KENYA – Leading fruit processor in Kenya, Del Monte, has re-affirmed its commitment to safeguarding the environment through planting of 1,000 trees at a local primary school, as part of its target to plant 2.5 million trees by 2025 to tackle climate change.
The fresh fruit juice maker has also vowed to raise awareness of emerging environmental issues from marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.
For years, Del Monte Kenya has continually focused on beefing up its efforts to protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate the effects of climate change, responsibly stewarding water resources, minimizing waste, and conserving vital ecosystems.
The company is among the few giants in the country to create a new Environmental Action Tool and database to track its greenhouse gas emissions, aligning with Kenya’s Nationally Determined Contribution to the Paris.
The agreement aims to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 32 percent by the year 2030.
Uganda Breweries commit to fight counterfeits
Meanwhile in neighbouring Uganda, the maker of Bell Lager, Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) joined the World to commemorate World Anticounterfeit Day, under the theme, “building a network of brand protection allies right across Diageo – both internal and external.”
As part of the commemoration, UBL and partners engaged in different activities that included a dialogue on the adverse effects of counterfeit and possible solutions as well as the “spot and win” campaign where the parties were tasked to identify the Counterfeit from genuine brands.
The brewer also had several people signing up and committing to be brand Protection ambassadors to continue protecting its brands and most importantly, the health of the consumers.
This initiative is part of the “Sound the Siren campaign” that is aimed at getting all staff and partners involved in protecting the company’s brands.
“We encourage the public to take precaution when buying alcoholic beverages to avoid possible side effects as a result of consumption of illicit products.
“At Uganda Breweries, we are committed to producing products that are brewed and distilled to international safety standards,” highlighted UBL.
Results from the Euromonitor International study done in Uganda on the Alcohol Sector in 2021 show that Illicit alcohol trade accounts for 64.7% of total alcohol volume in Uganda – larger than legal production.
It also accounts for US$172m in tax loss annually and additionally, health challenges, accidents, and heightened violence (both GBV and crime related).
Uganda Breweries has committed itself to continue raising awareness about the negative health and economic impact that counterfeit products have on society.