South Africa’s private label sector now commands US$5 billion of retail sales

SOUTH AFRICA – Despite the COVID-19 pandemic shrinking retail sales, South Africa’s private label (PL) sector has continued its upward trajectory. According to a recent analysis by NielsenIQ, PL sector now commands 24.3% of the total basket of value sales in the country which equates to R71 billion (US$5 billion). This served to cement PL’s growth path from 2019, when its share of sales was 22.8% which rose to 23% by May 2020 and 24.6% by May 2021. NielsenIQ South Africa managing director Ged Nooy said, “There’s no doubt that…

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Generation Africa names two grand prize winners of US$100,000 GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize for 2021

AFRICA – Generation Africa, a partnership initiative with a vision to strengthen the ecosystem for youth entrepreneurs in the agri-food sector in Africa has crowned Tracy Kimathi, founder of Tree_Sea.mals in Kenya and Nshimiyimana Alexandre, co-founder of Sanit Wing Ltd in Rwanda, as the GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize winners for 2021. The competition is undertaken in collaboration with industry leaders in the global and African agriculture sectors i.e., Yara International, Econet, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, Corteva Agriscience, the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions, the Syngenta Foundation for…

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Sonae acquires Gosh! Food owner for US$89m as Kellogg spends $45m in supply chain optimization

UK – Sonae Food4Future, a subsidiary of Portugal-based Sonae, is expanding its international footprint with the acquisition of Claybell, the owner of vegan and free-from brand Gosh! Food.   According to a report by FoodBev, Sonae spent around £64 million (about US$89 million) for a 95.4% stake in the UK food company.   UK-based Gosh! Food portfolio includes a range of vegan and free-from products, including bites, sausages, and burgers, both sold through the Gosh! Brand.  The company is also a private label partner to customers in the retail and foodservice channels. For the…

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PepsiCo invests US$64m in expanding Uruguay plant as demand for Zero-sugar offerings soars

URUGUAY – American multinational food, snack, and beverage company PepsiCo has announced it is investing US$64 million to expand its beverage concentrates plant in Uruguay’s Colonia Free Trade Zone.  According to the maker of Pepsi, Mirinda, and 7Up soda brands, the extension of the plant’s footprint will enable PepsiCo to expand its zero-sugar offerings.  The expansion will enable PepsiCo to meet an upsurge in demand for diet soft drinks in the past few years which has been fuelled by changing preference of consumers from beverages with high sugar content to healthier…

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Uganda Breweries Limited reminisces its 75 years of existence

UGANDA – As part of its palladium jubilee celebrations, marking a significant milestone of attaining 75 years of existence, Uganda Breweries Limited, subsidiary of East African Breweries Limited held a panel discussion, chronicling the brewer’s journey over the years since 1946. What was clear from the start is the fact that UBL has weathered the storms and thrived thanks to its sustainable business model and culture of doing business the right way, from grain to glass, riding on ethics and integrity. The panellists discussed UBL’s contribution to the growth of…

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Givaudan unveils new alternative protein hub to accelerate new product developments

SWITZERLAND – Swiss multinational flavor and fragrance manufacturer  Givaudan has expanded its flagship Zurich Innovation Centre (ZIC) in Switzerland with a brand-new protein hub.   The new hub will help Givaudan accelerate the development of alternative proteins, leveraging its knowledge in tastes, textures, colors, proteins, and ingredients.  According to a statement from the company, the new extension is equipped with a state-of-the-art development kitchen and a pilot plant that contains a high-moisture extrusion machine.   The protein hub will provide customers with the ability to work on all types of applications,…

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JBT-Avure enhances efficiency, versatility of high-pressure pasteurization with launch of FlexiBulk

US – JBT-Avure, formally known as JBT Corporation, has unveiled a new bulk high-pressure pasteurization (HPP) technology aimed at enhancing the efficiency of the pasteurization process.   Known as FlexiBulk, the new technology boasts fill speeds of up to 55 gallons per minute. The machine HPPs both individually packaged products, and food and beverage bulk products, simultaneously.  With FlexiBulk, filling and unfilling is done outside the HPP press, resulting in the FlexiBulk being able to fill bags, in baskets, while other bags are being pressed and unfilled.   The new technology also has an added advantage…

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AGRA hosts new Center of Excellence for Seed Systems in Africa to boost agricultural productivity

KENYA – The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an alliance led by Africans with roots in farming communities across the continent, has launched a new center to champion development of improved quality, high-yielding seeds for various crop varieties in Africa with the goal of boosting agricultural productivity. The Center of Excellence for Seed Systems in Africa (CESSA) was unveiled at the AGRF 2021 Summit in Nairobi, Kenya. CESSA is funded by Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) partners to include, AGRA, the Bill & Melinda…

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Pet food market in MEA region holds great potential following rise in pet ownership – Eurominitor

MEA – The COVID-19 pandemic, social media, increasing consumer education and awareness and growth of ecommerce are some of the factors driving the sales of pet food in the Middle East and Africa.  A new Euromonitor International report, Emerging Market for Dog Food in Middle East and Africa, notes that despite the region being the smallest market, it has posted strong growth in sale of pet foods over recent years. The market is largely untapped due to the historic restrictions and perceptions. For instance, countries in the region are dominated…

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Cargill opens US$150m pectin processing plant in Brazil to meet demand for clean label texturising ingredients

BRAZIL – American privately held global food corporation Cargill has opened a new US$150 million processing plant in Bebedouro, Brazil to enable it meet the increasing demand for clean label texturising ingredients.  Located in Brazil’s citrus growing region, the new site provides a large supply of fresh fruit peels – the raw material used in pectin production.   With an abundance of raw materials at its disposal, the new site will produce the full suite of Cargill’s pectin offerings, enabling the global food corporation to expand its presence in South America…

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