UK government launches consultation on proposed plastic packaging tax

UK – The UK government has launched a consultation process seeking views on the proposed plastic packaging taxes which looks to cement its leadership in a sustainable economy. The government proposed new taxes and tougher regulations for packaging producers to limit production of plastic waste and their impacts in oceanic and environmental pollution. The consultation…

Cargill launches initiative for a sustainable red seaweed supply chain

BELGIUM – Agribusiness giant, Cargill has unveiled a new initiative called Red Seaweed Promise designed to enhance global supply chain traceability and transparency while conserving the environment. In addition to improving producers’ prosperity, the program establishes sustainability standards for sourcing red seaweed, raw material that produces carrageenan, a texturizer ingredient used in dairy, confectionery and…

Indigo Agriculture launches new digital logistics platform for grain trading

USA – Grain logistics firm, Indigo Agriculture has launched a new digital platform to enhance efficient logistical and transportation services in the agricultural supply chain. Called Indigo Transport, the venture will work to harness technology to improve availability and reliability in the agricultural sector, right from farming to processing. It offers a digital marketplace for…

AB InBev brews Budweiser beer with 100% renewable energy in Canada

CANADA – AB InBev has said that its American-style pale lager, the Budweiser is brewed using 100% renewable electricity in Canada, a part of the initiative to produce high quality beer while preserving the planet for the future. Budweiser Canada’s sustainable energy initiatives are supported by Direct Energy, one of North America's largest retail providers…

Cargill invests digital engineering in blockchain to support food and agric supply chain

USA – The global agribusiness giant, Cargill has said that it is investing its own digital engineering technology to accelerate development of blockchain that will address global challenges in food and agricultural supply chains. The company is adopting the Hyperledger Grid, a project for building supply chain solutions seeking to address the factors standing in…

ibert seeks establishing biogas plants in South Africa’s abattoirs

SOUTH AFRICA - ibert, a company which converts bio-waste into energy in South Africa, has a put forth a business proposition to South Africa’s abattoirs to set up biogas plants as a means of resolving animal waste disposal, reports Business Day. Otto Hager, Chief Executive Officer and founder ibert, said that the through the investment,…

AB InBev partners Benson Hill to improve barley varieties and sustainability

USA – The world’s largest brewer, AB InBev has formed a strategic partnership with an agricultural biotechnology company, Benson Hill to improve barley quality and sustainability. The partnership will utilize Benson Hill Biosystems’ platform Breed, powered by CropOS to advance barley breeding. According to AB InBev, the strategic collaboration positions it a position to provide…

South Africa, Namibia sign agreement to boost fish industry

SOUTH AFRICA –South Africa and Namibia have signed a fisheries Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see the two countries work collaboratively to boost the fishing industry and curb illegal fishing, reports Business Day. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said that the agreement poses a sigh of relief to the economy which has…

Diageo Plc appoints Gabriel as new Head of Society in Africa

AFRICA - Diageo Plc, multinational alcoholic beverages company, has appointed Gabriel Opoku-Asare as Head of Society (Sustainability and Responsibility) for the Africa Region, effective February 1, 2019, reports Ghana News Agency. In statement issued and signed by Nana Boakye Yiadom, the Head of Corporate Communication Guinness Ghana Breweries Plc, said Mr Opoku-Asare will lead Diageo’s…

Guinness Nigeria launches initiative to promote agriculture

NIGERIA ­– Guinness Nigeria Plc, has launched an agricultural scheme under the mantra “Grow with Nigeria” as it seeks to align its operation with the Federal government’s efforts to diversify the Nigerian economy through the promotion of agriculture, reports Beverage Industry News. Baker Magunda, Managing Director Guinness Nigeria said that the initiative is s gesture…