Guinness Ghana goes green with installation of solar power plant, Diageo’s West African units exhibit stellar performance

WEST AFRICA – Guinness Ghana Breweries has commissioned a solar photovoltaic system on the roof of its brewery in Accra, shifting to use of clean energy in its operations. The 1,095 kWp solar power plant was installed by CrossBoundary Energy, renewable energy expert in the region, reports Afrik21. The solar plant will provide up to 19% of the electricity consumed by the subsidiary of the British Diageo Group, supply 1,500 MWh per year, while avoiding 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. CrossBoundary Energy has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with…

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Cameroon boosts coffee value chain with launch of ultra-modern processing plant

CAMEROON – Cameroon has inaugurated a giant and ultra-modern coffee processing facility in the Northwest region with a processing capacity of one ton of green coffee beans per hour. The plant was established under the second phase of the Grassfield Rural Infrastructure and Participatory Development Support Project, with funding worth FCFA 300 million (US$554,000) from the government of Cameroon and the African Development Bank. According to reports by Business in Cameroon, the facility will enable the coffee producers of the North West Cooperative Association to add value to their coffee…

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Abu Dhabi-based IHC harnesses solar energy to power efficient agricultural production in Egypt

EGYPT – International Holding Company (IHC), one of UAE’s leading diversified businesses, has invested AED 1.5 million (US$408,000) in construction of a pioneering solar-powered irrigation system in Egypt, to drive increased energy-efficient agricultural production. The Abu Dhabi-based conglomerate is undertaking the investment through its subsidiary, Al Hashemeya Company for Land Reclamation and Cultivation, reports Africa Business Communities. The pilot project will feature six wells spread over 500 acres, using photovoltaic system to help pump water onto 10,000 acres (4,050 hectares) of farmland in the Wadi Al-Natroun region of northern Egypt.…

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Argentine candy maker Arcor partners with Webcor to establish US$45m confectionery factory in Angola

ANGOLA – The Argentine multinational company Grupo Arcor, one of the world leaders in the confectionery, agri-food and packaging sector, is nearing completion of its US$45 million confectionery factory in Angola. The project which is undertaken in partnership with Angolan distribution partner Webcor, will specialize in production of cookies, biscuits and chocolates. It is expected to produce six thousand tons of products of different brands annually, serving both the local market and neighbouring countries of Congo, Namibia, Zambia and Botswana. The ambassador of Argentina accredited to Angola, Alejandro Guillermo Vierdier,…

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Ethiopia inaugurates US$2.3m veterinary drug manufacturing plant to meet local demand

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopia has cut ribbon to the newly build 100-million Birr (US$2.3m) veterinary drug manufacturing plant, built by the National Veterinary Institute (NBI) in Bishoftu town. The factory will produce 91.5 million veterinary tablets annually, initially operating at 60 percent processing capacity. According to reports by Ethiopia News Agency, the plant will enhance livestock productivity and accelerate the sector’s growth by availing cheaper and readily accessible remedies for the herds. It will also save foreign currency by covering 15% of the country’s veterinary demands, producing 23 types of vaccines…

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Angola beverage maker Refriango invests US$10m in new returnable bottle filling line

ANGOLA – Refriango, one of Angola’s leading producers and distributers of soft beverages, energy drinks and alcoholic beverages, has invested US$10m in the installation of a new filling line of returnable bottles for its Tigra beer brand. The investment will enable the beverage maker to increase its filling capacity by 35%, meeting the rising demand of the beer in the country, reports Opais Angola. The introduction of the returnable bottles in the market is in line with the company’s commitment to a circular economy by minimizing waste pollution in the…

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Cargill, Tyson invest in new capacity expansion to meet anticipated rise in product demands

NORTH AMERICA – Commodities trading giant Cargill and meat processing giant Tyson have announced new investments in capacity expansion aimed at meeting anticipated rise in demand. On its part, Cargill plans to construct a new canola processing facility in Saskatchewan, Canada, in an effort to meet growing global demand for canola products. Construction of the US$350 million project will begin work early next year and is expected to operational by early 2024, creating approximately 50 full-time jobs in the process. Located in Regina, Saskatchewan, the facility is projected to have…

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Cargill expands specialty tapioca starch offerings in Asia, to invest $25m in US soybean processing plant

US — US agricultural commodities giant Cargill is partnering with Starpro, a key food grade tapioca starch producer in Thailand, to expand its specialty tapioca starch offerings in the Asia-Pacific region. The collaboration with Starpro is the latest move by Cargill to grow its specialty starch portfolio in Asia-Pacific, after announcing the expansion of a cold-water swelling starch line at its sweetener plant in Pandaan, Indonesia, as well as the construction of a modified starch plant in Songyuan, China. According to Cargill, the agreement will cover a full range of…

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Flour Mills of Nigeria expands sugar project with acquisition of additional land

NIGERIA – Flour Mills of Nigeria (FMN), one of Nigeria’s leading foods and agro-allied groups has announced it has acquired an additional 5,200 hectares of land in Sunti Golden Sugar Estates located in Mokwa, Niger state, in line with its expansion plans. The investment is a move to further reaffirm its commitment to the backward integration strategy of the Nigerian Sugar Master Plan, as well as the overall growth of the sugar industry in Nigeria. According to reports by Nairametrics, the upland acquisition will bring the total land size of…

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BUA Group pumps in US$300m in new integrated sugar company to be completed Q1 2021

NIGERIA – In line with Nigeria’s National Sugar Master Plan (NSMP), BUA Group, a leading food and infrastructure conglomerate has invested over US$ 300 million in Lafiagi Sugar Company (LASUCO) in Kwara State, which is in an advanced stage to completion. This was revealed by the company’s management to Arise News during a media tour, highlighting that the facility is expected to commence operation in the first quarter of 2022. LASUCO, a first of its kind in Nigeria, is an integrated milling factory that will comprise of a 20,000-ha sugar…

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