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…

USDA and FDA to jointly regulate animal cell-cultured food products

USA - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have reached a consensus that both the agencies should jointly oversee the regulation of cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry. The joint regulatory framework will see FDA oversees cell collection, cell banks, and cell growth and differentiation. A…

Bill Gates backed meatless burger maker Beyond Meat files for IPO

USA(Bloomberg) - Beyond Meat Inc., the maker of vegan chicken and beef substitutes including the Beyond Burger, filed for a U.S. initial public offering. The company filed with an initial offering size of $100 million, which is a placeholder that’s likely to change. The company’s backers include Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates and Don Thompson, McDonald’s Corp.’s…

Ingredion launches new clean label potato fiber for meat and savory applications

USA – The food and beverage ingredient corporative, Ingredion has expanded its portfolio with a new clean label potato fiber for bakery, savory and meat products applications. The new Potex and Potex Crown potato fibres allows manufacturers to achieve appealing textures in processed meats and savory applications while in bakery, they optimize consumer appeal. They…

Maple Leaf Foods launches Greenleaf as plant-based food subsidiary

USA - Maple Leaf Foods Inc., a major Canadian consumer packaged meats company, has launched Greenleaf Foods as a plant-based food company dedicated to cultivating and advancing leadership in the fast-growing plant-based food sector. Supporting its category-leading brands, Field Roast Grain Meat Co. and Lightlife Foods, Greenleaf plans to build a robust portfolio of brands and…

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…