COMESA unveils plans to curb counterfeit seeds through a common label

EASTERN AFRICA - Seed companies operating in Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states will from early next year sell seeds branded with a COMESA logo as a measure to prevent sale of uncertified products. Dr.John Mukuka, COMESA regional seed programme coordinator, said that the labeling was necessary to wipe out counterfeit…

Rwanda government launches fruit project to boost agricultural export

RWANDA - The government of Rwanda through the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) has launched a fruit tree planting project that will see more than 100 million fruit trees planted by 2024 in a bid to improve agricultural exports. According to New Times Rwanda, the project is also expected to create more employment opportunities among…

Danone launches Two Good Greek Yogurt expanding its Light & Fit Brand

USA - The multinational food-products corporation, Danone has launched the Two Good Greek Yogurt which adds to its light & Fit brand in the US market. The dairy product contains 80 calories, 12 grams protein and 2 grams total sugar per 5.03 oz serving and is available in five flavours: vanilla, mixed berry, peach, strawberry…

Africa’s biggest grocer Shoprite opens first outlet in Kenya

KENYA – Shoprite Holdings, the South African retailer has opened its first store in Nairobi and is set to disrupt the Kenyan retail industry which has attracted a number of foreign investors. The maiden outlet, located at Westgate Shopping Mall sits on a 50,000-square-feet space, previously occupied by struggling Nakumatt Holdings that once was the…

African Universities team up to launch research centre for food security

SOUTH AFRICA – The University of Pretoria in partnership with the University of Nairobi and the University of Ghana has been awarded the privilege to host a new research center that aims to enhance food security and transform food policy on the continent. The African Research Universities Alliance Centre of Excellence for Food Security was…

Promasidor Nigeria launches Sun Vita cereal in the market to expand portfolio

NIGERIA – Consumer goods manufacturer, Promasidor Nigeria has introduced a zip-lock packaged ready-to-go cereal Sun Vita, expanding its range cereals in the market. According to the company, the new range is suited for mothers and others working on tight schedules as it is easy to prepare to meet their daily health and nutritional requirements. SunVita…

Shoprite opens first of its own distribution centres in Nigeria

NIGERIA - The Shoprite Group, a leading food and grocery retailer has opened a new world-class distribution centre (DC) in Lagos, Nigeria to improve its retail operations in the country. The 4,700m² facility will be occupied by Freshmark, Shoprite’s fruit and vegetable procurement, buying and distribution arm while an additional 1180 m² will be used…

Seed Co to invest US$10m in drying facilities to increase efficiency

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe’s largest seed producer, Seed Co Limited, is to develop seed drying facilities at total investment cost of US$10 million which will expedite delivery of seed into the market and cut down losses, reports the Herald. The seed drying technology is expected to be commissioned by 2020 with the pilot project being undertaken…

South Africa’s fast food chain Barcelos to open more outlets in Zimbabwe

ZIMBAMBWE – South Africa’s fast food giant Barcelos Flame Grilled Chicken restaurant is set to open another branch in Harare after opening its first outlet in Bulawayo as it seeks to expand into the Zimbabwean market, reports the Herald. The company director, Benson Muneri, said the expansion of the quick services restaurant into Zimbabwean market…

Mars Wrigley launches new Twix Triple chocolate cookie bars in the US

USA – World’s leading chocolate and chewing gum manufacturer, Mars Wrigley Confectionery has introduced a new variety of Twix Triple chocolate cookie bars in the US. The new treat is a unique cookie experience made of chocolate cookie bars, chocolate caramel, and cloaked in milk chocolate, says Wrigley. It will be available in the US…