US sugar production down 2.9% from a record high the previous year

USA - US sugar production for 2018-19 is forecast at 8,981,000 short tons, raw value, 2.9% down from record high 9,252,000 tons forecast for 2017-18, according to USDA’s May 10 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. For the next year, cane sugar production was forecast at 3,945,000 tons, down 2.1% while beet sugar production was…

Coca-Cola’s Voltic Ghana scales competition with new US$6.5m water plant

GHANA - Voltic Ghana, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) has built a new water bottling plant worth US$6.5 million at Akwadum with the capacity to produce 24,000 bottles of purified natural water every hour, according to GNA. The new plant exhibits a fully automated packaging line increasing its capacity in the bottled water…

Tanzania to build more sugar factories and grow more cane to meet demand

TANZANIA - Tanzania is planning to grow more cane and build cane milling factories, calling on both local and foreign investors to develop this industry even as demand for sugar in this country is seen on the rise. Kilombero Sugar Company, majority owned by South Africa's Illovo Sugar and one of the largest sugar producers…

DSM reports strong organic sales growth driven by higher vitamin prices in Q1

NETHERLANDS - DSM first quarter 2018 results have featured continued strong organic sales growth by 11% in addition to higher prices in some vitamins as a result of exceptional supply disruptions in the industry. While net profit increased 122% to US$391.8 million, DSM expects an Adjusted EBITDA growth towards 25% as it expects sales to…

Tanzania Breweries wins 2017 Manufacturer of the Year Award

TANZANIA - Tanzania Breweries Limited, the country’s oldest and largest brewer has been announced the 2017 President’s Manufacturer of the Year Award (PMAYA), having been in the position for the last three years. Daily News reported that in addition to manufacturer of the year award, the brewery was also granted the Beverage Manufacturer Award in…

Uganda targets the growing dairy market in Kenya in exports

KENYA - Uganda is targeting the Kenyan dairy market which expected to grow at 3.5% annual rate with a projected 12.6 billion in liters by 2030, reported the EastAfrican. According to Mr Nixon Sigey, the chairman of Kenya Dairy Processors Association, increased inception of Ugandan milk in Kenya could be attributed to lower production costs…

Zambia’s 2018 maize output to fall 34% on account of drought

ZAMBIA - Zambia’s maize production for 2017/18 will fall 34% to 2.39 million metric tonnes as compared to the previous year largely impacted by drought, according to Agriculture Minister Michael Katambo who based the report on a government survey. According to the minister, farmland under corn fell to 1.39 million hectares from 1.64 million hectares…

Grain SA faults AB InBev for changing malt barley prices

SOUTH AFRICA - Barley farmers through Grain SA, the commodity organisation for grain producers have filed a complaint with the Competition Commission on a decision by AB InBev to change its pricing formula for malt barley, a key ingredient in beer making, reported Reuters. The lobby group accused AB InBev, the world’s largest brewing company…

Kenya’s sugar imports fall 54% after end of duty-free period

KENYA - Kenya’s sugar imports have fallen 54% to 49,445 tonnes in the in the first quarter of the year after the period announced by the government for duty-free sugar imports elapsed. In March alone, volumes went down to 9,907 tonnes from 33,623 tonnes and while table sugar imports totalled 1,815 tonnes, refined white sugar…

Nigeria to adopt standards on sugar and allied products

NIGERIA - The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is considering adopting African and developing new standards on sugar and sugar products such as glucose and sucrose to improve intra-African trade as well as promote harmonisation of standards across the continent. The standards will be considered for cane sugar, brown sugar, white sugar, glucose and sucrose,…