Africa Food Manufacturing & Safety Summit (AFMASS) Conference & Expo – Western Africa edition

AFMASS Western Africa is the largest food, beverage and milling industry's largest conference and exhibition attended by key decision makers from Western Africa Africa to trade, network and learn the latest processing, packaging and safety technologies. Bringing together delegates and visitors from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Benin, Ivory Coast and surrounding countries in Western Africa, AFMASS…

Nigeria to become second largest rice importer behind China in 2019, USDA report

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s rice imports are set to hit 3.4 million metric tons high next year, a 13% increase that will see the country become the world’s second largest rice importer behind China, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report. Contrary to the federal government’s ambitious goal to put an end to rice importation,…

Nigeria cuts bills on imported wheat, rice, milk by 50% to US$698m

NIGERIA – The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that import bills on wheat, rice, milk, tomato and sugar have reduced by almost 50% to almost US$698 million, compared to US$1.424 billion spent on imported foods in 2013, reports This Day. According to Olatunde Akande, the Personal Assistant to the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele,…

NEPAD Group to hold fourth Nigeria Rice Investment Forum to consolidate gains

NIGERIA – The NEPAD Business Group Nigeria (NBGN) has concluded plans to hold its 4th Nigeria Rice Investment Forum in a bid to consolidate gains recorded in the sector as well as ensure self-sufficiency. According to the Guardian, the forum scheduled for November 20-21, 2018 in Abuja will address issues in the rice sector and…

SON unveils new standards and Codes of Practice for planting bean seeds

NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has released new Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS), and Codes of Practice for planting beans seed across the country, reports the Guardian. The standards come to address issues like preservation of the food crop from planting to the table while ensuring that the commodity is safe for consumption.…

Coca-Cola HBC revenue rises 2.6% with strong growth in developing markets

SWITZERLAND – Coca-Cola HBC, the world’s second-largest Coca-Cola anchor bottler in terms of volume has said revenue in the third quarter of 2018 increased by 2.6% to US$2.11 billion driven by strong volume growth. Volume grew 4.2% in the third quarter and by 4.4% in the nine months across its geographic segments, with the strongest growth…

Nigerian Breweries and road safety agency promote Don’t Drink and Drive campaign

NIGERIA – Star Lager maker, Nigerian Breweries has together with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) held a mega rally on road safety in Lagos in a bid to curb the number of road accidents in the country. According to Beverage Industry News, the Don’t Drink and Drive rally campaign was the second of the…

Nigeria launches first livestock ecommerce platform to transform the sector

NIGERIA – Nigeria has launched the country’s first online livestock market that will connect both the buyers and sellers on a 24-hour basis, every day of the week, reports ThisDay. The system called Livestock247.com, will allow organized transactions by linking different players in the sector including livestock stakeholders, buyers, sellers, ranchers, livestock merchants, veterinary professionals,…

International Breweries names consultancy firm XLR8 as Public Relations partner

NIGERIA – International Breweries, the Nigerian subsidiary of the world’s largest brewer, AB InBev has appointed leading communications consultancy, XLR8 to manage its public relations. According to Beverage Industry News, XLRB will be responsible for all of the company’s corporate as well as brand-related communications. The company will leverage its corporate communications with the support…

International Breweries appoints Andrew Scott Murray as a Non-Executive Director

NIGERIA – Nigeria based International Breweries Plc has appointed Mr. Andrew Scott Murray as a Non-Executive Director of the company. In a company statement, the company indicated that Mr. Murray is currently the Vice-President, Finance for AB InBev Africa, leading the finance function across the AB InBev Africa operations, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He…