They will add a new chapter to the great and long history of the company. In the almost 100-year history of Vormenfabriek, the company has grown into one of the leading players in the world in the development, manufacturing and worldwide sales of polycarbonate injection moulded-, thermo formed and silicone rubber moulds for the international chocolate and confectionary industry. The entire design, development and production process is being performed in Tilburg.
During this history, the technological expertise, innovative abilities and loyalty of the team of employees made Vormenfabriek what it is today. The new shareholders are looking forward to contribute to the future of this great company. Kloppers has extensive experience as a Managing Director in companies with international sales and marketing activities for technical products. Kloppers said, “We look forward to lead this great company, with its long history and craftsmanship, into its second century.”
Pollen forms the basis of natural nutritional support for bees. At certain times of the year, for example in our cultural landscape in spring, an adequate supply of pollen in nature is not guaranteed. Beekeepers can strengthen their bee colonies by feeding them with pollen substitutes. These feeds have a high protein and vitamin content. Lecithin developed by Fismer combined with brewer's yeast is a tried and tested mixture that effectively promotes the spring development of the colonies and helps them through other pollen shortages.
Ghana and neighbouring Ivory Coast, the world’s largest grower of the crop, announced in July last year that the LID would raise the pay of farmers. The pricing mechanism received mixed reactions from traders as the premium couldn’t be hedged.
The farm gate price increase for Ghana’s estimated 800,000 cocoa farmers may boost President Nana Akufo-Addo’s chances of re-election in December’s election. He is running against former leader and main opposition candidate John Dramani Mahama.
Josephine Coombe joins the four existing board members of the ECPA and will help provide an international perspective on enhancing agility through innovation in the external supply chain. With over 20 years’ experience serving global FMCG and retail brands in North America and Europe, she is a senior leader focused on the digital transformation of supply chains worldwide.
In addition to the physical event, ProSweets Cologne 2021 is offering a new online industry tool for registered exhibitors and trade visitors as well as for media representatives, which enables networking with potential business partners.
“Especially in times like these, it is essential that we offer our customers extensive support and solutions that in addition to the physical trade fair provide a clear added value and additional options of establishing contacts, networking and an exchange.”
In comparison to the former Matchmaking platform, the new version 365+ offers the exhibitors additional options regarding the product presentation. The users can present their products as photo and text information within the exhibitor showroom and increase the attention their company attracts by embedding video content. New products are especially highlighted here in order to present them to potential customers and media representatives in a targeted manner.
In addition to contents, further company contacts are displayed in the exhibitor showroom, because user colleagues can be invited to join the platform. In addition to conventional forms of establishing contacts, the platform now also enables meetings per video, chat or audio. Due to functions like online appointment scheduling, the targeted product search or virtual meetings, the supplier trade fair for sweets and snacks enables an optimal preparation and follow-up of the trade fair visit.
Beyond this, Matchmaking 365+ makes industry-related content in the form of industry knowledge, interviews or also the contents of the trade fair event programme available. In this way, both trade visitors and media representatives can inform themselves about the latest products and further industry contents of the companies prior to, during and after the trade fair. Access to the digital Matchmaking platform of ProSweets Cologne will be granted to registered trade visitors and media representatives free of charge.
The supervisory board furthermore appointed Jan Christoph Teetz as CFO of Gelita AG from 1 October 2020. Prior to this, Mr Teetz was CFO at Tesa SE, a company of the Beiersdorf Group, for more than ten years. Together with the current COO, Michael Van Elsacker, the new executive board shall shape the company’s continued expansion.
The upcoming interpack in Düsseldorf was postponed from its original date in May 2020 to the following year, due to the Corona pandemic. It will now take place from 25 February to 3 March 2021 and continues to be fully booked.
The hygiene plan has already proved that it lives up to its motto: “PROTaction - Back to Business” with Caravan Salon, the first trade fair at the Düsseldorf trade fair centre after the Corona break. After selling personalised tickets exclusively online before the trade fair, extensive hygiene measures shaped implementation of the concept on-site.
Thomas Dohse (50) has been the new leader of interpack in his capacity as Project Director since the start of September. He follows Bernd Jablonowski, who rose to the Managing Board of Messe Düsseldorf as an Executive Director.
Dohse has woven an excellent web of connections within the global packaging industry and the related process industry. He has been part of the interpack team at Messe Düsseldorf since 2005 and led interpack 2017 on an operative level as Deputy Director. During this period, the father of three supported many formative themes for interpack, such as Save Food and the special shows under the innovationparc label. These are now also successful at the international events within the scope of the interpack alliance, which will also be led by Dohse in the future.
According to Mufutau Abolarinwa, President of the Cocoa Association of Nigeria, Nigerian cocoa output is likely to drop by at least 20 % this season as measures aimed at curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus and drier weather increase the chances of a poor harvest.
Nigeria, the world’s fifth biggest cocoa grower, has been hurt by lockdown measures initiated to slow the spread of the outbreak as farmers have been unable to import inputs, while drier weather has hindered pod formation. The statistics office said in a report that the pandemic could cause agricultural yields to fall due to the limited access to inputs for crop production.
“We are expecting a poor harvest by November, and Export volumes have also fallen,” Mufutau Abolarinwa said. “For the past seven weeks there has been no substantial rain in the cocoa regions”. Cocoa trees need a delicate balance of rain and dry weather. Too little rain, and they wither; too much, and they become susceptible to insects or fungal black pod disease. Beans can also go mouldy if small farmers are unable to dry them outside.
Scant rainfall between April and June helped the bean count to rise from 230 g to 270 g, but was not sufficient to boost new pod formation. Farmers have started an early harvest for the main crop in anticipation that rainfall might improve before November, the peak of the harvest.
Bunge Loders Croklaan (BLC), the specialty oils and fats business of Bunge Limited, officially announces the opening of its state-of-the-art shea butter processing facility in Tema/Ghana with the launch of the Where Life Grows campaign that celebrates the company’s efforts to build a resilient and sustainable shea supply chain in Africa.
“Our latest investment in Ghana plays a critical role in strengthening BLC’s global infrastructure for processing and supplying high-quality shea products to our customers around the world, while also bolstering the entire ecosystem of regional crushers and local shea collectors in the West African region,” said Aaron Buettner, President BLC. “The facility allows us to meaningfully support and empower the local shea communities through the transfer of knowledge of value adding processes and by investing in local skills development.”
Operational since 2019, the facility is BLC’s first shea processing plant in Africa and the largest of its kind on the continent. “The facility is a fully automated solvent fractionation plant that processes raw shea butter made from locally collected and crushed shea nuts,” said Antoine Turpin, General Manager West Africa at BLC. “Currently, the facility provides employment to 73 people from mostly the local community. Its strategic location not only allows for a more efficient production process; it also delivers on BLC’s commitment to building a more sustainable supply chain for shea.”