Anheuser-Busch doubles down on barley upcycling, invests US$100m in production capacity expansion

 US – Anheuser-Busch, a subsidiary of the world’s largest brewing company AB InBev, is investing US$100 million to expand the production capacity of its subsidiary that takes barley after it is used to make beer and repurposes it to be incorporated into food and other beverages. The funding is part of Anheuser-Busch’s pledge in February to invest more than US$1 billion in its U.S. facilities during the next two years and is anticipated to create 50 jobs. The maker of Budweiser and Michelob Ultra said it is renovating a building…

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AB InBev officially cuts ribbon to fourth brewery in Mozambique worth US$180m

MOZAMBIQUE – Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the world’s largest beer producer through its Mozambican subsidiary Cervejas de Mocambique (CDM), has officially inaugurated its new US$180 million brewery. The new processing facility was opened by the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi who graced the occasion. According to reports by Reuters, the new site has a production capacity of 2.4 million hectolitres per year, with potential to expand that to 6.7 million hl. It has a filling line with the capacity to produce 80,000 bottles per hour. CDM claims that the…

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South Africa restricts off-site alcohol sale over Easter weekend, BaSa slams the decision

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa has announced a partial ban on the sale of alcohol over the long Easter weekend to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Addressing the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa said alcohol fuels reckless behaviour, and for this reason, the government has banned the sale of alcohol that is taken away from the point of sale to be consumed elsewhere. The ban will be in effect from Friday, 2 April until Monday, 5 April, which is the duration of the Easter holiday. “The sale of alcohol for…

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Uganda Breweries Limited launches US$1m fund to revive bars from Covid-19 impact

UGANDA – Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL), subsidiary of East Africa Breweries Limited has officially rolled out its US$1 million Raising the Bar fund, aimed to support pubs and bars recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, once the government allows them to resume operations.  The initiative has been adopted from EABL’s parent company Diageo US$100 million kitty, launched in July 2020 across its different markets. In East Africa, the Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) got the lion’s share receiving US$3 million while Uganda Breweries Limited and Serengeti Breweries Limited of…

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PepsiCo accelerates transition to electric mobility, launches new US$40m scholarship program for Black and Hispanic students

US – American multinational snack and beverage company, PepsiCo is moving beyond the electric truck pilot program and is embarking on a large-scale transition of its fleet to electric and other zero-emission technologies. According to a report by GreenBiz, the maker of Pepsi Soda, has a goal of converting a large portion of the 27,000 trucks and vans that move its products to more sustainable technologies. At the moment, the company through its Frito-Lay snack food division, is using a manufacturing facility in Modesto, California, as a testbed to try…

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Molson Coors transitions UK brewing operations to 100% green energy as battle against cybersecurity threat intensifies

UK – Molson Coors Beverage Company is set to become the first major UK brewer to produce all of its beers and ciders using 100% green electricity. This is after the company signed a ten-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with RWE, which will see all of its UK operations powered by renewable electricity. The move is a major step towards achieving Molson Coors’ 2025 sustainability goals, including its aim to reduce carbon emissions by 50% across all direct operations. The brewer says that the renewable energy deal with RWA sees…

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Bacardi, Manchester Distillery expand alcoholic beverage portfolios with new product launches

EUROPE – Alcoholic beverages giant Bacardi and its much smaller rival Manchester Distillery have introduced new products to expand their respective alcoholic beverage portfolios. Bacardi which is one of the one of the largest privately held, family-owned spirits company in the world has introduced three new ready-to-drink (RTD) offerings, expanding its Martini portfolio. These include Martini Fiero & Tonic and Bacardi, Martini Non-Alcoholic Vibrante & Tonic, and Martini Non-Alcoholic Floreale & Tonic. Martini Fiero & Tonic is described as a “perfectly balanced” drink featuring vibrant citrus notes of Murcia orange…

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Delta Corporation Limited undertakes Executive restructuring following CEO scheduled retirement

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed beverages producer, Delta Corporation has announced the retirement of its CEO Mr Pearson Gowero with effect 30 June 2021, after eight years at the helm. Drawing to a close a distinguished career with the Group spanning nearly 25 years, Mr Gowero will be succeeded by Mr Matlhogonolo Valela, the Group Finance Director who will takes over the reins from July 1. Pearson was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer in June 2012, having joined the Group in March 1997. He started at Chibuku Breweries in…

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Sierra Leon fruit beverage maker Capitol Foods receives US$1m backing for expansion

SIERRA LEON – Leading beverage manufacturer in Sierra Leon, Capitol Foods Ltd has received US$1 million debt financing from two Dutch impact investors, Cordaid Investment Management and Triodos-Hivos Fund. The funding according to Triodos Investment is aimed to finance Capitol’s expansion of fruit processing capacity to meet the growing demand, by facilitating the purchase and installation of 3-tonnes-per-hour fruit processing plant. The debt facility will also enable the company to provide greater market access for thousands of fruit farmers in Sierra Leone. “This loan created an immediate relief to both…

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Kenyan bars face indefinite closure in five counties, sale of alcohol banned in eateries

KENYA – The government of Kenya has indefinitely suspended operations of bars in the capital Nairobi and four other counties as COVID-19 infections hit record levels in the East African nation. President Kenyatta, in an address to the nation has termed the five counties i.e., Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu, and Nakuru as “disease-infected areas” since 70 per cent of Kenya’s COVID-19 infections cases were recorded in the said counties. As part of a string of new measures aimed at combating the increasing cases of COVID-19, Bars and all liquor joints…

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