Java kicks off 3-year growth strategy in Africa with 3 more outlets in Rwanda

RWANDA - Java House, one of the largest coffee houses in Africa is set to open three additional stores in the next six months in Rwanda as it plans to gain a wider footprint in the African coffee-led restaurants. According to Business Daily, the coffee chain plans to open two additional branches and an outlet…

Top pork producer WH Group to close abattoir to contain swine fever outbreak

ASIA - Privately owned Chinese meat and food processing company, WH Group has been ordered to close an abattoir in a bid to contain spread of second outbreak of deadly African swine fever (ASF), according to a Reuters report. Zhengzhou city authorities had ordered a temporary six-week closure of the abattoir, one of 15 controlled…

Danish Crowns opens new production line in Blans abattoir

UK – Danish Crowns, a global meat processing company, has established a new production line at the abattoir in Blans near Sønderborg, which will increase the number of employees by almost 10 per cent from 1,100 to 1,200. According to the company, the Japanese consumers and restaurants have for decades had a strong preference for…

Tyson Foods wins contracts worth US$726.6m for beef production and supply in the US

USA - Tyson Fresh Meats, a unit of Tyson Foods, has won a US$440 million defense contract to provide fresh beef and frozen ground beef products to military commissaries in the central and eastern United States. The company also won a separate US$286.6 million contract to provide fresh beef and frozen ground beef products to…

FDA, CDC investigate multi-state outbreak of cyclosporiasis illnesses linked to McDonald’s salads

USA - The FDA, CDC, along with state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of cyclosporiasis illnesses likely linked to salads from McDonald's restaurants. According to FDA, a total of 476 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection were reported in people who consumed salads from McDonald’s restaurants; the cases were reported by 15 states,…

Kroger partners with Alibaba to sell groceries online across China

CHINA - Kroger, an American retailing company, has made plans to sell products on Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba, the latest decision in a series of initiatives to bolster its digital business. According to CNBC, Kroger will open an online storefront on Alibaba's platform for international brands, Tmall Global, as its focus will include dietary supplements…

Sea Harvest expects 31% decline in profits hit by Viking buyout

SOUTH AFRICA - South African fishing company Sea Harvest expects interim basic earnings a share to decline by 31%, a slowdown attributed to the acquisition of rival Viking Fishing Holdings. For the six months ended June, basic earnings were expected to be between 46cents and 50c a share, a decrease of between 31% and 25%…

Cargill opens new aquaculture center in Indonesia

INDONESIA – Cargill, an American privately held global corporation, has opened an aquaculture innovation center in Indonesia to work with freshwater fish farmers in raising farming and feeding standards. According to the company, the Technology Application Center (TAC) is located at Ciseeng, Parung-Bogor, which is a hub for freshwater aquaculture in Indonesia. It will bring…

New 2 Sisters CEO Ronald Kers sets out a new transformation agenda

UK – The new CEO of UK’s poultry manufacturing company 2 Sisters, Ronald Kers, has set out new plans of transformation and organisational changes in the first week of his reign. According to the company, the ex-CEO of Muller has also informed the colleagues of new ‘Framework for Success’ plan and spelled out his vision…

Dutch meat alternatives innovator debuts plant-based smoked sausages

NETHERLANDS - Dutch meat alternatives innovator, The Vegetarian Butcher, has been working on a plant-based smoked sausage with a traditional taste for the past seven years. According to FoodingredientsFirst, the aim was to create a product that would taste great, even for typical meat eaters. The plant-based food market is growing at double-digit rates and…