Alcohol makers adopt new advertising rules to discourage underage drinking

KENYA - Alcohol manufacturers in Kenya have agreed on new advertising rules in their marketing campaigns that aim to discourage underage drinking, according to Business Daily. Along the new rules, the Alcohol Beverages Association of Kenya launched a code of conduct for members who may risk penalties if they fail to adhere to the new…

EABL’s Serengeti Breweries to expand investment with focus on suppliers

TANZANIA - Serengeti Breweries Ltd (SBL), a subsidiary of the East African Breweries Ltd (EABL) has announced plans to further increase investment s in the country with a focus on bolstering its suppliers’ business capability. The move is expected to boost its growth and further create employment opportunities to Tanzanians, reports IPP media. SBL Managing…

Keurig Green Mountain invests in South Carolina with new Spartanburg County operations

USA - Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., a leader in specialty coffee and innovative single-serve brewing systems, has announced plans to construct a new, state-of-the-art roasting and packaging facility in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. According to the company, the investment is projected to bring US$350 million of capital investment and create 500 new jobs. Located in…

FrieslandCampina launches cardboard liter pack made of 80% plant material

NETHERLANDS - The Dutch multinational dairy cooperative, FrieslandCampina has unveiled a new, innovative cardboard liter pack for its chocolate milk brand Chocomel made of 80% raw plant material made by Tetra Pak. The liter pack, made of wood and sugar has an iconic yellow color and its plastic cap and the outer plastic layer are…

PepsiCo unveils second year of its brand incubator programme

USA - PepsiCo has announced the second year of its Nutrition Greenhouse incubator programme, an initiative aimed at enhancing food innovation and nurturing both big and small entrepreneurs in the nutrition, health and wellness sectors. Calling for applications, PepsiCo said the programme will identify up to ten emerging brands in the nutrition space with products…

Brazil coffee volumes fall as Africa’s production rise 3.2% to fill gap

UK - The world’s leading coffee producer Brazil’s total exports declined 10.5% to 2.52 million tonnes in March and this is offset by increasing coffee production in Africa and other countries, according to the International Coffee Organisation. Brazil is also said to be declining in coffee output in crop year 2017/18 estimated at 51 million…

Coca-Cola inaugurates new hot-fill juice line at the Nairobi plant

KENYA - Nairobi Bottlers, the Kenyan soft drinks bottling company under the newly formed Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) has launched a new processing line at its recently opened juice plant. The line which has a production capacity of 28,000 bottles per hour will be used to process fresh juices, iced teas and sports drinks and…

Distell restructuring and merger with Capevin to be completed end-May

SOUTH AFRICA - Distell’s merger with Capevin and planned restructuring of its corporate structure is set to be completed at the end of May, reported BusinessDay citing information from analyst. A Sens announcement issued revealed that Capevin, which holds a 29% stake in Distell, will be suspended from JSE on May 30, and its shareholders…

Case against Coca-Cola and Ambo Water over an illegal merger remanded

ETHIOPIA - Case by the Trade Competition & Consumer Protection Authority against bottlers of Coca-Cola and Ambo Mineral Water for an allegedly illegal merger has re-emerged, the tribunal sending the case back to the lower court for further proceedings, reported AddisFortune. The case, dating 16 June 2017 implicated that the two companies, Ambo Mineral Water…

Nairobi Bottlers: Investing in new juice plant on the journey to a total beverage company

Nairobi Bottlers Ltd commissioned a new juice manufacturing plant in May 2017, as the company expands its products offering to meet new consumer requirements for healthier beverages. Food Business Africa had a discussion with Duncan Kimani, the Manufacturing Director for Coca-Cola Beverage Africa’s portfolio of companies in Kenya to discuss the importance of this new…