Bidco Africa wins top most award at Energy Management Awards ceremony

KENYA– Agribusiness and manufacturing giant Bidco Africa has been declared the overall winner of the coveted Energy Management Award at the awards ceremony held in Nairobi, Kenya. The awards, themed ‘Setting the pace in resource efficiency towards competitive local manufacturing’, awarded over 20 companies that have achieved significant reductions in their energy consumption through implementation…

Australia releases its oilseeds and products annual report

AUSTRALIA - Australia produces over 5 million metric tonnes (MMT) of oilseed crops each year, with canola and cotton seed accounting over 90% of total production. According to a USDA report, there are forecasts of 2018/19 canola production to expand to 4 MMT, up 8% from the previous year because of improved climatic conditions. In…

SGS acquires Oleotest as it expands its reach in Belgium

BELGIUM - SGS SA, the Geneva-based multinational company that provides inspection, verification, testing and certification services has acquired Oleotest NV based in Belgium for an undisclosed sum. Oleotest NV, founded in 1959 in Antwerp, provides chemical testing services in food, feed and agricultural commodities. According to SGS, the company which has a lab that is…

Zambeef appoints new general manager for oil palms scheme

ZAMBIA - Zambeef has welcomed Nelson Basaalidde as new general manager for Zampalm Limited’s palm oil plantation scheme that seeks to improve smallholder capabilities. The Zampalm out-grower scheme is collaboration between Zambeef Products and small-scale farmers in order to develop full potential of the 20,000-hectare plantation. Zambeef says the project has the potential to substitute…

New York raw milk cheese company ordered to stop manufacture and sales

NEW YORK - A New York raw milk cheese company whose products were linked to a multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono), has been ordered by a federal court not to manufacture its ready-to-eat aged soft, semi-soft and hard cheeses until it complies with food safety regulations. The U.S. District Court for the Northern…

South Africa’s oilseed production set to hit a record high of 2.4m tonnes

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s oilseeds production is forecast to hit a record high of 2.4m tonnes with increased utilization of soybeans and sunflower seeds likely to affect oilseed meal imports that could drop by 14% to 480,000 tons. This is particularly driven by increased soybean plantings, with post forecasts by USDA that a record…

United Refineries diversifies with new range of vegetable juice

ZIMBABWE - United Refineries Limited (URL), innovative producer of brands in personal care, hygiene and value added agro-products categories has diversified its operations into a new range of vegetable juice. The Bulawayo-based manufacturer is a subsidiary of Grindrod Limited and produces fast moving consumer goods, such as cooking oils, soap, stock feed and salad cream,…

Frutarom develops new SubSTAR Solutions for Salmon Oil Protection in Pet Foods

ISRAEL - Frutarom, Israeli-based flavor and fragrance company has debuted a new solution dubbed, SubSTAR Solutions for Salmon oil protection in pet food industry. Frutarom Food Protection Division has unveiled the new solution which plays a vital role in management of salmon oil oxidation. According to the company, the animal fats, vegetable oils and meals…