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…

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…

FrieslandCampina and DMK Group sign mozzarella cheese production deal

GERMANY – Dutch dairy cooperative, FrieslandCampina has signed an agreement with DMK Group (DMK) for the production of mozzarella cheese, with the deal effective in 2019. DMK Group, one of the leading dairy companies in Germany will bring inits expertise and production facilities for the production of mozzarella forFrieslandCampina. The company will also modernize and…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Tanzanian government blocks export of unprocessed cashew nuts

TANZANIA – The Tanzanian government has reiterated that no company will be allowed to export unprocessed cashew nuts from the country in a bid to protect the local manufacturers, processors and farmers, reports The Citizen. Recently,attempts by companies to export unprocessed cashew nuts hit a dead end after the government blocked export of the produce…