FoodBusinessAfrica.com grows, shifts to dedicated server to meet rising demand

KENYA– Africa’s leading food, beverage and milling industry website Foodbusinessafrica.com has over the last year received overwhelming growth in traffic, with a record 10.5 million hits and 650,000 visitors over the past year, thanks to the website’s dedicated and growing readership in Africa and across the world. The increased readership has necessitated the website to…

Sugar Corporation to inaugurate third sugar factory under US$286m Omo Kuraz Project

ETHIOPIA - Ethiopian Sugar Corporation is set to inaugurate Omo Kuraz Sugar Factory Three on October 14, built with US$286.12 million loan from China Development Bank. According to the state corporation, the new factory will have the capacity of upto a thousand tonnes of sugar per day, producing three types of sugar with modern technology…

Nigeria’s beverage firm CWAY Group adds yogurt to its portfolio to meet demand

NIGERIA - CWAY Group, the food and beverages maker has expanded its fruit-flavoured milk drink portfolio with the addition of a new yogurt line in a bid to meet consumer demand in the country, reports Beverage Industry News. According to the company, growth in the sub-sector is being driven by the nation’s rising population as…

Bakhresa Group halts flour exports to Kenya on inapt tax rules

TANZANIA - Bakhresa Group which operates one of the largest flour mill in Tanzania has suspended Kenya flour exports on changing rules and systems for exporting goods into the country. The company said frequent changes in tax rules, instituted by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) have slowed its exports to Kenya and led to losses…

Government starts process to sell KWAL, Agrochemical stakes in privatization move

KENYA - The government is seeking to sell its stake in companies such as Kenya Wine Agencies Ltd (Kwal), Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) and Agrochemical and Food Corporation (ACFC) in a deal to render them private. The Privatisation Commission which is seeking consultants on the sale-off, will oversee the process that hopes to unlock billions…

AB InBev partners Accenture to boost sales and distribution in Africa

AFRICA - The world’s largest brewer, AB InBev has entered into an agreement with a leading global professional services company, Accenture to boost its sales and distribution operations on the continent, reports MarketWatch. The three-year contract will see the implementation of the Accenture NewsPage Distributor Management System (DMS), a distributor management and sales force automation…

Solidaridad implements initiative to boost cocoa and palm oil production

SIERRA LEONE - The social and ecological development network Solidaridad is working on two projects with an aim of improving cocoa and palm oil production in Sierra Leone. According to the Concord, the successful implementation of phase two of the Sustainable West African Palm Oil Programme (SWAPP) and the Cocoa Rehabilitation and Intensification Programme (CORIP)…

Pioneer Foods investor Zeder posts 158% growth in earnings

SOUTH AFRICA - Agribusiness and food-focused investment group Zeder has posted 158% increase in recurring headline earnings per share to 9.8 cents due to strong recovery in earnings from most of its investee companies. Zeder has a 27% stake in the South African packaged goods company, Pioneer Foods, representing 49.1% of its entire portfolio. Its…

Research Institute embarks on strategic crossbreeding to boost beef production

TANZANIA - Tanzania Livestock Research Institute (TALIRI) has rolled out a special crossbreeding programme aimed at boosting beef breeds while improving production in the country. The initiative seeks to increase the stock of Boran cattle, a popular Zebu beef breed while addressing challenges faced in beef production. Speaking to Daily News, TALIRI Director General, Dr…

Zambia 2019 budget focuses on broadening tax base, ease foreign debt and diversify through agriculture

ZAMBIA - The government of Zambia has proposed revenue measures in the 2019 budget with a focus to enhance diversification through agriculture and tourism, a move that may be critical in easing the country’s external debt burden which stood at US$9.4 billion at the end of June. Despite increasing concerns on the sustainability of Zambia’s…