Excitement galore greets new products winners at the Awards ceremony

KENYA– There was excitement as the winners of the new products category were announced at the just concluded  Africa Food Industry Excellence Awards ceremony that took place on September 14, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. On an evening full of pomp and colour, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, East African Breweries Ltd (EABL) and Bio Food Products showed their…

South Africa’s oilseed production to reach 2.6m tons as it moves towards self-sufficiency

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s oilseed production is projected to reach 2.6 million tonnes for the 2018/19 MY from 2.5 million tonnes produced in the previous season, as it moves towards self-sufficiency in oilseed value chains. USDA’s August GAIN report indicates that the country has shown a positive trend in oilseeds planting over the years…

Bunge Loders Croklaan launches low 3-MCPDE level palm oil portfolio

USA - Bunge Loders Croklaan, a leading global producer of sustainable premium quality vegetable oils and fats, can now offer its entire palm oil food portfolio with low 3-MCPDE levels, in addition to its already available low Glycidyl Esters (GE) portfolio. According to the company, the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) published Scientific Opinion points…

Tanzania spends US$83m annually on edible oil imports

TANZANIA - Tanzania is spending at least US$83.19 million annually on edible oil imports despite the country’s potential to grow and produce edible oil, statistics from agriculture ministry reveals, IPP media reports. The country has a potential to produce adequate quantities of cooking oil thus experts were called on come up with a comprehensive plan…

COMESA to mediate milk and palm oil trade dispute between Kenya and Zambia

KENYA - Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) plans to mediate a trade dispute between Kenya and Zambia over long-standing barrier on milk and palm oil exports, reports Lusaka Times. Speaking to journalists in the capital Nairobi, COMESA Director for Trade Customs Francis Mageni said Zambia has prevented milk and palm oil exports…

Palm oil plantations across Africa forecast to rise as demand increases, study says

AFRICA - A new study forecasts a rise in palm oil plantations across Africa as the global demand for the commodity continues to grow, as the continent offers the low-lying tropical ecosystems palm oil prefers, hence an opportunity for businesses and local farmers to generate income. According to FoodingredientsFirst, lessons learned from Southeast Asia, where…

Frutarom shareholders approve transaction with IFF by a majority of 94.6%

USA - International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) and Frutarom Industries Ltd. Have announced that Frutarom shareholders voted to approve the proposed combination of Frutarom and IFF at the special general meeting of Frutarom shareholders. According to Frutarom, of the votes cast at the special general meeting, 94.6% percent were in favor of the proposed…

Agriculture bank to provide affordable loans for improved palm oil production

TANZANIA - Tanzania Agriculture Development Bank (TADB) has pledged to provide affordable loans to small-scale farmers with a focus on enhancing palm farming and production of edible oil in the country, reports Daily News. The loans are meant to meet farming costs and increase palm oil availability by supporting production of quality oil palm seeds.…

KH Roberts (KHR) launches new US$20m flavor innovation technologies facility

ASIA- KH Roberts (KHR), Singapore’s flavors and fragrance firm has marked its 50th anniversary with the launch of a new US$20m, 100,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility including administrative, global sales, R&D, manufacturing, warehouse and logistics. With the new facility, the firm would further work on growing its flavour innovation technologies as well as expanding new…

Bidco Land O’Lakes in partnership with Coast Feeds launches poultry centre

KENYA - Bidco Land O’Lakes, a joint venture between the oil refineries firm Bidco Africa and American Land O’Lakes has launched the first poultry centre in Mombasa, Kenya. In partnership with Coast Animal Feeds, the venture will manage the centre serving as a one stop shop for farmers by providing quality feeds, supplements, information and…