FrieslandCampina WAMCO gets closer to Nigeria dairy farmers with opening of new collection center

NIGERIA – FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria, an affiliate of Royal FrieslandCampina in the Netherlands, has opened a new milk collection center in the South West of Nigeria on the campus of Bowen University. This was revealed by Jeroen Elfers, Corporate Director Dairy Development & Milk Streams at FrieslandCampina on a LinkedIn post, indicating that the institution of higher learning is also building a dairy farm for training purposes. The university dairy farm will also deliver its milk to the Nigerian dairy processing company, as part of its sustainable dairy value chain…

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Kenya’s leading alcohol producer EABL hikes prices on back of tough operating environment

KENYA – Kenyan alcohol lovers will be forced to dig deeper into their pockets to purchase some of their favourite brands from the East African Breweries Limited’s (EABL), after the alcohol producer revised some of its prices upwards. According to report by The Nation, EABL has made a price increase of between Ksh. 10 (US$0.093) and Ksh. 500 (US$4.64) depending on the type of drink and quantities. The price revision affects beers brands such as Whitecap Light, Tusker Lite, Cider and Malt, Guinness (regular), Whitecap Lager, Balozi and Hop House…

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South Africa’s dry bean production expected to decline by 13% prompting rise in imports, reduction in exports

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s production and imports of dry beans have been declining over the past decade in correlation with a decrease in consumption. According to a recent report by USDA, South Africa’s dry bean production is relatively small, and averaged around 65,000 tons over the past five years, representing less than one percent of the country’s total summer field crop production. In the 2021 marketing year (MY), South Africa planted 47,390 hectares of dry beans, down six percent from the previous season. The Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) estimates…

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Oterra eyes natural color businesses of flavour and fragrance giant Symrise

GERMANY —Oterra, formerly known as Chr. Hansen Natural Colors A/S is eyeing the natural food coloring business of German flavour and fragrance company Symrise in an effort to bolster its position in the food ingredients space. According to a statement from Symrise AG, Oterra’s offer includes approximately 80 employees of Diana Food in two production facilities located in France and the United Kingdom. “Symrise welcomes the offer from Oterra,” said Jean-Yves Parisot, PhD, president of Flavor & Nutrition at Symrise. The two production sites that would be affected by a…

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Zimbabwean livestock farmers benefit from newly launched traceability system powered by Mastercard

ZIMBABWE – E-Livestock Global, an American venture capital funded social enterprise, has launched a first-of-its kind livestock traceability system in Zimbabwe, bringing end-to-end visibility to the cattle supply chain. The solution powered by Mastercard’s blockchain-based Provenance solution is aimed to empower Zimbabwean farmers to prove the origin and health records of their cattle, while reducing risks to buyers. A first in the Middle East and Africa, the solution brings new hope to the country’s agricultural sector after an outbreak of tick-borne disease in 2018 led to the death of 50,000…

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Starbucks makes 3 executive appointments to support purpose-driven growth

US – American multinational chain Starbucks has announced three new changes to its top leadership in an effort to fill vacant positions and to help the company achieve what it describes as “Purpose-driven growth”. In the new appointments, John Culver who previously served as Starbucks’ group president of international, channel development and global coffee, tea, and cocoa, has been promoted to the chief operating officer at Starbucks Corp. Culver succeeds Roz Brewer, who exited Starbucks in February to become chief executive of Walgreens Boots Alliance. In addition to being named…

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Malawi signs pact with India to export 50,000 Mt of pigeon peas annually

MALAWI – Malawi has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India to export 50, 000 metric tonnes of the crop to the Asian market annually, for the next five years. The deal was inked by the Indian High Commissioner to Malawi, Mr. S. Gopalakrishnan, and Malawi’s Minister of Trade, Sosten Gwengwe. In his remarks, Gopalakrishnan said the major objective of the agreement is to foster trade between the two countries. “The trade of pigeon peas through this MoU will not only meet the domestic requirement of India, but also…

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Constellation Brands eyes a share of rapidly growing mezcal drinks market with investment in ‘Dos Hombres’

US – Leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine, and spirits Constellation Brands has invested in Dos Hombres’, an artisanal and hand-crafted mezcal brand owned by created by Breaking Bad co-stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston. The investment was made through Constellation’s venture capital group gives the US beer company a minority share in the company and a footing in the fast-growing mezcal beverage market. Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from any type of agave. The Mexican alcoholic drink can reach an alcohol content of 55% and…

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South Africa issues petroleum company bp with liquor licence first of its kind

SOUTH AFRICA – The multinational oil and gas company, bp, has broken the record of becoming the first petroleum company in South Africa to be granted a liquor licence. The company has collaborated with one of its convenience partners, Pick n Pay, to offer a new product dubbed wine-to-go. With this, South Africans can pop in at Pick n Pay Express located at the petroleum station and grab a bottle. This according to bp forms part of its redefining convenience strateg, aimed to deliver a superior customer experience, whether in-store…

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Kerry Group sells US$952m meats and meals business to Pilgrims Pride

IRELAND – Kerry Group, an Irish food company, has sold its Kerry Consumer Foods’ Meats and Meals business valued at US$952 million to American multi-national food company Pilgrims Pride. Kerry Meats is a leading manufacturer of branded and private label meats, meat snacks and food-to-go products in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Its sister, Kerry Meals is a leader in the ethnic chilled and frozen ready meals business in the United Kingdom. The combined businesses produced over £725 million (US$864 million) in annual sales during the year ended December 31,…

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