Kenya Bureau Standards body’s boss arrested after sugar scandal probes

KENYA - Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the government’s standards agency’s Managing Director Charles Ongwae has been arrested hours after the body confirmed that imported contraband sugar was contaminated with copper. According to an article published by the Daily Nation, the standards boss was arrested alongside quality assurance and inspection director and head of the…

Yoplait introduces a new yoghurt brand with 40% less sugar

FRANCE – Yoplait, the largest franchise brand of yogurt, has introduced a new yoghurt brand with 40% less sugar than its previous yoghurt flavours. According to the company, the new flavour brings the yogurt category a new 1-gram-sugar-per-serving option, while packing 17 grams of protein in each 5.3 oz. serving. The flavored varieties deliver 9…

Tetra Pak and Yili launch the first drinking yoghurt with large fruit and cereal pieces

CHINA - Tetra Pak, the multinational food manufacturing and packaging company, has announced that it has helped Yili, a leading Chinese dairy manufacturer, to produce the world’s first drinking yoghurt with large fruit and cereal pieces. ​​ According to the company, Yili launched the breakthrough product in Tetra Top 200ml with large re-sealable screw caps,…

Kraft Heinz considers sale of children’s milk brand Complan

INDIA - Kraft Heinz Co., an American food company, is making considerations for a sale of children’s milk drink brand Complan in India, which could fetch about US$1 billion, according to Bloomberg. Kraft Heinz is currently working with an adviser to gauge interest in the business, according to sources who asked not to be identified…

Mondelēz International Names Luca Zaramella as Chief Financial Officer

USA - Mondelēz International, an American multinational confectionery company, has announced that Luca Zaramella, 49, Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance and a 20-year veteran of the company, will become EVP, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective August 1, 2018. Zaramella will replace Brian Gladden, who will leave the company in August. After 10 years as…

Coca-Cola Ghana wins bottling and manufacturing company of the year awards

GHANA - The Cola-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana (TCCBCG) has been named the “Bottling Company of the Year” and the “Beverage Manufacturing Company of the Year (non-alcoholic)” at the Ghana Manufacturing Awards held in Accra on May 24. It recommends the Coca-Cola bottler for achieving sustainable growth, becoming once again, the best beverage company in…

Coca-Cola launches its acquired juice brand Rani Float juice in India

INDIA - Coca-Cola is launching Rani Float, its acquired juice brand in India to compete against rivals such as PepsiCo’s Tropicana, Dabur’s Real and Parle Agro’s Frooti, reported ET Retail. Rani Float is one of the brands belonging Aujan Industries’ beverage business in which Coca-Cola has a 50% equity stake. Rani Float has real fruit…

Hollandia launches new soy milk sachet to expand portfolio

NIGERIA - Chi Limited, Nigeria’s fast-moving consumer goods company has launched 100ml soya milk sachet, an additional range to its soya milk brand portfolio, Hollandia. The offering, available in resealabe Tetra Pak gives customers more choice among its soya milk products and according to the firm, the move is meant to deliver value by making…

McDonald’s to ditch plastic straws in UK and Ireland by 2019

UK- McDonald, an American fast food company, is set to eliminate plastic straws in some of its markets in Europe including UK and Ireland by 2019 in a way to reduce plastic waste. McDonald aims to transition to paper straws in all of its locations in these markets with planned trials for selected restaurants in…

Kellogg recalls Honey Smacks cereal in US potentially contaminated with Salmonella

USA - Kellogg company has voluntarily recalled an estimated 1.3-million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal in the US over potential of having been contaminated with Salmonella. According to a statement on their website, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Kellogg has launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces Honey…