 54% to 49,445 tonnes in the in the first quarter of the year after the period announced by the government for duty-free sugar imports elapsed. In March alone, volumes went down to 9,907 tonnes from 33,623 tonnes and while table sugar imports totalled 1,815 tonnes, refined white sugar…

Sugar processor Tongaat Hulett to report 15% drop in profits

SOUTH AFRICA - Tongaat Hulett, the agricultural and agri-processing business has said that it expects operating profit to fall by at least 15% for the full year compared to year ended March 31, 2017 reports Business Day. According to the company, the decline was a result of higher than expected sugar imports in South Africa.…

Higher production of cashew earns Nigeria US$402m

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s cashew production has increased from about 90,000 metric tonnes in 2011 to 220,000 metric tonnes valued at US$402 million at the end of 2017, reported the Vanguard. Despite challenges relating to unfavourable climate, the cashew industry has managed to improve, the figures showing production more than doubled since 2011. According to Tola…

Kellogg’s to invest US$420m for a stake in the Nigerian Tolaram Africa Foods

NIGERIA - Kellogg’s announced it was investing US$420 million for an unknown stake in the Tolaram Africa Foods (TAF), a packaged foods manufacturer for the Nigerian and Ghana market as the US food and cereals company seeks to strengthen itself in the continent. The acquisition, announced in its first-quarter financial report will strengthen its position…