Coca-Cola launches Bar None line of non-alcoholic sparkling drinks

USA – The Coca-Cola Company has launched bottled line of non-alcoholic sparkling beverages, Bar None in the United States to expand the options from which alcoholic drinkers can choose from. The bottled drinks offer alternatives beyond soda, juice and tea to consumers of beer, cocktail, alcohol and wine. They are available in varieties such as…

Diageo unveils eight Game of Thrones-themed Scotch whiskies

USA – The global multinational brewer, Diageo has partnered television network HBO to launch a limited-edition range of Game of Thrones-themed Scotch whiskies. According to the company, the Game of Thrones Single Malt Whisky Collection has been launched to tide fans over during their wait for the eighth and final season of the show later this…

Israel firm Yofix unveils clean-label, plant-based yogurt alternative

ISRAEL – Israel based plant-based food startup, Yofix Probiotic Ltd has launched its first dairy-free, soy-free yogurt alternative line, expanding its plant-based food and drinks platform. The new line produces three fruit flavors made from natural ingredients using zero-waste process that involves fermentation. According to the company, the product utilizes live probiotic cultures and prebiotic…

Distell Group launches new premium wine company

SOUTH AFRICA - Africa’s leading wines and spirits producer and wholesaler, Ditsell Group Limited has launched Libertas Vineyards and Estates as a new stand-alone company with ownership of all its premium brands, reports IOL Business Libertas Vineyards and Estates managing director, Kay Nash said the move marks a significant shift from the company’s previous approach…

Stakeholders oppose proposal to merge three sugar factories

KENYA – Stakeholders and Sugarcane farmers from sugar belt region have opposed the Kenyan government’s proposal to merge three ailing sugar millers Chemelil, Muhoroni and Miwani as a government’s intervention to revive the under-performing sugar sector reports Kenya Digest. They have expressed their dissatisfaction on the decision urging that the merger would not improve the…

Tiger Brands revenue to grow 8.4% in the listeriosis wake, Arqaam report

SOUTH AFRICA – Tiger Brands’ road to recovery after facing the recent Listeria crisis may see the food producer grow its revenue and earnings by 8.4% and steadily thereafter in the next three years. Business Live reports that, Finance and investment firm, Arqaam, projects a strong growth for Tiger Brands, but off a low base,…

Bureau of standards to seize goods without distinctive mark in Uganda

UGANDA - Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) said it will seize goods found on the market without a distinctive mark, giving manufacturers and processors till end of January for certification of all products in the market. Dr Ben Manyindo, the UNBS executive director, said the new regulation is part of the agency’s need to…

Tongaat Hulett appoints John Gain Hudson new CEO

SOUTH AFRICA – Tongaat Hulett, agriculture and agri-processing group, appointed former SABMiller executive John Gain Hudson as new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective from February 2019, reports Business Day, Gain Hudson, 49 years old, will replace the long-serving CEO, Peter Staude, and will spearhead the group’s strategic review as Tongaat seeks to revive its under-performing…

United Spirits sells Four Seasons wines business to Grover Zampa Vineyards

INDIA – United Spirits Limited (USL), the Indian subsidiary of the global liquor company, Diageo has entered into a share purchase agreement for the sale of its entire equity share capital in its wholly owned subsidiary Four Seasons Wines (FSWL) to Grover Zampa Vineyards and Quintela Assets. The sale also includes all associated brands and…

UK proposes restrictions on promotions of food high in sugar and fat

UK – The UK government has unveiled a campaign seeking views on its plans to restrict promotions of food and drink products high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) by location and by price.  The consultation aims to reduce excessive eating and drinking of HFSS products that can lead to children becoming overweight and obese.…