Coca-Cola lays off an undisclosed number of employees in Phillipnes

PHILIPPINES - Coca-Cola Femsa has revealed it will lay off an undisclosed number of employees in the Philippines as a result of “recent developments within the beverage industry”. The announcement comes just weeks after the Philippines introduced a higher tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. Under the new rules, which came into force on 1 January, drinks…

IDF welcomes Caroline Emond as its new director general

UK - International Dairy Federation (IDF) has appointed Caroline Emond as its new director general serving in the place of Nico van Belzen who was appointed to the position in May 2012. Emond previously served as Dairy Farmers of Canada executive director until the Board of Directors of DFC announced her resignation effective July 4,…

Guinness Nigeria Plc. appoints new Finance and Strategy Director

NIGERIA - Guinness Nigeria Plc. has announced the appointment of Mr. Stanley Wanyaoike Njoroge as its new Finance and Strategy Director as well as a member of its Executive Board with effect from 1st March 2018. Mr. Stanley takes the place of Mr. Ronald Plumridge who resigned as Finance Director and a member of the…

2 Sisters to close three UK poultry plants amidst non-compliance scandal

UK - 2 Sisters Group has announced a proposal to close three of its poultry processing plants- Cambuslang, Smethwick and Wolverhampton facilities putting up to 900 jobs at risk. According to the company, the decision to close the facilities was attributed to loss making. To address job loss, the company said that it was going…

NCPB buys 2.7m bags of maize, the highest ever in one season

KENYA - The National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) has bought 2.7 million bags of maize from farmers, the highest ever in one season. Agriculture Principal Secretary Richard Lesiyampe said the NCPB bought 2.3 million bags of maize after the government released Sh6 billion last year for the exercise. This comes amid protests from farmers…

Lagos state government to check food, beverages contamination in restaurants, hotels

NIGERIA - The Lagos State government has moved to check food and water contamination in eateries, restaurants and hotels across the state, imploring stakeholders to embrace the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and certification. HACCP is a management system that gives a systematic preventive approach to food safety, from biological, chemical, and physical hazards…

Standards Organisation of Nigeria plans more laboratories, trains staff

NIGERIA - The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has announced plans to establish more laboratories in the country, noting that the move will ensure all goods produced locally and imported meet the minimum requirement of the Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS). The Director General, SON, Osita Aboloma, stated that the standards body is determined to put…