Nespresso partners Tinto to use 100% sustainably-sourced aluminium by 2020

SWITZERLAND - Nestlé's Nespresso brand has signed a new partnership with the European metal corporation, Rio Tinto use 100% responsibly sourced and certified aluminium in its coffee capsules by 2020. Nestle will become the first to use responsibly-sourced aluminium with the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) certification. This is a great milestone by the coffee brand…

Coca-Cola Amatil partners three technology startups to improve delivery efficiency

AUSTRALIA – Coca-Cola Amatil has partnered with three Australian startups Bellr, Snooper, and Staybil as part of its Xcelerate venture to boost delivery efficiencies as well as enhance consumer experience in Australia. This is part of the company’s initiative designed to test whether combining emerging businesses with Amatil’s established customer base and supply chain footprint…

Arla Foods unveils new high-protein and healthy concept in biscuit making

UK – Arla Foods Ingredients has released a new Whey-Pro Biscuit concept that will enable biscuit manufacturers tap into the high-protein and healthy indulgence trends while overcoming technical challenges. The new concept which features the company’s whey protein ingredient, Nutrilac involves a biscuit recipe with a premium look, taste and feel. It was designed to…

Nigeria to become second largest rice importer behind China in 2019, USDA report

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s rice imports are set to hit 3.4 million metric tons high next year, a 13% increase that will see the country become the world’s second largest rice importer behind China, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report. Contrary to the federal government’s ambitious goal to put an end to rice importation,…

AB InBev and SA Breweries to launch alcohol-free grain snack to support farmers

SOUTH AFRICA - South African Breweries in partnership with the parent company AB InBev are piloting a savoury, alcohol-free grain snack, made from locally grown grain to support emerging farmers and community development initiatives, reports ANA. The snack, called Castle Lager Better Bites is packaged in 40g packs and available for purchase at five tavern…

Africa’s agribusiness to reach US$1 trillion by 2030, industry experts

AFRICA – Africa’s agribusiness is projected to reach US$1 trillion by 2030 and this can be achieved through significant investments to unlock the industry’s potential, according to industry experts who attended the Africa Investment Forum held in South Africa. It was noted that there was need to invest US$45 billion per year to harness the…

Unilever Ghana launches livelihood empowerment project for women

GHANA – Unilever Ghana has launched an entrepreneurial empowerment programme in Upper West (UW) to enhance financial stability among women. According to GNA, Unilever Ghana in collaboration with ProNet North has trained women in basic bookkeeping, financial management and savings principles under an Indian ‘Shakti’ business model. The model seeks to create livelihood opportunities for…

Kenya Breweries seeks to increase local sorghum supply for Kisumu brewery

KENYA – Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL), a subsidiary of the British alcoholic beverages company Diageo is turning to sorghum farmers in Kakamega County to increase supply of the commodity for its soon to be opened brewery in Kisumu. The brewer has started a pilot program for local sorghum sourcing in Lugari Constituency. Success of the…

Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN and Tate & Lyle collaborate on sustainable corn sourcing

USA – Tate & Lyle and Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN, a sustainability focused technology and on-farm business management venture have announced a new collaboration on advancing conservation practices for sustainable corn sourcing. The partnership enables Tate & Lyle, a significant user of U.S.-grown corn, to enhance sustainable agriculture by helping corn farmers target and measure the…

Tanzania’s Tanhero launches plant for manufacturing light agricultural equipment

TANZANIA – Tanzania based company Tanhero has introduced an assembling plant for light agricultural equipment suitable for small scale farming, reports Daily News. The plant was launched in Dar es Salaam alongside China’s agricultural products exhibition. Speaking at the launching event, the Zanzibar Minister for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Fisheries, Mr Rashid Ali Juma, said…