Swiggy’s deal for Uber Eats India delays over regulatory issues

INDIA – Uber’s plans to sell its Indian food delivery business, UberEats to rival Swiggy has been delayed as a result of tax and legal issues as well as other regulatory conditions. An ET Retail report which cites three people familiar with the matter indicates that in addition to failure to meet certain market and…

Nigeria’s regulator mulls ban on sachets, PET bottles as alcoholic packages

NIGERIA - The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Nigeria has unveiled plans of banning the use of sachets and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles in packaging alcoholic beverages. According to a report Beverage Industry News, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director General at NAFDAC, said that the regulator will no longer approve…

Namibia imposes temporary ban on vegetable imports as local production increases

NAMIBIA – The Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) has imposed temporary ban on certain vegetable importation following increased supply from the local producers, reports Namibian. According to Lesley Losper, national horticulture manager at NAB, the ban applies to 10 most consumed products in the country packaged in five and 10 kilogrammes. NAB said it closed off…

Poultry association calls for interventions as SA chicken imports hit new record

SOUTH AFRICA -  The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has called for more interventions o protect the local poultry industry as chicken imports hit 538 434 tonnes in 2018 putting more pressure on domestic market.  According to data from the association, the imports hit a new record high last year increasing from 528 108 tons…

UK government launches consultation on proposed plastic packaging tax

UK – The UK government has launched a consultation process seeking views on the proposed plastic packaging taxes which looks to cement its leadership in a sustainable economy. The government proposed new taxes and tougher regulations for packaging producers to limit production of plastic waste and their impacts in oceanic and environmental pollution. The consultation…

Zimbabwe’s Varun Beverages gets special economic zone status

ZIMBABWE – VarunBeverages Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd, a soft drink manufacturer and Pepsi bottler in the country has been declared a special economic zone (SEZ) as an incentive from government in its plans of investing US$23 million in a new plant. The announcement was made by the Zimbabwe Special Economic Zones Authority chief executive officer Mr…

Nigeria sees competition and consumer protection bill signed into law

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has assented to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2019 that seeks to ensure competitive trade in the country and ensure production of quality products reports Guardian. In a statement released by Senator Ita Enang, the new law repeals the Consumer Protection Council Act and sections 118-128 of…

Nigerian Government mulls banning tomato paste imports

NIGERIA-  The federal government of Nigeria has unveiled plans of imposing a total ban on the importation of tomato paste in a bid to boost local tomato production in the country. Speaking during a visit at Dangote Tomato Processing Plant, the Minister of agriculture and natural resources, Audu Ogbeh, revealed that the government will introduce…

South Africa seeks export market for meat products after foot-and-mouth calm

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African government said it is engaging in negotiations with external markets to allow importation of meat products from the country following the end of a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Limpopo province, reports Business Day. According to Agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister, Senzeni Zokwana, the country has produced reports on the status…

Standards Organisation of Nigeria develops new standards for indigenous foods

NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in collaboration with other institutions has developed five new standards on indigenous foods as it seeks to promote the government agenda on economic diversification through agriculture. The Vanguard reports that the on-going development of the Standards also seeks to promote the application of research and technology to…