Zimbabwe bans animal imports from South Africa over foot-n-mouth

ZIMBABWE – The Zimbabwean government imposed an immediate suspension of imports on all live cloven-hoofed animals and their products from South Africa following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), reports the Herald. The government said the decision was arrived at following an outbreak of the disease, affecting the non-vaccination disease-free zone in the Limpopo Province.…

Zimbabwean government suspends duty on commodities

ZIMBABWE – The government of Zimbabwe has suspended duty on selected commodities among them powdered raw milk, fertilised eggs, ammonium fertilisers among other critical goods, reports the Herald. However, according to the Government Gazette, raw wine all for approved importers and manufactures featured on goods in the exemption list. Customs and Excise duty exemptions have…

Zim’s Delta Corporation hikes beer prices by 25% to curb increased costs

ZIMBABWE – Delta Corporation has announced a new recommended wholesale and retail prices for its clear beer products sold across the country resulting to an increase in a 25 % increase of the firm’s lager beer prices, reports the Herald. Patricia Murambinda, Delta corporate affairs executive, while announcing the new prices said that the latest…

Zimbabwe’s Delta Beverage reverses forex decision as RBZ promises to provide currency

ZIMBABWE - Delta Beverages, a subsidiary of Delta Corporation has reversed its decision to sell its products in foreign currency after the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) assured the country’s leading beverage manufacturer that it would provide the forex required to fund its import requirements. The decision to reverse the notice was made after Vice…

Zim’s Seed Co mulls rice, potato seed production to boost local production

ZIMBABWE – Seed Co Limited said it is considering venturing into rice and potato seed production as it seeks to help the country reduce its huge import bill arising from the crops, reports The Herald. Despite having potential of local rice production and a ready market, Zimbabwe imports over 95% of the crop it consumes…

Zim’s Schweppes set to expand tomato and orange production value chain

ZIMBABWE -  Schweppes Zimbabwe Limited, a Coca-Cola’s licensed manufacturer and distributor of carbonated drinks has said it intends to expand tomato and orange out-grower schemes as it seeks to strengthen participation of locals in products value chain. Schweppes General Manager, Demos Mbauya, has announced that it is in the process of increasing its supply base…

COMESA unveils plans to curb counterfeit seeds through a common label

EASTERN AFRICA - Seed companies operating in Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states will from early next year sell seeds branded with a COMESA logo as a measure to prevent sale of uncertified products. Dr.John Mukuka, COMESA regional seed programme coordinator, said that the labeling was necessary to wipe out counterfeit…

South Africa’s fast food chain Barcelos to open more outlets in Zimbabwe

ZIMBAMBWE – South Africa’s fast food giant Barcelos Flame Grilled Chicken restaurant is set to open another branch in Harare after opening its first outlet in Bulawayo as it seeks to expand into the Zimbabwean market, reports the Herald. The company director, Benson Muneri, said the expansion of the quick services restaurant into Zimbabwean market…

Zimbabwe’s biggest flour miller National Foods to close down mills

ZIMBABWE – National Foods, Zimbabwe’s leading flour and food producer has announced that it plans to shut down its flour mills blamed on impeding foreign currency shortages in the country, according to ANA report. The Harare based food company had written to its customers indicating the intention to close down its flour processing factories in…

Simbisa Brands postpones plans to list on London Stock Exchange

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe’s quick service restaurant group, Simbisa Brands Limited has put on hold plans of its listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), reports the Herald. Addington Chinale, the company’s chairman, has said that the company will now focus on growing of the business and working on its readiness before implementation of the plan…