WFP gains US$6m support from Japan to boost nutrition response in Ghana, The Gambia

WEST AFRICA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$6 million contribution from the Government of Japan to boost food security in Ghana and The Gambia. In Ghana, the international agency will channel US$4.5 million towards a public-private partnership project which aims to make quality nutrition and health services available to 250,000 people. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service, WFP will partner with three private sector Japanese firms, The Ajinomoto Foundation (TAF)/KOKO Plus Foundation (KPF), NEC Corporation and Sysmex Corporation, to…

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Unilever Q3 sales marginally rise amid inflation driven price hikes

UK – British multinational consumer goods giant Unilever has recorded underlying sales growth of 2.5% in its third-quarter results amid rising material costs and continued impact of covid-19 on sales in various markets.  The owner of Ben & Jerry’s and Magnum ice cream reported turnover of €13.5 billion (US$15.71 billion) in Q3, an increase of 4% on the previous year.   In Unilever’s third quarter, the company’s foods and refreshment unit expanded its underlying sales by 3% and recorded a turnover of €5.1 billion, ahead of beauty and personal care (up 2.6%)…

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Distell introduces vegan variant for cream liqueur brand Amarula

SOUTH AFRICA – South African cream liqueur brand Amarula has launched a vegan variant to serve the growing proportion of consumers that are adopting plant-based diets. The Amarula Vegan is the first, and only, vegan cream liqueur to use real marula spirit and is free from artificial colourants and flavourings, nuts and gluten. By introducing this new coconut-based option, Amarula has ensured that everyone, whether vegan or non-vegan, can enjoy the distinctive taste of the rare African marula fruit, paired with gentle notes of coconut, caramel and vanilla. The latest…

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Russell Stokes appointed CEO of Kind North America amid push beyond the snack bar aisle

US – American healthy snack company Kind has announced the appointment of Russell Stokes as the new CEO of Kind North America, effective immediately.  Stokes who recently joined the company from Mars and has been working as the company’s chief growth officer will report to Juan Martin, KIND’s Global President and CEO.  “Since joining KIND earlier this year, I have been inspired by our team’s deep commitment to uphold the KIND Promise as we grow and expand,” said Stokes.   “I’ve enjoyed watching this purpose-driven brand grow and evolve into the household name…

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Danone sales rise in Q3 as company makes progress towards profitable growth

FRANCE – French multinational food company Danone has reported a 3.8% rise in third quarter sales mainly driven by organic contribution of hyperinflation in various geographies where it operates.   Danone further noted that its third-quarter sales amounting to  €6.158bn ($7.18bn) were also partly boosted by the combined effects of the integration of Harmless Harvest and Follow Your Heart and the disposal of Vega.   Growth was robust across all regions with Europe and North America posting a 3.9% growth on a like-for-like basis, driven by the sustained momentum in the Essential Dairy and Plant-Based division…

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SA premium food maker In2food ventures into vegan market with launch of new production facility

SOUTH AFRICA – The veganism food trend has been simmering for quite some time now, and there is no doubt that the waves will continue to get stronger. Tapping into the growing market, In2food, South African premium food business has opened its new Paarl Chilled facility, dedicated to the production of a wide range of vegan bakery products. The company has made a debut of its vegan line with launch of 7 new product range to include; 6 pack Berry & Vanilla Swirl Hidden Centre Cupcakes, 9 pack Vanilla Confetti…

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Puratos Ethiopia opens new innovation hub equipped with high-end baking equipment

ETHIOPIA – Puratos, a global provider of solutions for bakery, patisserie and chocolate, has opened a new innovation hub at its subsidiary in Ethiopia, dedicated to nurturing bakery and pastry creativity in the country. The Hub, which is the first of its kind for the nation will serve artisans, quick-service restaurants, cafes, hotels, supermarkets, and restaurants with the focus to provide a place to develop creativity and transform concepts into finished foods. According to reports by AfroLeap, the center is open for startups and entrepreneurs who want to delve into…

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FrieslandCampina opens new innovation experience center to cater for Chinese dairy preferences

CHINA – Dutch multinational dairy cooperative, FrieslandCampina has opened a new Innovation Experience Centre (IEC), in Xintiandi, China to bolster Chinese-focused dairy innovations.    FrieslandCampina said the new facility will provide its consumers, customers, and stakeholders with a platform to learn about its 150 years of heritage and innovation.   At the IEC, visitors and clients will have a chance to see exhibits from the company’s portfolio, corporate values and heritage alongside next-gen features through AI, test and trial, live streaming, and more.   “The IEC will showcase the best innovations and…

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Pick n Pay’s tale of two differing quarters earns the retailer 4.1% rise in half year revenue

SOUTH AFRICA – South African retailer Pick n Pay has published its financial results for the six months ended 29 August 2021, with the group reporting solid results despite the harsh operating environment exhibited during the period. According to the company, its comparable headline earnings per share increased 90.9% year-on-year, from a low base of 37.12 cents to 70.85 cents. This is a resilient performance in a period marked by unprecedented civil disorder in South Africa and the resumption of government restrictions on alcohol sales in response to the third…

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