Tata Consumer Products launches Himalayan water in UK as Danone debuts enhanced sparkling water line

UK – Tata Consumer Products Ltd (TCPL) is taking its Himalayan premium water brand to the British market as part of s strategy to cross leverage its brands across markets and maximize brand potential.  According to a statement from the company, the Himalayan Water will initially be available online only and distribution will be expanded gradually.    Himalayan Water in the UK is carbon negative and water positive and uses fully recyclable packaging, said TCPL adding its bottling facility in the Shivalik Range in the Himalayan mountains uses 100 per…

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Indian craft-beer brand Bira 91 to open fifth brewery to capture rising demand for flavorsome tipples

INDIA – Bira 91, a fast-rising Indian craft-beer brand, is set to expand its market share even further after its owner B9 Beverages Pvt announced plans to open a fifth local brewery in India as it seeks to capture swelling demand for more flavorsome tipples.  The new brewery in Madhya Pradesh — Bira’s second in the central Indian state – is expected to be ready before the end of the eyar and will initially add 400,000 hectoliters a year.  According to Ankur Jain, B9 Beverages chief executive office,  the capacity at Bira’s new planned unit has the potential to be…

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Tom Curtis appointed President of Burger King USA and Canada

USA— Tom Curtis, a long serving executive of Domino’s Pizza has been appointed president of Burger King US and Canada.   Before his appointment, Curtis had been serving as the fast food restauraunt’s chief operating officer, a position he has been holding since April.  Before joining Burger King, Mr. Curtis spent more than 35 years in leadership roles at Domino’s Pizza, Inc., most recently as executive vice president of US operations.   He joined the pizza chain in 1985 as a store manager and was a franchisee from 1987 to 2006 before joining Domino’s corporate in…

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Distributed Power Africa joins Shoprite’s green building initiative

SOUTH AFRICA – Econet subsidiary Distributed Power Africa (DPA) has joined Shoprite Group’s renewable energy program, installing solar panels at stores in three provinces. Africa’s largest retailer Shoprite announced plans earlier this year 2021 to go off-grid in the near future and DPA is among the renewable energy companies that have been contracted for the installations of solar power. Shoprite Group already generates a significant amount of power from solar – 12,300MWh – following the installation of rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels at multiple sites around South Africa and Namibia. The…

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Nigerian commodity trader AFEX partners with SWAgCo, Ogun State to promote production of staple crops

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s leading commodity player, AFEX, has partnered with agricultural investment company, South-West Agriculture Company (SWAgCo), and the Ogun State Government for the development of five thousand hectares (5000 ha.) for the production of multi-crops in the South-West region of Nigeria. The partnership was announced at an MoU signing ceremony at the deal room of the Feed Nigeria Summit 2021 with the focus crops for the partnership to include cassava, rice and maize. According to the Commissioner of Agriculture for Ogun State, Dr. Adeola Odedina, the parties aim to…

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Carrefour Kenya takes over Choppies’ space at Southfield Mall opening its 16th outlet

KENYA – Carrefour Kenya, owned by Dubai-based conglomerate Majid Al Futtaim (MAF), has opened a new store at the Southfield Mall in Embakasi, Nairobi as part of its ongoing expansion drive. This is the 16th outlet by the foreign operated retailer in the country, known for offering aggressive discounts on a wide range of consumer goods, a strategy that has helped it curve a substantial chunk of market size. The new branch, according to the retailer targets shoppers from major estates such as Imara Daima, Nyayo Estate, Syokimau and the…

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SA’s Rooibos becomes first African commodity to receive EU’s Protected Designations of Origin certification

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African rooibos industry has officially received the certificate of registration for Protection Designation of Origin (PDO) in the European Union (EU). A PDO identifies and links a product to a region, associating its quality and reputation to that area. Rooibos also known as bush tea or red tea, is a caffein free herbal tea and antioxidant food ingredient originating from the endemic South African fynbos plant, aspalathus linearis, that has become popular on the global markets. With the certification, Rooibos will now receive the same…

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Zambian potato producing giant Buya Bamba invests US$7m in new frozen chips processing factory

ZAMBIA – Zambia’s leading potato producer, Buya Bamba has vertically expanded its operations with an investment of US$7 million in a new processing factory for production of frozen chips. The company specializes in supply of superior seeds, growing, harvesting, cleaning, sizing and packaging, as well as, the storage of fresh potatoes to provide the Zambian customers with a dependable source of local produce on a year-round basis. The new facility located in Lusaka has been under construction for the past three years and is set for commissioning, reports Zambia Business…

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