Algeria rejects French, Canadian wheat cargo deemed unfit for consumption

ALGERIA – Algeria was recently met with a shocking surprise after two dead animals were found in two separate batches of wheat cargo. The incident forced the government of rejected the shipment of 27,000 tonnes of French milling wheat, indicating it was unfit for consumption. According to the reports by Reuters, Algerian authorities are seeking compensation for the shipment, which was be sent back to France. The North African country has also rejected a cargo of 33,000 tonnes of Canadian durum wheat for not meeting specifications, local media outlet Ennahar…

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Cargill, WFP partner to promote sustainable corn growing practices in China

CHINA — Agricultural commodities trading giant Cargill and the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) have partnered to promote sustainable corn growing practices in China.   To achieve their goal, Cargill and the WFP have launched a Holistic Agriculture Risk Management Project which will train farmers on how to reduce and alleviate the risks associated with corn farming.  Farmers will be taught on how to implement the application of innovative financial risk transfer approach of “insurance + futures”.  They will also be exposed to sustainable corn growing practices in an effort to increase their productivity…

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Bartlett Milling invests in capacity expansion as foreign demand fuel rise in US corn and sorghum exports

US – Bartlett Milling has announced plans to invest as much as US$28 million to expand and upgrade its mill operations in Wilson’s Mills, North Carolina to better serve its customers in North and South Carolina. Bartlett Milling produces a full line of commercial patent flours for bakeries, restaurants, and institutional foodservice operations such as schools and hospitals. “We are excited about expanding our operations to better serve our customers in North and South Carolina,” said Bob Knief, president of Bartlett, a Kansas City, Missouri, US-based company that is part…

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IFF launches new solution to support clean label baking in South America

BRAZIL- IFF, a leading food ingredient supplier, has unveiled a new, innovative bakery solution aimed at helping South American bakers produce clean label bread and pastries.  Known as GRINDSTED® POWERBake Clean, the new solution is a blend of soy lecithin, enzymes, and natural soluble fiber and is an alternative to the dough strengtheners currently used in bread formulations. Its use, therefore, makes it possible to avoid the use of oxidizing agents that are traditionally used in bakery, some of which have names that consumers are unfamiliar with.  Hopping on the clean label bandwagon  With IFFs new ingredients,…

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Ecuador’s leading miller Molinos Miraflores receives a new flour mill from Alapala

ECUADOR – Molinos Miraflores, one of the leading flour millers in Ecuador, has received a new flour mill from Turkish supplier of grain milling and handling system technologies, Alapala. The new flour mill that boasts of an advanced automation system combined with Scada software was installed at Molinos Miraflores’ greenfield project in Ambato, Ecuador. Alapala oversaw the entire project which was carried out on a turnkey basis including project design, manufacturing, project management, installation, and commissioning services. The new flour mill of Miraflores operates with a capacity of 150 tons…

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Namib Mills launches training hub to enhance Namibians’ culinary skills

NAMIBIA – Namib Mills, the largest grain processing company in Namibia has launched a new culinary concept space dubbed Kitchen 82. Kitchen 82 is a professional environment where the public can be trained and educated about baking and cooking techniques to expand their culinary skills. According to reports by Namibian Sun, the platform is aimed to offer interactive dining experiences and cooking classes for foodies of all ages and skill levels. “As our tagline ‘for the love of food’ states, we want to give the public a space in which…

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German food ingredients solutions provider Mühlenchemie to open Technology Center in Kenya

KENYA – Mühlenchemie, one of the world’s leading companies in the field of flour treatment is seeking to set base in the East African region. The food ingredients solution provider has announced that it will open a new Technology Center in Kenya this year. The move will enable the company to be closer and better serve its customers in the region by availing a wide range of services “Being close to our customers is something we consider very important. It is extremely significant for us to understand how we can…

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ADM to invest US$350m in soybean crashing capacity to meet rising demand

US – Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has announced that it will invest approximately US$350 million to build a new soybean crushing plant in North Dakota, US. The leading multinational food processing and commodities trading corporation said the new soybean plant will cater to increasing demand from the food, feed and biofuel industries. Based in Spiritwood, the crush and refining complex will reportedly feature ‘state-of-the-art’ automation technology and will have the capacity to process 150,000 bushels of soybeans per day. Construction of the facility, which ADM says is ‘strategically located’ in…

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Argentina annual sugar production projected to fall 1.55m tonnes due to unfavorable weather

ARGENTINA – Sugar production in Argentina is forecast to fall by as much as 1.55 million tons, raw value, due to early season dryness which is expected to negatively impact yields, according to  latest projections by the United States Department of Agriculture(USDA). USDA further projects that the domestic use of sugarcane for ethanol is expected to grow while sugar exports are projected to fall 8% to 220,000 tons largely due to a smaller sugar supply. Meanwhile, Venezuelan sugar production is projected upwards to 190,000 MT In market year (MY) 2021/22.…

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TBS trains rice stakeholders on recommended standards as production in MY 2020/21 is projected to rise by 13.6%

TANZANIA – Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has embarked on disseminating information pertaining to the organization, better production principles, standards and recommended operation procedures, to the rice stakeholders in the country. To this end, the regulatory body has urged entrepreneurs dealing with processing, packaging and selling of rice to take into account standards, quality and safety of their products as way to increase productivity. The call was made by the TBS Training and Research Manager Hamisi Mwanasala while training entrepreneurs from Mwanza Region. The entrepreneurs were also guided on to…

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