American bone broth brand Kettle & Fire announces US$8m in Series A investment

USA - Kettle & Fire, the country’s leading shelf-stable bone broth brand, today announced an US$8 million Series A investment led by CAVU Venture Partners. According to the company, CAVU Ventures co-founder and managing partner Clayton Christopher will join the company’s board. The funding will be used to fuel multi-channel growth and product innovation. Kettle…

Muafaka Butcheries to invest US$600,000 in a new abattoir targeting export market

TANZANIA - Muafaka Butcheries Limited, a proprietor company of modern butcheries in Tanzania is planning to invest about US$600,000 (over 1.3bn TZS) in modern slaughterhouses targeting the export market. IPP media reports the halal certified company has already secured a five-hectare plot in Pwani region where construction work of the abattoir will likely start before…

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…

Tanzania initiates construction of US$2.19m abattoir and meat processing facility

TANZANIA - Tanzania’s Longido district council has initiated the construction of US$2.19 million facility that will act as an abattoir as well as meat processing facility in accordance with the industrialization agenda. According to Daily News, this was in line with President Magufuli’s initiative to have more than 100 new industries in every region by…

Plant-based food and beverages sales rise 20% to US$3.3b over the past year

USA - Plant-based food sales rose 20% over the past year, to more than $3.3bn, according to new retail data from Nielsen and the Plant Based Foods Association. According to Nielsen, non-dairy milk sales rose 9% over the past year, to US$1.6bn, making it the biggest sector of the category. Plant-based creamers are up 131%,…

Dutch cell-grown meat startup Mosa Meat raises US$8.8m in funding

USA - Mosa Meat, a Dutch food technology company, has raised US$8.8 million in funding from German drugmaker Merck KGaA and leading Swiss meat manufacturer Bell Food Group, according to Wall Street Journal. The clean meat company making slaughter-free beef from cattle cells, was founded by Dr. Mark Post (now their Chief Scientific Officer), a professor of…

China signs an agreement to import beef from France

CHINA - China has reached a health and safety agreement with France to import beef from the European country’s meat facilities, reported Reuters citing information from a French industry official. China has conducted inspections on certain meat plants in France and certification from Beijing is required before any meat is shipped. France will export chilled…

SA management considers buying the largest African feedlot valued at US$450m

SOUTH AFRICA - The management of the largest cattle feedlot in the continent, Karan Beef (Pty) Ltd is planning to acquire part or all of the firm from its owner Ivor Karan in a deal that values it at US$450 million, according to people familiar with the matter. An article by Bloomberg revealed that Karan…

Pinnacle Foods recalls beef products for possible toxin contamination

USA - Pinnacle Foods Inc., the New Jersey packaged foods company has recalled about 32,479 pounds of dried beef for possible toxin contamination that may be as a result of a processing deviation. The recall, announced by USDA said that the heat-treated, shelf-stable beef products could be possibly contaminated with staphylococcal enterotoxin and clostridial toxin.…