Food, Medicine Authority to decentralize for efficiency in product regulation

ETHIOPIA - The Food, Medicine Authority of Ethiopia considers decentralizing after the government revealed plans to re-establish the federal authority with a focus on product regulations, leaving services to other agencies, reported the Fortune. With the new bill awaiting approval and endorsement by parliament, the country seeks to restructure the Food, Medicine & Health Care…

Walmart starts dairy production with own milk plant in Indiana

USA - The American multinational retail corporation, Walmart has inaugurated a new dairy processing plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, its first food production facility in the United States. The facility will produce liquid milk sourced from 30 dairy farms in Indiana and Michigan, serving some 500 Walmart stores in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Northern…

Hollandia launches new soy milk sachet to expand portfolio

NIGERIA - Chi Limited, Nigeria’s fast-moving consumer goods company has launched 100ml soya milk sachet, an additional range to its soya milk brand portfolio, Hollandia. The offering, available in resealabe Tetra Pak gives customers more choice among its soya milk products and according to the firm, the move is meant to deliver value by making…

McDonald’s to ditch plastic straws in UK and Ireland by 2019

UK- McDonald, an American fast food company, is set to eliminate plastic straws in some of its markets in Europe including UK and Ireland by 2019 in a way to reduce plastic waste. McDonald aims to transition to paper straws in all of its locations in these markets with planned trials for selected restaurants in…

Coca-Cola, Nestle and Kraft Heinz consider acquisition of GSK’s drink brand Horlicks

UK - Coca-Cola, the world’s soft drinks and beverage company, has made considerations to acquire malted drink brand Horlicks from UK pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), according to the Sunday Telegraph. It is understood both companies have held talks about a deal after GSK announced in March that it would carry out a review of the…

Libstar to launch new range of yoghurt to take on French group Danone

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s consumer packaged food company, Libstar Holdings Ltd is set to launch new ranges of yoghurt and shakes by July in competition against France’s Danone and other local leaders in the dairy sector. This is also in strive to gain local market share dominated by Clover Industries, the branded foods and…

Chr. Hansen’s launches a new cheese starter that produces soft cheese

DENMARK - Chr. Hansen A/S, a global bioscience company, has launched a new cheese starter that helps cheesemakers to produce soft cheese that maintains the desired taste and texture. According to the company, this new extension to the DVS SSC series is the latest addition to Chr. Hansen’s soft cheese starter culture range, consists of…

Mondelez International invests US$200m in Czech Republic

EUROPE - Mondelēz International, an American multinational confectionery, food, and beverage company, has announced it has invested US$200 million since 2014 in its Opava biscuit manufacturing facility, Europe. According to the company, the investment builds on Opava’s proud heritage of more than a century as a biscuit-making center and supports the company’s global growth strategy…

Shoppers willing to pay more for high protein Arla Food Ingredients products

USA – Arla Food Ingredients, a global leader in value-added whey proteins, has conducted a survey that recorded that nearly two thirds of shoppers in South America were willing to pay extra for a food or beverage product that is higher in protein. According to the company, the researchers from Lindberg International asked 4,000 consumers…

Arla Foods Anchor Butter receives ‘Brand of the Year’ Award at Grocer Gold Awards

UK – Arla Foods, one of the leading butter brand and owned by dairy co-operative in UK, has received ‘Brand of the Year’ award for its Anchor Butter brand, which was at the Grocer Gold Awards. According to the company, the awards recognised outstanding performance by an established brand in response to changing trade or…