Uganda Coffee Development Authority’s lab upgrades to new ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation

UGANDA – The Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) has announced that it will be transitioning its Coffee Testing Laboratory in Lugogo to the new ISO/IEC 17025: 2017 standard issued by the International Standardization Organization (ISO) under the European Union funded Market Access Upgrade (MARKUP) project for the coffee and cocoa value chain development in Uganda. The International Standard ISO/IEC17025 is used for the accreditation of competence of testing and calibration laboratories worldwide. According to ISO, all accredited laboratories in the world are supposed to transition to the new standard which…

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East Africa poultry company Uzima Chicken receives US$3m follow-on debt from AgDevCo

RWANDA – AgDevCo, UK based social impact investor with a focus on Africa’s agricultural sector has made a US$3.0 million follow-on mezzanine debt investment into Uzima Chicken Limited, a poultry company operating in Rwanda and Uganda. The East African poultry farm produces and distributes Sasso breed chickens with the aim to create value for rural households by providing better quality meat and eggs for consumption and sale. Uzima provides day-old chicks through a network of hundreds of small, independent distributors who rear the birds to six to eight weeks before…

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Uganda Breweries Limited launches US$1m fund to revive bars from Covid-19 impact

UGANDA – Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL), subsidiary of East Africa Breweries Limited has officially rolled out its US$1 million Raising the Bar fund, aimed to support pubs and bars recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, once the government allows them to resume operations.  The initiative has been adopted from EABL’s parent company Diageo US$100 million kitty, launched in July 2020 across its different markets. In East Africa, the Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) got the lion’s share receiving US$3 million while Uganda Breweries Limited and Serengeti Breweries Limited of…

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Pearl Dairy expands offering with launch of new Lato Creamer, ready-to-use two in one product

UGANDA – Pearl Dairy Farms Limited, the producers of Lato Milk products have introduced a new product, Lato Creamer to its range of offerings on the Ugandan market. The launch strengthens its growth strategy anchored on diversification and forms part of the company’s continuous efforts to be innovative as it looks to spread its footprint across other markets in Africa. Lato Creamer coming in a 500ml pouch with a 90-day shelf life, is a mix of milk and sugar fortified with soy, reports 256 Business News. According to the company,…

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Ugandan dairy processor Pearl Dairy lays off 1500 workers as milk ban bites hard

UGANDA – Uganda’s leading dairy processor Pearl Diaries has been forced to lay off over 1,500 workers following stifled milk market access, after Kenya imposed a ban on the product imports from its neighbouring country over a year ago. Uganda produces 2.6 billion litres of milk per annum. However, about 800 million litres are consumed on the domestic market leaving the surplus for the international market. The recent past had witnessed an increase in supply of cheap milk from Uganda to Kenya, leading to local processors raise concerns on the…

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Europe maintains spot as Uganda’s leading coffee market accounting for 68% share in February 2021

UGANDA – The top 10 buyers of Uganda’s coffee craved less of the commodity in February 2021, holding a market share of 58.56% of total exports, lower than 61.84% the previous month. Sucafina, a leading player in the world of green, roasted, instant coffee merchanting with its main trading arm based in Geneva, led with a market share of 12.68% compared to 11.70% in January 2021. The company displaced Olam International at the top position, making the Singapore headquater company come in second place with a market share of 9.41%.…

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Uganda-China collaboration to revive Katwe Salt Project with US$736.5 million

UGANDA – A joint venture between Uganda’s Rwenzori Salt Industries and Chinese company Shining Star Group is seeking to invest Ush. 2.7 trillion (US$736.5 million) to revive the Lake Katwe Salt Project in Kasese District. According to reports by Business Focus Uganda, the JV known as Rwenzori Shining Stars Limited will utilize the salt brine as a raw material to produce between 50,000-100,000 tons of salt per year. In addition, they will produce phosphate for fertilizer production, glasses, batteries and chlorine for treatment of National Water and Sewage Corporation-NWSC plants.…

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Uganda welcomes second Carrefour store as the retailer continues with expansion plans in East Africa

UGANDA – Dubai-based conglomerate Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) and the regional franchise holder of Carrefour has opened its second store in Uganda. Launch of the new outlet located at Metroplex Shopping Mall in Kampala, follows one-year anniversary celebration of Carrefour’s inaugural hypermarket in the country, located in Oasis Mall that opened its doors in February 2020. With the new shop, Carrefour has taken up space previously occupied by collapsed Nakumatt Holdings and Shoprite, reports The East African. Spanning over 2,050 square meters, the branch seeks to offer unrivalled choice of…

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The dairy industry in Uganda offers glimmer of hope for the country’s food industry

Since we last ran a profile of the dairy industry in Uganda in 2015, a lot has changed in the sector, as country continues to attract new investments and the sector becomes more sophisticated, to meet increasing demand for dairy products in the country, region and internationally. From its lush green fields, abundant rainfall and fertile soils, Uganda has made long strides in its food security journey over the last nearly four decades, since peace was restored in the East African country, following more than 20 years of instability and…

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Kenya lifts ban on maize imports from Tanzania, Uganda under strict conditions

KENYA – Kenya has lifted the ban on imports of Ugandan and Tanzanian maize citing strict terms that the exporters and importers need to adhere to, in a bid to curb shipping in of contaminated crops. The East African nation stopped the importation of maize from the neighbouring countries after the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, undertook a study on the grains which revealed they contained high levels of mycotoxins beyond safety levels. To this end the Ministry has indicated that…

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