Malawi Bureau of Standards lifts ban on the use of tartrazine as a food additive

MALAWI – Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has lifted the ban on the use of food additive tartrazine that was being used in production of beverages such as squashes, cordials and other flavoured drinks. The […]

Kenya Revenue Authority introduces new excise tax on non-alcoholic beverages

KENYA – Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) will be introducing new excise taxes on the non-alcoholic beverage which is expected to in turn increase the price of bottled water by an average sh.7 per litre. The […]

Zimbabwe’s National Foods posts 36% decline in quarter one sales volumes

ZIMBABWE – National Foods, Zimbabwe’s leading flour and food producer has reported a 36% decline in sales volumes in the first quarter ended September 2019 owing to reduced consumer spending power. “Volumes were subdued, closing […]

Uchumi Supermarkets receives US$6.39m write off in financial restructuring plan

KENYA – Kenyan retailer, Uchumi Supermarkets has been granted leeway by commercial banks who have agreed in principle to write off and restructure a debt settlement plan of outstanding credit owed by the Supermarket chain […]

Burger King launches Unilever’s plant-based whoppers in Europe

EUROPE – Burger King is launching its plant-based Rebel Whopper in Europe made with patties from The Vegetarian Butcher, a meat-substitute producer owned by Unilever. The Vegetarian Butcher will supply the plant-based patties for Burger […]

Anheuser-Busch fully acquires Craft Brew Alliance to expand product portfolio

USA – Anheuser-Busch, the America subsidiary of Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBeV) has announced that it will acquire the outstanding 68.8% stake in Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) for about US$321 million. Anheuser-Busch currently holds 31.2% […]

IRRI develops sustainable agricultural technologies to bolster production in Asia

ASIA – The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are pursuing ways to increase investment for sustainable agricultural technologies. IRRI and ADB have completed a technical assistance project to help […]

Tate & Lyle opens new Latin American headquarters and application centre in Brazil

BRAZIL – Food and beverage ingredients and solutions provider, Tate & Lyle has opened its new and expanded Latin American headquarters in São Paulo, Brazil enabling the company to capitalize on the high growth potential […]

Britain’s Sainsbury’s signs private label deal with Australian retailer Coles

UK – British supermarket group, Sainsbury’s has signed a major deal to supply private label products to Australia’s second largest retail chain Coles. The arrangement, which Sainsbury’s says is its biggest wholesale deal yet, will […]

Diageo brews new Guinness barrel-aged beer at the Open Gate Brewery in the US

USA – Guinness, the iconic beer brand owned by Diageo, has launched its second barrel-aged beer, the Guinness Stock Ale Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels, produced at the new Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore, USA. […]