Marriott’s AC Hotels opens continent’s first hotel in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – AC Hotels, Marriott International’s European-inspired lifestyle brand owned by Marriott International has opened its first Middle East and Africa hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. The 188-room facility was developed and owned by the Amdec Group and is located within walking distance from the Cape Town International Convention Centre. It has four…

Tanzania Dairy Board and TADB signs deal to develop value chain

TANZANIA - Tanzania Dairy Board has signed a memorandum of understanding with Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) on development of the dairy value chain. A report by TheCitizen indicates that the agreement targets to enhance sector growth and help strengthen the capabilities in Tanzania’s dairy. “This agreement meant a lot for increasing productivity, sustainable production…

Singapore considers ban, tax on high-sugar drinks to tackle diabetes

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MoH) and Health Promotion Board are contemplating banning the sale of higher-sugar pre-packaged drinks or introducing a sugar tax in a bid to curb high sugar intake among people. The Ministry indicated that the move targets to control lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and obesity in the country. MOH…

Nestle unveils packaging institute to accelerate sustainability agenda

SWITZERLAND – Nestle has announced that it has created the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences with a goal to develop functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions as part of its sustainability strategy. Located in Lausanne, Switzerland, Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences will be part of Nestlé’s global research organization housing a state-of-the-art laboratory complex…

FrieslandCampina acquires US cheese distributor Jana Foods

USA – Global dairy company, FrieslandCampina has announced that it has acquired US based importer and distributor of cheese, Jana Foods for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition builds the already existing relationship between FrieslandCampina and Jana Foods and further strengthens the former’s position in supplying Dutch specialty cheese to the US consumer. Jana Foods imports…

Mondelez invests US$5m in Global Technical Center in Poland

EUROPE - Mondelēz International has said that it has invested a further US$5 million in its Global Technical Center in Wroclaw, Poland to serve as an R&D centre for both local and global brands. The company said the new investment expands its research and development activities beyond Chocolate and Bakery and serve Gum and Candy…

Ethiopian liquor firm Ponu invests US$1.9m in a new bottle cap factory

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopian liquor producing company, Ponu Monu has invested US$1.91 million (54 million Br) in establishing a new aluminium and plastic bottle cap factory in Gerji. According to AddisFortune, the investment was part of an expansion project to meet the growing demand for the materials in both the local and export markets. Equipped with…

FAO and MoA inaugurate a new veterinary laboratory in Liberia

LIBERIA - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with Liberia’s Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) has inaugurated the a refurbished and equipped Central Veterinary Laboratory (CVL) at the University of Liberia's Fendell Campus. The facility was funded by USAID, through FAO’s Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) program, an…

Ghana launches US$2.4m national rice initiative for self-sufficiency

GHANA – The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) has launched a US$2.4 million national rice Initiative with an aim to reduce over-reliance on imports and enhance the country’s rice self-sufficiency, reports Ghanaian Times. Referred to as Public-Private Partnership for Competitive and Inclusive Rice Value Chain Development: Planting for Food and Jobs-Rice Chapter, the initiative…

Nigerian Breweries ordered to reinforce employee retirement policy

NIGERIA – The National Industrial Court of Nigeria has made a ruling mandating Nigerian Breweries to include early retirement policy in its employee handbook, reports BeverageIndustryNews. The ruling requires the brewing company to specify the pre-qualification, notice period and severance package in order to avoid litigation of the policy. This follows claims by a former…