Nordzucker invests US$114m in Swedish sugar production factory

SWEDEN – The European second largest sugar manufacturer, Nordzucker AG has said that it will be investing US$114 million (100 million euros) at its sugar production factory in Örtofta, Sweden. The company said the move, which was approved by both the executive and supervisory board is part of the strategy to concentrate its sugar production…

State to write off sugar millers US$384m debt ahead of privatisation drive

KENYA – Kenya has embarked on reviving the sugar sector after the Ministry of Agriculture unveiled plans of writing off US$384 million in debts owed to various companies to pave way for the privatisation of the State-owned sugar millers. Speaking during a sugar stakeholders meeting, Mwangi Kiunjuri, Cabinet secretary in the Ministry of agriculture, said…

Kenya’s Kibos Sugar seeks electric power generation licence

KENYA – Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries Ltd, a sugar processing and agro-allied company in Kenya, said it seeking for an electric power generation licence from the energy regulator in the country. The company said in a statement that it is set to apply to the Energy Regulatory Commission for the licence in the generation…

Coca-Cola Amatil switches to 100% sustainably accredited sugar in Australia

AUSTRALIA – Coca-Cola Amatil has announced that 100% of sugar used in its non-alcoholic beverages in Australia is sourced from independently accredited growers who follow sustainable production frameworks. The sugar contracts running to 2021 will be purchased from growers who hold Bonsucro and Smartcane Best Management Practice (BMP) sugar certifications which aim to increase on-farm…

Mondelez International names Vince Gruber head of European business

EUROPE – The American multinational confectionery, food, and beverage company, Mondelēz International has appointed Vince Gruber head of the European business. He has taken over the role of Executive Vice President & President Europe for Mondelēz International, responsible for shaping and driving the company strategy “Snacking Made Right” in the territory. Gruber was appointed Executive…

South Africa increases tax on sugary drinks amid struggling sugar industry

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa has announced an increase in tax on sugar drinks in a move to cushion the economy against inflation despite a struggling sugar industry in the country. South Africa’s Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, said that the tax will increase from 2.1 cents to 2.21 cents per gram of sugar per 100ml,…

Declining production pushes Kenya’s sugar imports up by 67%

KENYA – Kenya recorded 67% growth in sugar imports in January compared to the corresponding period in 2018 as local sugar production continue to plunge, reports Business Daily. According to Data from the Sugar Directorate, the country imported 36,674 tonnes of sugar in the month compared to 21,982 tonnes shipped into the country last year.…

Kenya’s Nzoia Sugar Company to pay cane growers US$5.1m

KENYA – Kenyan sugar company, Nzoia Sugar Company, is set to pay sugar cane growers US$5.1 million for the produce delivered to the miller during the 2017/2018 financial year, reports Business daily. The company’s board chairman, Joash Wamang’oli made the announcement following the government’s decision to provide US$26.9 million aimed at revitalising the sugar industry.…

Stakeholders oppose proposal to merge three sugar factories

KENYA – Stakeholders and Sugarcane farmers from sugar belt region have opposed the Kenyan government’s proposal to merge three ailing sugar millers Chemelil, Muhoroni and Miwani as a government’s intervention to revive the under-performing sugar sector reports Kenya Digest. They have expressed their dissatisfaction on the decision urging that the merger would not improve the…

Tanzania’s Kilombore Sugar Company unveils plans to increase production

TANZANIA – Kilombore sugar company (KSC), a sugar manufacturing company in Tanzania, has unveiled plans to expand its production capacity as in a bid to address the national sugar gap, reports Daily News. According to a feasibility study conducted on the company’s expansion plan, the ambitious sugar factory could scale up its annual production from…