Danone partners Ecosurety to bolster recycling traceability

UK – The food products corporation has signed a three-year recycling partnership with Ecosurety, a UK based investor in quality recycling for plastic to increase packaging waste recycling. As part of the deal, Ecosurety will manage Danone’s packaging and waste recycling obligations in UK through its market leading compliance scheme and expertise in recycling projects.…

Cargill outlines plan to achieve 100% cocoa traceability in ending deforestation

NETHERLANDS – The US based agricultural cooperative, Cargill plans to eliminate deforestation in its cocoa supply chain by achieving 100% cocoa bean traceability in its operations. The company has committed to avoid further conversion of any forest land in Ghana and Ivory Coast for cocoa production. Cargill sources cocoa beans from Brazil, Indonesia, Cameroon, Ivory…

Nestle to close two facilities in Germany, to cut 360 jobs

GERMANY – The Switzerland based food and beverage giant Nestle has announced that it will close two locations and reduce the workforce at two others, putting a total of 360 jobs at risk. A Reuters report indicates that the move was blamed on lower demand and the company was looking to shift the production operations previously…

Dairy Farmers of America agrees to acquire Agropur’s Minnesota facility

USA – The Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Agropur-owned production facility in St. Paul, Minnesota to strengthen presence in the United States. The acquisition will expand the farmer-owned cooperative’s extended shelf-life capabilities and introduce aseptic processing into its business portfolio. The firms said that the transaction, which is…

Nigeria’s State government to commission modern rice and cocoa factories

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s Cross River State Government is set to commission the first ultra-modern rice and cocoa processing factories in Ikom and Yala at the first quarter 2019,reports the Leadership Newspaper. The states Commissioner for Agriculture, Prof.Anthony Ineji, said the construction works are underway with efforts geared towards ensuring the commercialization early next year. “Of course…

Nigeria’s Dangote subsidiary launches new ‘Dangote’ seasoning

NIGERIA - Dangote Industries Limited’s subsidiary, NASCON Allied Plc has introduced a new product into the northern market under the brand name Dangote Seasoning, reports ThisDay. Speaking during the launch of the product, the executive Director Commercialization at NASCON Allie Plc, Hajiya Fatima Aliko Dangote said that the product in the form of seasoning cubes…

Kerry Group to acquire US ‘clean label’ businesses for US$368m

USA – The food and ingredients giant, Kerry Group has announced that it will acquire Ariake USA,the North American business of Ariake Japan which specializes in manufacturing of natural food seasonings for US$368.43 million (€325 million). The flavour and ingredients company has also reached an agreement to acquire the North American coatings and seasonings business…

Competition Commission clears Zydus Wellness deal to acquire Heinz business

INDIA – The Competition Commission of India has approved Zydus Cadila’s bid to acquire Heinz India consumer wellness business in a deal with Cadila Healthcare, fourth largest pharmaceutical group in India, ET Retail reports. Zydus will be acquiring the business related to the four brands GluconD, Nycil, Sampriti and Complan, through this transaction. The approval…

FrieslandCampina and DMK Group sign mozzarella cheese production deal

GERMANY – Dutch dairy cooperative, FrieslandCampina has signed an agreement with DMK Group (DMK) for the production of mozzarella cheese, with the deal effective in 2019. DMK Group, one of the leading dairy companies in Germany will bring inits expertise and production facilities for the production of mozzarella forFrieslandCampina. The company will also modernize and…

Ingredion invests US$140m to accelerate growth in plant-based proteins

USA - Ingredion, a major player providing ingredient solutions, is set to invest US$140 million to accelerate production of plant-based proteins and meet its consumer demand globally. The investment is also expected to see the company expand to offer a wider array of plant based protein solutions. Following the investment, two of the company’s facilities…