Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda launches new drink with unique local taste dubbed Ades Nutri-Bushera

UGANDA – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda has launched a new product known as Ades Nutri-Bushera. Ades is the global brand for plant-based beverages for the Coca-Cola Company with blends of nuts, cereals, fruit juices, indulgent flavours, vitamins and minerals for a rich, smooth and delicious taste. While, Bushera is a traditional drink made in Ugandan households out of millet and sorghum, mainly consumed at social gatherings such as weddings, child naming ceremonies etc. The new Ugandan blend, Ades Nutri-Bushere has been produced and packaged to match the specific taste…

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Global food prices rise sharply in August as FAO cuts estimates for world cereal production

GLOBAL – After easing in the previous two months, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) food price index rose 3.1% in August to near a peak set in May reviving concerns about inflationary pressures.  According to the FAO, the rising prices were driven by reduced grain production expectations, frosts that hurt sugar-cane crops in top grower Brazil, and tightening oilseed supplies.  Food supply chains have also been affected by a shortage of workers amid the coronavirus pandemic and higher shipping costs.  Lower harvest expectations in several major exporting countries shunting up world wheat prices by 8.8%…

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Unga Group taps into expertise of Premier Foods’ CEO Joseph Choge to be its new MD

KENYA – Unga Group Limited, a major grain miller in Kenya, has announced the retirement of its long serving Managing Director Nicholas Hutchinson, effective December 31 2021. The holding company with investments in flour milling and manufacturing of human nutrition products and animal feeds, has tapped into Premier Foods’ CEO Joseph Malel Choge, to take over from Mr Hutchinson from December 1. The Nairobi Securities Exchange-listed company said in a notice that Hutchinson would continue in an advisory capacity for a while to ensure a smooth transition, reports Business Daily.…

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India food regulator FSSAI asks e-commerce companies to end classification of plant-based products as dairy

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has directed e-commerce platforms to delist plant-based products as dairy milk products in line with a government regulation that non-milk products cannot be classified and sold as ‘dairy’ products.  “The general standard for milk and milk products under the Food Safety and Standards Regulations clearly lays down guidelines for use of dairy in the nomenclature of products,” FSSAI noted.   “These regulations state that use of any dairy term for a product which is not milk or a composite milk product is prohibited and any such action is in…

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Ghana launches US$1.1m rice processing facility with modern parboiling, milling, packaging plants

GHANA – Ghana is forging ahead with its ambitious target of attaining self-sufficiency in rice production with the launch of new processing plant in the Western-North Region. The newly built GH¢6.7 million (US$1.1m) Sefwi Akontombra rice processing factory has the capacity to produce between 1.5 and 2.8 tonnes of processed rice per hour. According to official reports from the Presidency of Ghana, the state-of-the-art facility features modern parboiling, milling and packaging plants. It also has a standby generator plant, a mechanised borehole to supply the facility with water, fully furnished…

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South African wine company DGB expands its portfolio overseas

SOUTH AFRICA – South African independent wine producer DGB has partnered with US wine importer Cape Classics to expand its New York City-based importer’s portfolio which currently consists of 26 brands from South Africa and France. Brands including Boschendal, The Beachhouse, Bellingham and Ribshack Red will now form part of the importer’s South African portfolio, reports Bizcommunity. Rob Bradshaw, Cape Classics President and CEO, emphasised his enthusiasm for the partnership saying, “We are exceptionally proud to represent DGB’s legacy as an incredibly inclusive wine company that produces quality-driven wine over…

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Nigerian agricultural firms secure financing with support from NIRSAL to boost poultry, cocoa production

NIGERIA – The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) Plc has facilitated the approval and disbursement of N81.8 million (US$198,700) and N150 million (US$364,500) from Union Bank Plc and Sterling Bank Plc respectively to two agri firms to boost poultry and cocoa production and export in Cross River State, South of Nigeria. NIRSAL Plc, is a non-bank financial Institution wholly-owned by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), established in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and Nigerian Bankers’ Committee. Its mandate is…

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Illovo Sugar undertakes top leadership changes at its subsidiaries in Zambia, Eswatini

ZAMBIA – Zambia Sugar, subsidiary of pan-African sugarcane grower and sugar producer, Illovo Sugar Africa has appointed Oswald Magwenzi as its new Managing Director. Oswald joins the company from Ubombo Sugar Limited, Illovo Sugar’s operating unit in Eswatini, bringing a wealth of knowledge to this role including a track record of business performance excellence and value-proposition innovation. He has served as MD for Ubombo Sugar since 2013, but started his career in the sugar industry in 1998. Oswald has general management and operational experience as well as development finance experience…

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