Africa Food Industry Excellence Awards

The Africa Food Industry Excellence Awards celebrate the very best new products, projects and initiatives; and outstanding individuals in the food, beverage and milling industry in Africa. Through a competitive process judged by some of the most outstanding industry veterans, the Awards aim at boosting innovations and excellence in the region's food industry. The 2018…

Kenya Bureau Standards body’s boss arrested after sugar scandal probes

KENYA - Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the government’s standards agency’s Managing Director Charles Ongwae has been arrested hours after the body confirmed that imported contraband sugar was contaminated with copper. According to an article published by the Daily Nation, the standards boss was arrested alongside quality assurance and inspection director and head of the…

Kenya Budget 2018: Govt prioritizes agricultural and manufacturing agenda but consumers may have to pay more

KENYA - With a long term goal of ‘creating jobs, transforming lives and sharing prosperity’, the 2018 budget centred at the government’s Big 4 Agenda of growing The contribution of manufacturing GDP from 9% to 15%, but consumers may be required to pay more due to proposed amendments to the VAT Act 2013, considered to…

Yoplait introduces a new yoghurt brand with 40% less sugar

FRANCE – Yoplait, the largest franchise brand of yogurt, has introduced a new yoghurt brand with 40% less sugar than its previous yoghurt flavours. According to the company, the new flavour brings the yogurt category a new 1-gram-sugar-per-serving option, while packing 17 grams of protein in each 5.3 oz. serving. The flavored varieties deliver 9…

Mondelēz International Names Luca Zaramella as Chief Financial Officer

USA - Mondelēz International, an American multinational confectionery company, has announced that Luca Zaramella, 49, Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance and a 20-year veteran of the company, will become EVP, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective August 1, 2018. Zaramella will replace Brian Gladden, who will leave the company in August. After 10 years as…

Cargill invests in Mouscron facility to meet customer demand for Belgian chocolate

BELGIUM – Cargill, an American privately held global corporation, has invested in a new liquid Belgium chocolate production line in its Mouscron production facility in Belgium. According to the company, the investment increases the company’s capacity to produce milk and dark chocolate and creates up to 10 new local jobs. Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business…

Arla Foods appoints Ash Amirahmadi as managing director for UK

UK - Arla Foods has appointed its current SVP - Sales for Arla Foods, Ash Amirahmadi as new management director for UK effective 1 July 2018. He succeeds Tomas Pietrangeli, who is leaving the company to become CEO of Danish retail group Dagrofa A/S as from 30 June 2018. Ash Amirahmadi joined Arla Foods in…

Microsoft to introduce check-out free retail to take on Amazon Go

USA - Microsoft Corp is working on check-out free retail that would eliminate cashiers and checkout lines from stores, meant to compete with Amazon’s automated grocery stores, Amazon Go, reported Reuters. With the technology, the company’s systems will be able to track what shoppers add to their trolleys. According to people familiar with the matter,…

BRF to close down turkey meat production line in Mineiros

BRAZIL – BRF, one of the largets food companies in Brazil, has made plans to close down its turkey meat production line in Mineiros (GO) due to lack of market for the products. According to Business Insider, Jorge Luiz de Lima, the global vice president of the Brazilian food company's corporate efficiency, made the statement.…

Brazil’s food giant BRF names new chief executive officer

BRAZIL – BRF, one of the biggest food companies in the world, has named Pedro Parente as the new chief executive officer with the hope that the new CEO will give a successful turnaround. According to SeekingAlpha, the government commission; which approved the appointment, said the nomination of the new CEO faces no conflict of…