Nigerian Bottling Company discontinues use of ‘ozone-depleting’ trucks

NIGERIA - Nigerian maker of Coca-Cola soft drinks, Nigerian Bottling Company, NBC has said it has eliminated use of ‘eco-unfriendly’ trucks considered to a threat to the ozone layer, a report by BeverageIndustryNews report. The company stated that the trucks possibly posed a pollution risk to the atmosphere through the emission of ozone depleting fumes.…

Global beer supply likely to reduce due to severe climate changes

WORLD – A study involving the University of East Anglia (UEA), has warned that the increasing widespread and severe drought and heat may cause substantial decreases in barley yields worldwide, affecting the supply used to make beer. According to the study, the notion of how big business will contribute to the fight against climate change…

Fairlife launches new collection of lactose-free ready-to-drink snack beverages

USA – Fairlife, the dairy-based health food company, has announced the launch of fairlife smart snacks, a new collection of snack-sized beverages designed as the perfect snack to help curb hunger between meals. According to the company, the latest addition to the company's portfolio of highly nutritious beverages, fairlife smart snacks are made with fairlife…

Constellation Brands announces Bill Newlands as new CEO

USA - Constellation Brands, Inc., a leading beverage alcohol company, today announced Bill Newlands will assume the role of president and chief executive officer (CEO), succeeding current CEO Rob Sands, on March 1, 2019. According to the company, Newlands joined Constellation Brands in 2015 as executive vice president and chief growth officer. In 2016, he…

Coca Cola appoints Brian Smith as new COO in key changes in top leadership

EUROPE - The Coca-Cola Company has announced key changes in top leadership, including the election of a new president and chief operating officer and a succession plan for the chief financial officer. The board of directors today elected Brian Smith to serve as president and COO, effective Jan. 1, 2019, and will report to James…

Maharashtra government to start online sale and home delivery of liquor

INDIA - The state government of Maharashtra is planning to legalize online sale and delivery of liquor at home in the state, the first in the country that will see sale of alcohol on ecommerce platforms. Such a bold move represents the government’s effort to control drunk driving, Times of India reports. "The main objective…

Pernod Ricard owned Irish Distillers to invest US$197m in Ireland sites

IRELAND - Pernod Ricard-owned Irish Distillers, largest distiller of Irish whiskey, will invest over US$196.7 million at its sites in Cork and Dublin to meet a continued rise in demand for Irish whiskey. The company said it has added an additional mechanical vapour recompression evaporator, made by GEA Wiegand in Germany, to its Midleton distillery.…

PepsiCo India to focus on marketing and invest in e-commerce for profitability

INDIA - Indian maker of Pepsi Cola and Lay’s salty snacks, PepsiCo will focus on boosting its market while investing in e-commerce for profitable years ahead, an ET Retail report reveals. According to PepsiCo India president Ahmed ElSheikh, the company is seeking ways to move ahead of existing growth numbers in order to maintain profitable…

Nigerian Breweries’ Corporate Affairs Director Kufre Ekanem resigns

NIGERIA - Corporate Affairs Director and member of the Executive Committee of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Kufre Ekanem has resigned from his duties effective 1st October, 2018. According to BeverageIndustryNews, Kufre is leaving to start a career at a culture, marketing and public relations consultancy firm, Philosoville Limited. A graduate of the University of Calabar, Calabar,…

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…