COMESA region’s cereal productivity affected by low seed quality

AFRICA – COMESA regions cereal productivity has remained low despite the high production potential that the region holds, greatly attributed to small- holder farmers’ limited access to improved seeds. New Times Rwanda reports that of the more than 80 million small holder farmers, only about 23% have access to improved seeds, a situation which has…

AFGRI signs concession with Transnet in South Africa ports deal

SOUTH AFRICA– South Africa’s rail operator Transnet has announced its intent to enter into a fifteen-year concession agreement with agribusiness major AFGRI Operations for the operation and maintenance of landside operations with Transnet Port Terminals in South Africa, reports Fin 24. The agreement will focus on two strategic agri-ports in the country, the East London…

Indomie noodles wins Ghana Business Awards Brand of the Year

GHANA – Indomie, a brand of instant noodle produced and distributed by Multipro Pvt Ltd, Ghana has received the Brand of the Year recognition at the Ghana Business Awards. In an event held at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra, the noodles maker was recognized for excellence and as a top player in business and industry.…

Kellogg’s to re-start shipments of Honey Smacks cereals after Salmonella scare

USA – Kellogg’s, an American multinational food-manufacturing company, to re-start shipment of Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereals after the previous Salmonella scrae that led to the recall of the snacks from retail shops. According to the company, the cereals begin rolling back on to U.S. shelves next month in limited quantities, with a simpler, updated recipe,…

SON develops new standards for dry beans to aid acceptance in global markets

NIGERIA - The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has developed a standard specification for dry beans following numerous rejections at the international market, reports This Day. SON is looking to aid in acceptance of the commodity based on international standards by developing new ones, reviewing of existing ones, and adoption of international, continental and regional…

Serengeti Breweries to increase volume of cereals sourced locally by 2020

TANZANIA - Serengeti Breweries, a subsidiary of East African Breweries Ltd (EABL) has said it will increase the amount of barley, maize and sorghum it sources locally from 15,300 metric tonnes to over 17,000 tons by 2020, IPP media reports. At the time, the company is looking to increase beer production and a collaboration with…

Monsanto glyphosate traces found in children breakfast cereals and snack bars in US

USA - Significant levels of the weedkilling monsanto chemical glyphosate have been found in an array of popular breakfast cereals, oats and snack bars marketed to US children, a new study has found. According to the Guardian, tests have revealed glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller brand Roundup, present in all but two…

Kelllogg attributes acquisition of Chicago protein bar RXBar for profits

USA – Kellogg’s, an American multinational food-manufacturing company, has attributed the acquisition of the Chicago protein bar RXBar for its continued sales reports. According to CNBC, Kellogg bought the River North-based company last fall for US$600 million, a hefty price tag that conveyed both the potential that Kellogg saw in RXBar and also Kellogg’s desire…

Kelloggs introduces improved cereal bags after insect infestation in Singapore packs

SINGAPORE - Kellogg’s, an American multinational food-manufacturing company, has introduced improved cereal bags following an insect infestation in several packs of Kellogg’s Special K cereal bought in Singapore. In a statement, Kellogg’s assured the public that their “number one priority” is the quality of their food. "Our strong quality programmes identified that a small number…

FDA says sale of recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal still ongoing

USA - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has announced that the recalled Kellogg Co Honey Smacks cereal was still being sold at retail outlets and warned consumers not to purchase the product, according to Reuters. Kellogg company had voluntarily recalled an estimated 1.3-million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal in the US over potential…