World cereal production in 2021 to increase for the third consecutive year – FAO

GLOBAL— The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has projected that the world cereal production in 2021 will increase for the third consecutive year thanks to sharp rebounds in key production markets in Europe, India and South Africa. According to the FAO, global wheat production is forecast to reach a new high of 785 million tonnes in 2021, up 1.4% from 2020, driven by a likely sharp rebound across most of Europe and expectations of a record harvest in India. Above-average outputs also are expected for maize, with a record harvest…

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Alapala continues with global expansion, opens new office in Kenya

KENYA – Turkey’s premier milling equipment company Alapala has expanded its presence in the Eastern African region with the opening of its new office in Kenya. Located in the country’s capital city Nairobi, the new base is part of its global expansion and is aimed to better serve its local customers. “With continued growth and our commitment to providing outstanding service, we are now even stronger in East Africa with our new office in Nairobi,” highlighted Alapala on a LinkedIn post. The announcement comes almost a year after it completed…

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Bunge offloads grain terminal in Russia as biscuit maker Lotus achieves full control of Italian joint venture

EUROPE – Bunge, one of the largest agricultural commodities trading companies in the world, has sold its Rostov grain terminal in southern Russia for an undisclosed sum, according to a report by Reuters. The news comes as Belgium-headquartered biscuit maker Lotus is consolidating its presence in Italy by achieving the full ownership of its marketing joint venture, Lotus Bakeries Italia. Following the acquisition, Lotus Bakeries Italia will now focus exclusively on marketing Lotus Bakeries brands in the country. “With the acquisition of full control over our entity in Italy, we’re…

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Richardson to expand crush capacity of Canadian plant amid rising demand for canola products

CANADA – Canadian agribusiness company, Richardson International has announced plans to double the processing capacity of its canola crush plant in Yorkton, Saskatchewan amid rising demand for canola products globally. The company says that construction work at the site will begin immediately with no disruption to current operations and is expected to be completed in early 2024. In addition to increasing the plant’s annual processing capacity to 2.2 million metric tonnes of seed, the new project also aims to modernise the facility and create further operational efficiencies. The project follows…

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Bühler unveils new Temperature and Vibration Management System to support precision milling

SWITZERLAND – Swiss food processing technology group, Bühler has launched a new innovative Temperature and Vibration Management System (TVM) for milling to help millers deliver the best quality product efficiently, consistently, and with a minimum of energy consumption. According to Bühler, millers are under pressure to produce the best quality product consistently. Delivering the best quality product is however not a small feat. It requires millers to apply the same pressure along the rolls as any deviation would result in reduced quality and consistency of the flour. Up to now…

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Angolan milling company AP Foods partners with Webcor Group to increase pasta production, distribution

ANGOLA – The Webcor Group, one of Angola’s leading players in the agricultural commodities and business line, has signed a partnership agreement with AP Foods to increase the production of pasta and widen distribution of the product in the country. AP Foods is an Angolan milling company founded in 2016. It commenced operations with an installation of 20,000 tons/year pasta production plant. It later boosted its capacity by 56,800 tons/year, which the partnership will leverage on, in addition to its technical skills. Webcor Group will avail its logistical capacity to…

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IFF introduces new anti-staling enzymes in China amid boom in sweet baked goods

CHINA – International Flavour and Ingredients (IFF) is launching a new range of bakery enzymes for the Chinese market touted as improving productivity and reducing product returns. The enzymes, Powerfresh and Powersoft are marketed under the Danisco range of food ingredients that is now part of the IFF family. IFF in a statement said that consumers in China are looking for a more refined quality and a more indulgent experience from baked goods. Consequently, improver houses and bakeries in the country, have been working tirelessly to make products that enhance…

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Bühler, Balaguer partner to develop high-quality SmartRolls for grain processing

SWITZERLAND – Swiss Technology Company Bühler Group and leading manufacturer of centrifugally chilled cast iron rolls for the food processing industry Balaguer Rolls from Spain have partnered to develop next-generation smart rolls for grain processing.   Under the partnership, the two companies will work together in the design and supply of SmartRolls and services of the highest quality standards allowing remote condition and performance monitoring of the rolls. Being industry leaders in grain milling, the two companies however recognize that scale is critical on the digital journey and have partnered…

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Zimbabwean grain millers to invest US$8 million towards breakfast category in anticipation of bumper harvest

ZIMBABWE – In anticipation of a bumper grain harvest in the 2020/21 season, Zimbabwean millers are seeking to pump US$8 million towards the breakfast category. This was revealed by the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) highlighting that it is expecting 2 million tonnes of grain to be delivered at its granary with 1.8 million tonnes comprising of maize and the rest of traditional grains. The improved agriculture output will be realised on back of ample rains during the farming season and timely distribution of inputs across the country by…

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AFEX Nigeria: Transforming Grains Commodity Markets with Technology

Developing viable commodity markets in Africa is fraught with failures and disappointments. AFEX, a private commodity trading enterprise based in Nigeria has shown that there are many opportunities in the sector. Food Business Africa had a conversation with the firm’s CEO, Ayodeji Balogun on his company and the opportunities in the sector. Authorities across Africa have failed at attempts to establish and streamline the warehousing receipt systems that would lead to organized, working and transparent commodity exchange systems that eventually lead to food security and improved trade in the Continent.…

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