Safaricom Foundation supports Kenyan youths in agribusiness, avails funds

KENYA – The philanthropic arm of Kenya’s leading mobile network operator, Safaricom Foundation has funded 850 youths to engage in agribusiness in Bungoma and Kajiado counties to the tune of Ksh32 million (US$291,000). The initiative promotes growing of high-value crops and poultry farming to address the high unemployment rate fuelled by Covid-19 pandemic. Latest data by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) shows Kenya’s unemployment rate has doubled to 10.4 per cent from 5.2 per cent in 2019. Through the programme, young people aged below 35 years are eligible…

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Bühler unveils new Temperature and Vibration Management System to support precision milling

SWITZERLAND – Swiss food processing technology group, Bühler has launched a new innovative Temperature and Vibration Management System (TVM) for milling to help millers deliver the best quality product efficiently, consistently, and with a minimum of energy consumption. According to Bühler, millers are under pressure to produce the best quality product consistently. Delivering the best quality product is however not a small feat. It requires millers to apply the same pressure along the rolls as any deviation would result in reduced quality and consistency of the flour. Up to now…

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Vineet Sharma to head AB InBev’s marketing and new business development in South Asia

INDIA – Belgium-based and World’s largest beer company AB InBev has appointed Vineet Sharma as Vice President incharge of marketing and new business development for South Asia. Sharma, who joined AB InBev in 2016, was the trade marketing director for South Asia before his promotion to the new role. “I am thrilled to embark on this new journey to accelerate AB InBev’s business transformation agenda in South Asia,” Vineet Sharma said. “I look forward to working closely with our teams, business associates and partners to lead the charge through a…

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Barry Callebaut inaugurates third factory in India as demand for high-quality chocolate soars

INDIA – Leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, Barry Callebaut has inaugurated a new chocolate and compound manufacturing facility, located in Baramati, India. The Baramati facility is Barry Callebaut’s third factory in India and represents the company’s largest investment in the country to date. The new chocolate factory and warehouse includes an R&D lab and assembly lines capable of manufacturing chocolate and compound in different delivery formats. This will enable the company cater to the various needs of its customers – international food manufacturers, local confectioneries and semi-industrial…

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South Africa’s Natures Own Beverages heightens frequency on hard seltzer buzz, launching Freely

SOUTH AFRICA – Natures Own Beverages (Pty) Ltd, a small independent local producer of liquor in South Africa has introduced Freely, the new zero sugar, low alcohol hard seltzer in the market. Freely joins the recently launched Vawter Hard Seltzer by Distell Group and has hit the market before South African Breweries (SAB) introduces Flying Fish Seltzer in April. Claiming to be the latest buzzword on the South African drink scene, the new product comprises of sparkling water with a splash of premium distilled vodka and pure fruit taste tailormade…

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Canada invests $148m in sustainable agriculture practices as Protein Industries backs development of new soybean products

CANADA – Canada is boosting its sustainability efforts in Agriculture by committing to invest CAD 185 million (about US$148 million) over the next 10 years into developing and implementing farming practices to tackle climate change. The funds will be channelled into the Agricultural Climate Solutions (ACS) programme which aims to establish a Canada-wide network of regional collaborations led by farmers, with support from scientists and other sectoral stakeholders. Through the programme, stakeholders will work together to develop and share management practices that best store carbon and mitigate climate change. Practices…

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Angolan milling company AP Foods partners with Webcor Group to increase pasta production, distribution

ANGOLA – The Webcor Group, one of Angola’s leading players in the agricultural commodities and business line, has signed a partnership agreement with AP Foods to increase the production of pasta and widen distribution of the product in the country. AP Foods is an Angolan milling company founded in 2016. It commenced operations with an installation of 20,000 tons/year pasta production plant. It later boosted its capacity by 56,800 tons/year, which the partnership will leverage on, in addition to its technical skills. Webcor Group will avail its logistical capacity to…

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Mondelēz to expand snack portfolio with acquisition of UK performance nutrition brand Grenade

UK – Owner of Cadbury chocolate brand, Mondelēz International has agreed to to acquire UK performance nutrition company Grenade from its majority shareholder Lion Capital as part of its continuing expansion into the snacking sector. The deal comes barely two weeks after Mondelēz purchased Australian based premium cracker company Gourmet Food Holdings. This is in addition to the acquisition of plant-based snack brand Hu Products which was made in January in an effort to tap into the increasingly popular better-for-you snack segment. Grenade manufactures a range of sports nutrition products…

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Pepsi Bottling Ventures acquires Pepsi-Cola Roxboro as Frucor makes progress against sustainability commitments

US – Pepsi Bottling Ventures (PBV), America’s privately-held manufacturer, seller, and distributor of Pepsi-Cola beverages, has completed its acquisition of Pepsi-Cola Roxboro, a franchise bottler based in North Carolina, US. The acquisition of the Roxboro bottler expands Pepsi Bottling Ventures’ distribution and sales territory to the North Carolina counties of Caswell, Person, Granville and Orange. Headquartered in North Carolina, PBV also has distribution locations in South Carolina, Maryland and Delaware. “We are very excited to be a part of the historic Roxboro community,” said Pepsi Bottling Ventures president and CEO,…

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Ugandan dairy processor Pearl Dairy lays off 1500 workers as milk ban bites hard

UGANDA – Uganda’s leading dairy processor Pearl Diaries has been forced to lay off over 1,500 workers following stifled milk market access, after Kenya imposed a ban on the product imports from its neighbouring country over a year ago. Uganda produces 2.6 billion litres of milk per annum. However, about 800 million litres are consumed on the domestic market leaving the surplus for the international market. The recent past had witnessed an increase in supply of cheap milk from Uganda to Kenya, leading to local processors raise concerns on the…

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