Serengeti Breweries unveils fund to help bars fight against communicable diseases in Tanzania

TANZANIA – Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL), subsidiary of the Diageo company through the East Africa Breweries Limited, has launched a programme worth over Tsh 2.3 billion (US$992,000), aimed to support bars and eateries in Dar es Salaam and other major towns. This initiative dubbed “Raise the Bar”, is part of a global Diageo programme geared towards helping outlets, and bars recover from COVID-19 and support jobs and communities around the world. The fund will roll out over the next two years benefitting over 2,000 outlets and will include practical equipment…

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South Africa scratches its head to find balance between health, economic impact of sugar tax

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African sugar industry has always publicly lamented the negative impact of the Health Promotion Levy (HPL) that was introduced in 2018 to the already distressed sector. The HPL on sugar-sweetened beverages, popularly known as “the sugar tax”, was implemented in April 2018, as one of the measures by the Department of Health to address obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in South Africa. Initially the HPL was set at 2.1 cents (US$0.0015) per gram of sugar content that exceeds 4 grams per 100ml, which means that…

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Fertilizer major OCP Group expands into Sub-Saharan Africa with US$100m support from IFC

MOROCCO – OCP Group, the world’s largest phosphate mining and leading global fertilizer group, has inked a US$100 million financing agreement with IFC to expand its value chain in Africa. The project aims to boost OCP’s economic development agenda in the continent, as it sets up sustainable food systems in the region. According to IFC, the funds will be majorly channelled towards expanding the fertilizer company’s logistics networks. The agreement also seeks to increase the availability of fertilizers adapted to local soils and crops, in Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya,…

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Coca-Cola Nigeria ups fight against plastic waste by setting up its first recycling bank

NIGERIA – As part of its commitment to driving its global World Without Waste agenda, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited’s bottling partner, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC), has launched a Plastic Recycling Bank in partnership with Recycle Points. The recycling station, which is located at its Ikeja manufacturing plant in Lagos, will aid the collection of PET plastics and ensure they are recycled. Recycle Points, a waste recycling and social benefit organization at the forefront of tackling the challenge of improperly disposed plastic waste in the country, will operate the recycling bank,…

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Kenyan based brewer Keroche cashes in on growing appetite for high alcohol content drinks with launch of X Beer

KENYA – Keroche Breweries Limited, an alcoholic beverage manufacturer in Kenya has yet again introduced another strong beer in the market under the brand name X Beer. The new drink targets the high-end market as it is sugar-free and has an alcohol by volume content of 8.8%. The launch by Kenya’s second largest brewer comes a few months after its unveiling of the Vienna Ice Strong Lager with an alcohol strength of 10% in April. Keroche notes that the launch of the two products is in a bid to meet…

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Namibia Breweries quenches thirst of beer lovers in DRC, signs distribution deal

DRC – The introduction of Namibia Breweries Limited’s beer brands in other markets across the region and overseas is gaining momentum, following the company’s recent partnership with Congolese Terra Trading Distribution SARL. NBL, the largest beverage manufacturer in Namibia, has appointed Terra Trading Distribution SARL as the sole importers of the various brands within its portfolio to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The partnership will see the brewer’s stalwart Windhoek brand, distributed nationwide alongside the McKane range of premium mixers. According to the subsidiary of Ohlthaver & List…

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Nestlé unveils plans to achieve water positive impact by 2025, debuts new Middle Eastern-inspired food brand

SWITZERLAND – Nestlé Waters has unveiled a new plan to achieve water positive impact by 2025 in an effort to improve the sustainability profile of its water brands and prevent unending hostility towards its water bottling operations.   Under the new plan, Nestlé Waters has committed to collaborate with partners to identify and support local solutions that will help regenerate the ecosystems in the areas around each of Nestlé Waters’ 48 sites.   As of 2025, Nestlé hopes that its new activities will help nature retain more water than the business uses in its operations, giving it the highly coveted…

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Naivas stretches its reach further in Kenya, Shoprite pleads to vaccinate its front-line workers

KENYA – Naivas Supermarket, Kenya’s largest locally owned retail store has announced plans of opening new branches in Githurai 44 and Kisumu, as it seeks to strengthen its hold as a top retailer in the country. The Githurai outlet, set to be opened before end of July will be situated on Kamiti Road, targeting hundreds of shoppers around the region. Meanwhile, the Kisumu branch will be opened at Simba Club Hall, next to United Mall targeting hundreds of shoppers around the region. The new outlets will be Naivas’ 74th  and…

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Food processing, packaging stage account for nearly half of food losses registered in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Nearly between one third to half of all food produced globally for human consumption, is lost or wasted due to inefficiencies along the food value chain. This gives rise to economic, social and environmental impacts amounting to US$940 billion, according to a report authored on behalf of Champions. A recent study by CSIR, estimates food losses and waste in South Africa amounts to nearly 10.3 million tonnes per annum. This is in the same order of magnitude of previous estimates stipulated in 2013 which was 10.2 million…

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