Kenya seeks COMESA’s protection from cheap imported sugar

KENYA - Kenya has written to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) seeking protection from cheap sugar imported into the country from the region, according to Business Daily. This is not the first time Kenya has written to the free trade area pursuing to limit sugar imports from the region while protecting…

Kenya seeks to solve stalemate on dairy and oil exports to Zambia

KENYA - Kenya is expecting to host government officials from Zambia this month to deliberate on trading solutions including possibilities of exporting dairy and oil products to Zambia. Business Daily reported that although a consensus may be reached on oil products, dairy exports to the Southern Africa nation may remain strenuous due to differences in…

Zambian Breweries launches next phase of US$30m expansion

ZAMBIA - The Lusaka Stock Exchange (LSE) listed brewing and beverage company, Zambian Breweries Plc has said that it had launched the latest phase of its US$30 million expansion project in Ndola, in addition to commissioning of a new packaging line. According to an article by IOL Business, the new phase was officially opened by…

Botswana turns to South Africa and Zambia for maize imports

BOTSWANA - Botswana continues to import 170,000 metric tonnes of maize annually as it has always run out of corn due to insufficient local production, according to an article by AllAfrica. Speaking in an interview, Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board (BAMB) chief executive officer, Mr Leonard Morakaladi noted that on annual basis the country needed 190…

Zambeef opens new macro store to expand customer reach

ZAMBIA - Zambeef, one of the largest beef producers in Zambia has added a new Heroes Macro store to its chain of stores in the capital Lusaka as it strengthens its competence in international standards in the local food retailing industry. According to the company, the expansion was in pursuit of providing customers with quality…

Zambeef’s joint executive Tim Pollock resigns

ZAMBIA - Zambeef, Zambia’s food producer and retailer has announced that Tim Pollock, Joint Chief Executive Officer of the Company resigned from the company effective 31st May 2018. The company said Mr. Pollock had left Zambeef for personal reasons and that he will be returning to the United Kingdom to focus on the development of…

Zambeef reports 6% growth in revenues driven by macro-store demand

ZAMBIA - Zambeef Products Ltd has reported 6% growth in revenue driven by increasing volumes and improving margins in the core divisions namely Retail & Cold Chain Food Products, and Stockfeed for the first half of the financial year ended 31 March 2018. Profit after tax increased more than three-fold to US$2.25 million as compared…

Registration starts for AFMASS Southern Africa 2018 edition in Zambia

ZAMBIA– The organisers of the Africa Food Manufacturing (AFMASS) Conference & Expo Southern Africa edition have announced that bookings for the southern Africa edition of the event set for in Lusaka, Zambia in October this year, is underway. The event, which will the first food industry conference and expo focused on the food, beverage and…

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…