CCBSA continues to contribute to circular economy through plastic waste collection drives

SOUTH AFRICA – In line with its World Without Waste Vision 2030 agenda, the Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has partnered with Matongoni Recycling Group to undertake a plastic waste collection and recycling initiative in rural communities of Limpopo Province. The beverage giant targets to collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle it sells, and reach 50% recycled content of all its packaging by 2030 globally. Under the recently launched project, Coca-Cola will provide the much-needed boost to the collection of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles by availing a…

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Health of the planet overtakes personal health priorities in Innova’s Top 10 Trends for 2022

NETHERLANDS – Consumers now rank planetary health as their number one concern, overtaking personal health, which has been the top priority in Innova Market Insights’ Top Ten Trends in recent years.   According to Innova, “Shared Planet” topping the Top Ten Trends for 2022 reflects a reality where today’s consumers are more ethically and environmentally conscious.  “One of the biggest shifts we are seeing is that the health of the planet is now the top concern of consumers,” says Innova’s global insights director, Lu Ann Williams.   “Personal health has been the big concern…

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USAID supports Zambian agribusiness enterprises, Zimbabwe formulates animal health regulations in partnership with FAO

SOUTHERN AFRICA – Zambia has received an additional US$3.9m support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to support small and medium sized agribusiness enterprises. In the two months since Zambia’s August 12 presidential election, USAID has programmed approximately US$30 million in new U.S. Government funding for the Zambian people. The additional funds will help grow small and medium enterprises, particularly those that are women-led, with a focus on strengthening job creation and revenue growth. Meanwhile, key stakeholders in the Zimbabwe livestock sector from both the public and…

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Zambia to register bumper corn harvest in 2021/22 increasing export volumes to 700,000 tons

ZAMBIA – Zambia’s production of its single most important crop, corn, is set to reach an all-time high record in the Marketing Year (MY) 2021/22 reaching 3.6 million tons. The bumper harvest follows its production of 3.4 million tons in 2020/21 and 2 million tons in 2019/20. The steady rise in production is attributed to increase area put under production and productivity courtesy of availability and adoption of improved production technologies like higher-potential hybrid seeds and fertilizer. However, the cultivation of genetically engineered corn is still prohibited in the country.…

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TricorBraun eyes European glass packaging firm Vetroelite as Elopak expands into MENA

ITALY – American designer and distributor of rigid packaging TricorBraun has entered into an agreement to acquire Italian-based packaging supplier Vetroelite from LBO France for an undisclosed sum.  Vetroelite provides glass packaging solutions for the spirits, gourmet food, home fragrances, wine, and cosmetics industries.   The company has a global presence and operates from several locations across the US and Europe, serving customers in 90 countries.  With Vetroelite, TricorBraun will be able to significantly expand its  European presence while at the same time bolstering its global presence.  “We are very pleased to expand our European presence with the acquisition of Vetroelite,” said Court Carruthers, president and CEO of TricorBraun.   “The Vetroelite team…

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SA’s Pioneer Foods recalls LiquiFruit, Ceres apple juice brands due to mould contamination

SOUTH AFRICA – Pioneer Foods, one of the largest food and beverage manufacturer in South Africa (SA) owned by PepsiCo, has announced a recall of several LiquiFruit brands and Ceres apple juice products sold outside the homeland country, following detection of elevated levels of mould toxins in them. This comes barely a week after Appletiser, a sparkling apple juice brand produced by Coca-Cola South Africa announced a recall of six batches of its product over the same concern. More than 37,000 cases of Appletiser, both cans and glass bottles, were…

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Distributor of petroleum products RUBiS Energy diversifies offering with launch of Brioche restaurant

KENYA – Multinational oil and gas marketing company, RUBiS Energy has opened a restaurant franchise dubbed Brioche in Kenya, as part of its retail and marketing strategy to provide world-class quality products, and convenience to motorists on the go, saving time and money. Brioche is known to be a high quality, affordable, convenient bakery and restaurant brand inspired by the French cuisine tradition. The outlet is currently in five RUBiS branded stations in the capital, Nairobi, with more expected to be unveiled within the RUBiS network of service stations, reports…

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Puris opens new pea protein facility to meat surging demand for plant-based proteins

US — Puris has opened a new facility in Dawson, Minneapolis that more than doubles the company’s production capacity for pea protein.   According to a statement from the company, the facility will support continued growth for Puris Proteins, a joint venture between Puris and Cargill, and will enable the companies to supply roughly half of North America’s pea protein.  Cargill has invested more than US$100 million in the venture to support the construction of the 200,000-square-foot facility as well as the addition of substantial capacity at Puris’ Turtle Lake, Wis., production facility.  “This…

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US sugar supply to tighten in 2022 as wheat carryover falls to the lowest level since 2008

USA – The US Department of Agriculture has lowered its for 2021-22 sugar ending stocks as lower imports and lower cane sugar production more than offset higher beginning stocks and higher beet sugar production.    In its recently released World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, USDA forecast ending stocks for 2021-22 at 1,627,000 tons, down 38,361 tons from September.  For 2020-21, which ended Sept. 30, the USDA lowered domestic cane sugar production by about 20,000 tons, raw value, as a late start to the sugar cane harvest in Louisiana pushed more…

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FDA issues voluntary sodium reduction guideline, wins lawsuit over its GRAS rule

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) has released voluntary sodium reduction guidelines for 163 categories of processed food, including baby food, snacks and foodservice items.  According to a statement from the food regulator, the guidelines, which have been pending since 2016, are nonbinding recommendations for manufacturers and foodservice to follow for the next two and a half years in order to cut down on the average consumer’s sodium intake.  Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock and Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Director Susan Mayne noted in a joint statement these targets will help reduce average sodium…

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