Government starts process to sell KWAL, Agrochemical stakes in privatization move

KENYA - The government is seeking to sell its stake in companies such as Kenya Wine Agencies Ltd (Kwal), Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) and Agrochemical and Food Corporation (ACFC) in a deal to render them private. The Privatisation Commission which is seeking consultants on the sale-off, will oversee the process that hopes to unlock billions…

AB InBev partners Accenture to boost sales and distribution in Africa

AFRICA - The world’s largest brewer, AB InBev has entered into an agreement with a leading global professional services company, Accenture to boost its sales and distribution operations on the continent, reports MarketWatch. The three-year contract will see the implementation of the Accenture NewsPage Distributor Management System (DMS), a distributor management and sales force automation…

Australia and New Zealand alcohol producers to develop warning labels on products

AUSTRALIA - Alcohol producers will be forced to label their products with warnings relating to the risks of drinking during pregnancy in an agreement reached by Australian and New Zealand ministers. According to Food Business News, the labels will be developed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand in consultation with the alcohol industry, and will…

Irish Senate passes alcohol law, introducing minimum price and labelling

IRELAND - Ireland has adopted legislation on the risks associated with alcohol consumption, for the first time, in a country where alcoholism has had devastating consequences. According to EURACTIV, it is the first law in Ireland that treats alcohol as a matter of public health, and that the new legislation affects the price, access, marketing,…

Dixie Vodka partners with Savannah Bee Company to launch honey-flavoured vodka

USA - Dixie Vodka, an all-American craft vodka, has announced its most recent flavor innovation in a regional collaboration with Savannah Bee Company: Dixie Wildflower Honey Vodka. According to the company, its newest product uses SBC's Georgia Wildflower Honey infused in Dixie's award-winning Dixie Southern Vodka, 6x distilled from non-GMO corn. The result is a…

Diageo adds new black raspberry Ciroc to vodka portfolio

UK – Diageo, a British multinational alcoholic beverages company, has revealed an extension of its “ultra-premium” Cîroc vodka portfolio with the limited-edition black raspberry variant. According to FoodBev, Cîroc black raspberry infuses five times distilled vodka with “the delicate natural flavours of fresh, crushed black raspberry essence to create a distinct smooth finish”. “We’re incredibly…

Craft Brew Alliance forms distribution partnerships with 3 US-based beer companies

USA - Craft Brew Alliance, Inc., a leading craft brewing company, has made strategic brewing and distribution partnerships with Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB), Cisco Brewers, and Wynwood Brewing Co. through three separate purchase agreements. Formally launched in 2015, CBA’s craft partner strategy has contributed significantly to the evolution of the company, and new agreements represent…

AB InBev opens new automated ‘robo-warehouses’ in UK brewery

UK - AB InBev, a multinational drink and brewing holdings company, is opening a new automated warehouse with space to store 23 million pints of beer at its largest UK brewery in Magor, South Wales. According to the company, the 80,000 cubic metre warehouse will enable AB InBev to meet growing UK demand for beer…

National craft beer associations form Independent Brewers of Europe partnership

EUROPE - European craft brewing associations Independent Brewers of Ireland, The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), Syndicat National des BrasseursIndépendants (SNBI), Unionbirrai, Scanian Beverage Producers, Det Fri Øl, and Craft Brewers Netherlands have formed the Independent Brewers of Europe (IBE). According to Food & Drinks Insight, the partnership will represent craft brewing associations from various parts…

Kenya Breweries’ trains 300 youth and women through vocational courses

KENYA - Diageo’s local operator Kenya Breweries Limited has unveiled about 300 youth and women graduates from its vocational training and entrepreneurship programme dubbed Heshima. Heshima is a local training initiative aimed at equipping youth and women from across Kenya with entrepreneurial skills at the same time tackling the issue of unemployment among target groups.…