Monthly archives: November, 2011


New food-energy venture in Mozambique

FPANov1Novozymes and CleanStar Ventures are partnering to create an integrated food-energy business that will increase Mozambiquan farmers’ incomes, save thousands of acres of forest every year, and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing thousands of charcoal-burning cookstoves with cleaner ethanol stoves.

A flexible approach to food processing

For shelf appeal, product differentiation, supply chain efficiencies and consumer convenience, there’s no food packaging format quite like the flexible pouch.


Introducing dryers

FPANov2Drying is an amazing food preservation technology which has been practiced since man became a farmer and possibly even before.

Abbatoir waste and fly larvae create sustainable, natural animal feed

AgriProtein in conjunction with scientists at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa has developed a natural, renewable and sustainable substitute for existing fishmeal and soy-based protein sources made from dried and milled fly larvae.

Mobile marketing – the future strategy

A recent forum at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg, focusing on marketing concepts and innovations emerging in Africa, provided useful insights into how brands can utilise these to build successful strategies toreach consumers.

Branding and marketing – key learnings

Gary Harwood, a director and founding member of design and brand strategy agency HKLM, defines a brand as a reputation that encompasses the product, service and company or organisation that offers it – applying to both internal and external audiences.

Fairtrade products and certifications on the increase in Africa

“Fairtrade is an internationally-recognised phenomenon that makes a stand for justice in production and trade processes, and has been promoting the notion of sustainability and social development in southern Africa since April2009,” says Arianna Baldo, marketing co-ordinator at Fairtrade Label South Africa (FLSA).

Fairtrade: the most widely recognised ethical label

According to research conducted by Fairtrade International – from February to June across 24 developing and developed markets – the Fairtrade mark is the most widely recognised ethical label.

Snackquip’s new range of snack food processing equipment

Snackquip (Pty) Ltd, one of South Africa’s leading suppliers of snack food processing equipment, recently launched its own range of high capacity machinery, to meet the growing demands of thebooming snack industry in Africa.

Water reservoirs built to meet challenging conditions

Rainbow Reservoirs has the sole manufacturing and sales rights in Africa to the Heritage Tanks range of reservoirs, designed and developed inPerth, Western Australia.

Flavours, extenders and spray drying

Savoury Food Industries has been making savoury flavours based on hydrolysed vegetable proteins (HVPs) and brewers yeast pastes and powders for over 60 years.

New indigenous vegetable research project (Kenya)

Kenya produces about 500t of mushrooms annually with a farm-gate value of Sh255m ($2.5m) and retail value of Sh340m ($3.4m).

Mango drier for small-scale producers

Over the past few years, mango production has increased significantly, earning the country over Sh7bn ($70.6m) from exports in 2010.

50 new grain seed varieties (Kenya)

The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (Kari) has developed 50 new grain seed varieties that can resist diseases, take less time to mature and withstand rainfall of less than 500mm in a season.

Tips for producing fish fry cheaply (Uganda)

Putting up a modern fish hatchery involves investing in an expensive assembly of equipment such as a running generator, aerators, solar water heating system, water pumping and circulation system, imported scoop nets and hatch traps, watertesting gadgets and a large breeding pond for the fry (baby fish).