British food companies create new lobby group to champion industry needs

UK – A group of  over 43,000 small and medium sized food companies from more than 30 regions in Britain have come together to form a new lobby group to advocate for their needs before government agencies. According to a report by FoodBev, the new group by the name Food from England, will provide a unified platform for the SMEs from which they can communicate the food and drink industry’s needs to the government. By coming together, the SMEs are confident that they will have a strong collective voice to…

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IFAD invests US$9m into Agribusiness Business Capital to scale up agribusiness SMEs in developing countries

AFRICA – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has announced an investment of US$9 million (€8.4 million) into the Agri-Business Capital (ABC) Fund, in a continuation of its efforts to help small-scale farmers and micro, small and medium size rural enterprises in developing countries to create jobs and increase incomes. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation also contributed to the investment. It is the first time that IFAD, a specialized United Nations agency and international financial institution, is investing directly into a private sector entity. Under its private…

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Foundation FSSC 22000 launches new program to support SMEs in producing safe food

USA – The Foundation Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000), a globally accepted Food Safety Management Certification Scheme has launched a renewed and improved food safety system program for smaller and medium sized food manufacturers. Dubbed ‘FSSC Development Program’, the new program is the renewed version of the FSSC Global Markets Program. The FSSC Development Program will provide a two approach model seeking to support the expanding global food Industry and small and medium sized organizations (SMEs) in the food supply chain. To ensure the program delivers its core…

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