Cocoa processing startup Koa, chocolate maker Valrhona launch most conc cocoa fruit juice concentrate

GHANA – French chocolate maker Valrhona in collaboration with Swiss-Ghanaian start-up Koa have launched a new cocoa fruit juice concentrate ingredient dubbed Oabika. The flavourful ingredient is the very first cocoa fruit juice concentrate at 72° Brix, created especially for chefs and other gastronomy professionals. It has the highest concentration on the food service market providing a silky consistency and an amber-coloured appearance. Besides its fruity and tangy flavour, Oabika surprises through its candied, honey-like notes, delivering a new experience with a smooth texture and a unique taste. The innovation…

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CCBA’s Ghanaian unit Voltic Limited names Flora Jika as new Managing Director

GHANA – Voltic Ghana, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) has appointed Flora Jika, as its new Managing Director. According to the parent company, Flora will take up the leadership position at the end of December 2021. Taking over the helm of the soft-beverage manufacturing and distributing entity, she succeeds Simon Everest who’ll be retiring in December after 20 years with The Coca-Cola Company family. Flora joins Voltic Ghana from Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) where she is the current Logistics Director. She hails from a mining engineering background,…

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Ghana adds value to yams, cassava with launch of US$1.65m processing factory

GHANA – The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has commissioned CH Global Limited, a cassava and yam processing factory operating under the government’s 1-District-1-Factory initiative, located in Krachi East District of Oti Region. Construction of the facility which began in 2019, received financial support from Ghana EXIM Bank to the tune of GH¢10 million (US$1.65m). According to reports by The Presidency of Ghana, the facility will process yam into frozen chips and yam balls, under the brand name CH Foods. The first phase of the…

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Ghana launches US$1.1m rice processing facility with modern parboiling, milling, packaging plants

GHANA – Ghana is forging ahead with its ambitious target of attaining self-sufficiency in rice production with the launch of new processing plant in the Western-North Region. The newly built GH¢6.7 million (US$1.1m) Sefwi Akontombra rice processing factory has the capacity to produce between 1.5 and 2.8 tonnes of processed rice per hour. According to official reports from the Presidency of Ghana, the state-of-the-art facility features modern parboiling, milling and packaging plants. It also has a standby generator plant, a mechanised borehole to supply the facility with water, fully furnished…

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Guinness Ghana more than doubles its processing capacity with launch of new US$23.9m Brewhouse

GHANA – Guinness Ghana Breweries PLC, has commissioned a state-of-the-art Brewhouse worth GHS 145 million (US$23.9m). According to the subsidiary of the British multinational alcoholic beverages company, Diageo, the new facility will boost its current production capacity by more than 150% of the old Brewhouse. With the beefed-up capacity, Ghana’s leading drink company will increase its local raw material sourcing, propelling it towards its ambitions goal of acquiring 70% of its raw material requirements from Ghanaian farmers by 2024. Currently, the company sources 61% of local raw materials i.e., maize,…

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Pizza Hut in Ghana finds new owner, Krispy Kreme Donuts opens inaugural store in Egypt

GHANA – American restaurant chain and international franchise, Pizza Hut, is set to relaunch in Ghana under new ownership. Melcom Group of Companies, a diverse business conglomerate, is set to acquire the franchise rights of the fast-food chain in the country. The acquisition will mark the entry of Melcom Group into the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) business, expanding its business interest beyond retail, modern trade, plastic manufacturing, electronics assembly and travel. According to reports by Ghana News Agency, the pizza maker would be operated by one of the group’s subsidiaries,…

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Ghana, Ivory Coast to attain bullish cocoa production in 2020/21 season further stamping dominance in sector

GHANA – Ghana, world’s second largest cocoa producer and exporter, is expected to set a new record high of cocoa production in the 2020/21 season. According to the Ghana Cocoa Board, the current season’s production is forecasted to reach 1.06 million tonnes, as 1.03 million tonnes has already been recorded with and only six weeks left to end of season. The already attained production beats the previous record of 1.024 million metric tonnes registered in the 2010/ 2011 crop season. It is also higher that the out-put registered in 2019/2020…

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Ghanaian B2B e-commerce marketplace Plendify launches platform to cater to diaspora clients

GHANA – Ghanaian startup Plendify has launched a B2B e-commerce marketplace to connect customers with small and large African wholesalers, manufacturers, exporters, and importers. Plendify is a Pan-African B2B Marketplace that allows buyers around the world and African diaspora to purchase products in bulk or retail quantities conveniently and securely from local sellers in Ghana. The startup also provides a business directory of leading suppliers in Africa and also enables buyers to receive quotes directly on the platform. Suppliers can also buy and sell from each other in bulk, find…

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Ghana adds value to tomatoes with launch of US$16m processing factory

GHANA – Weddi Africa Limited, a wholly owned Ghanaian company has established a US$16 million tomato processing factory in Domfete, Bono Region, with support from the government. The newly built Weddi Africa Tomato Processing Factory has been established under the 1-District-1-Factory initiative, show-casing the public-private sector collaboration. Government, through Ghana Exim Bank and ADB Bank Ghana, facilitated the acquisition of the loan facility to support the construction of the factory. The facility will have a processing capacity of 40,000 metric tonnes of fresh tomatoes per annum, supported by a 500…

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Ivory Coast, Ghana establish Accra as official headquaters of joint cocoa initiative

WEST AFRICA – Ghana and Ivory Coast have signed the Headquarters Agreement for the establishment of the Ivory Coast-Ghana Cocoa Initiative Secretariat in Accra. The signing is the latest milestone in a unique bilateral process to further strengthen and expand the existing economic relations on cocoa and other related matters between Ghana and Ivory Coast the two largest cocoa-producing countries in the world. Chief Executive of Ghana Cocoa Board, Hon Joseph Boahen Aidoo, indicated that the establishment of the Secretariat is key to facilitate the coordination of efforts by the…

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