Guinness Ghana plans to utilize 70% locally sourced raw materials by 2020

GHANA- Guinness Ghana breweries plc has set for itself ambitions to utilize more than 70% of locally sourced raw materials in its production by 2020 to increase its profitability for local farmers. The managing director of Guinness Ghana Brewery Plc, Mr Gavin Pike, said that the company has grown its commitment toward sourcing its raw…

South Africa’s Drifter Brewery launches limited edition of ocean-aged beer

SOUTH AFRICA – Drifter Brewing Company,manufacturers of craft beer in Cape Town, has launched another set of limited edition ocean-aged beer, reports IOL Business. The brewing company said that they decided to scale-up this year’s production after a profound success following its last year’s launch. "Our first round was super successful as we sold all…

GrainCorp to invest US$26m in new Fraser grain terminal through a JV

CANADA – Australia’s grain storage company, GrainCorp has said that it will invest US$26.11 million (C$35 million)over the next two years in a new grain terminal at the Port of Vancouver,Canada. GrainCorp’s contribution will be made from existing cash and debt facilities. According to World Grain, the Fraser Grain Terminal will be constructed through a…

China purchases US soybean after trade war truce between Trump and Xi

USA – China has purchased 300,000 metric tons of U.S. soybeans, the first major purchase made since the two world’s economic giants declared trade war in July this year. Based on the USDA estimates, the export sales of soybeans were delivered to China while 130,000 metric tons of soybeans were delivered to unknown destinations during…

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…

Kerry Group to acquire US ‘clean label’ businesses for US$368m

USA – The food and ingredients giant, Kerry Group has announced that it will acquire Ariake USA,the North American business of Ariake Japan which specializes in manufacturing of natural food seasonings for US$368.43 million (€325 million). The flavour and ingredients company has also reached an agreement to acquire the North American coatings and seasonings business…

Diageo to build US$130m whiskey distillery in Kentucky, US

USA – The world’s spirits major, Diageo plans to build distilled spirits manufacturing facility in Kentucky,the United States to increase production of whiskey categories in the market. The facility includes a distillery and warehousing on an approximately 144-acre site at Lebanon in Marion County with a goal to start production in 2021. According to the…

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…

Councils advised to set up ‘food resilience teams’ to prepare for Brexit

UK – Food policy experts have written to local authorities to set up ‘food resilience teams’ to ensure safe, adequate and sustainable food supply in preparation for Brexit. The document, written by specialists from City, University of London,University of Sussex and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has been sent to every council in…