Baking and dairy ingredients specialist Synercore secures US$4.7M from Norfund to fund expansion plans

SOUTH AFRICA – Norfund, the Norwegian investment fund for developing countries, is investing ZAR 80M (US$4.7M) in convertible debt in the expansion plans of Synercore Holdings, a South African food ingredient manufacturer. Established in 2016, Synercore has a specialty in the formulation and manufacture of food ingredients which it sells to fast-moving consumer goods companies, precisely in the dairy and…

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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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BoMill launches ‘BoMill InSight’ to help millers optimize grain sorting operations

SWEDEN-The Swedish agritech company BoMill AB has launched a grain sorting solution brand BoMill InSight™, the first equipment of its kind, capable of sorting individual grains on their inner properties on a commercial scale. BoMill InSight features advanced grain sorting solution capabilities allowing for segregation of grains kernel by kernel, at an industrial speed of up to 15 metric tons…

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Sanabel partners Ocrim to install new wheat mill in Angola’s capital Luanda

ANGOLA – Sanabel, one of the milling companies in Angola, has taken charge of operations at a 350 tonne per day (TPD) milling facility supplied by Italian milling equipment supplier Ocrim. According to a report by World Grain, the company which ventured into milling two years ago, recently tested the mill located in Angola’s capital Luanda, signifying a successful completion…

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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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Alltech Crop Science snaps up Ideagro in the quest to provide solutions in the agro-food sector

Spain-Alltech Crop Science has acquired a Spain-based agri-food research and development expert, Ideagro, in a move to extend a world-leading understanding of the interface between soil, crop, animal, and human health to the global market. Founded in 2011, Ideagro specializes in the development and evaluation of bio fungicides, biobactericides, easily assimilated fertilizers, screening of new varieties, and use of microorganisms…

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Benson Hill becomes first US company to receive ProTerra certification for non-GMO soy

USA-Benson Hill, Inc., a food tech company unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants, announced that it has achieved the international ProTerra Certification for its non-GMO soybean portfolio. The company becomes the first US-based ingredient provider to attain the certification. It joins the respected ProTerra Network, a group of companies dedicated to sustainable practices and continuous improvement. The ProTerra Foundation…

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Nutreco collaborates with microbiome expert, BiomEdit, in production of novel feed additives

NETHERLANDS-Nutreco, a Dutch animal nutrition and fish feed company, has entered a long-term research and commercial partnership with microbiome research company BiomEdit to produce novel feed additives-Biome-actives.   Founded in 1994, Nutreco has about 100 production facilities and eight research centers and is present in more than 30 countries, while BiomEdit is a startup founded in April 2022. The partnership…

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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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