Barry Callebaut partners Deloitte to help farmers in Indonesia modernize cocoa farming

INDONESIA – Barry Callebaut , one of world’s largest cocoa processors and chocolate manufacturers and Deloitte – one of the big four audit firms – have announced a multi-year partnership to accelerate the support for cocoa farming communities in Indonesia.  The multi-year strategic collaboration aims to equip Indonesian farmers with skills necessary for improving their cocoa farming ventures into modern, high income ventures. To this end, the companies plan to deliver educational and skills development programmes to over 30,000 cocoa farmers in Sulawesi and Sumatra. According to Barry Callebaut, Indonesia…

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Cold Stone Creamery Nigeria launches online ordering platform, unveiling indulgence in consumers reach

NIGERIA – Cold Stone Creamery Nigeria, operated by franchise holder Eat‘N’Go Limited has embraced digital innovation, launching a mobile application and a website supported eCommerce platform. The platform will enable its customers to order for their ice-creams and other desserts and have them delivered at their preferred location. The Marketing Director for Eat’N’Go, Ilyas Kazeem, who expressed enthusiasm about the offering, said, “As a food and lifestyle brand, we are all about bringing satisfaction to our customers as well as making their lives easier. “We have offered all kinds of…

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Chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli launches new bar sweetened using cocoa pod from Swiss-Ghanaian start-up Koa

GHANA – Lindt & Sprüngli, a global leader in the premium chocolate sector has partnered with a Swiss-Ghanaian start-up Koa to develop a new chocolate bar sweetened using cocoa pod’s pulp. The new chocolate known as Excellence Cacao Pur is exclusively made of 82% cocoa beans and 18% cocoa pulp from Koa. The use of cocoa pulp replaces the conventional refined sugar and create new flavor experiences with the chocolate maker indicating that the bar has an initial fruity and sour taste, followed by intense cocoa notes. “2021 will be…

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Mondelez venture capital arm SnackFutures launches program to accelerate innovative early-stage snack brands

US – SnackFutures, Mondelez International’s innovation and venture hub, has launched a new program dubbed CoLab to help accelerate innovative early-stage snack brands. According to a statement from SnackFutures, the 12-week  program is customized to each participant’s business challenges and growth priorities. Up to 10 startups will be chosen to participate and receive a US$20,000 grant. Additionally, Mondelez will provide the businesses with tools, technologies and access to networks and industry expertise, while the large CPG gains insights, capabilities and prospective investment opportunities. Mondelez, the snacking giant known for iconic…

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Kerry to expand ingredients portifolio with acquisition of Spain’s Biosearch Life

IRELAND – Kerry Group has announced its intention to acquire Biosearch Life, a Spanish company that sells probiotic products made from human breast milk, for a total consideration of €126.94 million (about US$153.14 million). Based in Granada, Biosearch Life operates in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and functional food sectors and has over 150 employees. The Spanish biotechnology company offers a range of products in three primary areas: omega-3 fatty acids, botanical extracts and probiotics (with many obtained from human breast milk) under the respective brands, Eupoly-3, Exxentia and Hereditum. Biosearch Life’s…

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Chr. Hansen Natural Colors appoints Barentz as its strategic distribution partner in Southern Africa

SOUTHERN AFRICA – Chr. Hansen Natural Colors, the world leader in food colouring solutions developed from natural sources, has appointed Barentz as its strategic partner for the distribution of its product portfolio in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Barentz is a global life science ingredients distributor for the human nutrition, pharmaceutical, personal care and animal nutrition markets. The appointment is an extension of an exciting partnership between the two companies and gives Barentz’ customers in the two Southern African countries access to the largest and most vibrant colour portfolio in human…

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Nestlé weathers Covid-19 effects to achieve the highest level of growth in five years

SWITZERLAND – Swiss food manufacturing giant Nestlé thrived during the Covid-19 period, posting the highest level of growth in five years.   Nestlé in its full year results of 2020 reported that its organic growth reached 3.6% supported by strong momentum in the Americas, Purina PetCare and Nestlé Health Science The company however noted that divestitures, had a negative impact of 4.6% and as result, total reported sales decreased by 8.9% to CHF 84.3 billion (about US$94.04 million). Zone EMENA records its best organic growth in five years Regionally, Zone…

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Uganda Breweries Limited introduces new variant of Gordon’s Gin

Company name: Uganda Breweries Limited Product type: Gin Innovation: New flavour variant Uganda Breweries Limited has expanded its spirit portfolio by launching Gordon’s Premium Pink Gin, inspired by the original Gordon’s recipe from the 1880s. The new variant having 37.5% ABV, comprises of natural fruit flavours of raspberries and strawberries and a subtle touch of Juniper. Liked this article? Subscribe to Food Business Africa News, our regular email newsletters with the latest news insights from Africa and the World’s food and agro industry. SUBSCRIBE HERE

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EABL’s subsidiaries back mental health awareness campaign in Kenya, COVID-19 fight in Uganda

KENYA – The Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) through its DRINKiQ platform has donated Ksh 2 million (US$18,250) to the National Youth Council in Kenya to support mental health awareness campaign. Diageo uses its branded responsible drinking platform DRINKiQ, to engage, inform and educate people on responsible alcohol consumption. According the subsidiary of East African Breweries Limited (EABL), the campaign aims to champion responsible drinking and moderation while discouraging harmful consumption of alcohol. KBL’s contribution is timely as the Kenya’s Ministry of Health estimates that one in every 10 people suffer…

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Total Produce, Dole Foods merge to consolidate leadership position in fresh produce market

IRELAND – American agricultural multinational corporation Dole Foods has agreed to merge with Ireland-based fresh produce distributor Total Produce in a deal that consolidates Dole Foods’ leadership position in the fresh produce market. The new combined company operating under the Dole brand will be incorporated in Ireland, with its global headquarters in Dublin, but listed in the US. It hopes to raise US$500-US$700 million by way of a public flotation in the US later this year, possibly as early as June. The move will also see Total Produce de-list from…

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