Doing food business in Africa

  • 30th September 2018
  • by secretary

27 September 2018. News & Analysis on Food & Beverage Development – Europe Special Edition: Doing food business in Africa
Africa is an important source of commodities for global food makers, from cocoa and palm oil to less well known ingredients that can inspire innovative new products in western markets.

Demographic and economic trends mean that Africa also offers increasing potential for food makers as a consumer market for finished goods.

In this month’s Special Edition of Food Navigator, the spotlight is on the challenges and opportunities of doing [food] business in Africa.

Breaking into Africa: Global industry-wide cooperation essential for export entry
How can manufacturers compete and excel in a marketplace as diverse as the African continent? We take a look at the opportunities and obstacles… Read

From ‘revolutionary’ tech to empowering farmers: How Olam leverages its African footprint to improve cocoa sustainability
Olam International has a “considerable” presence in Africa as the world’s leading originator of cocoa beans and a globally leading cocoa processor. Andrew Brooks, Olam Cocoa’s head of sustainability for Africa, speaks to us about how the group leverages this to build sustainability in its supply chain… Read

DVees brings West African flavours to Europe with ‘accessible’ formats
UK start-up DVees is on a mission to bring West African flavours to Western Europe, starting with a hibiscus-infused drink and range of condiments. “You can find West African food if you look for it, but it’s not accessible or beautifully presented,” its co-founder says… Read

Allanblackia seed oil: Another oil in the dairy alternative and margarine toolbox?
Allanblackia seed oil can now be used in greater quantities in margarines, spreads and dairy alternatives as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has okayed a novel food application submitted by Unilever… Read

Flavoured jackfruit snack start-up Jacked promises to shake up the ‘dead’ dried fruit category
While people know jackfruit as a plant-based meat alternative, they are less familiar with it as a healthy snack. ‘The dried fruit market is also not that interesting in the UK,” says newcomer Jacked Foods. “We’ve created a quirky brand in what is effectively a dead space.”.. Read

‘Sustainable vanilla is a hot topic’: Bell innovation meets vanilla challenge
Sourcing vanilla is a significant challenge for food makers. FoodNavigator speaks to flavours group Bell Flavors and Fragrances about the problems in the market and the launch of its new line of “authentic vanilla solutions”… Read

‘Extended supply chains are broken’: Why Mars thinks the commodities era is over
Food giant Mars is using procurement to tackle some of the most significant social and environmental challenges facing the world today. FoodNavigator spoke to Barry Parkin, chief procurement and sustainability Officer at Mars, to find out more… Read