CCBA’s Ghanaian unit Voltic Limited names Flora Jika as new Managing Director

GHANA – Voltic Ghana, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) has appointed Flora Jika, as its new Managing Director. According to the parent company, Flora will take up the leadership position at the end of December 2021. Taking over the helm of the soft-beverage manufacturing and distributing entity, she succeeds Simon Everest who’ll be retiring in December after 20 years with The Coca-Cola Company family. Flora joins Voltic Ghana from Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) where she is the current Logistics Director. She hails from a mining engineering background,…

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Food giants PepsiCo, Nestle introduce tangible solution to managing, tackling waste problem in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Ceres Fruit Juices, the largest fruit juice packaging operation in Africa, has migrated from the use of plastic straws to paper straws on all its 200ml juice boxes, in a bid to tackle plastic waste pollution. Plastic waste management is a growing concern across the globe, with plastic drinking straws identified as a major contributor to this problem. The South African brand owned by PepsiCo believes that there is an opportunity to change how the world produces, distributes, consumes, and disposes of packaging in order to tackle…

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FSSAI introduces new logo for Vegan foods, bolsters food safety efforts with commissioning of 19 mobile food testing vans

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Agency of India has introduced a new logo for Vegan foods to help consumers easily identify and differentiate plant-based foods from non-vegan foods.  According to the Indian food regulator, the new logo was in response to the rising number of people who are switching to the vegan diet for health and environmental reasons.   Just the way the green dot depicts vegetarian food and red indicates non-vegetarian, vegan food will now be designated by the v-shaped green logo shared by FSSAI.   The logo also features a green-colored leaf which…

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UK introduces mandatory folic acid fortification for wheat flour to help prevent birth defects

UK – UK government has announced that Folic acid (Vitamin B9) is to be added to UK wheat flour to help prevent spinal birth defects in babies.   Folate helps the body make healthy red blood cells and is naturally occurring in certain foods, such as leafy green vegetables.    Research shows that not getting enough folate (Vitamin B9) within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy can lead to neural tube defects and result in spinal conditions such as spina bifida or anencephaly.  Spina bifida (abnormal development of the spine) and anencephaly, a…

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Malaysia bets on new dairy project to reduce reliance on milk imports, create jobs

MALAYSIA – Malaysia’s Johor State Government and the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) have signed a collaboration agreement to develop a new project aimed at raising the country’s dairy production capacity.    Dubbed the JemaluangDairy Valley (JDV) project, the new project is part of the overall strategy in turning the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) into the ‘Dairy Valley’ of Malaysia.   The JDV project will be built on 275 hectares of land in Mersing, Joho, and will be modeled on the Muadzam Shah Cattle Research and Innovation Centre…

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SIG filling lines to be equipped with digital recipe management, SEALPAC launches new FlatMap packaging

SWITZERLAND –  All new SIG filling line systems and downstream units will from now onwards be equipped with built-in bidirectional digital recipe management, the company has revealed.   The Swiss-based equipment supplier noted that the new development is part of its digital transformation drive for food and beverage manufacturers.  Digital recipe management enables automatic recipe synchronization across all relevant parts of the filling line including the downstream.   Its incorporation into production lines has a number of benefits to manufacturers including a faster change to the next lot or product,…

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East Africa Breweries Limited targets to transition to use of clean energy by 2030 under US$199m plan

KENYA – East Africa Breweries Limited (EABL), subsidiary of British alcohol manufacturer Diageo, has revealed plans of investing Ksh 22 billion (US$199m) to facilitate its transition to use of green energy by 2030. According to reports by Business Daily, the manufacturer and distributor of Tusker, Chrome, Jonnie walker brands mulls to entirely shift from use of electricity from the national grid, Kenya Power and generate its own power from solar. EABL targets to generate at least 9.3 megawatts at its Ruaraka plant and 2.4-megawatt from solar power in Kisumu. Also,…

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Grand Parade Investments gets go ahead from Competition Tribunal to dispose Burger King

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African Competition Tribunal has approved the sale of Burger King South Africa and Grand Foods Meat Plant by Grand Parade Investments to international private equity fund Emerging Capital Partners (ECP) Africa. Following the green light, GPI can now move ahead with the disposal of the business to pan-African private equity firm ECP – pending all the final approvals. This comes after the deal hit a speedbump earlier this year due to concerns around a lack of BEE shareholding in the acquiring firm. The Competition Commission…

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Austrian food company Agrana invests US$29m in expanding starch production capacity

AUSTRIA – International food ingredients supplier Agrana has announced a €25 million (about US$29m) investment in additional capacity at its three starch factories in Austria.   According to a statement from the company, €12 million will be used in expanding capacity at the Agrana plant in Gmünd which is Austria’s only potato starch factory.  The investment involves building a spraying tower – a drying plant for infant formula, maltodextrin, and dried glucose syrup – in addition to installing a drum-drying plant for dehydrated potato products.  Expansion works in Gmünd are estimated to…

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South African agri-fintech HelloChoice gets equity investment from Standard Bank

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa based digital fresh produce and agricultural market place, HelloChoice, has entered into a 25% equity deal with its long-partner Standard Bank. The investment will enable the agri-fintech to continue to operate its trading platform and promote market efficiency, solidifying its leadership position as the premiere market place. HelloChoice, founded in 2018 by Grant Jacobs and Graeme Jarvie, has modernised the traditional way of buying and selling agricultural produce by linking farmers and food producers directly with potential buyers through its platform accessed via its website…

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