New entrants into the soda segment stir new war for market share

NIGERIA - The carbonated soft drinks (CSD) market share is up for grabs amidst fierce competition among players, by both the ancient soda dominators and new entrants who are all seeking supremacy in the market. According to the Vanguard, there are over 18 soda brands in the Nigerian market today, as opposed to 30 years…

PepsiCo opens new US$42.3m baby food plant in Russia

RUSSIA - PepsiCo, Inc., the American multinational food, snack and beverage company has opened a new US$42.3 million baby food plant with a daily capacity of approximately 25 tonnes in Russia, reported FoodBev. The new plant will exclusively be used to produce cottage cheese and yogurt products for the company’s Agusha and Chudo Detki brands.…

Kenyan Coke bottler seeks to toss court ruling on nutritional labeling information

KENYA - Coca-Cola bottler in Kenya is contesting a High Court order to place labels with nutritional information on its soft drinks in glass bottles, according to Beverage Industry News NG. Nairobi Bottlers, Kenya’s largest Coke bottler faulted the ruling of the late Justice Onguto earlier this year, saying he had overstepped his mandate as…

Tanzania Breweries launches mobile safety app for employees

TANZANIA - Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL), one of the oldest and largest in the country has launched a mobile app that allows employees report concerns and information relating to safety from their mobile phones. According to Khery Gunzarethy, TBL Group safety and Health Manager, the launch was in line with the company’s strategy to digitalize…

AB InBev’s subsidiary Accra Brewery receives HACCP Certification

GHANA - Accra Brewery Limited, a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest beverage and brewing company, AB InBev, has received the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification from the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) of Ghana. The certification was granted after the brewer proved successful in implementing the programme which it said was…

Uganda’s Café Javas enters the Kenyan market to compete Java House

KENYA - Café Javas, the Ugandan restaurant has entered the local market, having opened a new branch in Nairobi to compete the Kenyan chain of coffee houses, Java House as reported by Business Daily. Café Javas is operating in Kenya’s capital Nairobi under the name CJ’s, prompting competition between the two trademarks, which in 2016…

KBL launches new products to stay ahead of competition

KENYA- Kenya Breweries Ltd (KBL), a leading brewer and subsidiary of East African Breweries Ltd (EABL) has in the past one year debuted an array of five new products, having launched its latest Smirnoff Ice Green Apple product late April. Based on a report by Business Daily, the launches were in line with the company’s…

Tesco launches new range of smaller sized wine bottles to cut down portions

UK – Tesco, a British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer, has launched a new range of smaller sized wine bottles in order to help shoppers control portions and cut down on waste. According to latest data (2017) from retail analysts Kantar and the British Beer and Pub Association, Brits alcohol consumption is in decline…

Tesco introduces a new range of cold-pressed juices to reduce juice and vegetable wastes

UK – Tesco, a British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer has introduced a new range of cold-pressed juices, using wonky fruit and vegetables that may otherwise have gone to waste. According to the company, a product called Waste NOT, included in the range, will be surplus apples, beetroot, strawberries and watermelon that fall outside…

Coca-Cola launches world’s first ‘frozen Coca-Cola beverage pouch in Japan

JAPAN - Coca-Cola has launched a ready-to-drink frozen Coca-Cola beverage in a squeezable or resealabe pouch in Japan, one of its kind in the world. The invention, which the company said took 8 years of development plus 100 prototypes before landing on this design and formula, was the first the company has come up with…