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…

Ghana’s Cocoa Processing Company announces new board members.

GHANA – Ghana’s Cocoa Processing Company Limited (CPC) has announced new board of members as the company seeks to capitalize on the cocoa sector to improve its sectors, reports Ghana News Agency. The new board which was sworn into office by the Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto includes Mr Kwaku Owusu…

Tongaat Hulett appoints John Gain Hudson new CEO

SOUTH AFRICA – Tongaat Hulett, agriculture and agri-processing group, appointed former SABMiller executive John Gain Hudson as new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective from February 2019, reports Business Day, Gain Hudson, 49 years old, will replace the long-serving CEO, Peter Staude, and will spearhead the group’s strategic review as Tongaat seeks to revive its under-performing…

PepsiCo names CEO Ramon Laguarta Chairman of the Board

USA – The American food and beverage major, PepsiCo has announced that it has appointed Chief Executive Ramon Laguarta as Chairman of the company Board, effective February 1, 2018. Laguarta succeeds former CEO Indra K. Nooyi who announced to step down from the company as Chief Executive from October 3, 2018 and remain Chairman until…

Walmart to hire 2,000 technology experts in ecommerce boost

USA – The American retail giant, Walmart Inc plans to hire 2,000 technology experts including data scientists, engineers and designers this year to bolster its ecommerce strength. A Bloomberg report indicated that the retail giant is looking for technology hires to work in nine offices from Silicon Valley to Bangalore. According to Walmart Chief Technology…

Bunge appoints Brian Zachman President of Global Risk Management

USA – The American agricultural and food trading company, Bunge Limited has named Brian Zachman as President of Global Risk Management, effective January 14, 2019. With the role that would possibly include managing an array of counterparty risks for efficiency, Zachman will report to the CEO of Bunge Limited and serve on the executive leadership…

Muller and Lidl UK form partnership for sustainably-sourced milk

UK – The dairy group, Müller Milk & Ingredients and the UK leading supermarket, Lidl have announced a new dairy sourcing partnership, Grassroots Dairy Partnership to ensure a sustainable supply chain from ‘grassroots through to the consumer’. The partnership will work to ensure end-to-end dairy supply chain, covering the dairy farmers, critical players in the…

COFCO International appoints Wei Dong new CEO and board member

SWITZERLAND – The Chinese food processing and trading firm, COFCO International has appointed Wei (David) Dong as Chief Executive Officer and to the board of the company effective immediately. Dong succeeds Johnny Chi who will remain as chairman stationed at the company’s headquarters in Geneva. Prior to his appointment, he was chairman of China Agri-Industries…

UK appoints Ben Elliot Food Surplus and Waste Champion to curb food waste

UK – The UK government has appointed Ben Elliot as its first Food Surplus and Waste Champion with a role to set direction to help eliminate food waste across England. He is also tasked to promote awareness regarding food waste in line with the government’s ambitious goals to cut food waste and become world’s benchmark…

Botswana’s retailer Choppies appoints new chief financial officer

BOTSWANA – Botswana’s budget retailer, Choppies has appointed Heinrich Mathiam Stander as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the company following an earlier resignation of Sanooj Pullarote, the former CFO, reports New Times. Sanooj Pullarote, resigned from the position amid concern months-delayed financial results without giving a reason for his departure. Heinrich Mathiam Stander…