Coca-Cola, FrieslandCampina introduce new solutions to cut their packaging carbon footprint

EUROPE – European bottler of carbonated soft drinks Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) and Dutch multinational dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina have introduced new solutions aimed at cutting down their respective packaging carbon footprints.   CCEP is trialing a new drink dispensing technology in Spain that allows consumers in out-of-home venues such as restaurants, cafes, offices, and stadiums that offer Coca-Cola brands to serve themselves and refill drinks directly from the tap.  “The self-pour, self-pay technology offers consumers a convenient packaging-free delivery method for their drinks, while also cutting down queues, reducing the need for unnecessary contact, and freeing up serving staff…

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Starbucks extends RTD coffee partnership with Nestlé to expand global reach of its brand

ASIA/LATIN AMERICA – Starbucks is eyeing a bigger share of the global RTD coffee market and has entered a partnership with Nestlé to bring ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee beverages to select markets across Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Latin America as from 2022 through a variety of channels, including online platforms.  The deal will initially focus on its most popular products such as Starbucks Frappuccino and Starbucks Doubleshot but will be expanded to include more products as the two companies have agreed to continue developing new and innovative products under the licencing agreement.  As the world’s largest food company, Nestlé has…

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Tiger Brands recalls canned products over faulty cans

SOUTH AFRICA – Tiger Brands, South Africa’s largest food manufacturer, has announced the urgent recall of about 20 million KOO, its rainbow brand, and Hugo’s canned vegetable products manufactured between 1 May 2019 and 5 May 2021 over safety concerns due to potentially defective cans. The company’s Groceries division first discovered the defective products in May 2021, prior to the final labelling of the finished product, linking them to a deficient side seam weld that could cause the cans to leak. They were traced back to three different batches of…

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SAB encourages responsible drinking through launch of ghost kitchen serving pre- and post-groove meals

SOUTH AFRICA – Keeping to its true nature of introducing new innovative offerings in the South African market, alcohol major South African Breweries (SAB), has launched a ghost kitchen to deliver delicious bites to consumers, before and after indulging in alcohol, under its Flying Fish brand. Dubbed, The Flying Dish Kitchen, the beer maker has partnered with Uber Eats to feature a select menu of consumers’ favourite pre- and post-groove meals, as chosen by them. The tantalizing menu is set to feature affordable gourmet burgers, to vegan vibes, made by…

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AgDevCo expands portfolio to develop banana industry in Mozambique

MOZAMBIQUE – Social impact investor AgDevCo has announced its latest investment in Mozambique’s agribusiness sector. The UK-based social impact investor has closed a US$3 million debt investment in Quinta da Bela Vista Limitada (QBV), an irrigated banana estate located in the Boane area in Mozambique. QBV was established in 2016 as a joint venture between Silverstreet Capital’s Silverlands I Fund and Crookes Brothers Limited and currently comprises 128ha of irrigated bananas. The company’s strategy is to expand the operation to 260ha over the next two years. “AgDevCo’s funding of QBV…

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Angolan milling company GMA readies second phase of Lobito’s wheat flour mill construction

ANGOLA – Grandes Moagens de Angola, subsidiary of one of Angola’s leading players in soft commodities and FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods), Webcor, has completed construction of the first phase of its wheat flour mill in Lobito. According to the parent company, construction of Lobito mill began in November 2018 and included the reconstruction of a colonial-era silo, installation of new metal silos, and cleaning and transportation equipment. The silos, with a total storage capacity of 66,000 tons of grain, can unload grain ships at up to 300 tons per hour…

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Ebro Foods to offload French dry pasta business in US$648m deal with CVC Capital Partners

FRANCE – Spanish pasta maker Ebro Foods is selling its Panzani dry pasta, couscous, sauces, and semolina business in France to CVC Capital Partners VIII as part of efforts to refocus its resources and energies to its fresh pasta and convenience businesses.   Ebro Foods has been offloading businesses not aligned with its focus on premium fresh pasta offerings with divestitures in Canada and the United States being some of the latest by the company.  In December 2020, Ebro’s Riviana Foods subsidiary sold its US branded pasta portfolio including San Giorgio and Creamette to TreeHouse Foods; while the company recently finalised its divestment of the Ronzoni…

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Egypt’s contact-less grocery delivery platform GoodsMart raises US$3.6m for further expansion

EGYPT – Egyptian grocery delivery platform GoodsMart, has raised US$3.6 million in a funding round led by Sawari Ventures. Founded in 2014, GoodsMart allows customers to browse thousands of premium grocery and home products from a variety of shops and suppliers, place orders, and have goods delivered to their door. On the surface, the company may look like any other grocery delivery startup but the overall user experience and operating model GoodsMart has is completely different. According to reports by Menabytes, its grocery delivery service is contactless as the users…

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On-demand online booze store Liquor.co.za launches in South Africa to cater to both B2B, B2C

SOUTH AFRICA – Seeming like a timely undertaking, a new online shopping website for alcohol, Liquor.co.za has launched in South Africa, just days after the country moved to the Adjusted Alert Level 3 lockdown. Under the new directives, booze is once again available for purchase for offsite consumption between 10:00 Hrs and 18:00 Hrs, Monday to Thursday and onsite consumption from 10 Hrs to 20:00 Hrs. Despite the resumption of alcohol sales, Liquour.co.za has been introduced to foster a convenient, efficient and safe way of undertaking purchases. The digital platform…

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