Uganda Breweries Limited tagged safest brewery by parent company Diageo

UGANDA – Uganda Breweries Limited, subsidiary of Diageo through East African Breweries Limited (EABL) has bagged two awards at the Diageo Global Supply Chain and Procurement Awards. The company scooped the Brewery of the Year Award and the Excellence in Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award for Financial Year 2020/2021. The awards are intended to bring together performance and values of Diageo globally, recognize and celebrate the individuals and teams that have delivered outstanding performance throughout the year. Mr. Alfred Balikagira, the Supply Chain Director at UBL has embraced the wins…

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Arla Foods records impressive H1 results, raises full year guidance despite higher input costs

DENMARK – Danish multinational dairy cooperative Arla has recorded a rise in half-year revenues driven mainly by continued high branded sales volume growth across all dairy categories, particularly in the retail sector.  Total Arla Group revenue increased slightly by 1.2 percent to €5.441 billion (US$6.4 billion), compared to €5.377 billion (US$6.3 billion) in the first half of 2020.  The Arla brand grew 6.9 percent delivering revenue of €1,626 million (US$1.9 million) driven by sub-brands such as LactoFREE and in the “fill ‘n fuel” category.   According to Arla, brand performance is currently being…

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South Africa renews anti-dumping duties on bone-in chicken to protect poultry sector

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has welcomed the renewal of anti-dumping duties on imports of bone-in chicken from Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. The determination was issued by the independent International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC), which, upon investigation, found that dumping by the three countries had continued in spite of anti-dumping duties of between 3.86 and 73.33 percent imposed in 2015. The ITAC ruling follows an application by Sapa for the renewal of anti-dumping duties which were first imposed in 2015 and…

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Distell triples full year earnings, inches closer to finalizing Heineken deal

SOUTH AFRICA – South African producer and marketer of wine, cider and spirits company Distell, has bounced back to above pre-pandemic revenue levels despite COVID-19 related hitches. The group’s revenue for the year ended June 2021, increased by 26.3% to R28.3 billion (US$1.9 billion) on 26.3% higher volumes compared to the previous year. Compared to FY19, revenue has increased by 7.9% and despite a volume decline of 2.1%. Distell, which houses brands such as Amarula, Savanna, Hunter’s Dry, Durbanville Hills and Nederburg, has reported a more than three-fold rise in…

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Iconic Morgenhof wine estate in South Africa finds new owner after sale for US$3.5m

SOUTH AFRICA – Centuries old South African wine estate owned by Anne Cointreau, a scion of the family famous for French cognac and orange liqueur, has been sold to an international buyer in Europe for just over R52m (US$3.5m). The 329-year-old Morgenhof estate in Stellenbosch, owned for nearly three decades by Cointreau, was sold as a going concern with all furniture and cellar contents included, the lead auctioneer said, after closing its doors last year because of Covid-19, reports Bizcommunity. The sprawling 210-hectare estate, with a third under vine, includes…

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Rwanda, Luxembourg launch waste recycling project in Kigali

RWANDA – Rwanda and the government of Luxembourg have launched a waste recycling and management project that will recycle, improve city solid waste control and hazardous waste management in Kigali city. Codenamed “Waste to Resources”, the three-year project aims at adopting integrated sustainable waste management methods including waste segregation, transfer, sorting, treatment, recovery, and disposal, in an integrated manner and business models to increase the capacity of the waste management system. The launch of the waste to resource project follows Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Ministry of Environment…

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Kenyan slaughter houses on spot for offering low quality pork resulting from poor livestock handling

KENYA – World Animal Protection, the global advocate of animal rights has raised concerns regarding the handling of pigs from the farm, transportation to slaughter houses which ultimately affect the quality of pork being consumed. The non-profit organization has released a collaborative study undertaken in partnership with International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and University of Nairobi, which collected information on where the pigs were farmed, how they were transported, and gross lesions on the live animals and the carcasses. The findings under the study titled “Animal welfare and food safety…

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Chobani embarks on transition away from plastics with launch of paper yogurt container

USA – American food company specializing in strained yogurt Chobani is transitioning its Single-Serve Oat Blend yogurt from plastic into a paper-based cup as part of a company-wide initiative to improve the sustainability of its packaging.   Chobani’s paper cup is 80% paperboard, made from responsibly sourced and renewable material, the New York-based company said. The cup has a thin plastic lining to maintain product quality.  The new packaging, which took two years to develop, is expected to reach store shelves late this year, the company said.  “Is this going to solve…

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SIO acquires Sara Lee desserts and baked foods business in Australia

AUSTRALIA — New Zealand-based investor group South Island Office (SIO) has reached an agreement to acquire the Sara Lee desserts and baked foods business in Australia from McCain Foods (Aust) Pty. Ltd.  Once completed, the transaction will combine Sara Lee with Christchurch-based baking company Original Foods Baking Co., which SIO acquired in February.  McCain acquired the Sara Lee business from Hillshire Brands Co. in 2013 for approximately $85 million. as a way  to expand its range of products across desserts, meals and snacking occasions.   As part of its strategy to grow the Sara Lee business, McCain named Mark Mackaness as a dedicated general…

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Lactalis, Nestlé, Dairy Farmers America Top Rabobank’s Global Dairy Top 20 list

NETHERLANDS – Rabobank of the Netherlands has released its annual Global Dairy Top 20 Report, ranking Lactalis, Nestlé, and Dairy Farmers America as the world’s top three dairy companies.   For the first time in a decade, French dairy cooperative Lactalis outpaced industry titan Nestlé to clinch the top spot in the prestigious ranking by the Dutch multinational banking and financial services company.  Lactalis was a surprise winner as it was ninth place in 2000, with a turnover of 4.8bn, and today boasts of being the world’s largest dairy position, with a turnover…

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