Ethiopian dairy processor KMPI ventures into niche market, builds US$1.6m camel milk processing plant

ETHIOPIA – Khelif Milk Processing Industry (KMPI), a dairy processor in Ethiopia has invested Br 70 million (US$1.6m), in the establishment of a camel processing plant. The facility which is set to soon commence operations, has a processing capacity of 16,000 litres a day but the company will begin its production with 10,000 litres. According to reports by Addis Fortune, KMPI financed half of the project with the acquisition of a loan from the state-owned, Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE). The company is currently installing machinery and equipment at the…

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Ugandan dairy processor Pearl Dairy lays off 1500 workers as milk ban bites hard

UGANDA – Uganda’s leading dairy processor Pearl Diaries has been forced to lay off over 1,500 workers following stifled milk market access, after Kenya imposed a ban on the product imports from its neighbouring country over a year ago. Uganda produces 2.6 billion litres of milk per annum. However, about 800 million litres are consumed on the domestic market leaving the surplus for the international market. The recent past had witnessed an increase in supply of cheap milk from Uganda to Kenya, leading to local processors raise concerns on the…

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Kerry, World Food Programme partner to improve milk value chain in Burundi

BURUNDI – Kerry, one of the world’s leading taste and nutrition company has partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme to launch Project Amata in Burundi, aimed to enhance the production and availability of safe, sustainable milk for children and communities. The project will be supported by a direct financial contribution of US$750,000 from the Irish company, aimed to improve food security and nutrition by strengthening the milk value chain. Over the course of the three-year programme, Kerry experts and WFP staff will work together with farmers and the…

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Kenya opens National Dairy Laboratory to enhance safety compliance, KEBS approves new lactose testing methods

KENYA – Kenya has inaugurated a National Dairy Laboratory to be managed by the country’s Dairy Board, to boost its capacity to conduct quality surveillance and safety compliance. The operationalization of the laboratory will enhance food quality, nutritional security, increased manufacturing through processing, value addition, traceability, product diversification and market penetration. The facility was commissioned by Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya who further put-on notice dairy dealers adulterating milk and using non-food grader containers, that government will catch up with them very soon. In his list of culprits who are…

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Rwandan agro-processing firm Inyange Industries to pump US$20m in construction of milk powder plant

RWANDA – Inyange Industries, one of the leading food processing companies in Rwanda is seeking to invest US$20.8 million to set up a milk powder plant in Nyagatare District, Northern Rwanda. The proposed plant, according to its parent company Crystal Ventures Ltd (CVL) will have a processing capacity of 500,000 litres of milk a day producing 14,000 tonnes of milk powder and 5,460 tonnes of fat per year. Of the projected investment cost, 72 per cent will be spent on machinery and 28 per cent on land acquisition and construction.…

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Establishment of Rwanda’s first powdered milk plant met with setback due to financial constrains

RWANDA – It’s a year since TRIOMF East Africa, a joint venture firm owned by South African and Rwandan investors in collaboration with dairy farmers in Rwanda through the IAKIB cooperative, unveiled plans of establishing a Rwf37 billion (US$37 million) powder milk processing plant. The project to be located in Gicumbi District, Northern Province of the country was scheduled to commence construction by the end of last year and be completed within a year’s time. However, according to reports by New Times, the dairy farmers who were looking forward to…

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Trade Kings commissions new milk processing facility, expands dairy portfolio with launch of Dairy Gold fresh milk

ZAMBIA – Trade Kings Group, Zambia’s leading manufacturer of Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) has commissioned a new milk processing plant at its subsidiary, Dairy Gold Limited. According to the company, the new factory will produce a full cream fresh milk product under the brand name Dairy Gold, drawing its strength from the corporate identity which has been long known for producing dairy and traditional drinks commonly known as ‘Maheu’. Speaking during the launch, General Manager for the Trade Kings Group, Mr Lux Subramaniam said, “We have launched the new processing…

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CHI Limited debuts Hollandia Slim Evap Milk targeting trendy, fit consumers

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s fast-moving consumer good company, CHI Limited has expanded its Hollandia brand portfolio with launch of Hollandia Slim Evaporated Milk, a partially skimmed evaporated milk product. Staying true to its drive of delivering innovative products, CHI Limited has rolled out the new product having 50% less fat. This targets consumers who are adopting a healthier life style, and desire to have the optimum weight and body shape they can reasonably achieve. In addition to having reduced fat content, the new Hollandia variant has higher protein, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus,…

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Fresh milk company TH Group begin works of high-tech dairy farm and milk processor

VIETNAM – TH Group, the largest fresh milk company in Vietnam, held the groundbreaking of the project of high-tech dairy farm and milk processor in Hoa Thuan town, Quang Hoa district in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang. The project has a total investment capital of  VND2.54 trillion (US$109.7 million), 63.7ha dairy farm, 3 ha dairy factory, set to raise 10,000 cows, and a processing plant with an annual capacity of 49,000 tonnes of milk. The project is expected to be implemented in 4 years, divided into 2 phases…

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Singapore cell-based milk startup TurtleTree Labs raises US$3.2m seed round

SINGAPORE – TurtleTree Labs, a Singapore-based biotech that has developed the world’s first cell-based milk, has raised US$3.2 million in a seed funding round from global investors. The food tech company’s revolutionary milk production technology attracted investors like Green Monday Ventures, KBW Ventures, CPT Capital, Artesian, and New Luna Ventures in the seed round – which comes five months after the startup closed its pre-seed round in January this year. TurtleTree Labs is championing its cell based innovation, creating real milk from mammalian cells, without the need for animals. As…

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