Diageo, Bacardi launch new products to expand respective ready-to-drink portfolios

UK – Alcohol beverage manufacturing giant Bacardi is expanding its Bombay Sapphire portfolio with the addition of two new ready-to-drink (RTD) gin and tonic offerings. Simultaneously, its UK-based peer Diageo has introduced a new ready-to-drink can of Gordon’s 0.0% alcohol-free spirit mixed with tonic for on-the-go summer occasions. Bacardi’s new Bombay Sapphire and light tonic is made using the brand’s London dry gin, blended with light tonic and is reported to contain only 98 calories. Meanwhile, Bombay Bramble and tonic features the brand’s berry-flavoured Bombay Bramble gin and is said…

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QSIT implements Artificial Intelligence solution for Egyptian agriculture sector

EGYPT – Esri, the global company involved in location intelligence, has announced that Egyptian partner Quality Standards for Information Technology (QSIT) has successfully implemented the Crop Mapping and Field Boundary Detection solution for the Agricultural Research Center (ARC) in Egypt. QSIT implemented an artificial intelligence (AI) and remote-sensing spatial analysis solution to establish a dynamic, seasonal digital inventory of crop patterns. It integrates satellite imagery, field observations, data feeds, and geospatial AI (GeoAI) capabilities to support Agricultural Engineering Research Institute (AEnRI) in maximizing crop yields from limited resources. The company…

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Grupo Bimbo to transition Canadian operations to 100% green energy

CANADA – Canadian operations of Mexican multinational food company Grupo Bimbo are set to transition to 100% green energy following the signing of two virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) with Renewable Energy Systems (RES). The two fifteen-year agreements were made through Grupo Bimbo’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Bimbo Canada, and will see the development of two wind and solar projects in southern Alberta, totalling 170 MW of installed capacity. Peter Clibbon, RES senior VP of development, said: “RES is proud that its Alberta wind and solar projects are helping Bimbo Canada meet…

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Burger King to heighten competition in Nigeria’s fast-food sector with inaugural entry by Q4

NIGERIA – World’s second-largest fast-food hamburger chain Burger King is set to open its first outlet in Nigeria by the fourth quarter of 2021. This was revealed by Antoine Zammarieh, Managing Director of Allied Food & Confectionery Services Limited in a LinkedIn post, after signing a development agreement with Burger King for the Nigerian market. “I believe this would be a tremendous step towards giving more confidence into the Nigerian market and consumers in general, especially during these hard times. I always believed in Nigeria and in its people. “As…

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Dominos becomes the first US food service restaurant to use fully autonomous vehicles for pizza delivery

US – American multinational pizza restaurant chain Domino’s has launched an autonomous pizza delivery service in the US city of Houston, allowing customers to experience futuristic delivery services handled by robots. Domino’s is collaborating with robotics company Nuro which will provide the robot and oversee the logistics behind the success of the autonomous delivery service. “We’re excited to introduce our autonomous delivery bots to a select set of Domino’s customers in Houston. We can’t wait to see what they think,” said  Dave Ferguson, Nuro co-founder and president, According to Domino’s,…

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Shoprite finds buyer for Nigerian unit, awaits regulatory approval

NIGERIA – Africa’s largest retailer Shoprite Holdings is said to have found a buyer for its Nigerian subsidiary, Retail Supermarkets Nigeria Limited. Reports by Reuters indicate that Nigerian property group Persianas emerged the winner of a bidding process organized to find a buyer for the business. The Palms shopping mall owner who also houses a Shoprite store in the West African country’s commercial capital, Lagos, is arranging debt for the buyout. While the asset has been valued by the seller at N30 billion (US$73 million), it’s not yet clear how…

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Biotechnology company CGAL seeks to invest US$68m in Ghana to promote organic farming

GHANA – Contec Global Agro Limited (CGAL), a United Kingdom based organic farming and biotechnology company, is seeking to set base in Ghana. The company which currently operates in UK, Qatar and Nigeria, offers solution ranging from bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides, bio-fungicides, plant tissue culture and probiotic plants. According to reports by Ghanaian Times, CGAL will inject 50 million pounds (US$68m) in establishment of a state-of-the-art facility to produce and distribute its products, promoting organic farming in Ghana. Other than availing agro-products, the company disseminates scientific information, training and development tailored research…

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Canada to invest US$550m in country’s poultry industry to drive efficiency, sustainability

CANADA – The government of Canada has committed to investing a total of US$550 million over the next ten years to support the country’s poultry industry into becoming more efficient and sustainable. According to a FoodBev report, the funds will be channeled into two new programs designed to help drive innovation and market development for Canada’s 4,800 chicken, turkey, and egg farmers. About US$502 million will be injected into the first program known as the Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program which aims to support poultry and egg farmers through…

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Alliance Ginneries Limited invests US$11m in construction of soybean oil processing plant in Zambia

ZAMBIA – Alliance Ginneries Limited (AGL), a cotton ginning company operating in Southern Africa is seeking to diversify its operation by venturing into soybean oil extraction and refining. The company has commenced construction work for its new processing plant in Lusaka, Zambia to cost US$11m. The invested amount was raised by the company through impact investment. This was revealed by Prospero Zambia, a UKaid-funded private sector development entity, who supported Alliance Ginneries to close the deal. “Prospero is happy to have supported Alliance Ginneries with investment readiness technical assistance to…

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Olam Food Ingredients establishes systems to rid cocoa supply systems of child labour and deforestation

UK – Olam Food Ingredients (OFI), a leading supplier of cocoa beans and cocoa ingredients, has announced the successful establishment of child labour and deforestation monitoring systems covering its entire supply chain. Child labour is defined by the International Labour Organisation as work that endangers children or interferes with their schooling. In the cocoa industry, the problem of child labour is rampant. The Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer estimates that approximately 1.8 million children in the Ivory Coast and Ghana may be exposed to the worst forms…

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