SOUTH AFRICA - Major rival Heineken on Wednesday hit SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) with a slew of conditions it wants the Competition Tribunal to impose on the $108bn merger.
NIGERIA - The Flour Millers Association of Nigeria (FMAN) and Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria (WFAN) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on measures to boost wheat production in the country.
KENYA - Millers want the government to introduce a subsidy for local wheat to make it cheaper and lower the cost of grain products.
SOUTH AFRICA - Small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) in the grocery retail sector are reaping the rewards of big investments by dominant players in the industry, such as Massmart and Pick n Pay.
NIGERIA - The future looks rosy for shareholders of Union Dicon Salt Plc as the company has become the core investor in the $100 million Alape Staple Crop Processing Zone (SCPZ) in Kogi State.
KENYA - The food industry must make a more concerted effort to control Aflatoxins in the food supply chain, according to the head of food safety at Kenya’s ministry of health, Robert Kilonzo.
KENYA - A focus on delivering new products to the market and increased investment in research and development (R&D) have enabled Dairibord Holdings to weather the tough economic environment in Zimbabwe, says the Group R&D Executive of the company, Charity Magwenzi.
SOUTH AFRICA - SABMiller CEO Alan Clark took a £1.2m cut in total pay last year, but will shortly be in line to receive a payout of £55m — once the London-listed brewing group is taken over by larger rival Anheuser-Busch InBev.
SOUTH AFRICA - Newly listed fast foods franchisor Gold Brands Investments, which owns the Chesanyama brand, has acquired affordable eatery concept Mama Chaka’s — heralding an unexpected return to the JSE of food sector entrepreneur Dennis Finch.
KENYA - A millers’ lobby has said its members have cut back production to 39 per cent of capacity as maize shortage bites, pushing up unit cost of production.
KENYA - Agriculture secretary Willy Bett has said Kenya will ratify the regional food quality and safety pact in the latest effort to boost cross-border trade.
KENYA – Nairobi Bottlers has so far saved KSh 439 million (US$4.39 million) in five years in their journey towards a World Class Manufacturing facility, says the company’s Manufacturing Manager, Josephat Kilungu.
KENYA – Rising urbanization, increasing population and incomes, rising middle class and a sophisticated consumer class will drive the growth of the cold breakfast cereal industry in Eastern Africa into the next decade, says the CEO of break fast cereal manufacturer, Proctor & Allan, David Kamau.