BRF appoints new CFO as strengthens its organizational structure

BRAZIL - BRF, the Brazilian company and the biggest food companies in the world, has made changes to its organization through the election of executives to the positions of Chief Financial & Investor Relations Officer, Integrated Planning Officer and Strategy, Management & Innovation Officer. According to the company, as part of the ongoing process to…

Mega Beverage introduces new look KVant Premium in the market

TANZANIA - Mega Beverage Company Limited, the producer of the popular spirit brand KVant has launched a new premium package of its KVant spirit into the market, reports the Citizen. According to the firm’s marketing director, Marko Maduhu, the new packaging is not accompanied by price changes and the new package was motivated by an…

Everstone to sell a minority stake in the quick-service chain Burger King India

ASIA - Everstone Capital, India’s investment firm which operates the franchise Burger King plans to sell 20% of its stake in the quick service restaurant chain, reports ET Retail. While Everstone holds about 88% of Burger King India, the parent Burger King Worldwide holds 12% stake in the restaurant. According to two people familiar with…

Health Minister declares listeriosis officially over, manufacturers to produce cold meat

SOUTH AFRICA - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced that the country’s listeriosis outbreak, the worst ever in the world is officially over and that manufacturers across the country can now produce cold meat products. According to Business Day, the government has withdrawn advice against consuming ready-to-eat processed meat products and the Enterprise factory in…

Ready-to-eat US popcorn sales grows by 118% between 2012 and 2017

USA – The sales of ready-to-eat (RTE) popcorn in the US have grown by 118% between 2012 and 2017 as consumers embrace flavour innovation, according to research from Mintel. In total, the US RTE popcorn market is worth US$1.1 billion, while the total retail sales of popcorn increased 32% in the last five years to reach…

Unilever launches new vegan versions of magnum bars in Sweden and Finland

EUROPE – Magnum, an ice cream brand owned by the British/Dutch Unilever company, is set to launch two new vegan versions of its popular ice-cream bars in Sweden and Finland next month. According to FoodingredientsFirst, the brand will add Magnum Vegan Classic and Magnum Vegan Almond, which are European Vegetarian Union approved, to its existing product…

Krispy Kreme’s Lagos store reopens after food agency reaffirms safety operations

NIGERIA- The Consumer Protection council (“CPC”) has ordered the reopening of the Krispy Kreme after affirming the American doughnuts and coffee brand’s operations were safe and in accordance to regulations. Beverage Industry news has reported that the move came following a statement released by the food safety standards regulator, the National Agency for Food and…

Firm launches supermarket comparison website to enhance consumer experience

NIGERIA- Online supermarket comparison firm, Mybasket.ng has launched Nigeria’s first supermarket price comparison website to enhance the consumer experience by getting value for money through price comparison. Customers can either compare the price of an individual product across multiple supermarkets or compare the aggregated price of your shopping list, enabling them determine the most cost-efficient…

FDA links foods prepared with liquid nitrogen at point of sale with health problems

USA - The Food and Drug Administration agency of the United States has warned consumers and retailers of the potential health effects from food products prepared by adding liquid nitrogen at the point of sale, immediately before consumption. According to the health department agency, liquid nitrogen considered to be non-toxic, can cause severe damage to…

South Africa farmers fight Trump with higher import tariffs on US chicken

SOUTH AFRICA - South African farmers have called for higher tariffs on ‘cheap’ chicken imports from the United States, which are said to be becoming a threat to the poultry industry in the country, reports Fin24. SA poultry farmers said that the tariffs on the metal industry were a breach of the African Growth and…