Zambia’s beverage firm Fairy Bottling invests US$50m in capacity expansion

ZAMBIA - Zambia’s bottling and beverage firm Fairy Bottling Zambia Limited has signed a deal worth US$50 million with the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) in the expansion project for the manufacturing of plastic containers and production of non-alcoholic beverages, reports Daily Mail Zambia. The initiative deemed Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA) will see cooperation…

South Africa bans importation of possibly contaminated Zambian honey

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa has banned importation of pure honey from Zambia after authorities detected possible contamination of a consignment with American Foulbrood (Paenibacillus larvae) disease, reports Lusaka Times. The ban, announced by the South African agriculture department through a letter to honey importers has elicited dissatisfactory observation from both the authorities and Zambian…

COMESA to mediate milk and palm oil trade dispute between Kenya and Zambia

KENYA - Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) plans to mediate a trade dispute between Kenya and Zambia over long-standing barrier on milk and palm oil exports, reports Lusaka Times. Speaking to journalists in the capital Nairobi, COMESA Director for Trade Customs Francis Mageni said Zambia has prevented milk and palm oil exports…

Schweppes Zimbabwe to venture into oranges production to boost juice feedstock

ZIMBABWE - Schweppes Zimbabwe Ltd, a soft drinks producer under The Coca-Cola licence, is considering to start production of oranges to boost its supply chain for its juice processing plant in Beitbridge, reports the Herald. Strong demand for the commodity in the global market has put pressure on the processing facility which currently sources its…

Zambia’s food agency increases maize purchasing price after intervention

ZAMBIA - The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) of Zambia has increased its maize purchasing price to US$7.02 per 50kg bag for the 2018 crop marketing season, from the previously set US$6.5. Lusaka Times has reported that this follows a directive from President Edgar Lungu to revise the price that was announced by FRA Board Chairman…

Zambia Cooperative to install 2,000 solar milling plants before end year

ZAMBIA - The Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF) has said it will complete installing all the 2,000 Solar Milling Plants countrywide before the end of this year, Lusaka Times has reported. So far, 1,300 solar milling plants have been installed but the 2,000 target may not be realized by the previously set deadline, August 2018. Out…

Zambia maintains restrictions on wheat flour imports from SADC

ZAMBIA - Zambia is not expected to relax its rules on the importation of wheat flour from other Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states as it looks to protect the local industry and economy, according to an article on Lusaka Times. Speaking at the SADC 30th meeting of the committee of Ministers of Trade…

Farmers lobby faults grains agency maize price as too low

ZAMBIA - The Zambia National Farmers Union has charged that the recently announced K65 (US$6.50) per 50kg market price offered by the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) is absurd and horrendously low ZNFU President Jervis Zimba has since called for untampered functioning of market conditions and open borders. “We urge government to maintain consistency in the export…

Zambeef to expand reach with a new Macro outlet in Kitwe

ZAMBIA - The food products and agribusiness company, Zambeef Plc is opening another of its popular Macro outlets in Wusakile, Kitwe as it expands its offerings on the Copperbelt. The new store is an addition to about 24 macro outlets it has opened across the country, and the company plans to launch more modern convenience…