Merger talks between Zimbabwe’s largest dairy processors Dairibord, Dendairy collapse

ZIMBABWE – A multi-million-dollar historic merger between Zimbabwe’s largest and second largest milk processor by market share, Dairibord Holdings Limited and Dendairy, has been kicked to the curb. The planned transaction, according to NewsDay was first announced in July 2020 with DHL seeking to leverage on Dendairy’s strategic investments into production of dairy products and its access to the regional market. According to reports, in 2018, Dendairy started a project to expand operations at its Kwekwe plant, which would have seen the firm adding three new packaging lines to increase…

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Tyson Foods to invest US$300m in new prepared foods facility to meet growing demand

US – American multinational corporation Tyson Foods has announced that it will invest US$300 million to construct a new prepared foods facility in Danville, Virginia.   According to a statement from the company, the project aims to accelerate brand growth and is part of the Tyson Food’s commitment to meet the increasing demand for its products.   “As consumers actively look to add more protein to their diets, Tyson is uniquely positioned as a category leader to meet that growing demand,” said Noelle O’Mara, president, Prepared Foods at Tyson.   “Our continued focus on…

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Kenyan slaughter houses on spot for offering low quality pork resulting from poor livestock handling

KENYA – World Animal Protection, the global advocate of animal rights has raised concerns regarding the handling of pigs from the farm, transportation to slaughter houses which ultimately affect the quality of pork being consumed. The non-profit organization has released a collaborative study undertaken in partnership with International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and University of Nairobi, which collected information on where the pigs were farmed, how they were transported, and gross lesions on the live animals and the carcasses. The findings under the study titled “Animal welfare and food safety…

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UK meat industry turning to prisons in desperate attempt to bridge labor gaps

UK – The UK meat industry is now turning to prisons in the hope of finding enough work force to bridge the current labor gaps that have deepened in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic. The meat industry in the UK has in the recent past been grappling with a dwindling work force as most experienced workers have found themselves being forced to self-isolate once coming into contact with a person that is later tests positive for Covid-19. The situation has been further compounded by Brexit which restricted EU migrant…

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Tyson Foods to close US seafood processing facility

US – American multinational meat corporation Tyson Foods Inc. is set to shutter operations at its LD Foods plant in Jefferson, Wis., which employs 62 workers.   The plant previously processed seafood for foodservice customers and was a subsidiary of Keystone Foods, which Tyson acquired from Brazil’s Marfrig Global Foods in 2018.  Derek Burleson, the spokesperson for Tyson, said the closure is due to a combination of factors including its customers’ changing product needs,  According to Burleson, the facility will cease operations in mid-September as the company focuses on its strategic…

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Shoprite builds skills of its butchers with launch of internationally-endorsed Master Meat Artisan Programme

SOUTH AFRICA – The Shoprite group, Africa’s leading retailer is seeking to develop a scarce and sought-after skill in the meat market with launch of the Master Meat Artisan Programme, endorsed by United Kingdom’s Institute of Meat. The programme is targeting its qualifying butchery managers, and will train the initial intake of 52 people to join the exclusive global club of Master Butchers. According to the supermarket chain owner, globally there are only 55 Master Butchers in the world. Of the only 55 Institute of Meat accredited Master Butchers globally,…

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Global fast-food chains in African barely show progress in committing to animal welfare standards

AFRICA – Global Fast foods restaurants with operations in Africa have been put on the radar for not adhering to the same animal welfare standards put in place in markets abroad. Under the recently released ‘The Pecking Order 2021’, the food service operators have been ranked and awarded points across three main elements: corporate commitments, objectives and targets, and performance reporting. Based on their score, companies can sit in one of the six grades given ranging from ‘Very poor’ to ‘Leading’. The criteria underpinning ‘The pecking order’ methodology is based…

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Zimbabwe’s Raymeg Consultants launches first rabbit abattoir taking advantage of niche market

ZIMBABWE – Raymeg Consultants Private Limited, a corporate member of the Zimbabwe Commercial Rabbit Breeders Association (ZICORBA), has inaugurated Zimbabwe’s first export certified rabbit abattoir. Having an installed processing capacity of more than 2.5 tonnes per day, the facility will thrust rabbit meat firmly on to the country’s white meat sub-sector, which was until recently, mainly a preserve of pork, chicken and fish. Raymeg Executive director, Mrs Paidamoyo Nyamakanga, said in an interview with The Herald, the abattoir, situated on a 2.5-acre plot in Waterfalls, Harare, has generated much interest…

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Kenya’s leading meat processing company QMP Group set for growth following Tana Africa Capital’s investment

KENYA – Mauritius based holding company, Africa Protein Holdings Limited, owners of Quality Meat Packers Ltd and Anirita Poultry Farm Plc, have received backing from Africa-focused investment company, Tana Africa Capital. The leading Pan-African private equity firm has undertaken the equity investment through its second fund Tana Africa Capital II, acquiring a minority stake in the company for an undisclosed amount. The Velji family remain the majority owner of the business, with the support aimed to transform its Kenya based business, QMP Group, into a leading African meat processing company…

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Kenyan integrated food producer SimpliFine taps into fast growing frozen food, ready-to-cook segment

KENYA – SimpliFine, a food production company offering accessible, locally sourced meat, vegetables, baked goods and other foods to restaurants, hotels, and retailers across East Africa, is set for a rapid expansion in the Kenyan market. This follows the acquisition of Alpha Fine Foods, a Kenyan producer of premium meat products, by its parent company BlackIvy. As part of its endeavours of expanding its market share in the country, SimpliFine is launching 19 new meat and vegetarian products. These include frozen meats, prepared meal accompaniments and a range of ready-to-cook…

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