EU proposes new rules to tame unfair trading practices in food supply chain

EUROPE - The EU has come up with a number of proposals that aims to tackle unfair trading practices and ensure small and medium-sized food and farming businesses are treated fairly. The food supply chain has been marred with unfair trading practices especially against smaller food operators and farmers who are said to lack bargaining…

EU launches Knowledge Centre to combat food fraud and enhance quality

EUROPE - The European Commission has launched a Knowledge Centre for food fraud and quality in Strasbourg, stepping up fight against fraudulent practices concerning food in the European Union. According to FoodingredientsFirst, this centre was established with an aim to boost the quality of foodstuff and address concerns about food fraud which are said to…

EU plans to impose tariffs on typical US food exports in a fresh trade war

EUROPE - The EU, in what Bloomberg News terms as ‘retaliatory’ tactic against President Trump’s steel and aluminium tariff threat, is planning to impose tariffs on US iconic brands including a 25% levy on a number of consumer, agricultural and steel products. Among them are food and agricultural imports from the US such as Kentucky…

UNIDO to help Nigeria to resume beans exports to EU

NIGERIA - The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) will in the next month begin a pilot project to enable the resumption of export of Nigerian dried beans to the European Union (EU). According to an article by the Daily Trust, the European Union had instilled the ban for export to the member countries from Nigeria…

Frutarom invests US$6.16m in its new color formulation centre in Europe

EUROPE - Frutarom, Israel-based flavor and fragrance company has invested US$6.16 million in its newly opened natural color formulations facility at its Etol plant in Celie, Slovenia. The investment was designated to improve equipment and technology at the new facility, meant to serve 15,000 of Frutarom’s customers in Europe. Frutarom acquired the Slovenian manufacturer of…

Nibulon develops new infrastructure, increases exports with US$50 million funding from EBRD

EUROPE - Nibulon, which produces and exports grains and oilseeds worldwide,has embarked on a pervasive development plan of its infrastructure and logistical solutions with a US$50 million funding from European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The plan aims to increase Nibulon’s capacity for grain exports to up to 8 million tonnes per year, help…

Bioplastics to increase by 50% amidst high demand for recyclable packaging

EUROPE - European Bioplastics in Berlin have stated that the oil industry is set to face challenges as bioplastics made from sugarcane, wood and corn is projected to grow in the next five years. European Bioplastics brings together companies like Cargill and Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, German chemical giant BASF and the Finnish paper maker Stora…

EU approves European Dairy Association guidance for ‘cheese as raw material’

EUROPE - The European Union has approved European Dairy Association (EDA) guidance for “cheese as raw material” towards the high safety and quality of cheese in the processing industry. It also approved the organization for the processed cheese sector, Assifonte’s “Good Manufacturing Practice Guidelines for Processed Cheese”- a major for food safety, consumer protection and…