Guinness Nigeria partners WaterAid in ‘Water of Life’ project in Nigeria

NIGERIA - Guinness Nigeria Plc, a subsidiary of Diageo Plc, has partnered the WaterAid, international non-profit organization, to facilitate the implementation of the ‘Water of Life’ project in Nigeria. The ‘Water of Life’ project aims at promoting sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene, while helping people take action to improve their health and well-being,…

Barry Callebaut inaugurates new unit in Côte d’Ivoire to grow cocoa processing capabilities

CÔTE D’IVOIRE - Barry Callebaut, a leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, has inaugurated a new state-of-the-art processing unit in its plant at Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Callebaut said that the new grinding unit at its Zone 4C Société Africaine de Cacao (SACO) plant is part of an overall strategic investment to expand cocoa…

Ethiopia tenders bid for supply of 400,000 tonnes of wheat to ease demand

ETHIOPIA – The Government of Ethiopia has issued a new international competitive tender to buy 400,000 tonnes of milling wheat as it seeks to fill the gap of wheat supply in the local milling and baking industries. According to a recent report by the Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the Foreign Agricultural Service…

Twiga Foods taps Coca-Cola’s regional head as new CEO

KENYA - Kenya's leading online grocery platform, Twiga Foods has appointed Peter Njonjo, co-founder and former President of Coca-Cola West and Central Africa as new company Chief Executive Officer. Peter Njonjo has left the left the position in the multinational soft drink manufacturer after 21 years of service and is now set to head the…

Kenya mulls ban on raw and powdered milk imports to protect local industries

KENYA – Kenyan law makers have called for ban of importation of powdered milk and raw milk into country in a move to protect the local industries from cheap imports which have been diluting the market. This follows a report by a parliamentary committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation that the country imported 70 million…

Solidaridad launches US$34.82m projects to boost cocoa, palm oil production in West Africa

WEST AFRICA - Solidaridad, an international non-governmental organisation, has launched two projects to boost cocoa and palm oil production in the West Africa region at an investment worth US$34.82 million. According to a Ghana News Agency report, the Cocoa Rehabilitation and Intensification Programme (CORIP) and Sustainable West Africa Palm Oil Programmes (SWAPP) will be implemented…

EU parliament approves ban on single-use plastics to fight pollution

EU – The European Union legislators have approved a sweeping ban on single-use plastic products in renewed efforts to tackle plastic waste and micro plastic pollution. The European Parliament has voted in favor of ‘The Single Use Plastics Directive’ (SUDP) which criminalizes the use of ten single-use plastics that are most commonly found across European…

Cargill third quarter profit rises as low food ingredients earnings hurt revenues

USA – Cargill’s net earnings in the 2019 third-quarter rose 14% as starches and sweeteners declined on low ethanol prices in North America, and higher energy and raw material costs in Europe. Adjusted operating earnings were US$604 million, up 8% from the previous year, bringing the earnings for the first nine months to US$2.34 billion,…

Schur Flexibles acquires Swedish packaging firm Scandiflex Pac

SWEDEN – Leading flexible packaging producer, Schur Flexibles has acquired Swedish packaging specialist, Scandiflex Pac to further strengthen its packaging capabilities in the Nordic region. The transaction, whose details were not disclosed brings together Scandiflex Pac’s expertise in innovation, sustainability and quality and Schur Flexibles’ leadership in packaging solutions in Austria and Europe. The acquisition…

Kerry invests US$65m in a new savory R&D facility in the US

USA – The food ingredients supplier, Kerry has inaugurated a new savory research and development center in the US, after investing US$65 million to expand its leadership in flavor innovations. Located at its Taste Center of Excellence in Clark, New Jersey, the facility expands the company’s capabilities in the development and manufacturing of savory solutions…