Tiger Brands revenue to grow 8.4% in the listeriosis wake, Arqaam report

SOUTH AFRICA – Tiger Brands’ road to recovery after facing the recent Listeria crisis may see the food producer grow its revenue and earnings by 8.4% and steadily thereafter in the next three years. Business Live reports that, Finance and investment firm, Arqaam, projects a strong growth for Tiger Brands, but off a low base,…

Bureau of standards to seize goods without distinctive mark in Uganda

UGANDA - Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) said it will seize goods found on the market without a distinctive mark, giving manufacturers and processors till end of January for certification of all products in the market. Dr Ben Manyindo, the UNBS executive director, said the new regulation is part of the agency’s need to…

Kenya to host 9th International Macadamia Symposium

KENYA- Kenya is set to host the 9th International Macadamia Symposium in August 2021 owing to its increased small scale production of macadamia nuts, reports Business Daily. Nut Processors Association of Kenya (NutPAK) CEO Charles Muigai said Kenya was chosen to host the event due to the success of the sector through small-scale farming, which…

UK soft drinks industry welcomes finding that critics ban of energy drinks

UK – The British Soft Drinks Association has welcome the finding by the government's Science and Technology Committee, which indicates that there is not enough evidence to ban the sale of energy drinks to children. The committee however suggested that ‘societal concerns and evidence could ‘justify a ban’. The UK government in August moved a…

Kellogg’s to adopt ‘traffic light’ labeling on cereal packaging in UK

UK – Global cereals firm, Kellogg’s plans to include colour coding (traffic light labels) on its cereals packaging in the UK from early next year in a commitment to help customers make healthier food choices. According to the company, the voluntary labels will first appear on breakfast cereal packs made exclusively for sale in Britain,…

Tanzania bans genetically modified trials and destroys research evidence

TANZANIA -The Tanzanian government has imposed a ban on all the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) trials being carried out in the country and has ordered destruction of research evidence. According to the Citizen, the ban was imposed through a statement made by the ministry of agriculture in the country. The move was necessitated and motivated…

Tiger Brands and Stellenbosch University launch South Africa’s first food safety centre

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s packaged goods company, Tiger Brands in partnership with Stellenbosch University has launched the first Centre for Food Safety in the country. Formation of the centre comes in the aftermath of a deadly listeria outbreak in the country said to have originated from Tiger Brands’ Polokwane processed meat factory. According to Tiger…

SON develops international standards for staple food products

NIGERIA - The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has developed international standards for most of the country’s staple food products such as garri, dry beans, soya beans, rice to aid acceptance of its agricultural products in the international market. According to Director, Standards Development, Chinyere Egwuonwu, the standards were developed to ensure they meet the…

Liberia initiates probe into the alleged availability of plastic rice on the market

LIBERIA - The Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Liberia has started investigations into the alleged availability of fake rice (rice made from plastic) on the Liberian market. According to the NEWS, the move followed claims from social media that plastic rice was being sold in the country, prompting the ministry to contact all of…