Tetra Pak makes progress on sustainability, achieves 70% greenhouse gas reductions in last decade

SWITZERLAND – Multinational food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak has released its 22nd annual sustainability report highlighting the company progress in creating a better world than it found it.   In the report, Tetra Pak noted that it had managed to achieve 70 percent greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction in its own operations from 2010 to 2020, Scope 1 and 2.   The company, currently working on achieving net-zero GHG emissions in it own operations by 2030, also reported to have reduced total emissions by 19 percent within the same time frame.  “While the COVID-19 pandemic threw up…

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Faithful to Nature becomes first retailer to offer carbon-neutral delivery service

SOUTH AFRICA – Faithful to Nature (FTN), a South African online retailer has announced that it has attained carbon-neutral status in its delivery services. With this achievement, the company becomes South Africa’s first major retailer to offer net zero carbon-emissions delivery service. According to the grocery and wellness store, this is in line with its strategy of building a more sustainable world, reports IOL. “Every being on the planet has a right to live in a clean and toxin-free environment. “Our physical and mental well-being is intimately connected to the…

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Coca-Cola Beverages Africa strives to attain Coca-Cola system’s 2030 water security goal

AFRICA – Africa’s biggest Coca-Cola bottler, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) is forging ahead with implementation of its 2030 Water Stewardship Strategy. The company has been laying the foundation to implement the Coca-Cola system’s 2030 Water Stewardship Strategy, which focuses on sustainable, efficient water usage, improving local water challenges and partnering with others to improve watershed health and enhance community water resilience, focusing on women and girls. “We have a global Coca-Cola system framework with goals for operations, watershed health and communities, based on in-depth risk assessment. That determines our targets,”…

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Global craft beer company Brew Dog partners Asahi to expand presence in Japan

JAPAN – Scotland-based independent craft brewer BrewDog has entered into a joint venture (JV) in Japan with Asahi Breweries, to accelerate distribution of the company’s craft beers in the Asian country.   The JV will be known as “BrewDog Japan” and is the first of its type for BrewDog, which says it will retain a controlling interest.    BrewDog Japan will operate as a standalone entity with its own sales, marketing, and back-office teams and will focus exclusively on the distribution and marketing of key BrewDog brands such as Punk IPA, Hazy Jane and Elvis Juice…

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RCL Foods register strong earnings growth despite chicken division lagging behind

SOUTH AFRICA – South African food processor RCL Foods, has reported a 14% rise in full year revenue for the year ended June 2021 to R31.7 billion (US$2.21 billion). More notable is that the group almost posted an eight-fold increase in headline earnings by 736% to R958.1 million (US$66.94m), from a loss last year after write-downs of around R1.5 billion (US$104m) due to the Covid-19 financial fallout. Earnings before depreciation, amortisation and impairment (Ebitda) was up 47.3 percent to R2.51 billion (US$175m) and headline earnings per share jumped 723.7% to…

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Tanzania’s government gets support in building fish sector, introduces cage fish farming

TANZANIA – The government of Tanzania through the Ministry of Livestock Development has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kagera Regional leaders, Tanzania Agricultural Catalytic Trust (TACT) and Nelson Mandela African Institution of Sciences and Technology to introduce cage fish farming in the North-western region of Tanzania. The project is aimed to boost growth of the sector and increase its contribution to the GDP from the current 1.71%. The sector is also key as it supports about 4.5 million people, with fishing activities dominated by small-scale fishermen accounting…

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Naivas fosters seamless shopping experience by partnering with Jumia

KENYA – Kenya’s largest supermarket chain, Naivas has inked a partnership deal with Africa’s e-commerce giant, Jumia to offer customers a seamless shopping experience by availing a wide range of products on the platform. The partnership will first feature Naivas Food Market at Prestige Plaza along Ngong road, before rolling out to its other outlets nationwide, enabling customers to shop for their essentials virtually and have them delivered to their preferred location. Shoppers along Ngong Road, Community Area, Hurlingham, Mbagathi, Kileleshwa, and Lavington areas, are the targeted clientele of the…

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Carrefour debuts first automated cashier-less store in the Middle East

DUBAI – French retailer Carrefour has debuted an automated cashier-less store in Dubai in line with its vision to bring futuristic shopping experiences to the Middle East.   The store, the first of its kind in the region, looks like any ordinary convenience store, brimming with sodas and snacks, tucked between sprawling storefronts of this city-state.  The automation however lies in the background and features a sophisticated system of cameras and sensors which tracks people’s movements and the products they pick from shelves.  Once outside the store, customer phones ping…

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Amazon deploys cutting edge tech to empower India’s farmers, to hire 8,000 employees to support growth

INDIA – Seattle headquartered e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc., is investing in the modernization of India’s outmoded agricultural sector in an effort to improve yields and woo farmers into its platform.   Amazon has already begun offering real-time advice and information through a dedicated mobile app to help farmers make decisions on crops and even deploy machine learning technology.   The program — which Amazon dubs Reactive and Proactive Crop plans — promises to provide growers with cutting-edge technology and insights.  Farmers enrolled in the app have access to alerts and addresses on soil, pests, weather,…

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Zomato continues portfolio cleanup post-IPO, shuts down UK, Singapore businesses

INDIA – Indian multinational restaurant aggregator and food delivery company Zomato has closed two of its overseas subsidiaries – Zomato UK Limited (ZUK) in the UK and Zomato Media Private Limited (ZMPL) in Singapore – according to a stock exchange filing the company seen by ET retail.  As part of its “cleaning-up” exercise, the food delivery firm has been shutting international subsidiaries that don’t contribute to its business since it was listed on Indian exchanges in July.  The company said in the filing that its UK and Singapore subsidiaries were not material…

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