COVID-19 Update: JBS USA temporary closes Greeley beef facility

USA – JBS USA has announced the temporary closure of the Greeley beef production facility until April 24, 2020 and launched multiple additional efforts to support the fight against Coronavirus in Weld County, Colorado. The food company announced on April 13, that the Greeley beef facility will wind down operations within two days with a diminished staff to ensure existing product in the facility can be used to support food supply needs. The announcement comes a few days after the meat processor noted that the Greeley beef facility had been…

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Zambeef Products to Sell Sinazongwe Farm for US$10m

ZAMBIA – Zambeef, one of the largest integrated cold chain food producers with operations in Zambia, Nigeria and Ghana has entered into a binding Sale and Purchase Agreement (“SPA”) with Chenguang Biotech (Zambia) Agri-Dev Limited for the sale of Zambeef’s Sinazongwe Farm for a cash consideration of US$10 million. Chenguang Biotech (Zambia) Agri-Dev Limited is a subsidiary of the Chenguang Biotech Group Co. Limited based in China (“CCGB”). The Chenguang Group is one of the world’s leading producers and suppliers of natural plant extraction for paprika oleoresin, capsicum oleoresin and…

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Tiger Brands reopens Enterprise polony facility as Listeria fight fades

SOUTH AFRICA – Packaged goods company, Tiger Brands has reopened its ready-to-eat meat processing facility, Enterprise Foods in Germiston, months after two of its factories were shut down on listeriosis outbreak. According to Business Day, the company said it is likely to open its other facility in Polokwane once it completes refurbishments as well as assessments with the health department in November. The facilities were closed early this year when the health minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced in March that listeria strain was found at Tiger Brands’ Polokwane processed meat factory.…

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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 & Fire products are available in more than 6500 stores nationwide, including Whole Foods, HEB, Sprouts, Wegmans and many other major and independent retailers. The company also has a robust direct-to-consumer e-commerce business. Growth has…

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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 the end of this year or early next year. “We have the largest number of cattle, goats, sheep and livestock in general in Africa but we can hardly export abroad because of our poor quality…

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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 Danish pork, which is still growing. The EU and Japan signed a free trade agreement, which will be implemented continuously over the next ten years. The agreement will gradually simplify the very complex customs system…

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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 commissaries in the U.S. western and Pacific regions, Reuters said. The two contracts are for a 24-month period from 2018 to 2020 and with options could last through Oct. 17, 2023. Additionally, Live Kindly reported…

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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 the end of the year. The factory has a capacity of 3,000 livestock per day, thus providing a direct market for livestock farmers who always have to find it outside the country. Longido District Executive…

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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%, at US$109m in sales, cheeses are up 43%, at US$124m, and yogurts grew 55%, reaching US$162m. Even plant-based meats were up 24%, hitting US$670m in sales, while in the same year, cow milk sales fell…

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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 physiology at Maastricht University who made history when he created the world’s first lab-grown burger. The burger, which was cooked and eaten live on air in London in 2013, cost US$330,000 to make and was funded…

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