Zambia’s Green Crop to invest US$72m in Paprika Production

ZAMBIA – Green Crop Field Investment Limited, a Zambia based company, has expressed interest in a Paprika Production and Processing Plant at an investing cost of US$72 million, reports Lusaka Times. Central Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kabwe says the US$72 million investment by the Lusaka-based company is part of the US $432 million that the…

Ghana’s research institutes introduce improved Vitamin A orange corn

GHANA - The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in partnership with the Crops Research Institute (CRI) has introduced a new improved vitamin A rich orange maize varieties, reports Ghana News Agency. The research bodies say that the new varieties; Honampa, Ahoedzin, Ahoefe and Dzifoo come as a gesture to enable the farmers shift…

Coca-Cola unveils plans for new health conscious beverage line in Kenya

KENYA – Soft drink manufacturer, Coca-Cola has unveiled plans to expand its product portfolio in Kenya with a key focus on an increasingly health-conscious consumer base even as it expects warmer weather to drive sales this year. Coca-Cola company regional general manager, Ahmed Rady, said that it was lining up a number of new drinks…

Kenya to open US$10.7m banana processing factory

KENYA – The Kenyan government is set to open a banana processing factory, a project that aims at improving value addition to the commodity, reports Business Daily. The factory will be located on a 10 acres piece of land within the Kisii Agricultural Training Center, at a cost of US$10.7 million grant provided by the…

Zimbabwe’s President inaugurates Innscor’s Prodairy Milk Processing Plant in Ruwa

ZIMBABWE - President Mnangagwa has commissioned a new Prodairy Milk Processing Plant in Ruwa, Zimbabwe that will aid the country in addressing milk consumption gap. According to the Herald, the new facility which is a division of a consumer goods focused group, Innscor Africa Holdings becomes Zimbabwe’s third UHT Processing Plant after Dairibord and Dendairy.…

Ethiopia’s Nared Trading invests US$5m in a new water bottling plant

ETHIOPIA - Nared General Trading, an Ethiopian pharmaceuticals import and wholesale company has invested US$5.01 million (140 million Br) to set up a new water bottling company in Chacha Wereda, Amhara Regional State. According to AddisFortune, the plant was constructed at a cost of US$2.15 million on 20,000Sqm land and is expected to be fully…

Campbell launches on-the-go Well Yes! Soups in the US market

USA – The American producer of canned soups Campbell’s has announced the launch of a new range of on-the-go, convenient soups, Well Yes! in the United States targeting health trend among consumers. The new products are available in convenient grab-and-go packaging, in five delicious flavours to provide healthier snack options for especially consumers with busy…

Chi Ltd introduces Hollandia Choco Malt in 180ml Pack

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s largest juice company, Chi Limited has launched its ready-to-drink Hollandia Choco Malt in 180ml pack size with an intention to provide an entry point for adults and upsize for kids. Beverage Industry News reports that the new pack builds on the commercial success of the brand following its launch in the year…

Buhler and Microsoft partner to launch digital service for optimizing food and feed processing

SWITZERLAND - Uzwil based technology company has in partnership with Microsoft launched MoisturePro at Microsoft’s annual Ignite Conference, a cloud based framework for digital services in the food and feed processing industry. Powered by Bühler Insights platform, the digital service can reduce energy consumption for industrial drying processes, thus checking on the customers’ energy costs…

Muller unveils ‘convenient’ FRijj range with longer shelf life

UK - Muller has released a reformulated FRijj range of milkshake, which has a longer shelf life for convenience stores and food service businesses in the UK. The new FRijj is available in 900ml bottles, larger shareable portions that can keep long when put in the fridge. The longer-lasting ambient recipe for its FRijj range…