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…

Walmart to offload 570 office workers onto outside company

USA – Walmart, the American multinational retail corporation is transferring 570 workers from finance and accounting department to an outside company which will help in the retailer’s financial operations. According to a New York Times report, willing workers will be hired by New York based global professional services firm, Genpact and will be based in Bentonville,…

AB InBev and SA Breweries invest US$30m in new production line

SOUTH AFRICA - Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev Africa and South African Breweries (SAB) have invested US$30.92 million in a new production line launched at SAB’s Ibhayi Brewery in Port Elizabeth. This is the second line at the brewery, which was commissioned in 2001 with US$45.91 million in investment. According to Engineering News, the new packaging line…

Unilever Ghana names Gladys Amoah as new Managing Director

GHANA – Unilever Ghana, the country’s largest producer and retailer of consumer goods has appointed Mrs Gladys Amoah as the new Managing Director effective November 1, 2018. Prior to her appointment, the new MD was the Customer Development Director of Unilever Ghana, a position served since 1 November 2016, according to GNA. She succeeds Mr…

Tiger Brands and Stellenbosch University launch South Africa’s first food safety centre

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s packaged goods company, Tiger Brands in partnership with Stellenbosch University has launched the first Centre for Food Safety in the country. Formation of the centre comes in the aftermath of a deadly listeria outbreak in the country said to have originated from Tiger Brands’ Polokwane processed meat factory. According to Tiger…

Nestle opens a new milk chilling centre in Sri Lanka to boost supply

INDIA – Nestle has opened a new milk collection centre in Sri Lanka to boost its manufacturing capacity for dairy products in the country. It also strengthens Nestle’s commitment to local sourcing in the region, where it supports approximately 20,000 Sri Lankan dairy farmers. According to the company, the new site is expected to benefit…

WFP and USAID partner on a US$22m initiative to boost food security in Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE - The World Food Programme (WFP) in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has initiated a US$22 million Lean Season Assistance programme to boost food security in Zimbabwe. According to the Herald report, the programme running for the 2018/19 season will support over 430,000 Zimbabweans who are food insecure. In…

SA Breweries awards liquor traders with development certificates

SOUTH AFRICA – South African Breweries (SAB), Johannesburg-headquartered subsidiary of AB InBev has awarded licensed liquor traders with the Retailer Development Programme (RDP) certificates. This follows a successful training period which aim to provide the traders with skills necessary to grow their businesses, reports Africa News Agency. More than 150 licenced liquor traders based in…

Government embarks on grand scheme to increase coffee production

RWANDA – The National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB), a commercial institution of the government of Rwanda has pledged to support coffee growers with the necessary essentials in a bid to increase coffee production. The reinforcement strategy will include provision of fertilizers and pesticides as well as reviving the collapsed cooperatives, according to New Times. "We…

Salt producers form association to address iodine deficiency

ETHIOPIA – Iodized-salt producing companies in Ethiopia have established a new association in bid to help combat iodine deficiency in the country. According to AddisFortune, the association was formed by the Ethiopian Food, Beverage, & Pharmaceutical Industry Development Institute. The Ethiopian Iodized Salt Producers Association, made of close to 15 salt producers plans to introduce…