Center for Produce Safety funds research on long-term pear preservation

U.S – The Center for Produce Safety has funded a two-year initiative that intends to look into how fresh pears change during storage and how this information might be applied to reduce long-term threats to food safety. The U.S$335,000 project, spearheaded by Researchers at Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the University of Georgia will look at…

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International software giant Ideagen acquires food supply chain expert Qadex

UK – UK-headquartered, global technology company Ideagen has acquired The Leicestershire-based supply chain mapping business Qadex, strengthening Ideagen’s food quality and safety product line. The deal will lead to the launching of Ideagen Qadex, a new software that covers everything from quality control to supply chain tracking and approval. Ideagen CEO Ben Dorks – TheBusinessDesk.com’s East Midlands Ambassador of the…

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Mérieux NutriSciences expands footprint in Canada with new acquisition

CANADA – Mérieux NutriSciences, a global leader in food safety, quality, and sustainability, has acquired Food Technology Consulting International Inc., a Canadian company offering consulting, training, and auditing services for food safety. “Over the last two decades, our mission has been to become the undisputed leader in food safety and quality in the food industry. This agreement brings us one…

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EAC donates laboratory equipment to member states to boost trade

EAST AFRICA – As part of an initiative to enhance regional trade in seed potatoes in Eastern Africa, the East African Community (EAC) has donated laboratory equipment to member states of the regional bloc. According to the statement, the project aims to provide the necessary framework conditions for the growth of seed potato trade through assistance with the creation of…

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European Bank for Reconstruction and Development creates online tool to improve agribusiness in Ukraine

UKRAINE – As part of its ongoing assistance for Ukraine’s food safety, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is introducing a free-to-use online learning tool for agribusiness employees known as AgriAcademy. The platform intends to improve a crucial Ukrainian economic sector’s sustainability and competitiveness, which has been severely harmed by the Russian invasion. Every subsector of the agriculture…

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UNIDO establishes fish-processing facility in Ethiopia to boost value addition

ETHIOPIA – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), has opened the women’s fish-processing and trading unit in Ethiopia’s Kebele 13 district of Bahir Dar city to offer the local fishermen a place to receive, clean, and process fish as well as a market for trading fresh filleted fish, all in accordance with hygienic and sanitary standards. The building of…

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UNIDO, EU back Armenia in boosting its quality infrastructure

ARMENIA – The Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Armenia, UNIDO, and the Delegation of European Union (EU) to Armenia have launched a project entitled “Support to Quality Infrastructure in Armenia” to strengthen the institutional capabilities of the Armenian National Body for Standards and Metrology (NBSM). Over 70 participants from various ministries, government organizations, and private sector organizations in…

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Certification providers ASI LLC, Kiwa Group come together to broaden scope of services

U.S – To broaden the scope of food, feed, and farm certification services offered by Kiwa, independent third-party certification provider ASI LLC has integrated with the Kiwa Group, a global Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) company.  Together, the businesses will strengthen their services both locally and internationally and collectively broaden their reach. With ASI, Kiwa expands its knowledge and reach,…

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IFC partners with Angola Agriculture Association to provide food safety training to Angolan agribusiness firms

ANGOLA – The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has established a partnership with the Angola Agriculture Association (AAPA) to broaden food safety, certification, and productivity training in the nation, in order to assist the growth and sustainability of the agribusiness sector in Angola and aid it in accessing new markets. The cooperation is a component…

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Soft Robotics receives U.S$26M in initial Series C close

U.S – To enhance the commercial deployment of its mGripAITM robotic picking solutions, Soft Robotics Inc. (SRI) has announced that it has received U.S$26M in an initial Series C close. Industrial robots can now mimic human hand-eye coordination thanks to mGripAI, an easy-to-integrate automation solution that combines quick 3D vision, artificial intelligence, and proprietary, IP69K-rated soft gripping. For the first…

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