Vivera announces introduction of 100% plant-based hamburger in Europe

EUROPE - Vivera, the fastest growing producer of plant-based meat alternatives in Europe, has announced the introduction of the highest quality 100% plant-based hamburger. Accordiung to the company, it claims to have achieved the highest quality vegan hamburger currently available, and that Sainsbury's will be the first to sell the fresh (uncooked) 'Veggie Quarter Pounder'. Earlier…

BRF CEO Pedro Parente to leave company in mid-2019

BRAZIL - Chief Executive Pedro Parente of Brazilian meat packing company BRF SA has announced plans to leave the company and that the current Chief Operating Officer Lorival Luz would succeed him in the CEO role. According to Reuters, Parente told investors and analysts after a presentation in Sao Paulo that he will still participate…

Africa focused equity firm Phatisa raises US$121m for second generation fund

AFRICA - Phatisa, a sector-focused African private equity firm has closed its second generation fund, Phatisa Food Fund 2 (PFF 2) at US$121.5 million with a target to reach US$300 million by mid-2019. PFF 2 will focus on investments in the African food value chain that is; mechanisation, inputs, poultry and meat production, food processing…

Danish Crown appoints Andrew Cracknell as new CEO of Tulip Food Company

UK - Danish Crown, a global meat processing company, has appointed Andrew Cracknell as the CEO of its UK business Tulip, four months after Steve Francis stepped down from the role. According to FoodBev, Cracknell started his career with the ABP Food Group more than 25 years ago. Having worked in both the fresh and…

AIF, Kenchic, SALL, CCBA, Wrigley’s and EABL take top positions in Plant of the Year Awards

KENYA- The food industry in the Eastern and Southern Africa regions is on the upswing, in terms of new investments in new plants and expansions, as evidenced in the just concluded Africa Food Industry Excellence Awards, held on September 14 at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. Courtesy of the entries received in the highly prestigious…

Cargill introduces a new range of label-friendly potato starches for meat and meat alternatives

USA - Cargill, an American privately held global corporation, has introduced a new portfolio of label-friendly functional native starches with the addition of three potato starches designed for meat, meat alternatives and culinary applications. According to the company, it is designed for mild processing conditions, these starches offer superior viscosity and improved sensory experience, without…

Health Minister declares listeriosis officially over, manufacturers to produce cold meat

SOUTH AFRICA - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced that the country’s listeriosis outbreak, the worst ever in the world is officially over and that manufacturers across the country can now produce cold meat products. According to Business Day, the government has withdrawn advice against consuming ready-to-eat processed meat products and the Enterprise factory in…

Danish Crowns opens new production line in Blans abattoir

UK – Danish Crowns, a global meat processing company, has established a new production line at the abattoir in Blans near Sønderborg, which will increase the number of employees by almost 10 per cent from 1,100 to 1,200. According to the company, the Japanese consumers and restaurants have for decades had a strong preference for…

Tyson Foods wins contracts worth US$726.6m for beef production and supply in the US

USA - Tyson Fresh Meats, a unit of Tyson Foods, has won a US$440 million defense contract to provide fresh beef and frozen ground beef products to military commissaries in the central and eastern United States. The company also won a separate US$286.6 million contract to provide fresh beef and frozen ground beef products to…

Dutch meat alternatives innovator debuts plant-based smoked sausages

NETHERLANDS - Dutch meat alternatives innovator, The Vegetarian Butcher, has been working on a plant-based smoked sausage with a traditional taste for the past seven years. According to FoodingredientsFirst, the aim was to create a product that would taste great, even for typical meat eaters. The plant-based food market is growing at double-digit rates and…