FoodBusinessAfrica.com grows, shifts to dedicated server to meet rising demand

KENYA– Africa’s leading food, beverage and milling industry website Foodbusinessafrica.com has over the last year received overwhelming growth in traffic, with a record 10.5 million hits and 650,000 visitors over the past year, thanks to the website’s dedicated and growing readership in Africa and across the world. The increased readership has necessitated the website to…

Government starts process to sell KWAL, Agrochemical stakes in privatization move

KENYA - The government is seeking to sell its stake in companies such as Kenya Wine Agencies Ltd (Kwal), Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) and Agrochemical and Food Corporation (ACFC) in a deal to render them private. The Privatisation Commission which is seeking consultants on the sale-off, will oversee the process that hopes to unlock billions…

AB InBev partners Accenture to boost sales and distribution in Africa

AFRICA - The world’s largest brewer, AB InBev has entered into an agreement with a leading global professional services company, Accenture to boost its sales and distribution operations on the continent, reports MarketWatch. The three-year contract will see the implementation of the Accenture NewsPage Distributor Management System (DMS), a distributor management and sales force automation…

Australia and New Zealand alcohol producers to develop warning labels on products

AUSTRALIA - Alcohol producers will be forced to label their products with warnings relating to the risks of drinking during pregnancy in an agreement reached by Australian and New Zealand ministers. According to Food Business News, the labels will be developed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand in consultation with the alcohol industry, and will…

Irish Senate passes alcohol law, introducing minimum price and labelling

IRELAND - Ireland has adopted legislation on the risks associated with alcohol consumption, for the first time, in a country where alcoholism has had devastating consequences. According to EURACTIV, it is the first law in Ireland that treats alcohol as a matter of public health, and that the new legislation affects the price, access, marketing,…

Dixie Vodka partners with Savannah Bee Company to launch honey-flavoured vodka

USA - Dixie Vodka, an all-American craft vodka, has announced its most recent flavor innovation in a regional collaboration with Savannah Bee Company: Dixie Wildflower Honey Vodka. According to the company, its newest product uses SBC's Georgia Wildflower Honey infused in Dixie's award-winning Dixie Southern Vodka, 6x distilled from non-GMO corn. The result is a…

Diageo adds new black raspberry Ciroc to vodka portfolio

UK – Diageo, a British multinational alcoholic beverages company, has revealed an extension of its “ultra-premium” Cîroc vodka portfolio with the limited-edition black raspberry variant. According to FoodBev, Cîroc black raspberry infuses five times distilled vodka with “the delicate natural flavours of fresh, crushed black raspberry essence to create a distinct smooth finish”. “We’re incredibly…

PepsiCo and Loop Industries sign multi-year supply agreement for Loop-branded 100% sustainable plastics

USA - Loop Industries, Inc., a leading technology innovator in sustainable plastic and PepsiCo, Inc. have announced a multi-year supply agreement that will enable PepsiCo to purchase production capacity from Loop’s joint venture facility in the United States. According to the company, it will also incorporate Loop PET plastic, which is 100% recycled material, into…

Coca Cola, PepsiCo and Nestle are the largest waste contributors, says Greenpeace

CANADA – Greenpeace, a non-governmental environmental organization, has released an audit which said that Coca Cola, PepsiCo and Nestle are the top three contributors to ocean waste and pollution. According to the organization, together with their partners in the Break Free From Plastic movement, they enlisted the help of 10,000 volunteers across 42 countries to…

Craft Brew Alliance forms distribution partnerships with 3 US-based beer companies

USA - Craft Brew Alliance, Inc., a leading craft brewing company, has made strategic brewing and distribution partnerships with Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB), Cisco Brewers, and Wynwood Brewing Co. through three separate purchase agreements. Formally launched in 2015, CBA’s craft partner strategy has contributed significantly to the evolution of the company, and new agreements represent…