New agro-industrial park worth US$27.95m to be established in Kenya’s Lake Region Economic Bloc

KENYA – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations focused on economic and industrial development, is supporting the construction of the Ksh.3 billion (US$27.95m) agro-industrial park in Kenya’s Lake region. The Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) is set for a major economic boost as the construction of the manufacturing and trade hub has kicked off, reports People Daily. The park set to occupy 265 acres of government land, will be set up in Nyamira County with financial backing from both the UN body and…

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Pulpex, Stora Enso partner to ramp up production of 100% recyclable paper bottles

UK – Sustainable packaging technology company Pulpex has partnered with Finnish renewable materials company Stora Enso to mass produce 100% recyclable bottles and containers made from sustainably sourced, formed wood fiber pulp. Pulpex will use Stora Enso’s formed fiber material to create paper bottles for global brands in applications including alcohol and nonalcohol beverages and liquid foods, along with home and personal care products. All of Stora Enso’s wood fiber pulp comes from sustainable, verified sources and will be used to make Pulpex bottles that can be embossed, labeled and…

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Heineken undertakes executive leadership changes in Africa, appoints new CEO in Nigerian Breweries

NIGERIA – Nigerian Breweries, subsidiary of Heineken International has announced the appointment of Mr Hans Essaadi as its new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer effective from 31st of July, 2021. Mr Hans takes over the helm of the company from Mr. Jordi Borrut Bel, who according to the brewer, will be completing his assignment in the company on the 30th of July, 2021. The Board of Directors of the company has indicated that it accepted Mr Borrut Bel’s letter of resignation as he is headed to take up another…

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Anheuser-Busch signs new agreement with Canteen Spirits RTD cocktails to expand beyond beer portfolio

US – Anheuser-Busch, a subsidiary of the world’s largest beer company AB InBev, has signed a distribution deal with Ready-to-drink cocktail company Canteen Spirits, expanding its Beyond Beer portfolio. Anheuser-Busch’s parent company is also reported to have invested an undisclosed sum in the ready-to-drink cocktail company through its investment and innovation arm ZX Ventures. Following the deal, Canteen Spirits will join Anheuser-Busch’s Beyond Beer portfolio, which launched in 2018 to capitalize on the growing seltzer, wine, spirits and malt-based beverages segment. Canteen Spirits makes a vodka-based cocktail called Canteen with…

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KALRO receives digitization equipment to modernize crop breeding, CIMMYT releases 12 new maize lines

KENYA – The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) has received digitization equipment from the CGIAR Excellence in Breeding (EiB) platform, aimed to modernize the public agency’s crop breeding programs. KALRO received 23 units of equipment valued at roughly US$85,000, including seed counters, label printers, handheld data collectors, tablets and package printers. These will help the organization speed up and enhance the accuracy of various breeding processes, including seed preparation, data collection and data analysis. They will also support inventory management within KALRO’s maize, wheat, rice, sorghum, bean, soybean…

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Syngenta spearheads agricultural productivity in Nigeria with launch of service hubs

NIGERIA – The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) has launched 13 Farmers’ Hubs to offer support service to 13,000 sorghum and cowpea farmers in Kano and Jigawa States, Nigeria. The hubs are an integral component of the operational strategy of SFSA in Nigeria to boost crop productivity while facilitating linkages with different markets. Further to that, it is part of the implementation of the Accelerated Varietal Improvement and Seed Delivery of Legumes and Cereals in Africa (AVISA) Project in Nigeria. According to reports by Africa Business Communities, the initiative…

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South Africa liquor company DGB digitizes operations, taps clouds solution

SOUTH AFRICA – DGB, one of South Africa’s largest independent wine and spirit producers and distributors, has adopted the use of clouds solutions to streamline operations and bolster sales. The cellar owner chose the SAP Sales Cloud Retail Execution (ReX) solution and worked with implementation partner Consnet to design and introduce the technology into the business. Pieter Steyn, Commercial Manager at DGB highlights that the system was essential to integrate all business functions and processes in real time to help manage the large team of salespeople effectively, reports Africa Business…

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Memphis Meats rebrands as Upside Foods as plans to commercialize cell-based chicken go into high gear

US – Cultivated meat, poultry and seafood pioneer Memphis Meats is rebranding as Upside Foods to usher in the next step in the company’s ambition of becoming the leader in the production of resource efficient meat. “Our team introduced the world to cultured meat, and the evolution to Upside Foods communicates our passion and potential to make our favorite foods healthier for the planet,” says Uma Valeti, CEO and founder of Upside Foods. Upside Foods’ has also announced that its novel cell-based chicken product will be commercially available this year,…

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PepsiCo’s snack division Frito-Lay to invest US$245m in expansion of US manufacturing site

US – PepsiCo’s snack division Frito-Lay, has announced plan to invest US$245 million to expand its snack manufacturing site in Connecticut, US. The Frito-Lay’s Killingly site where the expansion will take place began operations in 1980 with 200 employees, but it currently employs approximately 740 full-time associates. Expansion works include plans to expand its existing manufacturing facility and warehouse, as well as add two new Cheetos manufacturing lines. An additional 120 new jobs are expected by the expansion which will also mark the first time that the Cheetos brand will…

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Saputo, Great Lakes invest in new cheese manufacturing plants in the US

US – Canadian dairy company Saputo and Ohio-based cheese manufacturing company Great Lakes Cheese have announced plans to invest in expanding their respective cheese manufacturing capacities to meet anticipated rise in demand for the product. Saputo said it is investing up to US$30 million into the expansion of operations of its Saputo Dairy USA’s Las Cruces cheese manufacturing plant in New Mexico, US. The expansion of operations will reportedly see the addition of 150 employees and is expected to have a total positive economic impact of US$1.6 billion to New Mexico…

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