Africa Food Industry Excellence Awards

The Africa Food Industry Excellence Awards celebrate the very best new products, projects and initiatives; and outstanding individuals in the food, beverage and milling industry in Africa. Through a competitive process judged by some of the most outstanding industry veterans, the Awards aim at boosting innovations and excellence in the region's food industry. The 2018…

Packaging group Silafrica appoints Gavin Dehning as Group CEO

KENYA – African leading packaging supplier for the food, beverage and health industry, Silafrica has appointed Gavin Dehning as new Group CEO. He will lead the company operations mainly in East Africa and the surrounding regions, supporting the demand for world class plastic packaging solutions in the market. Prior to his appointment, Gavin worked with…

SunOpta ousts CEO David J. Colo on poor results, divests soy and corn business

CANADA - Global organic food company, SunOpta has announced that it has terminated the tenure of president and chief executive officer, David J. Colo following disappointing financial results. The company which also cited desire for a change in leadership for CEO ouster, reported a loss of $117.11 million in the year ended Dec. 29, 2018…

Bunge names Gregory A. Heckman acting Chief Executive Officer

USA – The global agricultural and food company, Bunge Ltd has appointed Board member Gregory A. Heckman as acting Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. He succeeds Soren Schroder who in December unveiled intentions to step down from the company. Heckman joined Bunge Board in 2018 after having served as CEO of The Gavilon Group and…

tna names Jonathan Rankin new Chief Executive Officer

AUSTRALIA – Packaging group, tna solutions Pty Ltd has appointed Jonathan Rankin as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead the company’s global food packaging and processing operations. Jonathan re-joined tna in Decemner 2017 as chief sales officer to head-up global sales division and support customers across all tna businesses around the world. He…

Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey named chairman, Muhtar Kent to retire

USA – The Coca-Cola Company Chief Executive James Quincey has been elected as the 14th chairman of The Coca-Cola Company, succeeding Muhtar Kent, who plans to retire in April 2019. Quincey currently serves as the President and CEO of the company and his appointment to chairman and CEO position will be ratified at the company’s…

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa appoints Jacques Vermeulen new group CEO

SOUTH AFRICA - Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), the largest Coca-Cola bottler in Africa has announced the appointment of Jacques Vermeulen as the group’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective December 1, 2018. He succeeds Doug Jackson, CCBA’s current group chief executive, and a 35-year veteran of the Coca-Cola system. Vermeulen has served as managing director of…

Buhler names Andy Sharpe new North American president and CEO

USA – Buhler Inc., global company in process engineering and technology for food, feed, and advanced industrial materials has named Andy Sharpe as the next president and chief executive officer of Buhler, Inc., effective Jan. 1. He succeeds Rene Steiner, who is retiring following a 50-year career with Buhler, and will remain with the company…

Heineken’s Rwandan subsidiary appoints Merid Demissie as new Managing Director

RWANDA - Bralirwa Plc, a local Rwandan subsidiary of Heineken has named Merid Demissie, an Ethiopian as the company’s new Managing Director effective January 1, 2019, reports New Times. Demissie will succeed Victor Madiela after his two years of service as the Managing director in the company. Merid’s appointment sheds more light into the company…

Unilever CEO to retire, Alan Jope named successor effective January 1

NETHERLANDS – Consumer products multinational Unilever Plc has announced that Chief Executive Officer, Paul Polman is set to retire from the company and will be replaced by Alan Jope, who is president of the company's beauty and personal care division effective 1 January 2019. Polman will stay on in a supporting role, will officially retire…