New KCC invests US$9.9m in upgrading factories

KENYA - New Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC), the government-owned, second largest dairy processor in Kenya has invested more than US$9.9m in modernizing its factories in a bid to improve production and increase local market share. The Nation reports the investment is geared at increasing the company’s capacity from the current annual pay-out to farmers of…

Coca-Cola reaffirms commitment to create a world without waste

USA - The Coca-Cola company, in collaboration with its bottling partners, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa and Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages has made a re-commitment to tackle the problem of waste pollution. Marking the World Environment Day, the company highlighted its progress in combatting plastic pollution over the years. Through its ‘World Without Waste’ initiative which it…

Givaudan completes acquisition of 40.5% stake in Naturex

SWITZERLAND - Givaudan has completed the acquisition of 40.5% stake in Naturex, a French manufacturer of natural specialty ingredients for the food industry for US$648m. As announced in March this year, Givaudan has confirmed the intention to launch a mandatory cash tender offer for all remaining outstanding shares of Naturex, at a price of US$168…

Heineken USA appoints Maggie Timoney as first female CEO

USA - Heineken USA has appointed Maggie Timoney, former Heineken Ireland CEO as its new CEO, the first woman to serve as chief executive at the Dutch brewing company Heineken International effective 1 September 2018. She succeeds Ronald den Elzen who took over the position in 2015 and will be returning at Heineken N.V headquarters…

India sets goal to eliminate use of single-use plastics by 2020

INDIA - India has pledged to eliminate the use of single—use plastics by 2020 as part of the country’s new strategy to tackle the issue of plastic wastes and plastic pollution. In addition to the commitment which was made on World Environment Day, the country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi unveiled plans to introduce a campaign…

Barry Callebaut partners with Ghana and Ivory Coast for sustainable cocoa production

GHANA - Barry Callebaut, one of the world’s largest cocoa producers and grinders has signed a letter of intent with Ghana and Ivory Coast to clear and replant trees infected with swollen-shoot virus disease in an initiative to ensure sustainable cocoa farming. The initiative, in collaboration with Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and the Coffee Caco…

Davipel Group invests US$12m in snack facilities

ZIMBABWE - Davipel Group of Companies, an agro-processing firm has invested US$12 million to construct two state-of-the-art snack facilities as it builds mileage in snacking, milling and feed production. Launched by President Mnangagwa, the facilities come handy following the government’s control on imports under Statutory Instrument 64 (SI 64) of 2016, a legislation that requires…

Firmenich partners with Nelixia to expand natural ingredients reach in Central America

SWITZERLAND - Firmenich SA, the Swiss fragrance and flavors company has entered into a strategic partnership with Nelixia, the Guatemala based producer and exporter of essential oils to expand their natural ingredients reach in Central America. Firmenich is investing in Nelixia significantly expanding its raw materials portfolio as well as accelerating its potential in natural…

Nano-plastics accumulated by marine life may pose risk to human health, study says

WORLD - Nano-plastics, formed as a result of degradation of microplastics and easily ingested by marine life may create a risk to human food chains on accumulation, potentially threatening food safety and human health, shows a study conducted by the National University of Singapore (NUS). Nano plastics are tiny pieces of plastic less than 1µm…

Arla Foods signs strategic partnership with Starbucks

UK – Arla Foods, a global dairy company and co-operative, has signed a strategic partnership with Starbucks, a successful business partnership that allows Arla Foods to manufacture, distribute and market Starbucks premium milk-based ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee beverages for the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa.) According to the company, the two companies have signed…