Olam partners Canvass Analytics in artificial intelligence for sustainable agriculture

SINGAPORE – World’s leading agri-business company, Olam International has partnered Google-funded firm Canvass Analytics to utilize artificial intelligence for sustainable food and agricultural production. According to the company, the strategy seeks to find innovative and new ways of meeting the world's rapidly growing demand for food, feed, fibre and fuel. Olam will utilize its strength in…

NEPAD Group to hold fourth Nigeria Rice Investment Forum to consolidate gains

NIGERIA – The NEPAD Business Group Nigeria (NBGN) has concluded plans to hold its 4th Nigeria Rice Investment Forum in a bid to consolidate gains recorded in the sector as well as ensure self-sufficiency. According to the Guardian, the forum scheduled for November 20-21, 2018 in Abuja will address issues in the rice sector and…

SON unveils new standards and Codes of Practice for planting bean seeds

NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has released new Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS), and Codes of Practice for planting beans seed across the country, reports the Guardian. The standards come to address issues like preservation of the food crop from planting to the table while ensuring that the commodity is safe for consumption.…

Unilever endorsed as Certified Africa Top Employer for the fourth time

AFRICA - British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company, Unilever has been recognized as the number one Top Employer in Africa at the just concluded Top Employer Institute award ceremony held in Johannesburg, South Africa. According to ThisDay, this is the fourth time the company has been named number one Top Employer in Africa, highlighting its commitment…

PepsiCo unveils brands participating in startup accelerator program in N. America

USA – PepsiCo has announced the ten emerging food and beverage brands that will join its first collaborative accelerator program in North America, Nutrition Greenhouse North America. According to the company, each of the participating startups will receive US$20,000 in grant funding and participate in a 6-month business optimization program. The Nutrition Greenhouse program is designed to accelerate…

International Breweries names consultancy firm XLR8 as Public Relations partner

NIGERIA – International Breweries, the Nigerian subsidiary of the world’s largest brewer, AB InBev has appointed leading communications consultancy, XLR8 to manage its public relations. According to Beverage Industry News, XLRB will be responsible for all of the company’s corporate as well as brand-related communications. The company will leverage its corporate communications with the support…

Temperature monitoring could reduce milk wastage in the UK, save US$190m – report

UK- A new report from the UK’s leading sustainability experts WRAP shows for the first time the scale of milk waste across the food chain and highlights ways to significantly reduce the 330,000 tonnes of milk lost each year, equating to 7% of total UK production andworth more than £150 million (US$192 million). According to…

Tiger Brands and Stellenbosch University launch South Africa’s first food safety centre

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s packaged goods company, Tiger Brands in partnership with Stellenbosch University has launched the first Centre for Food Safety in the country. Formation of the centre comes in the aftermath of a deadly listeria outbreak in the country said to have originated from Tiger Brands’ Polokwane processed meat factory. According to Tiger…

Salt producers form association to address iodine deficiency

ETHIOPIA – Iodized-salt producing companies in Ethiopia have established a new association in bid to help combat iodine deficiency in the country. According to AddisFortune, the association was formed by the Ethiopian Food, Beverage, & Pharmaceutical Industry Development Institute. The Ethiopian Iodized Salt Producers Association, made of close to 15 salt producers plans to introduce…

Chr. Hansen unveils innovation fund for next generation microbial solutions for agriculture

DENMARK – The global bioscience company, Chr. Hansen has launched innovation fund to develop microbial and natural solutions for sustainable agricultural production. According to Chr. Hansen, the kitty granted by the Danish Innovation Fund aims to fund a US$4.48 million (3.9mn Euro) four-year project dubbed ‘Bac4CroP’. As global food demand increases, the world innovators are…