Coca-Cola supports Ioniqa Technologies in development of recycled PET

NETHERLANDS – The Coca-Cola Company has announced a loan agreement with Netherlands based high tech chemical company, Ioniqa Technologies to develop Ioniqa’s proprietary technology to produce high-grade, recycled PET content from hard-to-recycle PET waste. The agreement is designed to accelerate the development and deployment of high-grade recycled content PET for use in bottles used by…

Danone launches Two Good Greek Yogurt expanding its Light & Fit Brand

USA - The multinational food-products corporation, Danone has launched the Two Good Greek Yogurt which adds to its light & Fit brand in the US market. The dairy product contains 80 calories, 12 grams protein and 2 grams total sugar per 5.03 oz serving and is available in five flavours: vanilla, mixed berry, peach, strawberry…

African Universities team up to launch research centre for food security

SOUTH AFRICA – The University of Pretoria in partnership with the University of Nairobi and the University of Ghana has been awarded the privilege to host a new research center that aims to enhance food security and transform food policy on the continent. The African Research Universities Alliance Centre of Excellence for Food Security was…

Seed Co to invest US$10m in drying facilities to increase efficiency

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe’s largest seed producer, Seed Co Limited, is to develop seed drying facilities at total investment cost of US$10 million which will expedite delivery of seed into the market and cut down losses, reports the Herald. The seed drying technology is expected to be commissioned by 2020 with the pilot project being undertaken…

Mars Wrigley launches new Twix Triple chocolate cookie bars in the US

USA – World’s leading chocolate and chewing gum manufacturer, Mars Wrigley Confectionery has introduced a new variety of Twix Triple chocolate cookie bars in the US. The new treat is a unique cookie experience made of chocolate cookie bars, chocolate caramel, and cloaked in milk chocolate, says Wrigley. It will be available in the US…

Coca-Cola pledges US$38m investment in recycling across Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – World’s leading soft drinks maker, Coca-Cola has pledged to invest US$38 million over three years in recycling and packaging innovations across the Southern and Eastern African regions. This is part of the company’s initiative to reduce the impact of plastic on the environment while safeguarding the planet we live in. The announcement,…

Innscor, others receive permit to import GMO products in Zambia

ZAMBIA – Fast moving consumer goods distributor, Innscor Africa, Cold Chain and Horizon have received new permits to import products that may contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into Zambia. A Lusaka Times report indicates that the three distributors were among twelve retailers who were granted the new permit by National Biosafety Authority (NBA). According to NBA…

Tanzania government pays cashew farmers US$15 million for produce

TANZANIA – The government of Tanzania has announced that it has paid cashew farmers over US$15.2 million for their produce since it decided to buy the commodity early last month. According to Agriculture minister Japhet Hasunga, the money has been paid to 34,938 farmers from 146 verified Agricultural Marketing Co-operative Societies (Amcos), The Citizen report…

Singapore considers ban, tax on high-sugar drinks to tackle diabetes

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MoH) and Health Promotion Board are contemplating banning the sale of higher-sugar pre-packaged drinks or introducing a sugar tax in a bid to curb high sugar intake among people. The Ministry indicated that the move targets to control lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and obesity in the country. MOH…

Mondelez invests US$5m in Global Technical Center in Poland

EUROPE - Mondelēz International has said that it has invested a further US$5 million in its Global Technical Center in Wroclaw, Poland to serve as an R&D centre for both local and global brands. The company said the new investment expands its research and development activities beyond Chocolate and Bakery and serve Gum and Candy…