Olam Foods Ingredients scales up efforts to enhance sustainability in global cashew supply chains

UK – Olam Food Ingredients (OFI), has published new targets aimed at making the global cashew supply chain more sustainable and rewarding to the farmer.  According to OFI, despite cashews being in high demand, cashew farmers are among the poorest in the world with no enough income to feed their families, afford much-needed healthcare or send their children to school.   Through its new sustainability targets, OFI hopes to change this narrative and encourage others in the sector to collaborate for measurable change.   The Cashew Trail strategy sets 2030 targets across OFI’s cashew business – in line with the United…

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Arla’s global ingredients business poised for growth following partnership with Dale Farms

DENMARK – Arla’s global ingredients business is set to grow even further following a new partnership between its parent company Arla and Northern Ireland dairy company, Dale Farms.   According to a statement from Arla, the new partnership will allow Dale Farm to supply whey protein concentrate for Arla’s global ingredients business which will be used as an ingredient in infant formula and consumer health ingredients.  This is the first time the two dairy cooperatives have partnered as part of a significant supply contract.   AFI is a supplier of refined whey ingredients within the…

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Nestlé meal delivery service unit Freshly to open new distribution center in US to meet rising demand

US – Freshly, a meal delivery service owned by Swiss food giant Nestle is opening a second distribution center in suburban Atlanta, Georgia to meet rising consumer demand.  According to a statement from the company, the new distribution center will be built at a cost of US$52 million and will create employment opportunities for another 665 workers.  Freshly announced the Atlanta project four months after it announced a US$3.2 million center in Austell projected to employ 250 people.  The subscription service delivers precooked meals that customers can quickly reheat and eat.   Freshly…

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Heineken purchases 39.6m shares of United Breweries to bolster position as majority owner

INDIA- Heineken International B.V., the world’s second-largest brewing company, has acquired an additional 39.6 million shares of United Breweries, a leading alcoholic beverage company in India.  With the acquisition, Heineken’s shareholding in United Breweries (UB) has increased to 61.50% from 46.50%, increasing the company’s influence on its India’s subsidiary and cementing its position as majority owner.   The acquisition is a major win for Heineken as UB has undisputed market leadership with a national market share in excess of 50%.   The UB Group today controls 60% of the total manufacturing capacity…

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Ardent Mills partners Nutrien Ag to advance regenerative agricultural practices

US – Ardent Mills, one of the leading flour-milling and ingredient companies in the United States, has partnered with Nutrien Ag Solutions, the retail division of the world’s largest crop inputs company, to advance regenerative agriculture practices.  According to a statement by Ardent Mills, the program is aimed at strengthening the soil ecosystem and helping producers improve their farms’ productivity and profitability.   The program uses key outcomes and provides side by side quality comparisons to comprehensively understand how regenerative agriculture affects the quality of wheat.  Through the program, the leading flour miller hopes to…

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FAO adopts new strategic framework to drive transformation of agri-food systems

GLOBAL – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has adopted a new Strategic Framework aimed at driving the Organization’s efforts to transform agri-food systems and address hunger, poverty, and inequality over the next decade.  FAO will now embark on implementing the strategic framework after FAO Conference, the supreme decision-making body that brings together all FAO Members – 194 countries plus the European Union endorsed it on the last day of the 42nd Session.  According to the FAO, the Strategic Framework 2022-2031 seeks to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by…

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Alternative protein university course launched in Singapore to drive innovation in plant-based proteins

CHINA – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)—one of the top universities in Asia—has approved a new undergraduate course titled “Future Foods – Introduction to Advanced Meat Alternatives,” to help drive innovation in plant-based foods.   The course which will be launched in August this year was created in collobaration with the Good Food Institute Asia Pacific (GFI APAC), a global nonprofit headquartered in Washington DC that works to accelerate alternative protein innovation.  According to a statement from GFI APAC, the course aims to equip NTU students with expertise and knowledge of the food industry focusing…

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Natalie Sarich-Dayton becomes first female CEO of Australia’s oldest dairy company

AUSTRALIA- Brownes Dairy, Australia’s oldest and most iconic dairy company, has promoted Natalie Sarich-Dayton to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately.  Sarich-Dayton who untill her promotion was the company’s chief sales and marketing officer, becomes the company’s first female leader in its 135-year history.  She succeeds Tony Girgis who had headed the company for 14 years. His time as CEO saw Brownes Dairy change ownership and bring back traditional cheddar cheese to West Australian supermarkets.  Through his leadership, Browne’s vintage and mature cheddar range have now  become generally available throughout WA and nationally in IGA…

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Cargill, WFP partner to promote sustainable corn growing practices in China

CHINA — Agricultural commodities trading giant Cargill and the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) have partnered to promote sustainable corn growing practices in China.   To achieve their goal, Cargill and the WFP have launched a Holistic Agriculture Risk Management Project which will train farmers on how to reduce and alleviate the risks associated with corn farming.  Farmers will be taught on how to implement the application of innovative financial risk transfer approach of “insurance + futures”.  They will also be exposed to sustainable corn growing practices in an effort to increase their productivity…

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Swiggy receives regulatory approval to start drone trials for food delivery in India

INDIA – Swiggy, India’s largest online food ordering and delivery platform, is set to start drone trials for food delivery in Mumbai, one of India’s largest cities.  This is after it’s drone delivery partner ANRA Technologies received clearance from government authorities to commence drone trials for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations in India.  With the regulatory hurdle now successfully passed, ANRA confirmed that over the next several weeks, its flight team will conduct BVLOS food and medical package deliveries in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah and Punjab’s Rupnagar districts.  According to the company, the teams will be…

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