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…

Zimbabwe’s biggest flour miller National Foods to close down mills

ZIMBABWE – National Foods, Zimbabwe’s leading flour and food producer has announced that it plans to shut down its flour mills blamed on impeding foreign currency shortages in the country, according to ANA report. The Harare based food company had written to its customers indicating the intention to close down its flour processing factories in…

Ghana launches US$2.4m national rice initiative for self-sufficiency

GHANA – The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) has launched a US$2.4 million national rice Initiative with an aim to reduce over-reliance on imports and enhance the country’s rice self-sufficiency, reports Ghanaian Times. Referred to as Public-Private Partnership for Competitive and Inclusive Rice Value Chain Development: Planting for Food and Jobs-Rice Chapter, the initiative…

Nigerian Breweries ordered to reinforce employee retirement policy

NIGERIA – The National Industrial Court of Nigeria has made a ruling mandating Nigerian Breweries to include early retirement policy in its employee handbook, reports BeverageIndustryNews. The ruling requires the brewing company to specify the pre-qualification, notice period and severance package in order to avoid litigation of the policy. This follows claims by a former…

Zambia bans single-use plastic packaging materials to curb pollution

ZAMBIA - The Zambian government has banned single-use plastic packaging materials and their resultant waste to safeguard the environment, reports Lusaka Times. The announcement was made by the Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection through the principal secretary who said this was in accordance with the environmental management act. The ban comes as…

Nigerian Breweries promotes healthy living with Amstel Malta

NIGERIA - Promoters of Amstel Malta, a premium malt drink from Nigerian Breweries, have advocated the need for a healthy living among its consumer’s through supporting various healthy living lifestyles, reports This Day. Ugo Ahukannah, Nigerian Breweries Senior Brand Manager for Amstel Malta, said that they are devoted to promote fitness across Nigeria through supporting…

Nestle Health inaugurates US$70m global R&D center in New Jersey

USA - Nestlé Health Science has opened a new US$70 million Product Technology Center in Bridgewater, New Jersey to serve as its global research and development hub. According to Nestle, the new facility which was built over a period of three years will offer capabilities in nutrition while improving the life and health of its…