McDonald’s to ditch plastic straws in UK and Ireland by 2019

UK- McDonald, an American fast food company, is set to eliminate plastic straws in some of its markets in Europe including UK and Ireland by 2019 in a way to reduce plastic waste. McDonald aims to transition to paper straws in all of its locations in these markets with planned trials for selected restaurants in…

Coca-Cola, Nestle and Kraft Heinz consider acquisition of GSK’s drink brand Horlicks

UK - Coca-Cola, the world’s soft drinks and beverage company, has made considerations to acquire malted drink brand Horlicks from UK pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), according to the Sunday Telegraph. It is understood both companies have held talks about a deal after GSK announced in March that it would carry out a review of the…

UK watchdog probes on the allegations of meat traces in vegetarian foods

LONDON - Britain’s food watchdog said it was investigating allegations that traces of meat had been found in “meat-free” and vegan meals sold at the country’s two largest supermarket chains, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. According to Reuters, the FSA statement followed a report in The Daily Telegraph, which said an investigation by the newspaper had detected…

Shoprite’s ‘job-readiness program’ to empower 12,000 youths

SOUTH AFRICA - Shoprite South Africa, one of the largest retailers in Africa aims to empower 12,000 youth in the retail sector under its ‘Retail Readiness programme’ initiative. The programme targets to empower youth between the ages of 18 to 29 years old in Gauteng and the Western Cape through eight-week training, according to Business…

Tyson Foods starts construction of US$300m poultry plant in Tennessee

USA - Tyson Foods has started construction of US$300 million poultry processing facility in Humboldt, Tennessee projected to start operation in late 2019. According to FoodBev, the plant will produce pre-packaged trays of chicken for retailers nationwide in the US, and is expected to process 1.25 million birds every week at full capacity. Plans to…

Tyson Foods voluntarily recalls chicken products on plastic contamination

USA - Tyson Foods, the American convenience food provider said it was executing a voluntary recall of 3,120 pounds, or 260 cases, of breaded chicken tenderloins supplied to foodservice establishments throughout the country over possible contamination with blue and clear pieces of plastic. The move was taken after a supplier of ingredient sent to Tyson…

McDonald’s 15 outlets in the North and East hits record high in sales in May

INDIA - McDonald’s 15 outlets in the North and East have hit a record high in sales for May, high above previous records, according to Connaught Plaza Restaurants(CPRL) MD Vikram Bakshi. This follows a legal battle between McDonald’s and CPRL after McDonald’s India Pvt (MIPL) which runs McDonald’s outlets in north and east India terminated…

Kellogg Company announces leadership changes in the North American and European regions

USA - Kellogg Company, an American multinational food-manufacturing company, has announced two leadership changes to help drive the company's growth strategy in the North American and European regions. According to the company, the leadership changes will involve Chris Hood, currently President of Kellogg Europe, who was named President, Kellogg North America reporting to Chairman and…

Ghana’s food processor Samba Foods posts massive sale revenue

GHANA - Samba Foods Limited, Ghana’s food processor and preservation business has reported 117% sale revenue of 2016 receipts for the 2017 financial year, reported GNA. Speaking at the company’s annual general meeting, Mrs Leticia Osafo-Addo, Managing Director, told shareholders that the year 2017, though a tough one for industries in general proved to be…

Zambeef opens new macro store to expand customer reach

ZAMBIA - Zambeef, one of the largest beef producers in Zambia has added a new Heroes Macro store to its chain of stores in the capital Lusaka as it strengthens its competence in international standards in the local food retailing industry. According to the company, the expansion was in pursuit of providing customers with quality…