Tanzania’s milk production hits 2.4bn litres amid increasing imports

TANZANIA – Tanzania’s local milk production has increased to 2.4 billion litres annually amid an increasing demand which has pushed the country’s spending on milk imports to US$12.78 million. Speaking during a meeting with stakeholder in the dairy sector, Luhaga Mpina, minister of Livestock and Fisheries Development, noted that the country spending on milk imports…

Ethiopia agrees to buy 400,000 tons of wheat from Bunge, ADM and Amropa AG

ETHIOPIA – The Government of Ethiopia has reached an agreement with three companies; Bunge SA, Amropa AG and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Co. in the supply of 400,000 metric tonnes of wheat. According to a recent report by Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) from the Foreign Agricultural Service of the United States Department of Agriculture…

Kenya’s flour prices surge on declining wheat supply

KENYA – Kenya’s dwindling wheat supply has continued to exert pressure on the local flour prices on account of high international price of wheat. According to a report by Business Daily, the price in the world market has been on a steady rise since August last year when a tonne traded at US$224, rising to…

Tanzania unveils plans of setting up local tea auction to boost sector

TANZANIA – Tanzania Mercantile Exchange (TMX), a Tanzanian commodity exchange platform for global and domestic markets, has unveiled plans of opening a local tea auction in the country in a bid to boost the sector, reports Daily News. According to Mr Godfrey Malekano, Chief Executive Officer at TMX, said that the initiative will also help…

Tanzania lifts temporary sugar import ban for local producers

TANZANIA – The Tanzanian government has lifted the temporary sugar importation ban imposed to local producers after striking a deal with the producers to increase local production. According to Minister for Agriculture, Japhet Hasunga only local sugar producers will have the mandate to import the sugar, while they expand their production capacity, reports Daily News.…

Cargill boosts soy, forest sustainability and human rights policy in South America

USA – Cargill has advanced its commitment to a sustainable supply chain with the launch of sustainable soy and forest policies with a renewed dedication to human rights in South America. The South America Sustainable Soy Policy, a Human Rights Commitment and an updated Forest Policy looks to promote rural agricultural development as well as…

Soft Commodities Forum members commits to sustainable soy supply chain in Brazil

USA – Members of the Soft Commodities Forum (SCF) who include global agribusiness giants have committed to common framework supporting transparent and traceable soy supply chains in Brazil. SCF consists of leading soft commodities companies convened by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to do business responsibly. Brazil, which is a global leader…

Zimbabwe millers alert over bread shortage as flour stocks dwindle

ZIMBABWE – Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe have warned over shrinking wheat flour stocks that may adversely impact on bread supply in the country, reports New Zimbabwe. In a notice to the National Bakers Association of Zimbabwe this week, the grain millers association said that this is as a result of the country’s inability to…

tna inaugurates new middle east office and training hub in Dubai

DUBAI – Processing and packaging equipment manufacturer, tna has opened a new office and training facility in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, expanding its services in the Middle East. The new Middle East hub will serve food manufacturers in the region with integrated processing and packaging solutions to meet their everyday applications in food. Customers are…

Sealed Air acquires MGM’s flexible packaging business in the Philippines

ASIA – US food packaging company, Sealed Air has acquired the Philippines based producer of flexible packaging, MGM Food and Commodities Corp for an undisclosed amount. With the transaction, expected to close in April, Sealed Air plans to leverage MGM’s expertise to expand its printing and lamination capabilities and better serve customers throughout the Asia…