Varun Beverages Zimbabwe commission US$20m manufacturing plant

ZIMBABWE – Varun Beverages Zimbabwe (Pvt) Limited, franchise bottler of PepsiCo in the country has officially commissioned the US$20 million second phase of its manufacturing plant in Harare. Varun Beverages produces brands that include Pepsi, […]

Kenya Revenue Authority introduces new excise tax on non-alcoholic beverages

KENYA – Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) will be introducing new excise taxes on the non-alcoholic beverage which is expected to in turn increase the price of bottled water by an average sh.7 per litre. The […]

Singapore mulls ban of advertisements for sugary drinks to curb diabetes

SINGAPORE – Singapore plans to implement a ban on advertisements of certain fizzy drinks and juices as part of a raft of measures to curb high diabetes rates associated with consumption of sugar. As one […]

AriZona Beverages joins forces with Dixie Brands for cannabis infused line

USA – Arizona Beverages, producers makes Arizona Iced Tea, has partnered with cannabis company Dixie Brands to produce marijuana-infused products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Arizona Beverages signed a three-year licensing agreement with Dixie Brands that will […]

Nigerian Bottling Company recalls Eva bottled water over quality concerns

NIGERIA – The Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC) has recalled two batches of its Eva Premium Table Water over quality concerns of the product. This also follows a directive issued by the National Agency for […]

Varun Beverages gets CCI approval to acquire PepsiCo’s franchise rights in India

INDIA – The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the acquisition of PepsiCo India’s franchise rights of the foods and snacks major in southern and western India by its bottling partner Varun Beverages Ltd […]

COMESA agency pushes for restructure in Coca-Cola’s pricing model

AFRICA – The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Competition Commission (CCC) has called for suspension of the clause that allows Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Ltd (CCBA) to set prices for its distributors. According […]

Zimbabwe’s Varun Beverages eyes agro-processing to bolster exports

ZIMBABWE – Varun Beverages Zimbabwe (Pvt) Limited, franchise bottler of PepsiCo in the country, has unveiled plans of possibly diversifying its operations to include agro-processing lines as it seeks to improve the exports. Krishnan Shankar, […]

Board approves Varun Beverages Plans to acquire PepsiCo franchise rights in India

INDIA – Varun Beverages Limited (VBL), the bottling partner of PepsiCo India, said its board has approved its plans to acquire franchise rights of the beverage and snacks in India’s South and West regions. VBL’s […]