Nestlé Waters North America names Yumi Clevenger-Lee as Vice President and CMO

USA - Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) has announced that Yumi Clevenger-Lee has been named Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, effective August 1, 2018. According to the company, Clevenger-Lee replaces Antonio Sciuto who has made the decision to leave NWNA to consider opportunities both within and outside of Nestlé. Clevenger-Lee is a seasoned and…

Starbucks debuts plant-based Protein Blended Cold Brew across the US

USA – The American coffee company and coffeehouse chain Starbucks has released its new plant-based Starbucks Protein Blended Cold Brew on menus nationwide, for customers looking for a new way to refuel. According to the company, the new beverages are offered in Almond and Cacao and are available at participating Starbucks stores across the U.S…

Coca-Cola takes minority ownership stake in sport drinks brand Bodyarmor

USA - Coca-Cola is taking a minority ownership stake in Bodyarmor, a fast-growing line of premium sports performance and hydration beverages for an undisclosed sum. The company said that through the strategic relationship, Bodyarmor will remain an independent company and gain access to the expansive Coca-Cola bottling and distribution system. The initial investment, which will…

Unilever partners with Chinese ecommerce firm JD.com to expand sales across China

CHINA - Chinese ecommerce firm JD.com has agreed a deal with Unilever to move products like Lipton’s tea and Lux soap between warehouses across China as the consumer goods firm looks to expand sales in more remote parts of the country. According to Reuters, this deal is the latest move by an ecommerce company to…

Simbisa Brands to open more fast food outlets in Kenya in an expansion drive

KENYA - Simbisa Brands, Zimbabwe’s largest fast-food restaurant operator has announced plans to open more restaurant and fast-food outlets in Kenya to expand its presence and tame rivals in the country, Business Daily has reported. The quick service and restaurant company operates Chicken Inn, Pizza Inn, Bakers Inn and Creamy Inn in Kenya. According to…

La Casera launches affordable premium option of its apple drink

NIGERIA - The soft drinks manufacturer, The La Casera Company (TLCC) has unveiled ‘Full Option SKUs’, different sizes of its apple drink to ensure more options and affordability of the premium product, reports Beverage Industry news. The brand La Casera Apple drink which is made of 5% real apple juice, is now available in 35cl,…

Food safety agency starts framing GM food regulations after trace ingredients found

INDIA - The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said it has started framing regulations for genetically modified (GM) food after trace in trace ingredients were found present in products. According to FSSAI, the regulations covers procedures for safety assessment and approval of foods such as imported items that are genetically modified based…

Fast-food franchise Subway to open four more outlets in Kenya

KENYA - The American privately held sandwiches and salads restaurant chain has said it is looking to open four additional branches in the Kenyan capital Nairobi where an appetite for fast-foods is significantly increasing, reported Business Daily. Subway through Liberty Eagle Holdings, the Africa franchise holder of the fast-food brand, is embarking on a growth…

Zomato expands operations to 7 more cities as India forms its largest focus market

INDIA - Restaurant service and online delivery platform Zomato said it is expanding operations to seven more cities in tier II region with India forming its largest focus market in growth plan. According to an article in the ETRetail, Zomato has gained a strong foothold in both tier II and tier III cities and this…

Fertilizer major partners Spain firm to venture into food processing with US$46m plant

INDIA - Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) has formed a joint venture with Spanish frozen vegetables business Congelados De Navarra with US$46.7mn investment to set up a food processing facility in Ludhiana, Punjab. This marks an entry into food processing for the fertilizer major, set to benefit from Congelados De Navarra’s individually quick frozen…