Suntory Group invests US$912m in renewable energy transition as Pilgrim’s UK targets net zero by 2030

JAPAN – Japanese beverage giant, Suntory Group is investing US$912 million in transitioning all its facilities to renewable energy as part of efforts to meet its goal of halving greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2030.  According to a statement from the global beverage company, the investment will enable it to power its 63 directly-owned manufacturing sites and R&D facilities in Japan, the Americas, and Europe with 100% renewable electricity by next year.  Transitioning to renewable energy will also support Suntory’s goal to achieve net-zero emissions across its entire value chain by 2050.   “As a…

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Food beverage majors partner with Carbios to launch world’s first enzymatically recycled bottles

EUROPE – Major food beverage manufacturers Nestlé, PepsiCo and Suntory have partnered with French biochemistry company Carbios to launch the world’s first food-grade enzymatically recycled PET plastic bottle. According to a joint statement, sample bottles for products including Perrier, Pepsi Max, and Orangina have already been produced using Carbios’ enzymatic recycling process. According to Carbios, the successful launch of the bottles is the culmination of nearly ten years of research focusing on development of a new process to supercharge enzymes that naturally occur in compost heaps and normally break down…

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Pepsi Bottling Ventures acquires Pepsi-Cola Roxboro as Frucor makes progress against sustainability commitments

US – Pepsi Bottling Ventures (PBV), America’s privately-held manufacturer, seller, and distributor of Pepsi-Cola beverages, has completed its acquisition of Pepsi-Cola Roxboro, a franchise bottler based in North Carolina, US. The acquisition of the Roxboro bottler expands Pepsi Bottling Ventures’ distribution and sales territory to the North Carolina counties of Caswell, Person, Granville and Orange. Headquartered in North Carolina, PBV also has distribution locations in South Carolina, Maryland and Delaware. “We are very excited to be a part of the historic Roxboro community,” said Pepsi Bottling Ventures president and CEO,…

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Suntory Group to revitalize beer portfolio to tame dwindling consumer demand

JAPAN – The Suntory Group, a global leader in both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages industry, has announced plans to create new drinking demand and revitalize the overall beer market in an effort to tame dwindling consumption of alcoholic beverages in Japan. This was revealed in the company’s business strategy for 2021 that was shared with our Food Business Africa editorial team. In the strategic plan for 2021, Suntory noted that the overall beer market in Japan and the beer market excluding non-alcoholic beer-taste beverages are both expected to shrink…

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Nigeria’s Suntory beverage company appoints Anjan Patole new Managing Director

NIGERIA – Suntory Beverage and Food Nigeria Limited (SBFN), the Nigerian unit of Japanese food and beverage company, Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd, has appointed Anjan Patole as the company’s new Managing Director.    Anjan will join the company from Sameer Agriculture & Livestock Ltd., Nairobi, Kenya, where he was serving as the Chief Executive Officer since 2014, overseeing seven East African countries. Anjan has over 30 years working experience in business administration, operations marketing and distribution management in Telecoms and also FMCG industries. He has held top executive positions…

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Pepsi releases J-Cola soft drink range for the Japanese market

JAPAN – Suntory, a Japanese brewing and distilling company group and Pepsi have announced that they will release a cola drink exclusively for the Japanese market called J-Cola. According to Foodbev, new flavours will be available as part of the new range, including a Regular cola drink, a zero calorie variant aptly named Zero and Midnight, which is aimed at consumers who will drink the beverage in the evening. Suntory distributes Pepsi products in Japan, and it claims the drinks were developed in response to feedback from over 100 Japanese…

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