UK’s packaging manufacturers to pay recycling costs under waste scheme

UK – The UK government has unveiled a new waste strategy that mandates businesses and manufacturers of packaging to pay the full cost of collecting, recycling or disposing of their packaging waste. Also, supermarkets and other retailers will be charged penalties for putting difficult to recycle packaging such as black plastic trays on the market…

Uganda manufacturers push for suspension of digital tax stamps

UGANDA– Uganda manufacturers association has asked the government to suspend the enforcement of Digital Tax Stamps in a bid to reduce cost of doing business, reports the Monitor. According to the manufacturers, the current business environment is challenging with high cost of credits, power and inadequate infrastructure and therefore the digital tax stamps will further…

UK soft drinks industry welcomes finding that critics ban of energy drinks

UK – The British Soft Drinks Association has welcome the finding by the government's Science and Technology Committee, which indicates that there is not enough evidence to ban the sale of energy drinks to children. The committee however suggested that ‘societal concerns and evidence could ‘justify a ban’. The UK government in August moved a…

Zomato, Swiggy delists 10,500 restaurants for violating food safety law

INDIA – Indian e-commerce firms, Zomato, Swiggy, among others have removed 10,500 restaurants from their list of suppliers for allegedly violating the food safety law established by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. An ET Retail report reveals that the restaurants did not have having license or registration under the food safety law, according…

Competition Commission clears Zydus Wellness deal to acquire Heinz business

INDIA – The Competition Commission of India has approved Zydus Cadila’s bid to acquire Heinz India consumer wellness business in a deal with Cadila Healthcare, fourth largest pharmaceutical group in India, ET Retail reports. Zydus will be acquiring the business related to the four brands GluconD, Nycil, Sampriti and Complan, through this transaction. The approval…

COMESA unveils plans to curb counterfeit seeds through a common label

EASTERN AFRICA - Seed companies operating in Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states will from early next year sell seeds branded with a COMESA logo as a measure to prevent sale of uncertified products. Dr.John Mukuka, COMESA regional seed programme coordinator, said that the labeling was necessary to wipe out counterfeit…

African Universities team up to launch research centre for food security

SOUTH AFRICA – The University of Pretoria in partnership with the University of Nairobi and the University of Ghana has been awarded the privilege to host a new research center that aims to enhance food security and transform food policy on the continent. The African Research Universities Alliance Centre of Excellence for Food Security was…

Kenyan Afia juice maker Kevian considering listing on Nairobi bourse

KENYA – Kenya’s leading juice manufacturer, Kevian Kenya is considering listing on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) through an initial public offering (IPO), reports the Nation. According to the company owner and Managing Director, Kimani Rugendo, said the listing is part of the strategy to transfer ownership of part of the company to the public.…

Tanzanian government blocks export of unprocessed cashew nuts

TANZANIA – The Tanzanian government has reiterated that no company will be allowed to export unprocessed cashew nuts from the country in a bid to protect the local manufacturers, processors and farmers, reports The Citizen. Recently,attempts by companies to export unprocessed cashew nuts hit a dead end after the government blocked export of the produce…

Malawi bans sale, consumption of bush meat to control anthrax outbreak

MALAWI – Malawi’s Ministry of Health has declared a ban over the sale and consumption of bush meat in the southern region districts following an outbreak of Anthrax in one of the regions, reports Malawi News Agency. Malawi’s Minister of Health, Atupele Muluzi who made the announcement said the ban would only be lifted once…