Avocado farming booms as Kenyan farmers cash in from increasing European demand

KENYA – Farming and sale of avocado is proving to be profitable to Kenyan farmers as farmers are switching coffee and tea for avocados in a bid to profit from increasing European demand. According to News24, avocado toast is becoming a staple of European menus, as said by Laura Hannoun, a blogger who has listed…

EU and Eastern Europe drought causes damage to wheat, maize and barley crops

EUROPE - The drought in many regions of the European Union and Eastern Europe has caused significant damage to wheat, maize and barley crops, according to FAO of the United Nations. FoodingredientsFirst reported that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said that the prices of these crops could remain under upward…

Ukraine doubles grain shipments to China with 1m tons in exports

EUROPE - Ukraine through its grain firm, the State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine (SFGCU) shipped more than 1 million tonnes of grain to China in the MY 2017/18, more than double exported in the previous year, reports World Grain. According to SFGCU, 90% of the grains shipped to China National Complete Engineering Corp.…

China agrees to lift ban on imports of German poultry meat

CHINA - China has agreed to reopen its market to imports of German poultry meat, since it had stopped imports after an outbreak of the bird flu disease in Germany, according to German agriculture minister Julia Kloeckner. Reuters reported that Kloeckner said in a statement after talks in Berlin with Chinese agriculture minister Han Changfu…

Firmenich successfully completes registration for transparent ingredients

SWITZERLAND – Firmenich, a private Swiss company in the fragrance and flavor business, has announced a successful completion of registration of chemical substances as part of the European Union’s REACH regulation. The company stated that the registration was designed to improve the protection of human health and the environment, and that REACH is a major…

IADSA acknowledges the development of effective food supplement regulations

EUROPE - The International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations, an international association of the food supplement sector, has hailed the progress made in developing effective food supplement regulations worldwide over the past two decades and pledged to maintain the same momentum in the coming years. According to a statement from IADSA’s 20th Anniversary meeting, IADSA Executive…

Nestle pushes for higher chicken welfare standards in Europe

EUROPE - The Swiss food group, Nestle SA has announced plans to improve the welfare of millions of chickens used for food in Europe through its leading food brands Herta, Buitoni, Wagner and Maggi. Nestle has also made a commitment that by 2026, all Nestlé food products in Europe that use chicken as an ingredient will move to…

Coca-Cola temporarily pauses production due to the shortage of CO2 gas

EUROPE - Coca-Cola, the world’s soft drinks producer, has said it has "temporarily paused" some production because of the shortage of CO2 gas, even though the shortage so far has not affected supplies. BBC reported that at least five CO2 producers in northern Europe are offline for maintenance, according to the publication Gasworld, which was…

Mondelez International invests US$200m in Czech Republic

EUROPE - Mondelēz International, an American multinational confectionery, food, and beverage company, has announced it has invested US$200 million since 2014 in its Opava biscuit manufacturing facility, Europe. According to the company, the investment builds on Opava’s proud heritage of more than a century as a biscuit-making center and supports the company’s global growth strategy…

100 jobs to be lost as Nestle closes facility in Portugal by end of 2018

EUROPE – Nestlé, a Swiss transnational food and drink company, is set to close a production facility which produces the coffee substitute drink Caro by the end of 2018, at the cost of approximately 100 jobs. According to FoodBev, a report in the Stuttgarter Zeitung said the production of Caro will be moved from the…