Seed Co to invest US$10m in drying facilities to increase efficiency

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe’s largest seed producer, Seed Co Limited, is to develop seed drying facilities at total investment cost of US$10 million which will expedite delivery of seed into the market and cut down losses, reports the Herald. The seed drying technology is expected to be commissioned by 2020 with the pilot project being undertaken…

South Africa’s fast food chain Barcelos to open more outlets in Zimbabwe

ZIMBAMBWE – South Africa’s fast food giant Barcelos Flame Grilled Chicken restaurant is set to open another branch in Harare after opening its first outlet in Bulawayo as it seeks to expand into the Zimbabwean market, reports the Herald. The company director, Benson Muneri, said the expansion of the quick services restaurant into Zimbabwean market…

Mars Wrigley launches new Twix Triple chocolate cookie bars in the US

USA – World’s leading chocolate and chewing gum manufacturer, Mars Wrigley Confectionery has introduced a new variety of Twix Triple chocolate cookie bars in the US. The new treat is a unique cookie experience made of chocolate cookie bars, chocolate caramel, and cloaked in milk chocolate, says Wrigley. It will be available in the US…

Heineken USA to launch 100-calories slimline cans of Strongbow cider

USA – Heineken is set to launch slimline cans of Strongbow cider that contain 100 calories each in the USA, expanding its portfolio in the market. The Slim Cans range is a 12-can variety pack with three 8.5 oz flavours, containing 100 calories each, offering a crisp alternative that will appeal to growing demands for…

a2 Milk to ditch plastic milk bottles for recyclable cartons in the UK

UK – The milk and infant formula products company, a2 Milk has announced it plans to ditch plastic milk bottles and adopt recyclable cartons in its packaging in the UK in a move to move away from single-use plastics. The company has launched its fresh milk brand in 1 litre Pure-Pak cartons in the UK,…

PepsiCo expands portfolio with new Mountain Dew range for gamers

USA – The American snack and beverage company, PepsiCo has expanded its Mountain Dew product portfolio with new MTN DEW AMP, a bold,boundary-pushing style designed for gamers. Set to debut in 2019, the new range claims to improve accuracy and alertness, enhanced with a no-slip grip and unique re-sealable lid, enhancing players an enhanced gaming…

Symrise unveils tea and coffee flavors for dairy applications

GERMANY - The flavours and fragrances company, Symrise has developed a new collection of specialty coffee and tea flavours that find applications in dairy products including milkshakes, yogurts and ice cream. According to the company, the new range provides unique and full indulgence, authentic taste achieved through innovations around recent customer tastes and preferences. The…

FIIRO develops technology to commercially extract natural sweetener Thaumatin

NIGERIA - The Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO) has said that it has developed a technology that allows commercial extraction of Thaumatin, a low-calorie sweetener and flavour modifier. According to a Beverage Industry News report the Director-General of FIIRO, Gloria Elemo said that the move was necessitated by a surging demand for alternative sweeteners…

JD.com and Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical open hydroponic plant in China

ASIA - Jingdong Group, the Chinese ecommerce giant best known as JD.com has partnered with Japanese Mitsubishi Chemical to open a hydroponic plant to serve customers in China. The factory which is located in the Tongzhou District of Beijing, is said to be the largest in China and will produce vegetables and other products made…

Kellogg’s launches new range of Cheez-It and Rice Krispies snacks in the US

USA – The Kellogg Company has introduced a new range of snacks, Cheez-It Snap’d, Pringles Wavy and Rice Krispies Treats Snap Crackle Poppers, expanding its snacks product line in the US. The new range of snack innovations are said to be delicious, differentiated by flavour and texture. Cheez-It Snap'dare thin,crispy and munchable snacks made with…