On-demand online booze store Liquor.co.za launches in South Africa to cater to both B2B, B2C

SOUTH AFRICA – Seeming like a timely undertaking, a new online shopping website for alcohol, Liquor.co.za has launched in South Africa, just days after the country moved to the Adjusted Alert Level 3 lockdown. Under the new directives, booze is once again available for purchase for offsite consumption between 10:00 Hrs and 18:00 Hrs, Monday to Thursday and onsite consumption from 10 Hrs to 20:00 Hrs. Despite the resumption of alcohol sales, Liquour.co.za has been introduced to foster a convenient, efficient and safe way of undertaking purchases. The digital platform…

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Woolworths’ 118% rise in online food sales drive overall growth of segment

SOUTH AFRICA – South African retail giant Woolworths, has reported that its group sales for the 52 weeks ended 27 June 2021, increased by 9.7% compared to a year earlier, and by 5.9% in constant currency terms. According to the upmarket retailer, trading conditions in the second half of the financial year are not directly comparable to the prior year, given the extensive impact of the pandemic. South Africa’s recovery during this phase of the Covid-19 pandemic has been set back by the onset of the third wave of infections…

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Unga Holdings seeks to offload assets of bakery unit to cold chain logistic firm BigCold

KENYA – Unga Group, a Kenyan-based holding company with investments in flour milling and manufacturing of human nutrition products and animal feeds has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Bigcold Kenya Limited for its subsidiary Ennsvalley Bakery Limited, as it seeks to cut costs and improve efficiency. The leading milling and baked goods company has indicated that the transaction is subject to meeting certain conditions prior to completion. “Following discussion, BigCold Kenya Limited and Ennsvalley Bakery Limited have entered into an asset purchase agreement on July 26, under which,…

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Tetra Pak partners with SA food company Synercore to boost innovation along food value chain in Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – World’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company, Tetra Pak, has entered into a partnership with a South African food research, application and ingredient company, Synercore Food Holdings. The collaboration is aimed to accelerate innovation in health and safety regarding the commercialisation of shelf-stable food products in Africa. According to Tetra Pak, the engagement is a positive move towards a more integrated approach to delivering good quality products in Africa, than either Tetra Pak or Synercore could deliver alone. It has also been built on the back…

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Ghana COCOBOD collaborates with Ghanaian scientist to foster cocoa-based human health research

GHANA – Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) is seeking to expand the use of cocoa beyond the confectionery and cosmetic industries, into the health sector. The government-controlled institution is collaborating with some fellows of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS) to conduct research into components of cocoa that can aid in the management of some life-threatening infections and metabolic diseases globally. According to healthline, cocoa is rich in polyphenols, naturally occurring antioxidants that aid in reduction of high-blood pressure, lower risk of heart attack and stroke, improve blood flow…

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Brewing group SABC invests in corn processing plant to secure its grits supplies for beer production

CAMEROON – Cameroonian brewing company, Société Anonyme des Brasseries du Cameroun (SABC), a subsidiary of the French company Castel, is set to launch the operations of Compagnie fermière du Cameroun (CFC), its subsidiary to specialize in grits production. With CFC, SABC intends to produce 30,000 tons of corn grits yearly for beer production with some 60,000 tons of the raw material purchased from local farmers and 10,000 tons of grits sourced from Maïscam, an agro-industrial units in the northern part of Cameroon. The raw materials will feed SABC’s newly built…

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South African alcohol manufacturers welcome lift of alcohol sale ban, tax payment deferment

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s government has lifted a ban on liquor sales and relaxed other pandemic restrictions, moving to Adjusted Alert Level 3 lockdown, amid hope that the worst of the third wave of Covid-19 may be over. Its been a month since the country was placed under stricter lockdown restrictions aimed at reducing Covid-19 infections and easing pressure on the healthcare system. The decision to ease lockdown regulations comes amid a drop in Covid-19 cases, test positivity rates, and hospitalisations, which according to the News24, the average number…

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Coca-Cola Beverages Africa partners with NGOs to support communities in Ethiopia, South Africa

ETHIOPIA – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa-Ethiopia, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Drop of Water, to provide access to clean water to more than 17,000 households. The initiative with a market investment of Birr 3 million will be undertaken through CCBA-Ethiopia’s unit, East Africa Bottling SC, in partnership with the benefiting community and local government. To be undertaken in the community of Bahirdar Zuria Woreda in the Mi’erab Gojam zone, the project will construct a reservoir and pipeline from a rehabilitated borehole. Also, it will undertake…

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Germany packaging equipment supplier KHS establishes modern regional center in Kenya

KENYA – KHS, an international manufacturer of filling and packaging equipment for the beverage, food, and non-food sectors, has broken ground for the construction of state-of-the-art center in Kenya. The regional hub, targeted to serve the East African community will feature a number of training and conference rooms, offices and a large warehouse for spare parts and installation tools. It is scheduled for completion in 2022, indicated KHS on a LinkedIn post. “Our growing KHS team will be perfectly positioned to continue its role as the reliable local partner on…

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Tropical weather forecasting company Ignitia closes US$ 4.2m financing round to fuel expansion

WEST AFRICA – Agtech company, Ignitia has closed a US$ 4.2m financing round led by Novastar Ventures with participation from IKEA Social Entrepreneurship, Future Foodways, Mercy Corps, Norrsken and Finca International. The funding will enable the company to extend its Sub-Saharan Africa footprint to new markets. It also represents another stepping-stone towards its 2030 mission to reach 200 million farmers. Ignitia, headquatered in Sweden, was founded in 2010 by three scientists from renowned research institutions such as NASA, who joined forces to address the seemingly impossible task of producing reliable…

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