Guinness Nigeria partners WaterAid in ‘Water of Life’ project in Nigeria

NIGERIA – Guinness Nigeria Plc, a subsidiary of Diageo Plc, has partnered the WaterAid, international non-profit organization, to facilitate the implementation of the ‘Water of Life’ project in Nigeria. The ‘Water of Life’ project aims at promoting sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene, while helping people take action to improve their health and well-being, reports Beverage Industry News. The project, implemented in Kebbi State in collaboration with the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), will connect an estimated 2,500 people to clean accessible water while at the same…

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Barry Callebaut inaugurates new unit in Côte d’Ivoire to grow cocoa processing capabilities

CÔTE D’IVOIRE – Barry Callebaut, a leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, has inaugurated a new state-of-the-art processing unit in its plant at Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Callebaut said that the new grinding unit at its Zone 4C Société Africaine de Cacao (SACO) plant is part of an overall strategic investment to expand cocoa processing capabilities in Côte d’Ivoire. The cocoa processing firm rolled out a five-year US$55.29 million investment plan that aims at expanding the plants cocoa bean processing capacity in the country by over 40% by the…

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Ethiopia tenders bid for supply of 400,000 tonnes of wheat to ease demand

ETHIOPIA – The Government of Ethiopia has issued a new international competitive tender to buy 400,000 tonnes of milling wheat as it seeks to fill the gap of wheat supply in the local milling and baking industries. According to a recent report by the Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the government said that milling wheat is intended for bread subsidy program. “Most bakeries that receive subsidized wheat flour are reportedly operating way below their capacity. This shortfall…

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Twiga Foods taps Coca-Cola’s regional head as new CEO

KENYA – Kenya’s leading online grocery platform, Twiga Foods has appointed Peter Njonjo, co-founder and former President of Coca-Cola West and Central Africa as new company Chief Executive Officer. Peter Njonjo has left the position in the multinational soft drink manufacturer after 21 years of service and is now set to head the Kenyan start-up fresh produce and fast-moving-consumer goods distributor, of which he is also a key shareholder. Having worked in 33 countries in Africa, overseeing Coca-Cola’s sophisticated distribution systems, he is expected to restructure Twiga Food’s business especially…

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Kenya mulls ban on raw and powdered milk imports to protect local industries

KENYA – Kenyan law makers have called for ban of importation of powdered milk and raw milk into country in a move to protect the local industries from cheap imports which have been diluting the market. This follows a report by a parliamentary committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation that the country imported 70 million litres of liquid milk and 10 million Kilogrammes of powdered milk in 2018. Additionally, according to a report by The Standard, In January 2019, the ministry imported 15 million litres of liquid milk and 1.5…

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Solidaridad launches US$34.82m projects to boost cocoa, palm oil production in West Africa

WEST AFRICA – Solidaridad, an international non-governmental organisation, has launched two projects to boost cocoa and palm oil production in the West Africa region at an investment worth US$34.82 million. According to a Ghana News Agency report, the Cocoa Rehabilitation and Intensification Programme (CORIP) and Sustainable West Africa Palm Oil Programmes (SWAPP) will be implemented in Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The five year projects aim at increasing the efficiency and productivity both at primary production and processing levels of the two commodities. Both projects have been funded…

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EU parliament approves ban on single-use plastics to fight pollution

EU – The European Union legislators have approved a sweeping ban on single-use plastic products in renewed efforts to tackle plastic waste and micro plastic pollution. The European Parliament has voted in favor of ‘The Single Use Plastics Directive’ (SUDP) which criminalizes the use of ten single-use plastics that are most commonly found across European nations. Depending on the availability of alternatives in the market, the ban on cotton bud sticks, cutlery, plates, straws, stirrers, sticks for balloons, as well as cups, food and beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene…

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Cargill third quarter profit rises as low food ingredients earnings hurt revenues

USA – Cargill’s net earnings in the 2019 third-quarter rose 14% as starches and sweeteners declined on low ethanol prices in North America, and higher energy and raw material costs in Europe. Adjusted operating earnings were US$604 million, up 8% from the previous year, bringing the earnings for the first nine months to US$2.34 billion, a 2% decrease from the prior year. The period was characterized by uncertainties in the global market, impacting on third quarter revenues which decreased 4% to US$26.9 billion. In the Food Ingredients & Applications segment,…

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Schur Flexibles acquires Swedish packaging firm Scandiflex Pac

SWEDEN – Leading flexible packaging producer, Schur Flexibles has acquired Swedish packaging specialist, Scandiflex Pac to further strengthen its packaging capabilities in the Nordic region. The transaction, whose details were not disclosed brings together Scandiflex Pac’s expertise in innovation, sustainability and quality and Schur Flexibles’ leadership in packaging solutions in Austria and Europe. The acquisition further strengthens the company’s position in flexo-printing and bolster its capabilities in the Nordic region, covering the complete converting and digital printing value chain. It combines Scandiflex Pac with Schur Flexibles Denmark, Schur Flexibles Finland…

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Kerry invests US$65m in a new savory R&D facility in the US

USA – The food ingredients supplier, Kerry has inaugurated a new savory research and development center in the US, after investing US$65 million to expand its leadership in flavor innovations. Located at its Taste Center of Excellence in Clark, New Jersey, the facility expands the company’s capabilities in the development and manufacturing of savory solutions for consumers. The new Savory Center of Excellence is a state-of-the-art facility featuring sophisticated equipment with safety, quality control, and supply chain efficiency, said Kerry. It is home to research and development experts and flavourists…

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