EU parliament approves ban on single-use plastics to fight pollution

EU – The European Union legislators have approved a sweeping ban on single-use plastic products in renewed efforts to tackle plastic waste and micro plastic pollution. The European Parliament has voted in favor of ‘The Single Use Plastics Directive’ (SUDP) which criminalizes the use of ten single-use plastics that are most commonly found across European…

Cargill third quarter profit rises as low food ingredients earnings hurt revenues

USA – Cargill’s net earnings in the 2019 third-quarter rose 14% as starches and sweeteners declined on low ethanol prices in North America, and higher energy and raw material costs in Europe. Adjusted operating earnings were US$604 million, up 8% from the previous year, bringing the earnings for the first nine months to US$2.34 billion,…

Cargill and Heifer launch global initiative to improve nutrition through poultry

USA – The global agribusiness giant, Cargill has joined forces with US based non-profit, Heifer International to launch a global initiative improve nutrition and bolster livelihoods among smallholder farmers. Dubbed Hatching Hope Global Initiative, the program will engage women poultry farmers to tackle hunger and poverty ‘through the power of poultry’. It aims to improve…

ADM proposes new board director, creates sustainability committee

USA - Archer Daniels Midland Company has announced that it has nominated Dr. Lei Zhang Schlitz to stand for election to the board at the company’s upcoming Annual Stockholders’ Meeting on May 1, 2019. The company has said that Daniel Shih, who has served as an ADM director since 2012, will be stepping down from…

Tyson Foods voluntarily recalls 69,093 pounds of chicken strips on possible metal contamination

USA – Tyson Foods has voluntarily recalled approximately 69,093 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products on fears that they could possibly be contaminated with pieces of metal. After two consumers reported they found fragments of metal in the products, the company issued a voluntary recall of the products produced on November 30, 2018. They…

DuPont’s clinical study shows more health benefits from higher doses of multi-strain probiotics

USA – DuPont, the world’s leading science-based products and services company has released clinical study results demonstrating benefits of high-potency, multi-strain probiotic formulations. The study suggests that higher doses of a DuPont Multispecies Probiotic Formulation may permit more benefits for healthy adults than lower doses. According to a clinical trial carried out in collaboration with…

GEA secures deal with NADEC to build new olive oil mill in Saudi Arabia

ASIA – GEA Group, leading supplier of technology for the food processing industry has secured a contract deal with the National Agricultural Development Company (NADEC) to build and supply the industrial equipment for a large olive oil mill in Saudi Arabia. GEA said the contract, valued at more than US$3.41 million (3 million euros) follows…

PureCircle’s Reb M stevia sweetener receives regulatory approval in Singapore

ASIA – The world’s leading producer of stevia sweeteners, PureCircle has announced that it has received approval for expanded use and applications of its next generation stevia leaf sweetener, Reb M in Singapore. The approval allows PureCircle to market the stevia leaf ingredient to food and beverage companies in Singapore for production of zero- and…

Buhler joins the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

SWITZERLAND – The milling equipment and service provider, Buhler has joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a CEO-led organisation that looks to enhance a sustainable way of doing business. Buhler joins more than 200 company members of the organisation with a focus to address some of the world’s pressing challenges and transform…

Ghana’s seafood and fish products imports up US$ 311.4m on increasing demand

GHANA - Ghana’s fish and seafood imports in 2018 grew to about US$ 311.4 million on account of increasing demand and dwindling fish stocks. According to a recent report by the Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN), of the United States Department of Agriculture, the country imported an estimated 370,000 MT in during the period. The…