Kenya’s fast-growing food manufacturer Mjengo Limited obtains FSSC 22000 Certification

KENYA – Malbros Group, trading as Mjengo Limited, has announced that its operations have been certified by Bureau Veritas, receiving the Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000). Bureau Veritas is a company specialized in the testing, inspection and certification founded in 1828. It operates in a variety of sectors, including Building & Infrastructure, Agri-food & Commodities, Marine & Offshore, Industry, Certification and Consumer Products. The FSSC 22000 certification meets the Global Food Safety Initiative’s (GFSI) specification, by providing an audit of the Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) to certify…

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Kenyan bakery DPL Festive receives FSSC 22000 certification showcasing utmost safe food handling

KENYA – DPL Festive Bread, one of the leading bakeries in Kenya producing the market dominant Festive brand, has received the Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) from SGS Kenya. The bread maker becomes the first bakery in the East Africa region to receive the stringent food safety standards certification, showcasing its commitment to safe handling of its bakery products. FSSC 22000 provides a framework for certifying and auditing Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS), which meets the Global Food Safety Initiative’s (GFSI) Benchmarking Requirements – the highest food safety…

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South African cheese maker Lancewood expands offering with launch of instant baked cheesecake mix

SOUTH AFRICA – Baking a cheesecake is a task that’s traditionally been intimidating for many, but Lancewood a South African celebrated dairy brand has made it so easy that everyone, including the kids, can whip up a delicious baked cheesecake with minimal effort required. The dairy producer has launched the delectable new ‘Piece o’ Cake cheesecake mix “, an all-in-one product coming already mixed and prepared in a convenient tub. According to the company, one only needs to simply follow the easy on-pack baking instructions and you’re good to go.…

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Wine, Baked foods, Coffee among foods with greatest post-pandemic staying power- Numerator

GLOBAL – The coronavirus pandemic undoubtedly changed food consumption habits in the U.S. for the better part of the past year. There was more at-home consumption than had been seen in decades prior to the pandemic while many consumers increased their intake of healthy and functional foods in an attempt to boost their immunities. There was also a significant shift towards legacy brands that evoked a sense of nostalgia and familiarity during very uncertain and unfamiliar times. How many of those trends have become permanently ingrained in the daily consumption…

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Egyptian snacks manufacturer Edita Food receives US$5.725m financing from NBK

EGYPT – Edita Food Industries, Egyptian leader in packaged snack food market has inked a medium-term financing contract worth EGP 90m (US$5.725m) with the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK), to finance its capital expenditures. The loan which is part of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) initiative to support Egyptian companies navigate the current tough economic environment triggered by the pandemic, comes with a seven-year term, reports Daily News Egypt. Menna Shams El Din, Director of Investor Relations at Edita Food Industries, said that the loan will be used to…

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Synergy flavours introduces new ingredient to boost healthy baking

UK – British Food Ingredients Company Synergy Flavours has launched a new ingredient with properties aimed at helping food companies create healthier baked products. The company says its “next-generation” ingredient effectively replicates the taste and texture of common baked goods while reducing calorie content. Synergy says its team formulated the new ingredient with the intent of helping food manufacturers easily reduce fat content in their baked goods with minor recipe adjustments. “We are fully committed to improving dietary health by using our flavor technology and our taste modulation platform to…

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Iconic Namibian artisanal bakery Hansa Bakery shuts down

NAMIBIA – Hansa Bakery, one of Namibia’s oldest baking firms is closing the curtains to its over 40-year-old business, due to loss of business and pilling cost of operations. Signifying the end of an era, Hansa Bakery together with its Przybylski bakery and confectionery unit will finally close their doors on April 30th. This according to a report by Allgemeine Zeitung, was triggered by the company’s long struggle with cost of operations i.e., raw material prices, energy and production costs which have exploded in recent years. Also there has been…

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Grupo Bimbo expands presence in India’s baking industry with acquisition of Modern Foods

INDIA – Grupo Bimbo, a leading Mexican bakery, has bought Indian bread brand Modern Foods from EverFoods Asia, a bread and bakery platform of private equity firm Everstone Capital. Established in 1965, Modern Foods is an Indian manufacturer of white, sweet, health and wellness breads, as well as cakes, rusks, creme bites and muffins. The company operates seven manufacturing units across India, with its products sold through a distribution network covering over 80,000 retailers nationwide. The deal marks the third time that Modern Foods has changed ownership. Everfoods acquired Modern…

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Mondelez considers closing bakery plants in the US that are no longer geographically strategic

US – American multinational confectionery and food company Mondelez has said that it it would officially close plants in Atlanta and Fair Lawn, New Jersey as early as mid-2021 in an effort to consolidate it’s US operations and reduce operations costs. Mondelez said the two locations are no longer geographically strategic and the plants are facing operational challenges, including aging infrastructure that would require “significant investment” to be modernized. The closure in Georgia will affect more than 400 people, while the shuttering of the New Jersey plant will impact roughly…

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Indian pastry giant Mrs Bectors records 86% jump in Q3 profits despite of Covid-19

INDIA – Mrs Bectors Food Specialities, a leading premium bakery player in India, has recorded a jump in profits for the three months ending October 2020, despite the company operating in a challenging environment punctuated by a pandemic. According to a report by Economic Times India, the company’s Q3 profits after tax jumped 86 per to Rs21 crore (about US$1.9 million) from Rs 11 crore (about US$1 million), recorded during a similar period in 2019.  The company’s revenues for Q3 also rose to Rs 226 crore (US$20.6 million)in Q3 FY21…

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