Uganda coffee exports projects to enter 500,000 bags mark in June 2021 rise from May’s 494,050 bags

UGANDA – Uganda Coffee exports for the 12 months to end May 2021 amounted to 5,881,905 60-kilo bags worth US$ 540.72 million. This, according to the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA), was a 17.02% rise in quantity compared to 5,026,612 bags sold in the previous year and 10.76% increase in earnings from US$ 488.19 million earned in 2019/2020. Meanwhile, a look into the final month’s performance, Uganda fetched US$ 47.16 million from the export of 494,050 bags, an increase of 11.01% and 12.90% in value and quantity respectively compared to…

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PepsiCo debuts sugar-free cola variant Pepsi Maxi in Uganda

UGANDA – PepsiCo, leading beverage and snack company, has introduced Pepsi MAX, a low-calorie and sugar-free cola in the Ugandan market. The new drink will be distributed by the company’s subsidiary Crown Beverages Limited. The launch is part of CBL’s ongoing focus of helping consumers to make healthier choices as it stamps its lead position in the Ugandan soft-beverage market. “While health is high on the agenda, taste is the number one reason for soft drink purchase choice so we are focusing on delivering our Pepsi MAX great taste message…

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Makerere University on the road to availing first Anti-Tick Vaccine in Uganda

UGANDA – Makerere University in Uganda has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Alfasan Uganda Limited, to facilitate production of test batches of an Anti-Tick Vaccine developed by the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB). The Anti-Tick Vaccine Initiative is hosted under the Centre for Biosecurity and Global Health, one of the milestones endorsed by the University when the then faculty transitioned into a college. The development of the vaccine started in 2005 with a seed grant from the Dutch Research Council, but the Government of…

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East Africa’s beverage makers mark World Environment Day by engaging in ecosystem restoring activities

EAST AFRICA – Soft beverage manufacturers and plastic bottle recyclers in Tanzania, joined hands in celebration of the World Environment Day by engaging in a clean-up exercise. The initiative which entailed beach clean-up and plastic waste management awareness at Coco-Beach in Dar es Salaam, was facilitated by Petco Tanzania, registered as Pet Recycle Company (T) Ltd, responsible for collection and recycling of post-consumer PET bottles in Tanzania. The organization was found by Coca-Cola Kwanza, Pepsi Tanzania, SilaAfrica Ltd, A-One, Sayona, Nyanza Bottlers and Bonite Bottlers, who were the active participants…

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Uganda Breweries Limited appoints three new Non-Executive Directors to its board

UGANDA – Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL), subsidiary of the East African Breweries Limited (EABL) has announced the appointment of Jane Karuku, the recently named Group Managing Director of EABL, as a Non – Executive Director, alongside Eric Kiniti and Rachel Dumba. Prior to becoming the head of the Group’s drinks business in the region, Jane was the Managing Director of Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL), a sister company of UBL. She is a dynamic business leader, with strong management experience spanning over 20 years in FMCG and Non-Governmental Organizations. With an…

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Uganda’s Crown Beverages invests in new water processing plant, launches jumbo sized returnable bottle of Nivana water brand

UGANDA – PepsiCo, through its subsidiary Crown Beverages Limited (CBL), has established a new plant with two dedicated water processing lines in Uganda. Boosting the company’s production capacity and broadening its market share, CBL has unveiled the new 20 litre jumbo size bottle of its Nivana water brand. “It is with great pride and immense pleasure that I introduce to you the latest addition to the Crown Beverages Limited product list, the Jumbo size Nivana water packaged in 20 litres returnable Bottle,” excitedly stated CBL CEO, Paddy Muramiirah. CBL’s move…

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Uganda’s Hariss International debuts new premium water brand Krystal in style

UGANDA – Hariss International Limited, one of Uganda’s leading manufacturers of food and beverages, has caught the attention of Ugandan consumers, with the launch of its new premium water brand dubbed ‘Krystal Natural Mineral Water’ through a hyped promotional campaign. Sticking true to its name, Krystal is packaged in a 500ml sleek, elegant PET bottle with crystal-like edges, providing a firm grip as one sips the drink. According to the company, the water is ozonated and UV treated to make every sip pure and vibrant. Krystal is an addition to…

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CCBA in Uganda kick-starts production at US$15m production line, launches new drink

UGANDA – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda, has commenced production at its recently installed US$15 million production line, at the Century Bottling Company Namanve Plant. The beverage giant undertook the investment in a bid to boost its local production, supporting the Buy Uganda, Build Uganda agenda. In response to that, Coca-Cola has unveiled Minute Maid Fruity Boost Mango drink, the first product from the new facility, reports Nile Post. The milk and juice infusion drink was originally imported from Kenya, but became widely popular with many Ugandans, forcing the company…

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Uganda’s coffee exports rise by 49.19% in April 2021 earning US$50.02m

UGANDA – Uganda’s coffee exports in the month of April 2021 amounted to 537,538 60-kilo bags worth US$ 50.02 million (Shs176.76bn), reflecting a 49.19% and 35.38 % rise in quantity and value respectively, compared to the same month last year. However, this was a decline from last month’s earning of US$53.52 million from a total of 572,839 60-kilo bags of coffee sold in March 2021. According to Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA), the month’s exports comprised of 464,544 bags of Robusta valued at US$39.08 million and 72,994 bags of Arabica…

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Kenya’s fizzy soft drink market goes flat, reports decline in 2020 sales volumes

KENYA – COVID-19 restrictions implemented to curb the spread of the virus in Kenya have had a negative impact on the performance of the soft drinks’ category. Temporary foodservice closures and reduction of sitting capacity implemented in order to prevent crowds of people, are reported to have dampen the demand for carbonated beverages which are popular products in restaurants, bars and cafés. According to reports by Business Daily, production of soft drinks in the year 2020 slumped, the first time in nearly a decade. Data by the Kenya National Bureau…

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