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…

Africa’s wheat consumption grows as imports hit 47million tonnes

AFRICA – Africa’s grain consumption has over the past decade posted remarkable growth amid increasing demand propelled by the increasing population and changing consumer habits. According to a report by World Grain, wheat was among the major grains that recorded significant increase in consumption. Wheat imports in the continent increased to 47 million tonnes from…

Kenya lifts ban on China fish imports as demand increases

KENYA – Kenya has lifted the ban on fish imports from China as the country continues to experience increased demand that has caused fish shortage in the country, reports Business daily. The Department of Fisheries in the country, which imposed the ban last year after President Kenyatta issued a directive against importation of Chinese fish…

USAID hands over modern dairy processing plant to Makueni co-operative

KENYA – Kenyan dairy farmers have received a modern dairy plant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) which is set to boost milk production. Located in the Makueni county, Eastern region, the fully installed dairy processing plant has a capacity to pasteurize 1000 litres of milk per hour. The project was developed…

Declining production pushes Kenya’s sugar imports up by 67%

KENYA – Kenya recorded 67% growth in sugar imports in January compared to the corresponding period in 2018 as local sugar production continue to plunge, reports Business Daily. According to Data from the Sugar Directorate, the country imported 36,674 tonnes of sugar in the month compared to 21,982 tonnes shipped into the country last year.…

German based Brenntag Holding gets nod to acquire Kenyan firm Desbro

KENYA - The Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) has approved acquisition of Kenyan chemical distributor Desbro Limited by Brenntag Holding B.V., a subsidiary of Germany-based chemical distributor Brenntag Group, reports Business Daily. CAK approved the acquisition on condition that Brenntag retains 80 employees who currently work at the firm for a period of one year.…

Kenya posts highest tea earnings in five years as production increases

KENYA – Kenya’s tea farmers earned US$1.4 billion in 2018 as a result of production recorded in the year despite a decline in the average prices of the commodity at the international market.    In 2018, the tea revenues rose to the highest recorded in the past five years representing an 8.5% growth by US$110…

Fast food group Simbisa Brands opens new outlet in Kenya

KENYA- Zimbabwe’s largest fast food restaurant operator, Simbisa Brands, has opened new fast food chain outlet Kenya as it diversifies its growing Kenyan portfolio. Simbisa brands will operate, Grill Shack, a Dubai-based fast food chain, in the Westgate Mall located in the country’s capital, Nairobi, which adds to its other locally operated brands. Speaking during…