Sensient Natural Ingredients, Taylor Farms expand North American operations with new acquisitions

NORTH AMERICA – Sensient Natural Ingredients and US producer of salads and fresh foods Tailor Farms have made new acquisitions to expand their capacities in North America. On its part, Sensient Natural Ingredients announced that it has completed its purchase of New Mexico Chili Products, a dehydrated chilli production facility in the US. Located in Deming, New Mexico, the facility processes capsicums and a variety of specialty chillies for CPG food manufacturers, spice blenders and foodservice customers. The new asset is a great addition to the company which already processes…

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Morocco records rise in fruits, vegetable exports to UK by 51% in January post Brexit

MOROCCO – Moroccan exports of fruit and vegetables to the United Kingdom have grown exponentially, following the Union’s withdrawal from the EU on December 31, 2020. Ever since the result of the Brexit referendum, the UK government has been looking to expand its diplomatic and economic relationships. One facet of this has materialized through the UK’s imports of fruit and vegetables, as it looks to decrease its reliance on EU member states. As part of the UK’s renewed efforts to consolidate new partnerships following Brexit, Poole Harbour Commissioners announced a…

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Zambia to commence operations at US$8.8m tropical fruit processing plant

ZAMBIA – The Zambian Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is set to inaugurate the K160 million (US$8.8m) Katete Tropical Fruit processing plant in May this year. This was revealed by Katete District Commissioner (DC), Joseph Makukula disclosing that the factory’s equipment sourced from India are in transit and will be soon installed in readiness for commencement of operation. Located at the mango-rich region, the facility is aimed to curb wastage of fruits by providing a ready market for farmers, to produce fruit pulp and juices. Once operational, it will create 200…

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Kenyan mangoes to re-enter European market after almost a decade long ban

KENYA – Kenya is set to resume export of mangoes to the lucrative multi-billion European market after an eight-year hiatus following a self-imposed suspension. The ban was as a result of the fruit flies menace which was first discovered in the country in 2003 from Sri Lanka. The emergence of the fruit fly in Kenya led to numerous interceptions of mango consignments by the EU authority between 2010 and 2014. As a result, Kenya imposed a temporary self-export ban to protect the market and institute acceptable pest management measures. The…

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Terra Chips to cost 150% less in India following Future Group’s plan to have them locally made

INDIA – Popular US chips brand Terra Chips may soon cost up to 150% less in India following plans by Future Group to have them locally made. Currently, an imported Terra packet of 200 grams costs Rs 410 and Future Consumer plans to bring the prices down through local production and also plans to introduce smaller packs to make them more accessible in the country. The gourmet Terra chips come in colorful textures of yellow, white, blue, and red and are made from potatoes, yucca, taro, sweet potatoes, parsnip, and…

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IFC issues US$2.4m loan financing to Mali’s leading mango processor to expand export market

MALI – Mali’s leading mango processing company CEDIAM (Centre d’Étude et de Développement Industriel et Agricole du Mali), has received a €2 million (US$2.4m) financing from IFC to bolster its operations. According to IFC, the loan consists of a senior A loan of up to €1 million (US$1.2m) from its own account and a concessional loan of up to €1 million (US$1.2m) in its capacity as implementing entity for the Private Sector Window of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP). CEDIAM will use the financing to upgrade its…

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Total Produce, Dole Foods merge to consolidate leadership position in fresh produce market

IRELAND – American agricultural multinational corporation Dole Foods has agreed to merge with Ireland-based fresh produce distributor Total Produce in a deal that consolidates Dole Foods’ leadership position in the fresh produce market. The new combined company operating under the Dole brand will be incorporated in Ireland, with its global headquarters in Dublin, but listed in the US. It hopes to raise US$500-US$700 million by way of a public flotation in the US later this year, possibly as early as June. The move will also see Total Produce de-list from…

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Egypt’s orange production to rise by 6.2% further propelling exports to reach 1.5 million metric tonnes

EGYPT – Orange production in Egypt is projected to increase by 6.2% to 3.4 million metric tonnes (MMT) in the market year (MY) 2020/21 from the previous season’s 3.2 MMT. The 200,000 MT rise, according USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) report is attributed to the increase in harvested area and favourable weather conditions which will led to rise in production. In 2020/21, the report forecasts the total planted area in oranges to still remain the same as that of 2019/20 at 168,000 hectares (ha). However, the total harvested area will…

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Rift valley region in Kenya undertakes dry-run of its newly built juice processing facility

KENYA – The Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA), a regional development organization in Kenya operating in the Rift Valley region has kicked started operations at the Ksh. 60 million (US$545,000) newly built mango processing factory. The facility whose construction started in 2018 has already produced 100,000 litres of ready to drink juice during its pilot processing phase, awaiting official inauguration in the months to come, reports Standard News. KVDA has distributed the new soft beverage under the brand name Tot mango juice to retail stores in Rift Valley and Western…

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Bad-weather disrupts construction of US$17.5m solar-powered pineapple drying plant in Rwanda

RWANDA – Establishment of Rwf270 million (US$17.5m) solar-powered pineapple drying factory in Ngoma District, Eastern Province of Rwanda has been disrupted by heavy rains experienced in the region. This comes days after Rwanda Meteorology Agency warned of looming heavy rains, which are rare during this time of the year. According to reports by New Business Rwanda, a section of the wall of the 50% complete facility collapsed causing a major set back on the project which was scheduled to commence operations in August. Despite the unexpected out-come, Mapambano Nyiridandi, the…

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