Councils advised to set up ‘food resilience teams’ to prepare for Brexit

UK – Food policy experts have written to local authorities to set up ‘food resilience teams’ to ensure safe, adequate and sustainable food supply in preparation for Brexit. The document, written by specialists from City, University of London,University of Sussex and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has been sent to every council in…

Coca-Cola supports Ioniqa Technologies in development of recycled PET

NETHERLANDS – The Coca-Cola Company has announced a loan agreement with Netherlands based high tech chemical company, Ioniqa Technologies to develop Ioniqa’s proprietary technology to produce high-grade, recycled PET content from hard-to-recycle PET waste. The agreement is designed to accelerate the development and deployment of high-grade recycled content PET for use in bottles used by…

South Africa’s Grand Parade pay policy rejected by investors

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s Grand Parade Investment (GPI), which represents Burger King saw its pay policy rejected after 60.6% votes cast by investors went against the remuneration policy,reports Business Day. “I think shareholders know that fundamentally Grand Parade has not performed for at least three years, so why should the revolving door of management…

Ingredion invests US$140m to accelerate growth in plant-based proteins

USA - Ingredion, a major player providing ingredient solutions, is set to invest US$140 million to accelerate production of plant-based proteins and meet its consumer demand globally. The investment is also expected to see the company expand to offer a wider array of plant based protein solutions. Following the investment, two of the company’s facilities…

Mars Wrigley invests US$79.36 million in Alsace M&M’s factory in France

FRANCE - The American confectionery producer, Mars Wrigley has invested US$79.36 million to upgrade its Haguenau M&M’s factory in Alsace, France. Mars Wrigley Confectionery France has made the investment as part of its commitment to remove titanium dioxide from all of its confectionery products produced in Europe by mid-2020. The investment is expected to pay…

Zimbabwe millers to venture into wheat farming for raw materials sourcing

ZIMBABWE -  Zimbabwe has asked grain millers to venture into wheat farming as remedy to enhance raw materials supply for their milling operations, given forex currency shortage challenges in the country. According to the IOL Business, Zimbabwe’s cabinet has agreed to finance a decision posited by Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube to have wheat millers venture…

Kenyan Afia juice maker Kevian considering listing on Nairobi bourse

KENYA – Kenya’s leading juice manufacturer, Kevian Kenya is considering listing on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) through an initial public offering (IPO), reports the Nation. According to the company owner and Managing Director, Kimani Rugendo, said the listing is part of the strategy to transfer ownership of part of the company to the public.…

Kenya Breweries partners farmers to boost sorghum yields

KENYA – Kenya Breweries has partnered with farmers to enhance improved sorghum yields as a long-term sustainability programme of its upcoming plant in Kisumu, reports Business Daily. According to the beer making company, the upcoming plant has a capacity of producing up to 100 million litters of Keg beer. The sustainability programme comes after farmers…

Unilever unveils grant to support waste management and recycling in Nigeria

NIGERIA – Global consumer goods company, Unilever has announced a grant of US$49, 800 (N18.1 million) to Wecyclers, a waste management company to boost waste recycling in the country, reports Daily Trust. The grant comes as a partnership that will allow Unilever control carbon prints from its operations by helping reduce carbon dioxide emission caused…

South Africa’s Grand Parade CEO Prabashinee Moodley steps down

SOUTH AFRICA - Grand Parade Investments Limited (GPI), an empowerment company with holdings in the food sector has announced the resignation of its chief executive officer (CEO), Prabashinee Moodley. Prabashinee Moodley has resigned from position of CEO after less than five months of service in the company. “Given Ms Moodley’s passion and expertise in food…