Indra Nooyi steps down as PepsiCo CEO, Ramon Laguarta steps into role

USA – Leading food and beverages company PepsiCo Inc. has announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected Ramon Laguarta as new chief executive (CEO) effective 3 October, succeeding Indra K. Nooyi who will be stepping down from the role. After 24 years with the company, the last twelve years as CEO, the company said…

Guinness Nigeria appoints Baker Magunda as new Managing Director

NIGERIA - Guinness Nigeria, a subsidiary of Diageo Plc of the UK has appointed Baker Magunda as the company’s new Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer effective 1 July 2018. Baker succeeds Peter Ndegwa who gave his notice of resignation on 30th June 2018 and the Board accepted his resignation on the same date. He joins…

Nigerian Breweries announces resignations and new appointments to its Board

NIGERIA - Nigerian Breweries Plc, a subsidiary of the Dutch brewing company Heineken N.V has announced three resignations and appointment of two new directors to its board. Resignations from the board include those of Mark Rutten, the company’s Finance Director; Hendrik A. Wymenga, Supply Chain Director effective date 27 July 2018; and Franco Maria Maggi…

Unilever Tea announces voluntary early retirement at its Kericho tea plantations

KENYA - Unilever Tea Kenya (UTK), a subsidiary of the British consumer goods giant Unilever Plc has announced a Voluntary Early Retirement scheme to cut on the number of staff at the Kericho-based tea plantations, Business Daily has reported. Unilever East Africa Corporate Affairs Director, Joseph Sunday the planned reorganisation was part of routine business…

Kelloggs introduces improved cereal bags after insect infestation in Singapore packs

SINGAPORE - Kellogg’s, an American multinational food-manufacturing company, has introduced improved cereal bags following an insect infestation in several packs of Kellogg’s Special K cereal bought in Singapore. In a statement, Kellogg’s assured the public that their “number one priority” is the quality of their food. "Our strong quality programmes identified that a small number…

UAE recalls frozen vegetables and fruit linked to listeria outbreak

ASIA- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) will withdraw frozen vegetables and fruit products following a warning issued by the European Union on possible outbreak of listeriosis. The products were produced by Greenyard Frozen Company, a Belgium-based fresh, frozen and prepared fruit and vegetables firm. The nine items on…

Government partners with deans of agriculture to establish incubator centres in varsities

NIGERIA- The Federal ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Association of Deans of Agriculture in Nigeria (ADAN) are establishing incubation centres across faculties of agriculture in Nigeria, reports the ANA. According to Chairperson of the Association, Professor Folusho David Abraham, the idea of establishing incubation centers in faculties of agriculture was initiated to provide…

Grupo Lala appoints former AB InBev executive Mauricio Leyva Arboleda as new CEO

MEXICO - Mexico’s dairy company Grupo Lala has named former AB InBev executive Mauricio Leyva Arboleda as its new CEO, replacing current chief executive Scot Rank as of 1 September 2018. According to FoodBev, Mauricio Leyva worked for more than 13 years at AB InBev, was president of its middle Americas zone and has been…

Greencore Group appoints Anton Vincent as new CEO

USA - Greencore Group plc, a leading international manufacturer of convenience foods, has announced the appointment of Anton Vincent as CEO of Greencore USA, a subsidiary of UK-listed Greencore plc. The company currently supplies a wide range of chilled, frozen and ambient foods to the leading retail and food service customers in the UK and…

Kerry company cheese consumer demand shifts towards craft and artisan products

IRELAND - Kerry Taste & Nutrition, a leader in global food ingredients, has reported that its consumer demand in the cheese snack category is shifting towards craft and artisan products that are closely linked to real cheese and simple ingredients. The company said that larger and more established brands are losing market share and shelf…