AFMASS FoodTech – Rwanda edition

AFMASS FoodTech Conference & Expo - Rwanda edition is the first conference and exhibition targeted at the food & beverage and milling industry in Rwanda and the Great Lakes region (Uganda, Burundi, South Sudan and eastern DRC). The event is focused on providing a platform to share vital technical skills to the food manufacturing, retail…

Heineken’s Rwandan subsidiary appoints Merid Demissie as new Managing Director

RWANDA - Bralirwa Plc, a local Rwandan subsidiary of Heineken has named Merid Demissie, an Ethiopian as the company’s new Managing Director effective January 1, 2019, reports New Times. Demissie will succeed Victor Madiela after his two years of service as the Managing director in the company. Merid’s appointment sheds more light into the company…

Rwanda to secure ready market for coffee and tea in China

RWANDA - Rwanda is set to expand its market for coffee and tea into China following the Chinese ambassador pledge to open market into their country, reports The New Times. Speaking during a visit to Rwanda Farmers Coffee Company, the Chinese Ambassador in Rwanda, Henry Rao Hongwei assured Rwandan coffee and tea producers of a…

Rwanda invests in climate information project to boost farming

RWANDA - Rwanda has set out US$674,220 to fund a new project that will focus on providing climate change information service and promote disaster risk reduction to farmers in the country, according to New Times. According to Desire Kagabo, the project leader, the initiative will be developed within a 21 months’ period and upon completion…

Heineken Rwandan subsidiary to start making the Heineken brand locally

RWANDA – Heineken’s operating unit in Rwanda has said that it will officially launch local production of Heineken beer in its brewery in Gisenyi, Rwanda from December 20, 2018 Rwanda will become the 9th African country producing, packing and distributing Heineken beer locally alongside Nigeria, Namibia, South Africa, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia and Ethiopia. Heineken N.V,…

Rwanda’s Sorwathe company unveils new green tea factory worth US$1.12m

RWANDA – Sorwathe company, one of the oldest tea companies in Rwanda has invested over US$1.12 million in a new green tea factory in Kinihira, Rulindo district in the country’s Northern Province. The company will exclusively produce green tea to address the growing global demand, a report by Tea With Nipun reveals. According to Sorwathe…

East Africa tea exports to the rest of the world increase by 13%

EAST AFRICA - Tea export volumes from East Africa to the rest of the world have risen by 1.4 million kilogrammes, representing a 13% increase from the comparable previous year, data from the East African Tea Export Auction reveals. A latest auction report has shown that a total of 10.4 million kilogramme bags of tea were…

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…

New AFMASS FoodTech Conferences & Expos to debut in Tanzania and Rwanda in 2019

EAST AFRICA– A new set of events with a focus on the food, beverage and milling industry in Africa have been unveiled, as the AFMASS series of events are set to expand to more countries in Africa from 2019. The AFMASS FoodTech Conferences & Expos cover the latest trends in processing, packaging, food safety and…

Hilton turns to Africa for growth targeting Rwanda and Botswana entry

KENYA - The American hospitality company, Hilton Worldwide Holdings plans to more than double the number of its hotels in Africa in the next five years and is considering entry into countries such as Botswana and Rwanda where it is not present, reports Reuters. The expansion will be mainly through a deal or partnership with…