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These are all the posts that have been tagged with africa.

Robotic solutions

Automation solutions specialist Sewtec, which designs and installs bespoke production lines for the confectionery industry, has invested £500,000 in the establishment of a stand-alone research and development centre, to support customer projects and enable the company to further develop its range of robotic solutions and grow its business. The new facility, next to Sewtec’s existing […]

Focus on cocoa farming

Barry Callebaut – manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – has announced its 2012/13 Sustainability Report, which details the company’s strategy in the areas of sustainable cocoa, environmental protection and employee development. The report focuses on the Barry Callebaut initiatives that improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers, through sustainable cocoa practices. “With a growing […]

Centre for developing markets

Kerry Group, the global ingredients and flavours and consumer foods group, has opened the Kerry Regional Development & Application Centre in Dubai, UAE, to serve its global and regional customer base in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. The centre, which is at the Jumeriah Lakes Towers, Dubai, was officially opened by Minister Simon […]

Good taste

Jonathan Thomas, principal market analyst at Leatherhead Food Research, discusses the role of flavours in confectionery and snacks.

Carrageenan substitute

Global ingredient solutions provider, the Ingredion group of companies, is launching the first clean label ingredient that can replace carrageenan in the formulation of dairy-based puddings and custards. The co-texturiser Novation Indulge 2740 is being launched in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and is the only carrageenan substitute to be simply labelled as ‘starch’. […]

Cocoa coalition signs declaration

The African Cocoa Coalition (ACC), which comprises autonomous non- governmental organisations and farmer groups active in the cocoa sector, has become the 35th stakeholder to sign the Abidjan Cocoa Declaration. David Guba Kpelle, the ACC’s programme director, signed the Declaration on behalf of the Coalition at the recent International Workshop on Cocoa Certification in Douala, […]

Experts discuss cocoa certification

The ICCO’s latest International Workshop brought to Douala, Cameroon a group of world experts to tackle the thorny issue of certification in the cocoa sector. The International Workshop on Cocoa Certification, which took place from 24-27 June 2013 at the Sawa Hotel in Douala, the commercial capital of Cameroon, attracted more than 150 participants from […]

Cocoa Center of Excellence to promote sustainable practice

Barry Callebaut, manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, has inaugurated its new Cocoa Center of Excellence to promote advanced agricultural techniques in Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s largest cocoa producing country. To date Barry Callebaut has invested about CHF 1 million (€800,000 / US $1.1 million) in the centre, which includes training facilities for farmers […]

Hershey signs Abidjan cocoa declaration

Hershey has signed the Abidjan Cocoa Declaration, bringing the total number of cocoa stakeholder signatories to 34, the ICCO announced. Vice president global commodities Frank Day signed the Declaration in late February on behalf of The Hershey Company. The company—the largest producer of chocolate in North America—has about 14,000 employees and annual revenues of over […]

Promoting education in cocoa communities

Barry Callebaut recently inaugurated two new rural primary schools and community learning centres in Côte d’Ivoire. Since 2010 the company has funded the construction of seven primary schools in Côte d’Ivoire, providing a total to date of 21 furnished classrooms to enable over 1,000 children in rural cocoa growing areas to attend school. The company’s […]

Don’t forget the farmers

The future of cocoa supply is always at the forefront of our minds. With demand increasing rapidly, industry is worried about how supply will keep up. With this in mind, my publisher, Neil McRitchie attended the Asia Choco Congress in Jakarta, Indonesia  to see how we can increase production sustainably. His thoughts from the conference […]

Barry Callebaut protects national park

Barry Callebaut is helping protect the Taï National Park in southwest Côte d’Ivoire. The park is one of the last major remnants of the vast primary tropical forest that once spanned across present-day Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and is the largest island of forest remaining in West Africa, according to the UNESCO […]

Isle of Wight Biltong pack a punch

Isle of Wight Biltong, a specialist provider of the South African delicacy, believes it is on the brink of huge growth and success thanks to the new vertical form fill and seal equipment it has purchased from KernPack.  The new machine is due for delivery in late March and will be put into production within […]

Kerry Ingredients acquires Orley Foods

Kerry Ingredients & Flavours has completed the acquisition of the Cape Town-based sweet ingredient solutions supplier Orley Foods for an undisclosed sum. Orley Foods is part of the Libstar Holdings Group and has a 50-year history of providing sweet ingredients for the confectionery, ice cream, beverage, cereal, dairy and bakery markets. The deal comes a […]