Indorama Ventures acquires PET recycler Sorepla Industrie

FRANCE - Indorama Ventures, one of the world's leading producers in the intermediate petrochemicals industry, has enhanced its PET recycling capabilities with the acquisition of France-based Sorepla Industrie for an undisclosed fee. According to FoodBev, Sorepla Industrie operates a single recycling facility in France which boasts three production lines; one for recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET),…

Sainsbury’s to start trials for the smartphones payment system

UK - Sainsbury's, the second largest chain of supermarkets in UK, is planning to get rid of checkouts as its tests new technology that allows customers to scan and pay for shopping using their smartphone. According to Sun, this is not the first time that Sainsbury's has tested the technology as last year the lunchtime…

Kroger partners with Alibaba to sell groceries online across China

CHINA - Kroger, an American retailing company, has made plans to sell products on Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba, the latest decision in a series of initiatives to bolster its digital business. According to CNBC, Kroger will open an online storefront on Alibaba's platform for international brands, Tmall Global, as its focus will include dietary supplements…

Simbisa Brands to open more fast food outlets in Kenya in an expansion drive

KENYA - Simbisa Brands, Zimbabwe’s largest fast-food restaurant operator has announced plans to open more restaurant and fast-food outlets in Kenya to expand its presence and tame rivals in the country, Business Daily has reported. The quick service and restaurant company operates Chicken Inn, Pizza Inn, Bakers Inn and Creamy Inn in Kenya. According to…

UAC Foods appoints Oladele Ajayi as new Managing Director

NIGERIA - The Board of UAC Foods Limited, a joint venture between UAC of Nigeria Plc and Tiger Brands has appointed Oladele Ajayi as new Managing Director, reported Beverage Industry news. His appointment follows years of experience at Nigerian Breweries Plc where he joined in 1989 as an assistant brewer, served in various roles including…

New 2 Sisters CEO Ronald Kers sets out a new transformation agenda

UK – The new CEO of UK’s poultry manufacturing company 2 Sisters, Ronald Kers, has set out new plans of transformation and organisational changes in the first week of his reign. According to the company, the ex-CEO of Muller has also informed the colleagues of new ‘Framework for Success’ plan and spelled out his vision…

Delivery startup DailyNinja acquires milk delivery business 4amShop in a cash deal

INDIA - DailyNinja, Bengaluru-based hyperlocal subscription delivery startup has acquired milk delivery startup business 4amShop in an undisclosed cash deal as it seeks to expand its presence in Southern India. On completion of the transaction, the founders of 4amShop will exit and 2,000 customers of 4amShop will be transferred to DailyNinja, according to inc42. The…

Anti-Profiteering agency questions Subway, KFC and Pizza Hut on tax cuts

INDIA - The National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAPA) has questioned Subway, Yum Restaurants owned Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) for not fully passing on cuts in goods and services tax (GST) rates to consumers. The fast food restaurants were indicated to have impartially adhered to lower GST rates by passing tax cuts on select…

Coca-Cola Beverages SA appoints Flora Jika as new logistics director

SOUTH AFRICA - Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has appointed Flora Jika as the new logistics director after working with the company for almost ten years, Business Day has reported. Jika, a holder of master’s degree in industrial engineering from Wits University, joined CCBSA in 2008 after a four-year stint at Anglo American’s Witbank coalfields.…

Food Control agency shuts down Kripsy Kreme over expired ingredients

NIGERIA- National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Consumer Protection Council (CPC) have shut down Kripsy Kreme Doughnuts confectionary in Victoria Island, Lagos over use of expired fillings and imposed expiry dates, BBC reports. The move was announced after NAFDAC and CPC visited the premises to conduct a quality inspection on their…