Africa Food Manufacturing & Safety Summit (AFMASS) Conference & Expo – Western Africa edition

AFMASS Western Africa is the largest food, beverage and milling industry's largest conference and exhibition attended by key decision makers from Western Africa Africa to trade, network and learn the latest processing, packaging and safety technologies. Bringing together delegates and visitors from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Benin, Ivory Coast and surrounding countries in Western Africa, AFMASS…

Duni acquires a 75% majority stake in BioPak for US$46.12m

EUROPE – Duni, a leading supplier of innovative table-setting concepts and packaging solutions, has acquired 75% of BioPak Pty Ltd from entrepreneurs Gary Smith and Richard Fine. BioPak is a leading supplier of sustainable disposable packaging for the food service industry in Australia and New Zealand with an approximate annual turnover of US$43.31 million. According…

Coca Cola, PepsiCo and Nestle are the largest waste contributors, says Greenpeace

CANADA – Greenpeace, a non-governmental environmental organization, has released an audit which said that Coca Cola, PepsiCo and Nestle are the top three contributors to ocean waste and pollution. According to the organization, together with their partners in the Break Free From Plastic movement, they enlisted the help of 10,000 volunteers across 42 countries to…

BRF CEO Pedro Parente to leave company in mid-2019

BRAZIL - Chief Executive Pedro Parente of Brazilian meat packing company BRF SA has announced plans to leave the company and that the current Chief Operating Officer Lorival Luz would succeed him in the CEO role. According to Reuters, Parente told investors and analysts after a presentation in Sao Paulo that he will still participate…

Mondelēz International commits to making all packaging recyclable by 2025

USA - Mondelēz International, an American multinational confectionery, food, and beverage company, has announced a new commitment to make all packaging recyclable and provide recycling information by 2025. According to the company, it will work in partnerships so that packaging can be collected and recycled in markets around the world, as part of the company’s…

Singapore will run out of packaging waste landfill by 2035

SINGAPORE - Singapore Packaging Agreement (SPA) governing board chairman, Albert Lim has said that the current landfill for packaging waste will be full by 2035 given a limited land space. According to him, a taskforce which recommended voluntary agreement towards waste management was set up in January 2007 with a goal to look into the…

State fails to defend US$19m compensation in plastic ban case

KENYA - The government of Kenya represented by the office of the Attorney General (AG) has failed to meet a seven-day deadline that required it to provide defence against a Nairobi-based manufacturer who is seeking a US$19 million compensation following plastic bags ban. According to Business Daily, the manufacturer, Hi-Plast Limited is also seeking to…

Lagos State government and FBRA to partner on eradication of PET bottles wastes

NIGERIA - The Lagos State government has indicated interest to partner with the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) on the eradication of post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles that are improperly disposed thereby blocking drainages and canals in our environment. According to FBRA, it stated that the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, disclosed…

British water brand Wenlock Spring re-brands sustainable bottle line

UK - Wenlock Spring, a premium British water lien, has redesigned its recycled plastic (rPET), fully recyclable range to illustrate their natural origins, incorporating the rock strata of the Wenlock Edge limestone escarpment through which Wenlock Spring water filters. According to the company, with the introduction of over 50% recycled plastic into their rPET bottle…