Tyson foods launches plant-based products in Asia as BiH dairy producers gear up for Chinese market

ASIA – Tyson Foods, the world’s second-largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork, has launched a new line of plant-based meat alternatives across the Asia Pacific to take advantage of increased demand in the region. The launch under the company’s First Pride brand marks the first time Tyson Foods is introducing plant-based products in the region. First Pride brand is however not new to consumers in the region as Tyson has offered frozen chicken, beef, and fish products under the brand in Malaysia for nearly 15 years. According…

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Nestlé steps up sustainability efforts with launch of two water bottles made with much less plastic

FRANCE – Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, has developed two new packaging innovations aimed at reducing use of virgin plastic in its supply chain. According to a statement from Nestlé the novel water bottles developed for its Vittel® natural mineral water are designed to function just like traditional plastic bottles but with much less plastic. The first innovation is the Vittel® GO system which consists of a reusable hard protective case designed to hold 50cl refills of Vittel® natural mineral water that are made with 40% less plastic than…

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PepsiCo debuts sugar-free cola variant Pepsi Maxi in Uganda

UGANDA – PepsiCo, leading beverage and snack company, has introduced Pepsi MAX, a low-calorie and sugar-free cola in the Ugandan market. The new drink will be distributed by the company’s subsidiary Crown Beverages Limited. The launch is part of CBL’s ongoing focus of helping consumers to make healthier choices as it stamps its lead position in the Ugandan soft-beverage market. “While health is high on the agenda, taste is the number one reason for soft drink purchase choice so we are focusing on delivering our Pepsi MAX great taste message…

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Guinness Ghana Limited honors sorghum farmers as Kenya Breweries Limited promotes gender equality

GHANA – Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited, a subsidiary of Diageo Plc has honoured deserving sorghum farmers from the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, and North East Regions of Ghana, at the Sorghum Farmers Recognition Awards. According to the brewery, 18 deserving sorghum farmers, collectors and groups were recognized and took home an assortment of prizes including motorized tricycles, motorcycles, tarpaulins, and products from the company. The initiative forms part of its Local Raw Material (LRM) intervention, which started in 2012 and seeks to use local raw materials in the production…

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South Africa bags US$15m Philippines’ citrus market, targets to be main exporter

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa is set to access the lucrative Philippines citrus fruit market, following the conclusion of negotiations that stretched over 12 years, further expanding the bullish South African citrus industry. The work plan to export South African citrus to the Philippines was signed between the Department Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development and the Philippines Bureau of Plant and Industry at the end of 2020. Marking the historic occasion, a delegation from the Citrus Growers’ Association of South Africa (CGA) visited the Port of Durban earlier this…

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Reckitt Benckiser incurs US$3.05bn loss following sale underperforming China infant formula business

CHINA – Reckitt Benckiser Group, a British consumer health, nutrition, and hygiene company,  has signed an agreement to offload its Infant Formula and Child Nutrition (IFCN) business in China to private equity firm Primavera Capital Group for $2.2 billion (US$2.68bn). Following the sale, Primavera Capital Group will own IFCN’s brands in China and also assume control of manufacturing plants in Nijmegen, the Netherlands and Guangzhou, China. Sale transaction terms also give Primavera a royalty-free perpetual and exclusive licence of the Mead Johnson and Enfa family of brands (which includes Enfinitas,…

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Molson Coors invests in UK hard seltzer brand as Germany’s Müller’s Mühle inaugurates new legume flours plant

EUROPE – Molson Coors Beverage Company, a US-based multinational drink and brewing company is investing approximately £5 million in its UK hard seltzer brand, Three Fold, in an effort to expand its share of the country’s hard seltzer category. According to a report by FoodBev, the investment marks the biggest brand investment made by the company in a new category in the UK. The company first entered into UK’s hard seltzer market in June last year through an exclusive distribution partnership with Bodega Bay to support the brands further roll-out…

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World Bank to finance smallholder farmers and agri-enterprises in Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire

WEST AFRICA – The World Bank has approved new financing through the International Development Association (IDA), to increase productivity and market access for smallholder farmers and agri-enterprises in Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire. In Liberia, the bank is injecting US$55 million credit financing into the Rural Economic Transformation Project (RETRAP), focusing on improved production of cassava, rubber, poultry, and pigs. This new financing targets 60,000 persons, 50 percent of whom are women, mainly smallholder farmers and agri-entrepreneurs (private agribusiness investors, cooperatives, and SME processing or providing other services to agri-food systems)…

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Makerere University on the road to availing first Anti-Tick Vaccine in Uganda

UGANDA – Makerere University in Uganda has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Alfasan Uganda Limited, to facilitate production of test batches of an Anti-Tick Vaccine developed by the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB). The Anti-Tick Vaccine Initiative is hosted under the Centre for Biosecurity and Global Health, one of the milestones endorsed by the University when the then faculty transitioned into a college. The development of the vaccine started in 2005 with a seed grant from the Dutch Research Council, but the Government of…

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Ethiopia launches US$231m sugar factory, appoints Ernst & Young to oversee privatization of state-owned sugar plants

ETHIOPIA – The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed has inaugurated the long-waited Tana Beles Sugar Factory one, constructed in the Amhara regional state. Delayed for over 8 years, the sugar factor project commenced in 2012 with a planned completion date of around 18 months. However, by end of 2017 only about 60 percent of the project was completed forcing the government to cancel the business agreement with the original contractor, Metal Engineering Corporation (MeTeC). CAMCE, a corporation which belongs to China National Machinery Industry Corporation (SINOMACH), took over the…

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