Evonik invests US$27.3M to upgrade German methionine intermediates plant

GERMANY-Evonik, a world leader in specialty chemicals, has invested €25M (US$27.3M) in developing and expanding its methyl mercapto-propionaldehyde (MMP) production plant, an organic compound that is integral in the production of DL-methionine. Evonik, with a presence in more than 100 countries globally, said that the investment in Wesseling, Germany, is in line with its move to strengthen its world-scale global…

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ADM reports 60% jump in full-year profits, forecasts strong crush margins and high demand in 2023

USA- Archer-Daniels-Midland Co, (ADM), a major U.S. grains merchant, has posted an  annual net income profit of US$4.34 billion, a record 60% jump when compared to the same period last year.   The Chicago Illinois-based company ascribed the record growth in profits to robust soy crushing margins and hefty global demand for crops in Q2 that ended Dec 31, 2022.…

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Almost all of Africa’s maize crop is at risk from devastating fall armyworm pest, study reveals

AFRICA-Fall army warms (Spodoptera frugiperda) continue to endanger the majority of Africa’s maize crops according to new research published in Frontiers in Insect Science journal. This study was conducted by scientists from the University of Minnesota’s GEMS Informatics Center, and CABI’s Dr. Roger Day, Global Advisor, Plant Health. Outbreaks of fall armyworms in Africa were first observed in southwest Nigerian…

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UK funds construction of new US$18.5m potato processing facility in Kenya

KENYA-The UK government has launched the construction of a KS2.3 billion (US$18.5M) production facility for Irish and sweet potato processing in Kenya. The processing facility located in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County, will process fresh and frozen Irish and sweet potatoes and is expected to have a capacity of 60,000 tonnes. Once completed, the factory will be the first in the…

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President Buhari commissions the Darma Rice mill in katsina in the push to achieve self-sufficiency

NIGERIA-President Muhammad Buhari has today commissioned a private facility, Darma Rice Mill in Katsina owned by business mogul Alhaji Dahiru Barau Mangal. This comes a few days after he commissioned an ultra-modern Imota Rice Mill complex in Lagos which is the largest in Africa and third globally. Darma Rice Mill has an output capacity of 120 tons per day and 250,000 metric…

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BASF, Cargill expand partnership to offer high-performance enzyme solutions to animal protein producers in USA

USA- Agri-solution giants, BASF and Cargill, have extended their animal nutrition cooperation by expanding their presence in the United States in the quest to offer high-performance enzyme solutions to animal protein producers. The expanded partnership was announced at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), taking place this week at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, US. The…

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KALRO develops high-yielding, climate smart rice varieties as GM crops receive a nod from researchers

KENYA-The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) is conducting trials for new climate-smart high-yielding rice varieties in a bid to bolster food production in the country The CSR36 rice variety which is long slender grain, non-sticky rice that separates on cooking has passed the National Performance trials and is now under distinctiveness; uniformity and stability test was displayed to…

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FDA greenlights increase in vitamin D fortification in cereal-based products

USA- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the greenlight to food companies to the fortification levels of vitamin D fortification in cereal-based category products. The approval comes 3 years after Kellogg, a major player in the UK breakfast cereal category, petitioned the regulator to update guidelines for Vitamin D fortification for cereal products.   For Kellogg, adding…

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Scientists develop drought resistance rice to bolster food security in drought-prone regions

UK-Scientists at the University of Sheffield have developed salt-tolerant rice that can be grown in warmer conditions as a measure to lessen food shortages caused by climate change The innovation was carried out by genetic engineering to explore the impact of the number and size of stomata in the rice plant. Stomata are openings on the surface of plants that…

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Energis develops breakthrough wheat tempering solution that does not alter flour functionality

USA- Food safety solutions supplier Energis Solutions has developed a new pathogen reduction technology that does not alter flour functionality A recently validated study showed that the solution dubbed Guardian performs at a 225% higher kill rate than acid-based solutions without leaving chemical residuals or altering the functionality of wheat and flour.  The study performed by a trusted 3rd party lab in…

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