ibert seeks establishing biogas plants in South Africa’s abattoirs

SOUTH AFRICA - ibert, a company which converts bio-waste into energy in South Africa, has a put forth a business proposition to South Africa’s abattoirs to set up biogas plants as a means of resolving animal waste disposal, reports Business Day. Otto Hager, Chief Executive Officer and founder ibert, said that the through the investment,…

Kemin launches NaturCEASE solution for fresh processed meats

USA – Kemin Industries, global provider of shelf-life extension and food safety solutions has unveiled a food ingredient that can keep processed meats that protects their freshness. The new solution, NaturCEASE™ Dry is a clean-label ingredient that responds to increasing need for fresh and tasty meat products that are not added with artificial flavors. According…

SA meat industry affected by foot-and- mouth disease.

SOUTH AFRICA – Meat producers in South Africa have raised an alarm on the industry’s performance following the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease which has seen its neighbouring countries suspend importation of SA’s red meat until proof that the disease has been contained. Sandy le Marque, the CEO of the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union…

Tyson Foods partners environment lobby to accelerate sustainable food production

USA – The American food processor, Tyson Foods and environmental advocacy group, EDF (Environmental Defence Fund) have launched a partnership to accelerate sustainable food production. The deal seeks to develop and deploy initiatives that will ensure sustainable and enough food production, while putting in regard the environmental and social issues. According to Tyson, the partnership…

Zimbabwe bans animal imports from South Africa over foot-n-mouth

ZIMBABWE – The Zimbabwean government imposed an immediate suspension of imports on all live cloven-hoofed animals and their products from South Africa following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), reports the Herald. The government said the decision was arrived at following an outbreak of the disease, affecting the non-vaccination disease-free zone in the Limpopo Province.…

Kenya Meat Commission suspends over 60 staff on a go-slow fiasco

KENYA - The Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) has suspended over 60 workers from its Athi River based factory for allegedly participating in a work go slow that had seen the slaughter operation in the factory impaired, reports the Kenya News Agency. The commission through the Managing Commissioner, James Ole Serian issued an interdiction letter to…

Namibia’s MeatCo to cut 650 jobs for sustainable operations

NAMIBIA - MeatCo, Namibia’s meat processing company has said that it plans to cut down up to 650 jobs as a move to ensure sustainable operations as a result of economic downturn in the country, reports the Namibian. Employees were encouraged to apply for an early voluntary retirement as a precautionary measure. The company said…

SA’s largest feedlot looks to China for booming exports trade

SOUTH AFRICA (Bloomberg News)- The world’s largest cattle feedlot is expanding South African beef exports beyond the Middle East to take advantage of surging demand in China and other Asian markets. Karan Beef’s feedlot, south of Johannesburg, is emblematic of a push by South African agriculture to boost exports of more niche products, ranging from…

MANE Flavours opens products innovation center in Kenya to serve region

KENYA – Mane, one of the leading flavours and fragrances houses in the world has inaugurated its first innovation center in Nairobi, Kenya, a strategic hub that aims to provide cutting-edge taste solutions to food and beverage manufacturers in the region. The center features two application laboratories supported by the company’s team from South Africa…

Tiger Brands revenue declines 9% hurt by listeria crisis and a weak economy

SOUTH AFRICA – Tiger Brands, South Africa’s biggest traded packaged-food company has posted 9% decline in revenue to US$2.06 billion as it struggles to recover from listeria outbreak and a weak consumer spending. According to Moneyweb, operating income in the year ended September fell 28% to US$239.56 million while headline earnings per share (HEPS) shed…