DuPont develops a naturally sourced monoglyceride emulsifier for improved production

USA - DuPont Nutrition & Health has developed a new, naturally sourced monoglyceride emulsifier that brings food manufacturers improved production and handling efficiencies. Monoglycerides are among the most widely used emulsifiers in the food industry, but they can become lumpy under certain conditions. Many food manufacturers faced a challenge with product flowability when using powdered,…

Nigeria Federal Court strikes out suit filed against GM crops permit issuance

NIGERIA - The Federal High Court in Abuja struck out a suit filed against the issuance of permits and subsequent release of Genetically Modified (GM) crops including BT cotton in the country. According Premium Times, Justice Ahmed Mohammed held that the court was compelled to strike out the suit because it appeared statute barred, though…

Avocado farming booms as Kenyan farmers cash in from increasing European demand

KENYA – Farming and sale of avocado is proving to be profitable to Kenyan farmers as farmers are switching coffee and tea for avocados in a bid to profit from increasing European demand. According to News24, avocado toast is becoming a staple of European menus, as said by Laura Hannoun, a blogger who has listed…

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…

Maize flour prices in Uganda fall due to increased supply of cheap grains

UGANDA - Maize flour prices have dipped to a six-year low on increased supply of cheap grains from Uganda and harvests in western Kenya, easing inflationary pressure. According to Business Daily, the imports from Uganda and harvest has pulled down grain costs from Sh3, 200 a bag in January to below Sh2, 000, offering millers…

Olam reports lower financial results with 36.4% fall to US$94m in Q2 results

SINGAPORE – Olam International, a leading and the third largest agri-business in the world, has reported lower financial results against its strong performance in previous corresponding period. The company has reported that its Profit After Tax and Minority Interests (PATMI) is down 36.4% to US$94 million, with the operational PATMI down 40.6% to US$91.4 million.…

Food safety agency starts framing GM food regulations after trace ingredients found

INDIA - The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said it has started framing regulations for genetically modified (GM) food after trace in trace ingredients were found present in products. According to FSSAI, the regulations covers procedures for safety assessment and approval of foods such as imported items that are genetically modified based…

Agrana Nile Fruits inaugurates new production line in the Middle East and N. Africa

EGYPT - Agrana Nile Fruits, a food & beverages producer specialized in production of minced fruit without additives, has inaugurated a new production line for tailor-made beverage compounds, specifically targeting markets in the Middle East and North Africa. According to FoodingredientsFirst, the joint project with Austria Juice, a sister company of the Agrana Group, is…

Tongaat Hulett shareholders reject remuneration policy as CFO steps down

SOUTH AFRICA - The complementary sugarcane and maize feedstocks company, Tongaat Hulett’s shareholders have voted against a non-binding advisory resolution endorsing the company’s remuneration policy at its Annual General Meeting. Meanwhile, CFO Murray Munro who joined the group in 2003 has stepped down due to health reasons but will remain as an employee of the…

Perdue Farms subsidiary acquires Cargill’s closed elevator in the US

USA - Perdue AgriBusiness, the grain subsidiary of the Salisbury based Perdue Farms has acquired a shuttered Cargill grain elevator in Vincennes, Indiana, U.S, set to reopen for the 2018 harvest. The companies said while the sale is finalized, the elevator will be operated as a leased facility and at the moment, Perdue is undertaking…