Crown Holdings to build new beverage can plant in the United States

USA – Crown Holdings, a supplier of rigid packaging products has announced that it will build a new beverage can manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA to support the increased demand for beverage cans in North America. The state-of-the-art plant will supply beverage cans to companies serving a variety of categories including sparkling water, energy drinks, carbonated soft drinks, teas, nutritional beverages, hard seltzers, craft beers and cocktails.  Located in the Kentucky Transpark, the 327,000 square foot facility is expected to begin operations in the second quarter of 2021…

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Food ingredients supplier Azelis joins global initiative for sustainable supply chains

EUROPE – Global distributor of food ingredients and speciality chemicals, Azelis has joined the global initiative for sustainable supply chains, Together for Sustainability (TfS) to strengthen company’s commitment to sustainable business practices. As a joint initiative and global network of 25 chemical companies, TfS delivers the de facto global standard for environmental, social and governance performance of chemical supply chains. The TfS program is based on the UN Global Compact and Resposbible Care principles and is growing into a global organisation with regional representation and strategic partnerships in Asia, North…

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Nigerian Agri-tech startup launches group buying platform for food

NIGERIA – Nigerian startup, Pricepally has launched a group-buying platform that aggregates consumer food demand in urban cities and matches it with supplies directly from farmers and wholesalers. Launched in November 2019, the start-up’s aim is to cut out middlemen and save consumers money by leveraging technology to aggregate demand via a sharing model. According to a report by Disrupt Africa, users log in to the Pricepally website or apps to purchase foods outright or arrange shared purchases, with these items bought from wholesalers or farmers divided accordingly and then…

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Yum! Brands moves corporate offices to green energy, reduces plastic waste

USA – Yum! Brands, the owner of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell fast food chains has unveiled plans to move its corporate offices to renewable energy and sustainable packaging, and to intensify action on plastic waste. The fast food chain operator said that it will shift its corporate US offices in Louisville, Plano, Irvine and Chicago to 100% renewable energy and move all plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by the end of 2020. In addition, the company continues to advance its work on sustainable packaging with…

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Ghana to establish cocoa sensory evaluation and bean quality laboratory

GHANA – The Ghanaian government has partnered with Glico TCHO, a leading Japanese food company which produces chocolates and confectioneries, to set up the first ever Sensory Evaluation & Bean Quality Laboratory and a Quality Training Centre at Akyem Tafo in the Eastern Region. The Laboratory and Training Centre when completed, will be the first ever flavour testing laboratory in Africa. The project, which is to be completed in 6 months’ time will be fully funded by Glico TCHO at a cost of USD 170,000. Dr. Isaac Yaw Opoku, the…

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Ethiopian Cold Stone Creamery franchisee Belayab Foods opens new Pizza Hut outlet

ETHIOPIA – Belayab Foods Production PLC, franchise owner of Pizza Hut and Cold Stone Creamery brands in Ethiopia has opened outlets in Sar Bet, South West of Addis, foreseeing future expansion in neighbouring Djibouti. This follows its fast-growing Pizza Hut brands in Ethiopia, now operational in several locations around Addis Ababa, including in Morning Star Mall, Sarebet, Century Mall, CMC, Kazanchis and soon to open inside Bole International Airport. Owned by Aschalew Belay, a Chinese based Ethiopian entrepreneur, this will add to his interests in the hospitality sector, including owning…

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Van Leeuwen Ice Cream raises US$18.7m led by NextWorld Evergreen

USA – New York-based ice cream brand, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, has raised US$18.7 million in a Series B funding round led by consumer focused private equity fund, NextWorld Evergreen. Van Leeuwen, based in Brooklyn, New York, has grown from a Kitchen set-up into a   leading artisanal ice cream brand with stores and trucks in New York City and Los Angeles and pints in grocery stores around the country, since the brand was established in 2007. The company is currently selling traditional dairy ice cream, cashew based vegan and oat…

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Chr. Hansen’s recently launched probiotic blend recommended for use in preterm infants

DENMARK – In November 2019, Danish bioscience company Chr. Hansen launched a new three-strain probiotic blend that can help support the health and development of intestines in preterm babies. Chr. Hansen’s new multi-strain probiotic blend contains a blend of three different probiotic strains: BB-12 Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis, TH-4 Streptococcus thermophilus and Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis. This new probiotic blend was also shown to reduce risk of Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), an inflammatory disease and the leading cause of mortality worldwide for preterm babies, by 50%. Available through customer partnerships in…

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Libstar gets profit boost from improved margins and JSE listing

SOUTH AFRICA – Consumer goods group Libstar says it expects double-digit profit in its year to end-December as it benefits from improved margins and a reduction in debt after it listed in May 2018. The group, whose brands include Lancewood cheeses and Denny mushrooms, expects headline earnings per share to rise by 7.2%-12.2% compared to the prior period’s 74.6c. This includes the effects of accounting changes which bring leases on to the company’s balance sheet. Gross profit margins improved in each of the group’s product categories, it said Lower dry-condiment…

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Nestle Nigeria appoints Juliet Ehimuan as Non-Executive Director

NIGERIA – Nestle Nigeria Plc has appointed Mrs Juliet Ehimuan as an Independent Non-Executive Director. The appointment is said to have taken effect from February 24, 2020. Ehimuan’s appointment was announced in a statement released by the company to the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) and signed by the Company Secretary and Legal Adviser, Bode Ayeku. Mrs Juliet Ehimuan‘s has about 25 years of professional work experience and is the current country manager for Google in Nigeria. Her career started in 1995 and she has worked for several companies in Nigeria…

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