Kenya Breweries partners farmers to boost sorghum yields

KENYA – Kenya Breweries has partnered with farmers to enhance improved sorghum yields as a long-term sustainability programme of its upcoming plant in Kisumu, reports Business Daily. According to the beer making company, the upcoming plant has a capacity of producing up to 100 million litters of Keg beer. The sustainability programme comes after farmers…

Unilever unveils grant to support waste management and recycling in Nigeria

NIGERIA – Global consumer goods company, Unilever has announced a grant of US$49, 800 (N18.1 million) to Wecyclers, a waste management company to boost waste recycling in the country, reports Daily Trust. The grant comes as a partnership that will allow Unilever control carbon prints from its operations by helping reduce carbon dioxide emission caused…

South Africa’s Grand Parade CEO Prabashinee Moodley steps down

SOUTH AFRICA - Grand Parade Investments Limited (GPI), an empowerment company with holdings in the food sector has announced the resignation of its chief executive officer (CEO), Prabashinee Moodley. Prabashinee Moodley has resigned from position of CEO after less than five months of service in the company. “Given Ms Moodley’s passion and expertise in food…

Barry Callebaut sources 44% of cocoa beans in supply chain sustainably, report

SWITZERLAND – Barry Callebaut’s new Forever Chocolate sustainability report shows that 44% of cocoa beans and other ingredients inits supply chain are sourced sustainably. The Forever Chocolate Progress Report highlights sustainability initiatives undertaken by the cocoa producer and grinder in the fiscal year 2017-18 and it shows an increase in sustainably sourced cocoa beans compared…

Barry Callebaut appoints Isabelle Esser Chief Human Resources Officer

SWITZERLAND – World’s leading chocolate and cocoa producer,Barry Callebaut has appointed Isabelle Esser as Chief Human Resources Officer and member of the executive committee effective February 1, 2019. She will work to ensure a constructive people strategy in line with the company’s ‘smart growth’ business model, reporting directly to the CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique. She…

Bunge Chief Executive Soren Schroder to step down, appoints new board chair

USA – Agriculture, food and ingredients giant, Bunge Ltd has announced that its Chief Executive Officer Soren Schroder will step down and has commissioned a searching process for the new CEO. The company said Schroder will continue in his current role until a successor is named. Aged 57, the outgoing CEO joined Bunge in 2000…

Nestle Waters NA to use 25% recycled plastic in packaging by 2021

USA - Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA), bottled water business of Nestle Waters has announced that it aims to use 25% recycled plastic in its packaging across the US by 2021. This is part of the global initiative by the world beverage giant to achieve 100% recycled or re-usable plastic in its entire packaging portfolio…

Simbisa Brands appoints new managing director for Kenyan operations

KENYA – Simbisa Brands, Zimbabwe’s largest fast food restaurant has appointed Salim Eceolaza as the new managing director of its quick service restaurant operations in Kenya, reports Business Daily. Mr Eceolaza, a Zimbabwean national, has been serving as the fast food chain’s group finance director and will succeed Mrs Katija Berlee. “We congratulate him on his…

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…

Coca-Cola, Nigerian Bottling Company win top slots at sustainability awards

NIGERIA - Coca-Cola Nigeria Ltd and its franchise bottler, the Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd (NBC) have emerged winners at the 12th Annual Sustainability, Enterprise Responsibility (SERAS) Awards, reports Beverage Industry News. Coca-Cola was named the winner of the best company in the Good Health and Well-being Category. Its sister company, the Nigerian Bottling Company emerged…