France processed food sector increases by 5.6% to US$191b

FRANCE - The French food processing sector value has been increased by 5.6% in 2017 and is valued at US$191 billion with over 17,600 food processors from small-scale to some of the largest food companies in the world. According to Global Agricultural Information Network, the progress in food technology, marketing innovations and exports of finished…

Diageo grows its Tanqueray gin range with a new variant

UK - Diageo, the British multinational alcoholic beverages company has continued to expand its portfolio with a new Tanqueray gin made from Seville oranges, launched in the UK. The new flavor was developed to pay homage to Tanqueray’s roots, when founder Charles Tanqueray used the citrus fruit in his original 1830s recipes. The gin, made…

Packaging specialist Bowler Metcalf sales its 41.38% stake in SoftBev

SOUTH AFRICA - Bowler Metcalf, manufacturer and seller of plastics and plastic moldings has completed the sale of its 41.38% stake in SoftBev, a company engaged in the production, bottling, and marketing non-alcoholic beverage products in South Africa. Upon the approval of the sale, Bowler’s share price finished 12.2% stronger at US$0.84 and that the…

Namibian beer brand Windhoek re-emerges in Kenya with a new partner

KENYA - One of the brands belonging to the Namibia Breweries Limited, Windhoek has returned into the Kenyan market, but this time with a new partner, Kapari Limited, a Kenyan importer and distributor of wines and spirits. Business Daily reported that the come-back came after the brewer terminated its initial distribution agreement with East Africa…

Skol Brewery Rwanda upgrades with its Global Water Engineering waste-to-water technology

RWANDA - Skol Brewery has upgraded its Rwandan Kigali plant with Global Water Engineering (GWE) world-class waste-to-energy technology that turns wastewater organic pollutants into biogas, or green energy, to profitably power plant boiler equipment while achieving high environmental benefits. Skol Kigali’s new continuous system highly efficiently removes organic waste material from production wastewater, converting more…

Nestle to invest US$26.5m to upgrade Ukraine’s Mivina factory

UK - Nestle, a leading food and beverage company is set to invest US$26.5million in its Kharkiv-based Mivina factory in Ukraine to modernize and upgrade production at the site. The investment which increases capacity and efficiency in production of noodle-based soups and mashed potato is part of the company’s strategy to improve production facilities in…

Diageo appoints Susan Kilsby to its Board of Directors

UK – Diageo, the British multinational alcoholic beverages company has appointed Susan Kilsby as a non-executive director to its board and a member of its Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees. Susan was appointed chairman of Shire Plc, an Irish-based global specialty biopharmaceutical company in 2014 after joining the drug maker in 2011. Also, she is…

American craft beer exports surpass US$125m after growth

USA - The Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers, has reported a 3.6% export growth data for the American craft beer industry in 2017 that saw it go above US$125 million. BA’s Export Development Program (EDP), also said that craft beer export volume increased in 2017, now totalling…

Budweiser and Jim Beam form partnership for a new bourbon brew

NEW YORK – Budweiser, an American-style pale lager produced by AB InBev, and Jim Beam, a brand of bourbon whiskey have joined in a strategic partnership to produce a specialty bourbon brew as part of their new marketing collaboration. According to the all-American pair, it will introduce a new taste of history to beer and…

Unilever Nigeria aims to achieve 100% in local sourcing by 2019

NIGERIA - Unilever Nigeria has embarked on local sourcing of raw materials by partnering with local partners to enhance capabilities in production with an aim to achieve 100% in local sourcing by 2019. In collaboration local and intermediary companies, Unilever is building on long-term relationship with its strategic partners with a focus on value and…