Nestlé Smarties launches 100% recyclable packaging, collaborates with South African artist to curate art pieces

SOUTH AFRICA – Nestlé through its South African popular confectionery brand, Nestlé Smarties, has switched to 100% recyclable paper packaging. To celebrate this milestone, the brand has collaborated with contemporary recycling artist, Mbongeni Buthelezi, to design a digital guide for caregivers and children to follow in creating fun origami pieces using the brand’s recyclable paper. According to the food manufacturing giant, the collaboration is intended to drive the brand’s #SmartiesCreateWithPurpose narrative which is set to inspire conscious creativity by using recyclable goods. “Essentially, the purpose of the collaboration is for…

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Central Bank of Nigeria to place sugar, wheat on foreign currency restriction list

NIGERIA – The Central Bank of Nigeria has announced plans to halt foreign currency for sugar and wheat imports, as the country tries to conserve national foreign reserves. According to reports by Naira Metrics, the plan was disclosed by the apex bank via its verified Twitter handle, in a statement credited to the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele. The tweet stated, “Sugar and Wheat to go into our FX restriction list. We must work together to produce these items in Nigeria rather than import them. #Emefiele.” In 2015, the bank listed…

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South Africa’s deciduous fruit sector taps lucrative export market following bumper harvest

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) has announced it has reached a total intake for the 2020/2021 season of 73 million cartons, a rise from the previous year’s 66.15 million cartons. Three of the five table grape production regions are in the Western Cape with the province’s Department of Agriculture’s Senior Economist Andrew Partridge highlighting that several factors supported the increase. “This has been the result of good weather conditions in most regions of the Western Cape during the packing season and is attributable to substantial…

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