Tanzanian honey processing firm invests in modern facilities, EU launches US$10m initiative to boost production of sweetener

TANZANIA – Kijiji Cha Nyuki, a Tanzania based company is seeking to invest over Ksh700 million to boost its honey production capacity. The investment, according to reports by Citizen Tanzania, will be channelled towards installation of modern bee hives in a bid to meet rising demand of the commodity in both the domestic and international markets. The global honey market is forecasted to grow from US$8.17 billion in 2021 to US$11.88 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of 5.5% in forecast period, indicates Fortune Business Insight. The sector has exhibited…

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Ugandan dairy processor Pearl Dairy nears completion of honey processing factory

UGANDA – Pearl Dairy Farms, Uganda’s largest dairy processor has revealed that its honey processing facility is 90% complete and will be commissioned beginning of April. The producer of Lato Milk brand announced its diversification from the dairy industry last year, revealing that it will invest more than Ush10 bn (US$2.7m) into commercial honey production. The move is in a bid to create an additional revenue stream, given the challenges that are facing the country’s milk sector of not accessing most East Africa Community markets. The program is also undertaken…

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Kenyan producer of Peptang condiments brand partners with KARLO to bolster country’s honey production

KENYA – Premier Foods Limited, Kenyan producer of a wide range of condiments and juices has partnered with Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) to support the development of the country’s apiculture sector. According to National Farmers Information Service, Kenya is producing 20,000 metric tonnes of honey, below its potential which is estimated at 100,000 metric tonnes. The deficit in production as indicated by KBC, has led to an influx of cheap and adulterated honey from unscrupulous traders both locally and internationally, a move that has eroded the confidence…

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USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub partners with Koster Keunen to promote bee keeping in West Africa

WEST AFRICA – Koster Keunen, one of the world’s leading processors, refiners and marketers of natural waxes has received a grant of almost US$2 million from USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub to organize and improve West Africa’s beekeeping supply chain to meet international standards for honey and beeswax. Since 1852, Koster Keunen has specialized in processing, formulating and marketing quality waxes to the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and candle industry. Through the grant acquired, the firm will provide equipment, training, and new technologies, and will facilitate certifications for smallholders…

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African Development Bank supports Guinea’s honey value chain with US$642K grant

GUINEA – The African Development Bank has partnered with the Republic of Guinea to improve honey production, build the competitiveness of the value chain and increase farmer’s income. Under the project AfDB has issued a grant of C$ 846,360 (US$642K) through the African Trade Fund (AfTa), which represents 86.8% of the total cost of the initiative, with a counterpart of C$122,550 (US$93K) coming from the beneficiaries. The funding, according to AfDB will be channelled through the Peanut, Shea and Honey Production Cooperative (COPRAKAM), which has 1,500 members in the honey…

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Pearl Dairy ventures into honey production injecting US$2.7m worth of investment

UGANDA – The largest dairy processor in Uganda, Pearl Dairy Farms is seeking to diversify into commercial honey production, investing more than Ush10 bn (US$2.7m) into the venture. According to reports by Daily Monitor, the dairy processor will undertake the initiative in partnership with local dairy farmers as it seeks to diversify both the company and farmers’ incomes, given challenges that have faced the milk production and processing industry. More than 10,000 dairy farmers in the south western districts of Ntungamo, Kabale, Lyantonde, Mubende, Mbarara, Kiruhura, Bushenyi, Rukungiri and Sheema…

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Tanzania to establish honey processing facility as sector’s rejuvenation continues

TANZANIA – Tobora Region-Sikonge District, one of the strategic honey producing regions in Tanzania is set to invest Tz 495m (US$215,00) to establish a honey processing plant. According to Sikonge District Commissioner, Peres Magiri, the fund is part of Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) from companies implementing different projects in the district. The plant will be built at the area which formerly hosted the Tulu Youth Development Center. “The decision to establish honey processing plant came after realizing that in that area where we’re planning to set up the factory has…

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Nigeria has the capacity of generating US$10bn from honey export, says NEPC

NIGERIA – The Nigerian Export Promotion Council’s (NEPC) Director General, Mr. Segun Awolowo, has stated the country is capable of generating at least US$10 billion annually from trade of honey. Speaking during a honey production and packaging for export workshop in Cross River State, Awolwo said the demand for honey and other hive products was on the rise globally hence more investments should be channelled into the sector. He said that honey production and its export potential was a quick win product that should be explored for intensive development and…

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Government of Zambia launches export of organic honey to China

ZAMBIA – The government of Zambia has officially launched the export of organic honey to China by flagging off the first consignment of 3.4 tons of organic honey worth US$34,000. The honey was processed by Mpundu World Honey Limited in Kabwe, Central Province. During the launch, Fisheries and Livestock Minister Kampamba Mulenga said the market access to China is a milestone to Zambia’s diversification and economic growth agenda. According to her, the export of honey follows the signing of an export protocol by President Edgar Lungu and his Chinese counterpart…

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71% of US consumers now read sugar content labels, Kerry says

USA – Kerry, a leader in global food ingredients, has released the findings of new clean label research on sweetening agents which reveals that 71% of US consumers now read the label for sugar content. According to FoodingredientsFirst, the company added that almost half of people surveyed also wanted to cut down their sugar consumption. American consumers’ awareness and preference toward natural and artificial sweetening agents are explored in Kerry’s latest 20-page White Paper entitled “Sensibly Sweet, Formulating for Clean Label Taste.” This study aligns with Kerry’s strategic emphasis on…

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