Ingredion launches its first Idea Lab innovation centre in Kenya

KENYA – The global ingredients solution provider, Ingredion Incorporated has launched a new state-of-the-art Idea Lab innovation centre in Nairobi, Kenya, the company’s first in the region. According to Ingredion, the centre seeks to deliver the much needed technical support and culinary know-how to customers across Eastern Africa. It is set to benefit food and…

Bidco Land O’Lakes launches new ‘Kienyeji’ poultry diet in Kenya

KENYA – Bidco Land O’Lakes, a feed-focused joint venture between the American agricultural cooperative Land O'Lakes and Bidco Africa has launched new ‘Kienyeji’ four phase diet for the indigenous chicken. The Kienyeji Feed is expected to improve the rearing of the local poultry raised on either free range or in confinement. According to Bidco Land…

AB InBev and coffee maker Keurig launch home cocktail machine in the US

USA – Keurig Dr Pepper has partnered with AB InBev to launch Drinkworks Home Bar, a pod-based cocktail-making machine for people who struggle to stir, mix, or shake their own cocktails at home. The machine is able to prepare cocktails, brews, ciders by calculating the precise amount of water and carbonation needed for each proprietary.…

Tate & Lyle extends distribution agreement with Azelis in Europe

EUROPE – The British agribusiness conglomerate Tate & Lyle has announced that it has extended its partnership with Azelis, a leading distributor of speciality chemicals and food ingredients. As part of the agreement, Azelis’ will distribute Tate & Lyle’s texturants, low and no calorie sweeteners, fibres, and stabilisers in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Croatia…

UK based Vieve launches ‘world’s first’ watermelon-flavoured protein drink

UK – Vieve, a UK based producer of naturally flavoured protein waters has expanded its portfolio with the launch of what it claims the world’s first watermelon-flavoured protein drink. The company said the watermelon flavoured water contains NO fat, NO sugar, NO artificial colours or flavours, low calorie and the ideal amount of protein in…

South Korea’s CJ CheilJedang buys U.S. frozen foods firm Schwan for US$1.84b

USA – South Korean food ingredients and pharmaceuticals company CJ Cheil Jedang has bought Minnesota based privately owned food company Schwan Co. for $1.84 billion. CJ CheilJedang has acquired 80% of Schwan’s, representing CJ Group’s biggest ever acquisition. With the deal, the group will be able to access Schwan’s distribution network, including logistics centers and…

Twiga Foods raises US$10.3m financing from IFC and TLcom for expansion

KENYA – Twiga Foods, a Kenyan based online food-market platform has raised US$10.3 million financing co-led by World Bank’s private investment arm International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Pan-African venture capital firm, TLcom Capital. The capital is meant to help the company expand operations and offer new services to small holder farmers. Others that participated in…

Unilever Ghana launches livelihood empowerment project for women

GHANA – Unilever Ghana has launched an entrepreneurial empowerment programme in Upper West (UW) to enhance financial stability among women. According to GNA, Unilever Ghana in collaboration with ProNet North has trained women in basic bookkeeping, financial management and savings principles under an Indian ‘Shakti’ business model. The model seeks to create livelihood opportunities for…

Kenya’s coffee and tea major Sasini CEO Stephen Githiga to resign

KENYA – Sasini Plc, one of Kenya's major tea and coffee producers has announced that the company’s board has accepted the resignation bid from its Chief Executive Officer Stephen Githiga who is expected to exit by the end of the year. According to the company statement seen by Business Daily, the CEO tendered his resignation…

Simbisa Brands launches mobile application to boost delivery efficiencies

ZIMBABWE – Simbisa Brands, the quick service restaurant business owned by Innscor Africa has launched a mobile application dubbed Dial-a-Delivery (DaD) to enhance efficiency in its delivery network, reports the Herald. The platform boosts efficient delivery of products to customers through centralised call centres. Customers place orders through the phone via the DaD application and…