EA Grain Council seeks Tanzania agricultural stakeholder’s partnership

TANZANIA – The East African Grain Council (EAGC) has called for partnership with the ministry of Agriculture in Tanzania in a bid to address challenges facing the sector. Fredrick Costa, Communications Officer, Fredrick Costa said […]

Ethiopian agricultural agency to invest US$5.89m in capacity building

ETHIOPIA – The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) is set to invest a whooping US$5.98 million in building mechanisation centres across the country as it seeks to boost agricultural production. According to Gebre G. Tsadik, […]

Marks & Spencer buys Ocado’s UK retail business for US$996m, creates grocery JV

UK – British retailer, Marks and Spencer (M&S) has acquired 50% stake in a newly formed online grocery joint venture with online supermarket chain, Ocado for a consideration of US$996.67 million (£750 million). Under the […]

French Spirit Group Pernod Ricard to increase stake in African market

AFRICA – French spirits Group Pernod Ricard said that it is set to increase its market share in the African alcoholic beverage market as it seeks to capitalise on the opportunities in the continent. According […]

Nigeria’s regulator mulls ban on sachets, PET bottles as alcoholic packages

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Nigeria has unveiled plans of banning the use of sachets and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles in packaging alcoholic beverages. According to […]

FoodDrinkEurope publishes EU policy priorities, calls for least disruptive outcome in Brexit

EUROPE – The EU food industry confederation, FoodDrinkEurope has published its policy priorities for the years ahead and called for the “least disruptive outcome” to the final Brexit negotiations. In an interview with FoodIngredientsFirst, FoodDrinkEurope […]

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 […]