Nigeria UAC Appoints Ibiyinka Oriola as new group finance director

NIGERIA – The United Africa Company of Nigeria PLC (UAC), the parent company of UAC Foods Limited has appointed Mr. Ibikunle Ibiyinka Oriola as the Group’s Finance Director. Mr. Oriola is a seasoned professional with 17 years’ experience gained from diverse functional roles spanning finance, strategy, risk management and corporate finance. He has provided strategic…

tna appoints Matthew Walters to lead African operations

SOUTH AFRICA – Food processing and packaging solutions provider, tna solutions Pty Ltd has appointed Matthew Walters as branch manager to head up its African operations, based in South Africa. In his new role Matthew will be responsible of supporting food manufacturers across the Africa with tna’s portfolio in the food processing and packaging solutions.…

U.S. Grains Council president and chief executive Tom Sleight to retire

USA – President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Thomas Sleight has announced plans to retire in the summer when his successor will be appointed by the firm’s Board of Directors. Tom was named president and CEO of the firm in 2012 after Thomas C. Dorr who also retired from USGC.…

Nigeria’s International Breweries appoints Richard Rivett-Carnac as Director

NIGERIA - International Breweries Plc, the Nigerian subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has announced the appointment of Mr Richard Rivett-Carnac to its Board as a Non-Executive Director. Mr. Rivett-Carnac replaces Phillip Redman who recently resigned his appointment as a Non-Executive Director of the company, reports Beverage Industry News. In a statement, the company said…

South Africa’s Tongaat Hulett appoints Rob Aitken as new CFO

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s agri-business company, Tongaat Hulett, has announced the appointment of Rob Aitken as new permeant Chief Executive Officer (CFO) and executive director, effective March 2019, reports Business Report. Rob Aitken has been the acting CFO for the past six months since the departure of Murray Munro who resigned in August 2018.…

Bunge names Gregory A. Heckman acting Chief Executive Officer

USA – The global agricultural and food company, Bunge Ltd has appointed Board member Gregory A. Heckman as acting Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. He succeeds Soren Schroder who in December unveiled intentions to step down from the company. Heckman joined Bunge Board in 2018 after having served as CEO of The Gavilon Group and…

High intake of dietary fiber and whole grains can reduce risk of non-communicable diseases, report

WORLD - High intake of dietary fiber and whole grains has been associated with reduced risk of non-communicable diseases, according to a series of systematic reviews and meta-analyses published in The Lancet. The study, commissioned by the World Health Organization show that people who eat higher levels of the products have lower rates of non-communicable diseases…

Coca-Cola Amatil ditches plastic straws and stirrers in Australia

AUSTRALIA – Coca-Cola Amatil has announced that it will no longer distribute single-use plastic drinking straws or stirrers in Australia, and would instead stock fully recyclable and biodegradable FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) accredited paper straws starting February. The company said the new paper drinking straws will be sourced from suppliers BioPak and Austraw and made…

Arla creates new organisation to drive innovation, appoints Senior VP to lead role

DENMARK – The Danish dairy cooperative, Arla Foods has created a new Product and Innovation division and appointed Lars Dalsgaard as new Senior Vice President to lead the organisation effective April 1, 2019. This is the dairy company’s approach to driving the innovation and product development capabilities. The company said the new company fit strengthens…

FSSAI sets new food packaging regulations effective July 1

INDIA – India’s food regulator, Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) has announced new packaging requirements and food businesses are required to comply with the new rules effective July 1, 2019. The new regulations replace provisions in the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011 and prohibits packaging material made of recycled plastics…