CCBA elevates Tshidi Ramogase to be Director Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability

SOUTH AFRICA – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa has appointed Tshidi Ramogase as the Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability (PACS) Director of the company. A seasoned Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability veteran, Tshidi was Head of PACS at CCBA since 2019, prior to her recent appointment. She has also served as a Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability Director since 2016 and occupied the same role at legacy ABI from February 2010. She has also previously worked in Human Resources and Corporate Affairs for leading multinationals across both…

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Saudi Arabian consumer goods giant Savola to purchase UAE-based snack maker Bayara for US$260m

UAE – Savola Group, a Saudi Arabia- based consumer goods company, has agreed to acquire Bayara, a manufacturer of nuts, dried fruits and spices as part of a strategy to invest in high growth sectors.   Bayara specialises in the manufacture and distribution of healthy snacks including raw and roasted nuts, dates, seeds, dried fruits and confectionery. It also produces cooking ingredients such as herbs, spices, and pulses.  The privately held company says it processes around 23,000 tonnes of goods each year and operates out of the UAE and Saudi Arabia.  Savola said in a filing…

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South African food manufacturers Tiger Brands, Unilever suspend advertising amid unrest

SOUTH AFRICA – Tiger Brands, South Africa’s biggest food manufacturer, has halt its advertising campaigns amid widespread unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. “Out of respect for our consumers, Tiger Brands has made the decision to temporarily suspend consumer marketing activities at a time when many of South Africans are facing difficulties in accessing products due to the closure of retail outlets. “We are engaging with government and support efforts by law enforcement agencies to restore calm, reopen key distribution routes and create a safe environment for the resumption of normal…

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Malawian dairy farmers to benefit from launch of first milk powder processing firm in the country

MALAWI – Mach Milk Company, a Malawian dairy processing company is set to soon commence operations in the country’s second largest city, Blantyre. The newly established factory which is currently under construction, expects to produce 144, 000 kilogrammes of milk powder annually. The investment will offer direct market access to the over 5,000 dairy local farmers in the region and create employment opportunities for 200 people. It will also provide Malawians a rare opportunity to contribute towards the development of their country through buying and consuming locally produced products. “I…

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Delivery startup Glovo expands reach in Kenya by entering two new towns

KENYA – Glovo, on-demand delivery start-up, has expanded its footprints in Kenya, launching its services in Thika and Kiambu towns. The urban centres join the likes of Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kisumu, Rongai, Ngong, and Kitengela where Glovo has established its services in the country.  The expansion move is part of the start-up’s growth plan following its raising of €450 million in a Series F funding round led by New York-based investment managers Lugard Road Capital and the Luxor Capital Group, at the beginning of June 2021. Glovo will pump…

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HelloFresh to acquire ready meals firm Youfoodz to strengthen its Australian brand portfolio

AUSTRALIA – German-based meal kit company HelloFresh has agreed to acquire Australian ready-to-eat meal manufacturer Youfoodz to enhance its Australian brand portfolio and product offering.  FoodBev reported that the US$93.3 million deal marks an important step in HelloFresh’s growth strategy and will strengthen its direct-to-consumer (D2C) ready-to-eat capabilities.  Youfoodz provides and distributes fresh readymade meals, as well as snacks and drinks through both home delivery (D2C) and retail (B2B).   The company operates three production facilities in Brisbane, which it claims produce more than 400,000 ready-made meals, 80,000 snacks, and 25,000 drinks per week. …

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Delta Corporation revenue jumps 114% on back of recovered volume sales from low prior year base

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe’s largest beverages maker, Delta Corporation, has registered a 114% growth in revenue in the first quarter to June 2021, in inflation adjusted terms, following significant recoveries in volumes, coming from a tight lockdown that disrupted business in the same period last year. The manufacturer of leading brands like Castle lager, Zambezi lager, Pilsener, Coca Cola and Chibuku in Zimbabwe, said on a historical basis, total revenue was 391% better than prior year. Delta attributed the first quarter volume recovery to a low base the group was coming…

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Ball to build new aluminium manufacturing facilities in UK, Russia as EcoBlue expands footprint in Thailand

EURASIA – World’s leading provider of aluminum packaging for beverage, personal care, and household products Ball Corporation is expanding its manufacturing footprint in the Eurasia region with new plants in the UK and Russia.  According to Ball, the new manufacturing facilities would produce billions of cans every year – across a range of formats and sizes – from 2023, and provide up to 200 skilled jobs.  The news follows the announcement earlier this year of Ball’s plans for a new €170 million (US$235.50 million) aluminum can plant in the Czech Republic, which will help boost its output in…

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Coca-Cola Israel expands into cultured milk production as US unit updates taste of coke zero

ISRAEL – Coca-Cola Israel, formally known as The Central Bottling Company (CBC), is diversifying into cultured milk production with a new strategic partnership with Israeli food-tech company BioMilk.  Under the new partnership, CBC will invest up to US$2 million in the development of BioMilk’s cultured milk products. BioMilk, on the other hand, will transfer its products to Tara Dairy, which is owned by CBC, for a “pilot commercial production”.   Transferring production capabilities to Tara Dairy will enable BioMilk to step up technological developments and accelerate its reach towards the fridges and shelves of consumers.  With the new partnerships,…

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