SA’s Pioneer Foods recalls LiquiFruit, Ceres apple juice brands due to mould contamination

SOUTH AFRICA – Pioneer Foods, one of the largest food and beverage manufacturer in South Africa (SA) owned by PepsiCo, has announced a recall of several LiquiFruit brands and Ceres apple juice products sold outside the homeland country, following detection of elevated levels of mould toxins in them. This comes barely a week after Appletiser, a sparkling apple juice brand produced by Coca-Cola South Africa announced a recall of six batches of its product over the same concern. More than 37,000 cases of Appletiser, both cans and glass bottles, were…

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Varun Beverages Zimbabwe rumps up production with launch of new US$12m production line

ZIMBABWE – Varun Beverages Zimbabwe (Pvt) Limited, the franchise bottler of PepsiCo in Zimbabwe, has commissioned a new US$12m water bottling line, with a production capacity of 15 million bottles per month. The new 400 bottle per minute line is part of the third phase of the company’s expansion project, which will bring total production capacity to 66 million bottles of sparkling beverages, cans and bottled water per month, reports The Herald. Varun Beverages Zimbabwe officially commissioned its first plant in the Southern African country in February 2018 with an…

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PepsiCo raises annual revenue forecast, warns of potential price hikes as supply disruptions persist

USA – American multinational snack and beverage company PepsiCo Inc has raised its full-year revenue as lifting of pandemic-induced restrictions boosted demand for its sodas and snacks.  During the release of its Q3 results the company said it was expecting fiscal 2021 organic revenue to rise about 8%, compared with its prior forecast of a 6% increase.  PepsiCo’s net revenue rose 11.6% to US$20.19 billion in the quarter ended Sept. 4, above analysts’ estimates of US$19.39 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.  The company said revenue from its North America Beverage unit, its…

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PepsiCo invests in UK distribution center upgrade as Britvic pumps US$31m into factory expansion

UK – American drink and snack company PepsiCo has completed a £14m (US$19m) upgrade of its Southern Region Distribution Centre (SRDC) based in Leicester to increase the capacity and efficiency of the site.   The investments saw the building of a new facility with ‘state-of-the-art equipment and technology that will increase the storage capacity at the site by 29%.   PepsiCo says the investment will enable it to better meet the growing demand for its Walkers brand crisps – previously it relied on overspill sites that required crisps to be…

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Food giants PepsiCo, Nestle introduce tangible solution to managing, tackling waste problem in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Ceres Fruit Juices, the largest fruit juice packaging operation in Africa, has migrated from the use of plastic straws to paper straws on all its 200ml juice boxes, in a bid to tackle plastic waste pollution. Plastic waste management is a growing concern across the globe, with plastic drinking straws identified as a major contributor to this problem. The South African brand owned by PepsiCo believes that there is an opportunity to change how the world produces, distributes, consumes, and disposes of packaging in order to tackle…

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PepsiCo lays down strategies to drive sustainability across its operations in sub-Saharan Africa

AFRICA – PepsiCo has heightened its commitment to the sub-Saharan market under the newly launched Pep+ (Pep Positive) plan, a strategic end-to-end transformation initiative with sustainability at its core, aimed at inspiring positive change for the planet and its people. Pep+ is aimed to guide the food manufacturer on how to transform its business operations: from sourcing ingredients, making and selling its products in a more sustainable way. This is as it leverages on its more than one billion connections with consumers each day to take sustainability mainstream and engage…

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PepsiCo launches pep+ to guide renewed focus on sustainability, healthy foods

USA – American snack and food beverage giant PepsiCo has launched a new strategic plan dubbed pep+ (“pep positive”) which is aimed at refocusing the company’s key strategic goals around sustainability and production of healthier foods.  According to a statement from the company, the pep+ will guide how PepsiCo improves its business operations, from sourcing ingredients using regenerative agriculture, to manufacturing, packaging, and selling its products in a more circular way.  Under the new strategy, the maker of Lays and Doritos snack brands also plans to prioritize more on chickpeas,…

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PepsiCo upgrades UK snack processing factory with US$28.9m investment

UK – Snacks and drinks giant PepsiCo has invested £24.5m (US$28.92m) into its Walkers crisp factory in Lincoln in order to upgrade the facilities, meet growing demand for its Quavers snacks and secure the future of the site. The investment will see the company replace existing machinery at the site with new equipment, such as a compact packaging machine that will help PepsiCo to remove packaging from its supply chain by 30%. The project will also increase the factory’s capacity for Quavers – which PepsiCo claims are now bought by…

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PepsiCo invests US$64m in expanding Uruguay plant as demand for Zero-sugar offerings soars

URUGUAY – American multinational food, snack, and beverage company PepsiCo has announced it is investing US$64 million to expand its beverage concentrates plant in Uruguay’s Colonia Free Trade Zone.  According to the maker of Pepsi, Mirinda, and 7Up soda brands, the extension of the plant’s footprint will enable PepsiCo to expand its zero-sugar offerings.  The expansion will enable PepsiCo to meet an upsurge in demand for diet soft drinks in the past few years which has been fuelled by changing preference of consumers from beverages with high sugar content to healthier…

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PepsiCo India partners United Way to manage post-consumer plastic waste in Mathura

INDIA – PepsiCo India in partnership with United Way Delhi has launched “Tidy Trails” – a special initiative to sustainably manage post-consumer plastic waste in Mathura-Vrindavan.  Tidy Trails will engage the shopkeeper community, including organized and unorganized retail shops in eight commercial zones, across Mathura-Vrindavan to encourage behavioural change towards responsible plastic waste management.  PepsiCo India and United Way Delhi also plan to organize on-ground events, e-educational workshops, and will distribute Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material to the shopkeeper community as well as the public at large.  A mobile van has been deployed to create…

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