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…

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…

Pioneer Foods’ division Bokomo upgrades milling plant for increased efficiencies

BOTSWANA - Bokomo Foods, a breakfast cereals company and division of Pioneer Foods (Pty) Ltd has unveiled an extensive mill upgrade which it had been undertaking since the first quarter of 2018, reported Botswana Daily News. According to the company’s CEO Mr Werner De Beer, the upgrade was a first of its kind in the…

Kellogg recalls Honey Smacks cereal in US potentially contaminated with Salmonella

USA - Kellogg company has voluntarily recalled an estimated 1.3-million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal in the US over potential of having been contaminated with Salmonella. According to a statement on their website, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Kellogg has launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces Honey…

Mondelez International invests US$200m in Czech Republic

EUROPE - Mondelēz International, an American multinational confectionery, food, and beverage company, has announced it has invested US$200 million since 2014 in its Opava biscuit manufacturing facility, Europe. According to the company, the investment builds on Opava’s proud heritage of more than a century as a biscuit-making center and supports the company’s global growth strategy…

Mars Wrigley names new global president for candy unit

USA - The World leader in confections, Mars Wrigley has named its Chief Marketing & Customer Officer Andrew Clarke as new global president to lead its candy business, Mars Wrigley Confectionery. Clarke succeeds Martin Radvan, will be based at Mars Wrigley Confectionery's global headquarters in Chicago, Illinois with the appointment effective September 2018. Martin is…

Coca-Cola launches clear, calorie-free beverage in Japan

JAPAN - Coca-Cola Japan, has released a clear, zero-calorie beverage in Japan, which had initially created the concept to appeal to Japanese consumers who desire new, innovative beverages during summer, and the drink was developed over the course of a year at Coca-Cola’s US headquarters. According to FoodBev, the drink does not feature the caramel…

Orkla consolidates biscuits production to build new factory in Europe

NORWAY – Orkla, a Norwegian conglomerate operating in the Nordic region, has consolidated production of biscuits in the Group, to build a new biscuits factory outside Latvia, Europe. According to the company, investing in a new, modern factory and concentrating production in one location, can strengthen the future competitiveness and innovative ability and at the…

Tongaat to review executive pay as pressure mounts on CEO to step down

SOUTH AFRICA - The Anglo-South African financial services group Old Mutual has announced that it was unsatisfied with Tongaat Hulett, the agri-processor’s executive pay saying it is set to discuss the issue with the company, reported Business Day. Old Mutual raised concerns on how Tongaat’s executive remuneration was structured and voted against the pay policy…

UK MPs call for ban in cartoons and fictional characters use on food products

UK - A group of UK MPs has called for a ban on cartoon and fictional characters being used to promote unhealthy, high-sugar foods as part of a raft of proposed measures to cut down on childhood obesity. According to FoodingredientsFirst, stripping out familiar characters like Kellogg’s breakfast cereal’s Tony the Tiger and Coco Monkey…