Emmi increases stake in Tunisian dairy for an undisclosed price

TUNISIA – Swiss dairy giant Emmi’s subsidiary Kaiku, has plans to increase its stake in Tunisian No.2 dairy Centrale Laitière de Mahdia SA (Vitalait), from 45.4 % to 54.7 %, to tap into the rising demand for dairy products in the Maghreb country. Based in Mahdia in Tunisia, Emmi currently holds 73.4 % of shares in Kaiku. In…

Seven-Up Minority shareholders agree to firm’s sale

NIGERIA - Minority shareholders of Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc on Thursday 11th January 2018 voted to sell their shares to the majority shareholder, Affelka S.A. for ₦21.4bn ($66.5 million). At a Court-Ordered Meeting in Lagos, shareholders approved the scheme of arrangement for the buyout. With the transfer of 26.8% minority shares to Affelka, the firm’s…

South Africa government gives update on Listeriosis outbreak

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has given a statement regarding the outbreak of Listeriosis in the country. According to the Minister, 727 laboratory-confirmed cases had occurred between January 2017 and 5 January 2018, an increase from 527 cases reported as of 29 November 2017. However, authorities were fiding it…

Sovereign Foods abattoir back in operation after listeriosis scare

SOUTH AFRICA - Sovereign Foods’ poultry abattoir in Hartbeespoort is back in operation following its closure on December 22 by the government to control the spread of listeria. Sovereign issued a media release on Tuesday morning quoting Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi saying: "At this juncture, we cannot conclude that the abattoir is the source of…

Poultry Association meets over South Africa’s listeria outbreak

SOUTH AFRICA - Officials from the SA Poultry Association (Sapa) and the departments of agriculture and health are today expected to meet in Pretoria to discuss ways to mitigate the listeria scourge, which has so far claimed 61 scalps in the country. This as the poultry industry is still reeling from the devastating effects of…

EABL building Sh300m new spirits line on high demand

KENYA - East African Breweries Limited (EABL) is constructing a Sh300 million spirits line at its Ruaraka headquarters in a bid to meet the growing demand for the brand of beverages. The regional brewer’s new line in Nairobi will have the capacity to produce 22.5 million litres of product annually, enough to meet the double-digit…

Zimbabwe’s meat production declines 10% in 2017

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe experienced a substantial decrease in meat production during the third quarter of last year. Official figures from the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, said cattle and pig slaughters were down eight and 10 percent respectively during the third quarter of 2017 from the prior comparable period. Sheep and goat slaughters…

Zimbabwe’s meal delivery company sees aggressive growth

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwean food delivery startup Munch has seen thousands of downloads of its app as it looks to simplify the process of ordering food from restaurants in Harare. Munch has developed a web-based platform and mobile application that allows people to search for their favourite restaurant, select their food, and pay within the application…

Chivita 100% unveils new limited edition packs  

NIGERIA - Chivita 100% has unveiled new Limited Edition packs featuring football stars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Anthony Martial as part of its “Breakfast with the Stars” campaign to provide football loving Nigerians a wonderful opportunity to enjoy and share healthy and complete breakfast moments with these stars. A statement…

Zambian authorities shut down restaurants over disease scare

ZAMBIA — Zambia has shut three of South African retailer Shoprite’s Hungry Lion fast-food restaurants after their food tested positive for the bacterium that causes cholera, a government minister said yesterday. Zambia is struggling to contain an outbreak of the disease, which has killed 51 people and made more than 2 000 others sick in…