Coca-Cola rolls out new transparent Sprite bottle in Tanzania to promote plastic waste recycling

TANZANIA – Coca-Cola Kwanza, Tanzanian subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), has officially unveiled the new look of its leading sparkling lemon-lime flavoured soft drink, Sprite, coming in a clear polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottle packaging. The latest shift from its iconic green bottle means more Sprite bottles can be collected, recycled, and reused to make new ones. According to Coca Cola, the clear PET can be made into a wide range of new products, such as pillow and duvet inners, as well as into new bottles, making it more…

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Coca-Cola eyes US$8 billion value from Coca-Cola Beverages Africa public listing

SOUTH AFRICA – The Coca-Cola Company is gearing closer to finalizing plans of listing its largest bottler in Africa, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), as a publicly traded entity. According to reports by Bloomberg, talks are ongoing and the final timing and size of the IPO will depend on the investors’ appetite and market conditions. The soft beverage giant is seeking a value of R120 billion (US$8 billion) for Coca-Cola Beverages Africa when it lists the bottler in 2022, according to people familiar with the matter. To facilitate the process, Coca-Cola…

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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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Coca-Cola System celebrates 70 years in Nigeria, earmarks US$1 billion investment in next 5 years

NIGERIA – Boasting of having 8 manufacturing plants, over 7,000 dealers, skilled and dedicated employees, and a sophisticated distribution system across Nigeria, there is practically no community in Nigeria where a cold bottle of Coca-Cola is not within the close reach of consumers. Marking 70 years of existence in the West African country since 1951, through its bottling arm Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Limited and Coca-Cola Nigeria Ltd, the Coca-Cola System has kicked off its platinum jubilee celebration with a raft of activities lined up to run all through the…

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Drink maker Pura Beverages debuts new low sugar kids’ range, ZZ2 Afrikado launches 12 avocado varietals in SA

SOUTH AFRICA – South African company Pura Beverages, known for its ‘better-for-you’ soft drinks, has launched a new range of beverage with lower in sugar, designed specifically for kids. Pura Kids is natural flavour-infused kids drink created with health-conscious parents in mind. It’s preservative and colourant-free, contains just 34 calories and comes in four natural flavours – mixed berry, pink lady apple, peach and lemonade, reports BizCommunity. “Pura Kids comes without the sugar rush that drives parents crazy by sending kids bouncing off the walls,” says Greig Jansen, CEO of…

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Coca-Cola scores highest on sustainable packaging in 2021 Corporate Plastic Pollution Scorecard

USA – US multinational beverage giant Coca-Cola has emerged as the consumer-packaged goods company with the most sustainable packaging portfolio in the 2021 Corporate Plastic Pollution Scorecard.  The scorecard by nonprofit As You Sow reviewed 50 consumer-facing companies, grading them on a number of factors including their packaging design, the amount of recycled content in their packaging, and their financial support of recycling efforts.  The maker of Sprite and Fanta CSD brands scored “B” from the nonprofit for its transparency around its packaging use, strong commitment to recycling, and its support of producer responsibility initiatives.  Coca-Cola…

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Coca-cola unveils first global campaign in 5 years to recapture interest of consumers

USA – Atlanta-based multinational beverage company Coca-Cola has launched its first global campaign in five years with the hope of recapturing the interest of consumers recovering from a pandemic.  Dubbed “Real Magic”, the new campaign refreshes the brand’s trademark promise – to unite and uplift people every day – with renewed relevance for the world we live in today.   “The platform is built from lessons of the last 18 months: that we can find magic all around us when we come together in unexpected moments that elevate the everyday into the extraordinary,” Coca-Cola…

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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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CCBA’s Ghanaian unit Voltic Limited names Flora Jika as new Managing Director

GHANA – Voltic Ghana, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) has appointed Flora Jika, as its new Managing Director. According to the parent company, Flora will take up the leadership position at the end of December 2021. Taking over the helm of the soft-beverage manufacturing and distributing entity, she succeeds Simon Everest who’ll be retiring in December after 20 years with The Coca-Cola Company family. Flora joins Voltic Ghana from Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) where she is the current Logistics Director. She hails from a mining engineering background,…

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CCEP invests US$33m to expand sustainable packaging capacity of UK manufacturing site

UK – Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP), one of the largest anchor bottlers of beverage giant Coca-Cola, has invested £28m (US$33m) into its manufacturing site in Sidcup, United Kingdom to fund the installation of a new canning line.  The new high-speed canning line is capable of producing 2,000 cans per minute, elevating the site’s production capabilities and supporting the production of sustainable packaging for a number of CCEP’s brands.   According to a statement from the UK-based bottling giant, the new canning line is set to open in June 2022, creating…

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