COMESA unveils plans to curb counterfeit seeds through a common label

EASTERN AFRICA - Seed companies operating in Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states will from early next year sell seeds branded with a COMESA logo as a measure to prevent sale of uncertified products. Dr.John Mukuka, COMESA regional seed programme coordinator, said that the labeling was necessary to wipe out counterfeit…

Ingredion invests US$140m to accelerate growth in plant-based proteins

USA - Ingredion, a major player providing ingredient solutions, is set to invest US$140 million to accelerate production of plant-based proteins and meet its consumer demand globally. The investment is also expected to see the company expand to offer a wider array of plant based protein solutions. Following the investment, two of the company’s facilities…

Kenyan local retail chain Tumaini sells majority stake to Sokoni

KENYA - Tumaini Self Service Limited, one of the emerging supermarket chains in Kenya has sold a majority stake to Sokoni Retail Kenya in a recent consolidation drive in the space. The transaction which has been approved by the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) provides the retail chain with capital to expand its business. The…

a2 Milk to ditch plastic milk bottles for recyclable cartons in the UK

UK – The milk and infant formula products company, a2 Milk has announced it plans to ditch plastic milk bottles and adopt recyclable cartons in its packaging in the UK in a move to move away from single-use plastics. The company has launched its fresh milk brand in 1 litre Pure-Pak cartons in the UK,…

French modern farming startup raises US$28m with backing from Danone

EUROPE – Agricool, French urban agriculture startup has closed another round of funding and has raised US$28 million, including an investment from Danone Manifesto Ventures, Marbeuf Capital, Solomon Hykes, Bpifrance. The company is targeting to expand its fruits and vegetables business with the new funding which was also raised from some of the existing investors…

Nestle Waters NA to use 25% recycled plastic in packaging by 2021

USA - Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA), bottled water business of Nestle Waters has announced that it aims to use 25% recycled plastic in its packaging across the US by 2021. This is part of the global initiative by the world beverage giant to achieve 100% recycled or re-usable plastic in its entire packaging portfolio…

FIIRO develops technology to commercially extract natural sweetener Thaumatin

NIGERIA - The Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO) has said that it has developed a technology that allows commercial extraction of Thaumatin, a low-calorie sweetener and flavour modifier. According to a Beverage Industry News report the Director-General of FIIRO, Gloria Elemo said that the move was necessitated by a surging demand for alternative sweeteners…

Zomato Chief Financial Officer Sameer Maheshwary resigns after 5 months

INDIA – Food delivery platform, Zomato’s Chief Financial Officer, Sameer Maheshwary has resigned less than six months after joining the company, reports ET Retail citing information from three people. The finance team would likely be led by Chief operating officer Gaurav Gupta until the company completes its search for a new CFO, said a spokesperson…

FDA investigates E. Coli illness outbreak linked to California-grown Romaine lettuce

USA – The Food and Drug Administration of the United States along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have launched an investigation into the outbreak of E.Coli infections possibly linked to Romaine lettuce grown in California. According to the CDC, since the outbreak was reported in October, 52 people have been infected…

Tiger Brands reopens Polokwane meat factory after listeriosis hush

SOUTH AFRICA – Top Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed company, Tiger Brands has received the green-light to re-open its polony meat processing factory, Polokwane months after Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi declared an end to the Listeria outbreak. According to a Reuters report, Tiger Brands has received permission from South Africa authorities to immediately resume production of…