AB InBev’s Accra Brewery commits to recycling PET bottles

GHANA - Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev’s subsidiary has announced plans to focus more on solutions for the recycling of its Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles, reported Ghana News Agency (GNA). This follows a successful separation between the brewery and Voltic Ghana, a manufacturer of natural mineral water brand. Before the separation of the…

Unilever receives positive opinion on health claim for tea from the EFSA

EUROPE - Unilever, the world’s leading tea company, has announced that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a positive opinion on the company’s evidence that black tea improves attention. According to EFSA, this opinion makes Unilever the first company in the EU to receive a positive scientific opinion on a health claim for…

Coca-Cola acquires Uruguay’s Montevideo Refrescos for US$250.7m

ÚSA - Coca-Cola Femsa, the largest Coke franchise bottler in the world by sales volume, has acquired Uruguay’s Montevideo Refrescos (Monresa) from The Coca-Cola Company for US$250.7 million. According to FoodBev, the deal sees Femsa increase its presence into a total of 11 countries, adding to its operations in the Philippines, Central America, South America…

Starbucks Corporation introduces Teavana as Chief Financial Officer to retire

USA – Starbucks Corporation, an American coffee company and coffeehouse chain, has announced that that Scott Maw, executive vice president and chief financial officer, is retiring effective Nov. 30, 2018. According to the company, it has already launched an external search for a new CFO. After his retirement, Maw will continue to support the transition in a…

Roha launches innovative solutions for stains on necks of beverage bottles

INDIA - India-based colors company, Roha, has launched an innovative solution to tackle the issue of neck ringing, the formation of the oily ring like stains on the necks of beverage bottles. According to FoodingredientsFirst, the company’s scientific experts have been working with clients in their labs and have revealed their so-called breakthrough product for the…

Heineken launches limited edition world labels in Nigeria

NIGERIA - The premium lager beer, Heineken has launched a limited edition of world labels alongside a technological campaign in Nigeria to celebrate its presence in 192 countries, reported the Vanguard. The campaign meant to run from June 2018 to 31st August 2018 is a new and innovative way of building its brand name among…

Guinness Nigeria commissions new US$18m PET plant

NIGERIA - Guinness Nigeria, a subsidiary of UK’s Diageo Plc has commissioned a new Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant costing US$18.07 million, according to Beverage Industry News. During the grant opening ceremony in the capital Lagos, the company also announced the launch of its Adult Premium Non-Alcoholic Drinks (APNADs) in new PET bottles. Guinness revealed it…

National Alcohol Factory receives US$131.3m acquisition offer in a privatization drive

ETHIOPIA - The state-owned manufacturer, National Alcohol & Liquor Factory (NALF) has received US$131.3 million acquisition offer from Lominat Beverage in the government’s move to privatize the company. Lominat Beverage Plc, also reported by the Fortune to be constructing a beverage bottling company in Modio town, offered the highest bid ahead of Pure Beverages Plc,…

Coca-Cola temporarily pauses production due to the shortage of CO2 gas

EUROPE - Coca-Cola, the world’s soft drinks producer, has said it has "temporarily paused" some production because of the shortage of CO2 gas, even though the shortage so far has not affected supplies. BBC reported that at least five CO2 producers in northern Europe are offline for maintenance, according to the publication Gasworld, which was…

Tanzania Breweries recommits to improving barley production

TANZANIA - Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) has renewed its commitment in collaborating with farmers to improve barley productivity in the country, reported IPP media. During the Barley Growers day in the country’s capital, the company introduced new varieties of seed to help farmers grow commercial barley that is suitable to the soil and climatic conditions…