Ethiopian innovation triumphs in EatSafe’s food safety contest

ETHIOPIA – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Feed The Future Initiative, EatSafe: Evidence and Action Towards Safe, Nutritious Food, has crowned an idea to improve traditional processing of a staple Ethiopian product as the winner of a food safety challenge. In April, the program launched a call to apply for an innovation challenge to enable lasting improvements in…

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Burton and Bamber partners with CIP to launch East Africa’s first aseptic orange-fleshed sweet potato puree processing unit

KENYA – Burton and Bamber, a Kenyan food processing company specializing in the value addition of fruits and other crops, has cut the ribbon to its newly installed aseptic puree processing unit in Yatta, Machakos. The facility, established in collaboration with the International Potato Center (CIP) alongside its partners, will undertake the production of shelf-stable Orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) puree.…

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Kenyan farmers encouraged to cultivate highly productive biofortified beans

KENYA – The cultivation of in-demand, quickly maturing, disease-resistant, and highly productive zinc and iron-rich bean cultivars is being encouraged among Kenyan farmers. These beans, which were made widely available last year, are popular with both farmers and consumers. Unlike the customary 80-120 days, they mature in just 60 days, yield over three tons per acre compared to earlier varieties’,…

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Polytanks introduces storage containers to double grain shelf life

KENYA – Polytanks & Containers Ltd, an Athi River based company has introduced plastic grain silos that double the shelf life of grain preventing smallholder farmer post-harvest losses. The airtight Polytanks Grain Silo, can be used to store 340-350 kilograms (4-5 bags) of grains, cereals, and pulses without risk of contamination from outside dirt, insects and moisture. “Unlike hermetic bags,…

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Allmech’s new PLC system shows promise in water purification

SOUTH AFRICA – Allmech, leading South African manufacturer of boilers and supplier of water treatment components, has been testing a new PLC system with in-house developed software to run its ion exchange demineralisation (demin) plant, with encouraging results. Demineralisation removes dissolved solids (total dissolved solids or TDS) and mineral ions from feed water and process streams. Demin plants typically use…

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Ishida to unveil new range of multihead weighers at Gulfood Manufacturing expo 

EUROPE – This year’s Gulfood Manufacturing expo in Dubai will see the introduction of a brand-new range of multihead weighers from Ishida Europe, a global leader in weighing and inspection solutions. According to Ishida, the new line of multihead weighers, which represents the company’s 11th generation, will provide unmatched levels of speed and precision, particularly when handling more difficult items.…

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Syngenta releases digital tool to detect harmful nematodes through satellite images

SWITZERLAND – International leader in agricultural innovation, Syngenta Crop Protection has made a milestone in the management of nematodes in soybean crops thanks to its latest digital solution that examines satellite images to detect plant-parasitic nematode infestations. Plant-parasitic nematodes are microscopic parasites living in the soil that feed on plant roots, opening pathways to further fungal infections and threatening plant…

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Naturo improves Haelen milk processing technique allowing dairy-sensitive people to indulge

AUSTRALIA – The Australian company Naturo has improved its Haelen milk process, which created a 60-day shelf life – to now have double the digestibility. Since the Haelen process destroys more bacteria than conventional pasteurization, it is easier for people who have dairy sensitivity to ingest. Naturo handles the whey proteins in milk differently since it doesn’t employ the high…

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Motive launches new thermostat to improve food safety standards

U.S – Motive, a US-based company, has launched its new thermostat for refrigerated cars and trailers in an effort to reduce the cost of reefer operations (refrigerated transport), improve food safety standards, increase productivity, and stop food spoilage. “Delivering ice cream at -20°F (-7°C) when it’s 90°F (32°C) degrees outside requires us to pay great attention to the conditions inside…

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Fresh Del Monte Produce partners with Decapolis to enable traceability for consumers

USA – Fresh Del Monte Produce has partnered with Decapolis, a Jordanian and UK-based startup technology company, to provide end-to-end traceability for consumers, with plans to make the platform available to other businesses and industries.  Fresh Del Monte Produce is one of the world’s leading vertically integrated producers, distributors and marketers of fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. The company…

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