UK rejects the tax on disposable coffee ‘latte levy’

UK - The British government has rejected calls to impose the ‘latte levy’ on disposable coffee cups, instead opting to reduce the use of single-use cups through voluntary initiatives. To reduce on Britain’s 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups a year and as a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles, the Environment Audit Committee (EAC) proposed a…

Fair Trade USA and PUR Projet partner to battle deforestation in Côte d’Ivoire

COTE D’IVOIRE - Fair Trade USA and PUR Project have partnered to end deforestation in cocoa supply chain and develop community-driven agroforestry projects within Fair Trade supply chains in Côte d’Ivoire. Cote d’Ivoire is said to have lost about 85% of its forest since 1960s due to agricultural expansion and this would likely affect its…

Global Industries Limited invests an additional US$20m in a soya bean plant

ZAMBIA - Global Industries Limited (GIL) has invested US$20 million in a soya bean processing plant to double edible oil production capacity to 100, 000 tonnes a day. The latest financing into the state-of-the-art soya bean processing machinery is an addition to the US$14 million investment made in 2016. GIL chief executive officer Malolan Sampath…

COFCO names new COO and 5 new oilseed grain heads

SWITZERLAND- COFCO, the Chinese-owned agricultural firm has promoted Selina Yang as its new chief operating officer (COO), at the same time named 5 new heads for grains and oilseeds. In the newly created role, Yang will report to the CIL’s CEO, Johnny Chi with the mandate to promote coordination between the group’s global product lines…

Kraft Heinz launches Springboard Brands to grow organic and natural food brands

USA - Kraft Heinz has joined a number of US food manufacturers shifting to healthier options by launching Springboard brands, with an aim to grow organic, natural food brands. The program seeks to support food and beverage start-ups with a focus on developing brands with a shift toward customers who are conscious of their health…

UNIDO to help Nigeria to resume beans exports to EU

NIGERIA - The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) will in the next month begin a pilot project to enable the resumption of export of Nigerian dried beans to the European Union (EU). According to an article by the Daily Trust, the European Union had instilled the ban for export to the member countries from Nigeria…

Kenyan tea sales to Pakistan declines following stringent rules on aflatoxin

KENYA - Kenya’s tea exports to top buyer Pakistan dropped by half or US$36.55 million loss in sales compared to the same period last year after the top market instituted a requirement for rigorous testing for aflatoxin. The Tea Directorate attributed declined sales to strict rules used in aflatoxin tests following a disagreement between Kenya…

Fairlife reintroduces its coffee flavor to add to its Power protein drink line

USA - Fairlife, US brand of milk has added a new coffee flavour, Core Power protein shakes to expand its range of Core Power Original lactose-free protein drinks. The new flavor is an improved version of the original one, with 26 grams of proteins per serving as compared to 20 grams in the original ‘light’…

NGFA supports new grain inspection legislation to promote customer service

USA - Following the introduction of a new grain inspection legislation that seeks to enhance certainty and customer service, the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) said it ratifies the idea. The legislation reinforced congressional intent regarding the official grain inspection exceptions process for domestic facilities within the grain, feed and processing industry. It provides…

MGP Ingredients 2017 net income, net sales escalates

USA - The American MGP Ingredients, a leading supplier of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starcheshas reported that consolidated net sales increased 8.7% to US$88.2 million, while net income increased by 52.6% to US$12.6 million basically due to enactment of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, resulting to the revaluation of…