Zimbabwe’s TN Beverages invests US$1.5m in new beverages plant

ZIMBABWE - TN Holdings’ beverage unit has invested almost US$1.5 million in a new beverage plant that will see increased production with a long term goal of increasing market share for its products. The Herald reported that the funding has also been invested in new equipment at the plant, expanding capacity for its Mr Juicy…

Inadequate Forex hampers Delta’s soft drinks operations

ZIMBABWE - Delta Corporation has revealed that its soft drinks category that is, its Coca-Cola operations is facing challenges relating to shortage of foreign currency in the country since it relies mainly on imported raw materials. Including its Chibuku Super operations, the company said it was hit hard by the prevailing forex shortages as Zimbabwe…

Distell’s restructuring delayed as competition authority demands divestment

SOUTH AFRICA - Distell Group’s planned reorganisation of its control structure is set to delay after the Competition Commission made it clear that the approval was conditional on the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) selling 20% of the 26.8% it acquired in 2016 to a black economic empowerment (BEE) investor. The firm stand by the commission…

UK to ban plastic straws, stirrers, buds in war against plastic pollution

UK - The UK government through Prime Minister Theresa May has announced new plans to ban the sale of plastic straws, plastic drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds in fresh war against plastic pollution. The announcement came before the Prime Minister met the Commonwealth leaders in London with an intention for them to sign-up the…

New entrants into the soda segment stir new war for market share

NIGERIA - The carbonated soft drinks (CSD) market share is up for grabs amidst fierce competition among players, by both the ancient soda dominators and new entrants who are all seeking supremacy in the market. According to the Vanguard, there are over 18 soda brands in the Nigerian market today, as opposed to 30 years…

PepsiCo opens new US$42.3m baby food plant in Russia

RUSSIA - PepsiCo, Inc., the American multinational food, snack and beverage company has opened a new US$42.3 million baby food plant with a daily capacity of approximately 25 tonnes in Russia, reported FoodBev. The new plant will exclusively be used to produce cottage cheese and yogurt products for the company’s Agusha and Chudo Detki brands.…

Kenyan Coke bottler seeks to toss court ruling on nutritional labeling information

KENYA - Coca-Cola bottler in Kenya is contesting a High Court order to place labels with nutritional information on its soft drinks in glass bottles, according to Beverage Industry News NG. Nairobi Bottlers, Kenya’s largest Coke bottler faulted the ruling of the late Justice Onguto earlier this year, saying he had overstepped his mandate as…

Tanzania Breweries launches mobile safety app for employees

TANZANIA - Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL), one of the oldest and largest in the country has launched a mobile app that allows employees report concerns and information relating to safety from their mobile phones. According to Khery Gunzarethy, TBL Group safety and Health Manager, the launch was in line with the company’s strategy to digitalize…

AB InBev’s subsidiary Accra Brewery receives HACCP Certification

GHANA - Accra Brewery Limited, a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest beverage and brewing company, AB InBev, has received the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification from the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) of Ghana. The certification was granted after the brewer proved successful in implementing the programme which it said was…

Uganda’s Café Javas enters the Kenyan market to compete Java House

KENYA - Café Javas, the Ugandan restaurant has entered the local market, having opened a new branch in Nairobi to compete the Kenyan chain of coffee houses, Java House as reported by Business Daily. Café Javas is operating in Kenya’s capital Nairobi under the name CJ’s, prompting competition between the two trademarks, which in 2016…