Jubilant FoodWorks appoints Kapil Grover as CMO of Domino’s Pizza

ASIA - India’s operator of the American pizza restaurant, Domino’s Pizza and Dunkin’ Donuts, Jubilant FoodWorks has appointed Kapil Grover as the new Chief Marketing Officer of Domino’s Pizza effective July 2018. According to a report by ET Retail, Grover will be responsible for leading the marketing strategy for the brand given his 18 years’…

Guinness Nigeria’s 2018 revenue grows as profit jumps 31%

NIGERIA - Guinness Nigeria’s revenue for the year ended 30 June 2018 increased by 14% from N125.92 billion in June 2017 to N142.98 billion as the company prioritized sustained investment in its brands during the period. This helped in delivering both top line growth, margin expansion. Despite continued challenges in the operating environment, beer and…

State reopens closed Abakaliki rice mill over poisonous and adulterated rice

NIGERIA - The State Government of Ebonyi has ordered the reopening of Abakaliki Rice mill which was closed due to discovery of adulterated and poisonous rice in the mill, according to This Day Nigeria. The move follows an investigation by the state government into rice millers which revealed Abakaliki was involved in the production and…

FDA supports exemption of coffee from California’s cancer warning law

USA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it supports the proposed regulation that exempts coffee from a Proposition 65 that demands cancer warning on a number of products. In a letter to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, FDA said the move follows a careful review of the most…

Neogen’s one-hour listeria test kit Listeria Right Now receives AOAC approval

USA - Neogen’s environmental pathogen detection system, Listeria Right Now has received official approval from AOAC, an internationally recognized scientific association. It is a complete system for taking environmental Listeria tests with molecular-level accuracy that requires no enrichment, so there’s no need for processors to grow bacteria cultures on-site. Validated by AOAC and NSF International,…

FDA links foods prepared with liquid nitrogen at point of sale with health problems

USA - The Food and Drug Administration agency of the United States has warned consumers and retailers of the potential health effects from food products prepared by adding liquid nitrogen at the point of sale, immediately before consumption. According to the health department agency, liquid nitrogen considered to be non-toxic, can cause severe damage to…

South Africa farmers fight Trump with higher import tariffs on US chicken

SOUTH AFRICA - South African farmers have called for higher tariffs on ‘cheap’ chicken imports from the United States, which are said to be becoming a threat to the poultry industry in the country, reports Fin24. SA poultry farmers said that the tariffs on the metal industry were a breach of the African Growth and…

Coca-Cola Company to acquire Costa coffee for US$5.1b

USA - The Coca-Cola Company has announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Costa Limited, valued at US$5.1 billion, giving it a strong coffee platform across parts of Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, with the opportunity for additional expansion. Costa Limited, from parent company Whitbread PLC, was founded in…

PepsiCo India’s marketing head Vipul Prakash resigns, Vishal Kaul to take over

ASIA - PepsiCo India’s Senior Vice President-Beverage category and transformation Vipul Prakash has stepped down to pursue an entrepreneurial opportunity outside the company. He will be succeeded by Vishal Kaul who joined the company recently from Ola and has been associated with PepsiCo since 1999. "Vipul Prakash, Senior Vice President, Beverages Category, India Region has…

Amazon India in talks to acquire minority stake in grocery chain Spencer’s Retail

ASIA - Amazon has initiated talks to acquire a minority stake in India’s food and grocery retail chain, Spencer's Retail as it seeks to penetrate the Asian market, two people mentioned by ET Retail to be familiar with the matter said. Amazon is considering alliances for an established footprint in the country’s food and grocery…