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Can you give your employees a share of your company? Chobani to give 10% of its shares to its employees in a move that breaks new ground in corporate compensation plans in the food and beverage industry

Hamdi Ulukaya, the CEO & founder of Chobani

Migrant moves to the US, starts the Greek yoghurt revolution Then does the unthinkable – gives 10% of his shares to his employees They say, only in America. A Turkish immigrant moves to New York and sees an advert for an old Kraft dairy plant in upstate New York on a newspaper in 2005. Borrows a US$800,000 loan from the Small Business Administration, a US agency that “provides a number of financial assistance programs for small businesses, including debt financing, surety bonds, and equity financing,” according to its website. Two years later, the brand of Greek yoghurt called Chobani is launched to the American public, who take to the product with a devotion that has never been seen before, taking the brand to the top of US Greek yoghurt category in less than 10 years, with an estimated valuation of US$35 billion in 2014. The company grows over the years to 2,000 employees and two dairy plants, the original upstate New York plant and a new one in Idaho, that is reputed to be one of the biggest dairies in the World. And then in April this year, the immigrant, Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO and founder of Chobani, who learnt the art of making strained yoghurt back in Turkey from his mother, and who believes that Chobani embodies the mantra that “everybody should enjoy a real, good, simple yoghurt,” 2


decides to give 10% of his company to his employees whenever the privately held company is sold or goes public. “I’ve built something I never thought would be such a success, but I cannot think of Chobani being built without all these people. Now they’ll be working to build the company even more and building their future at the same time,” Ulukaya told the New York Times in an interview just before the World got to know of his plan to give away part of his shares to his employees. The deal will provide the longest serving employees with higher stakes in the company, with some of the older employees reputed to receive up to more than US$1 million, with the average employee receiving US$150,000 worth of shares. “We used to work together; now we are partners,” he told teary-eyed workers at the company’s factory in New York one April morning this year. “We built something; now we’re sharing it,” he continued. “How we built this company matters to me, but how we grow it matters even more. I want you to be a part of this growth - I want you to be the driving force of it,” he explained to his employees in a letter given to each of them, detailing how much “Chobani shares”, each of them have been allocated in case the company goes through a stock exchange listing or is sold. “It is unusual to see that in the food services and manufacturing,” Bruce Elliott, manager compensation and benefits at the

Society for Human Resource Management told the Washington Times, when asked to comment on the move by Ulukaya. “It’s very uncommon and rare, especially in this industry, for these kinds of programs to be rolled out,” Jessica Kennedy, a principal at Mercer, a human resources consulting firm that worked with Chobani on the program told the New York Times. Common in the technology industry, where companies use such schemes to attract and retain talent, Chobani’s move brings to the fore critical questions, especially considering that Ulukaya has decided to give away his stake when the company had already grown significantly, as opposed to technology start-ups. In the food and beverage industry, Chobani is following in the footsteps of other companies, including Publix Super markets, the largest company that is largely owned by employees totaling 175,000 people. And which brings us to the question, would you consider giving your employees a portion of your company? In Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP), like what Chobani is planning, a company sets up a trust fund, into which it contributes new shares of its own stock or cash to buy existing shares, explains the National Centre for Employee Ownership (NCEO) on its website. “Shares in the trust are allocated to individual employee accounts. Allocations are made either on the basis of relative pay or some more equal formula. When employees leave the company, they receive their stock, which the company must buy back from them at its fair market value,” the NCEO continues. Experts agree that involving employees in ESOPs bring a sense of ownership and responsibility that can boost company performance. ESOPs could be a way to motivate and give back to your loyal employees. But how far can you go in this regard, giving even lower level rank-and-file employees a stake in your company? We leave that decision to you. We wish you a good read Francis Juma, Publisher FOODBUSINESSAFRICA.COM


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The latest news headlines from the world and Africa brought to you by EU approves AB InBev-SABMiller merger, as AB Inbev commits to divest Central and Eastern European operations to clear regulatory concerns Kenya among 14 countries which have approved deal, as South Africa’s competition authority seeks extension for deal approval

UK – The European Commission has approved AB InBev’s plan to acquire SABMiller, as the creation of the World’s biggest beer company continues seeking regulatory approvals around the World. To appease the EU regulators, AB InBev has committed to sell key SABMiller owned breweries in Central and Eastern Europe, including Dreher Breweries in Hungary; Kompania Piwowarska in Poland; Plzenský Prazdroj and Pivovary Topvar in the Czech Republic and Slovakia; and Ursus Breweries in Romania. The sale of SABMiller’s businesses in Eastern and Central Europe come after the company’s expected sale of SABMiller’s shares in CR Snow Breweries, China’s biggest beer brewer and the Miller-Coors unit in the US, as AB Inbev has been forced by regulators to do in those territories to gain approval to merge with SABMiller. Further sales of Italy’s Peroni, Netherlands’ Grolsch and the UK craft brewer, all sold to Japan’s Asahi; and the Fosters business in Australia mean that SABMiller’s businesses in Africa and Latin America are the only ones that shall be left intact as the mega6


merger nears an end. The sale of Dreher Breweries in Hungary is bound to be an emotional one to SABMiller die-hards, considering that it was the first foreign acquisition by SABMiller in 1993, as it commenced its growth spree around the World from Africa, into the Americas, Asia and Australia. “SABMiller’s Central and Eastern European businesses have been a core part of our growth story since we first embarked on our international expansion strategy over 20 years ago. We are very proud of these businesses, their brands and the people that have made them the successes they are today, and we will continue to grow and support them throughout this process,” said Alan Clark, Chief Executive of SABMiller. The proposed divestments are subject to review and approval by the EC and will complete after the completion of AB InBev’s proposed acquisition of SABMiller. With the EU clearance, 14 countries have approved the deal, according to the two companies, some with conditions attached. They include Australia India, South Korea, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Botswana, Kenya,

Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, the EU, Albania, Ecuador and Ukraine. Meanwhile, in South America, AB Inbev’s subsidiary AmBev has agreed to exchange certain AmBev and SABMiller businesses in Latin America. In the transaction, InBev has agreed to transfer SABMiller’s Panamanian business to Ambev, in exchange for which Ambev has agreed to transfer to AB InBev its business in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. “This will allow AB InBev to focus on countries where the SABMiller businesses it acquires are well established, and allow Ambev to initiate operations in Panama through the established SABMiller business and further expand its businesses in Central America,” notes the companies in a statement. SABMiller bought Latin American brewer Bavaria in 2005, which included Cervecería Nacional SA Panama (CNSA). CNSA is the largest beverage company in the country, operating one brewery, which has a capacity of 2.1 million hectoliters (210 million litres).


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Nestlé partners R&R to create Froneri ice cream and frozen food joint venture

WORLD - Nestlé and R&R, a leading ice cream company based in the UK, have agreed to set up Froneri, a 50:50 joint venture with PAI Partners, a private equity firm which owns R&R ice cream. The new venture with sales of around CHF 2.7 billion (US$2.8 billion) in over 20 countries employing about 15,000 people,

will be headquartered in the UK and will operate primarily in Europe, the Middle East (excluding Israel), Argentina, Australia, Brazil, the Philippines and South Africa. The new company will combine Nestlé and R&R’s ice cream activities in the relevant countries and will include Nestlé’s European frozen food business (excluding pizza and

retail frozen food in Italy), as well as its chilled dairy business in the Philippines. “Froneri will capitalise on complementary strengths and innovation expertise, combining Nestlé’s strong and successful brands and experience in ‘out-ofhome’ distribution with R&R’s competitive manufacturing model and significant presence in retail,” said Paul Bulcke, Nestlé CEO. Ibrahim Najafi, R&R’s owner will be the CEO to the Froneri joint venture. Luis Cantarell, Nestlé Executive Vice President Europe, Middle East and North Africa, will chair Froneri’s Board of Directors which will be composed of three senior Nestlé executives and three senior executives appointed by PAI Partners. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval. The parties did not disclose financial details of the deal. The venture is a continuation of Nestle’s partnership with R&R, after it sold its ice cream business in South Africa in March 2015 to R&R.

Mondelez India inaugurates mammoth factory, its biggest in Asia

INDIA – Mondelez India today has inaugurated the first phase of its largest manufacturing facility in Asia Pacific in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, India that is set to increase its strangle hold on the fast rising Indian economy. Part of the US$ 30 billion Mondelēz International Inc., the Andhra Pradesh site adds to the company’s manufacturing plants in Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. The US$190 million plant will produce about 60,000 tons of Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate annually at the start of 8


its operations, reaching 250,000 tonnes by 2020, and creating nearly 1,600 jobs, according to the company. “Spread over 134 acres, the new site will operate state-of-the-art Lines of the Future and follow High-Performance Work Systems to drive production efficiencies, save energy, reduce emissions and promote community involvement,” the company adds. “We are building a world-class manufacturing footprint that meets the needs of our consumers today and tomorrow,” said Daniel Myers, Executive

Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain, Mondelēz International. “We’ve already invested in 40 efficient and flexible manufacturing ‘Lines of the Future’ globally and are building our ‘Sites of the Future’ at strategic locations like Sri City to accelerate the growth of our Power Brands around the world.” “India is a priority market for us, and we continue to invest behind our brands, routes to market and people to drive sustainable growth. We are bullish about India and see this country as a huge opportunity. We are investing today and building capacity for tomorrow,” said Maurizio Brusadelli, EVP & President, Asia Pacific, Mondelēz International. Through its Mondelez India Foods Private Ltd, formerly Cadbury India Ltd, the company operates in five categories, including chocolate, beverages, biscuits and gums & candy producing such brands as Cadbury Dairy Milk, CDM Silk, Celebrations, Bournville, 5Star, Bournvita, Tang, Cadbury Oreo, Bournvita Biscuit, Halls and Choclairs Gold.





Doughnut chain Krispy Kreme to be acquired by German coffee group, JAB

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GERMANY – Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. the relatively small US doughnut chain and JAB Beech Inc., an indirectly controlled subsidiary of JAB Holding Company (JAB) have announced that the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement for a take over of the doughnut chain by the German private equity firm. Under the deal, JAB Beech will acquire Krispy Kreme for US$21 per share in cash, or a total equity value of approximately US$1.35 billion. At the close of the transaction, Krispy Kreme will be privately owned and will continue to be independently operated from Krispy Kreme’s current headquarters in Winston-Salem, N.C. USA. This latest transaction provides JAB group, owned by the wealthy Reimann family, with an opportunity to pair their recent investments in specialty coffee brand Keurig Green Mountain and Jacobs Douwe Egberts coffee, which JAB Holdings owns with Mondelez International, with its doughnuts and other treats. Krispy Kreme has over 1,100 Krispy Kreme shops in more than 26 countries around the world. JAB Holding Company is a privately held group that owns Keurig Green Mountain, a leader in single-serve coffee and beverage technologies, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, the largest pure-play FMCG coffee company in the world. It also has controlling stakes in Peet’s Coffee & Tea, a premier specialty coffee and tea company, Caribou Coffee Company, a specialty retailer of high-quality premium coffee products, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc., a leading company in the quick-casual segment of the restaurant industry, and in Espresso House, the largest branded coffee shop chain in Scandinavia. JAB also owns a minority stake in Reckitt Benckiser Plc. It is overseen by its three Senior Partners, Peter Harf, Bart Becht (Chairman) and Olivier Goudet (CEO). Analysts contend that by buying Krispy Kreme, JAB could build up the company’s coffee business to rival Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts.

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eogen Corporation has developed an improved, quick and easy new line of mycotoxin tests that use water as the solvent in the extraction process. The new mycotoxin tests will all use a common water-based extraction — and will enable testers to test for up to six mycotoxins from the same prepared sample. Reveal® Q+ MAX for Aflatoxin is the first test in the line that is available, and it can deliver precise results ranging from 2 to 300 parts per billion (ppb) of aflatoxin after only six minutes. The test detects the four principle types of aflatoxin, B1, B2, G1 and G2, with superior cross-reactivity when compared to other available aflatoxin tests. “Reveal Q+ MAX for Aflatoxin is the easiest test available for rapid, fully quantitative test results, and uses a waterbased extraction,” said Ed Bradley, Neogen’s Vice President for Food Safety. “This innovative technology yields more accurate and reproducible results than competitive tests on the market. Coupled with AccuScan readers, the Reveal Q+ MAX system objectively reads, analyzes and stores test results. “Our test for aflatoxin is the first in our new line of fully quantitative lateral flow tests for mycotoxins that replace ethanol with a common water-based extraction — without compromising accuracy,” Bradley continued. “Tests for DON, ochratoxin and zearalenone are in the final stages of development. The ability to test the same sample for up to six mycotoxins represents a potentially significant cost and time savings for grain testers. Until now, testers had no choice but to prepare separate samples for each mycotoxin to be tested for — by far the largest time-consuming element of the entire testing process. Our Reveal Q+ MAX products will eliminate the need for that duplication.” Neogen offers the most comprehensive range of food safety diagnostic test products for foodborne bacteria, mycotoxins, drugs, allergens, and other concerns. Its full line of mycotoxin test kits detect aflatoxin, aflatoxin M1, deoxynivalenol (DON), fumonisin, ochratoxin, T-2/HT-2, and zearalenone. Because aflatoxin is a known severe threat to human and animal health, more than 100 countries have established regulatory limits for it in commodities intended as human food or animal feed. The toxin is a by-product of mould growth in a wide range of commodities, including corn. Neogen Corporation develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety. The company’s Food Safety Division markets dehydrated culture media and diagnostic test kits to detect foodborne bacteria, natural toxins, food allergens, drug residues, plant diseases and sanitation concerns. For more information please contact Joanne McPeake on +44 (0) 1292 525 600 or email MAY 2016 | FOOD BUSINESS AFRICA



India’s food packaging industry to reach US$18 billion by 2020

INDIA – India’s food packaging market could grow by 50% to US$18 billion by 2020 from US$12 billion, driven by fruits and vegetable packaging, according to Indian Institute of Packaging Director, N.C. Saha. “Size of India’s food packaging market will increase from present US$12 billion to reach US$18 billion by 2020. Fruits and vegetables segments are going to lead this growth,” he was quoted by the India Times. “At present, the domestic packaging industry is ranked 11th in the World. Food packaging is 55-60% of the total packaging industry. The growth is therefore more than 50%,” he said at a conference.

Coca-Cola celebrates 300 years since inception of iconic beverage

USA - The world’s biggest beverage producer Coca-Cola has celebrated 300 years since it poured its first beverage in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, USA by announcing that its Coca-Cola Foundation is donating US$1.8 million into improvements throughout the city’s Centennial Olympic Park District. “There is no better way to celebrate 130 years of Coca-Cola than to give back to our hometown,” said CocaCola Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent. “While Atlanta has always been and will always be Coca-Cola’s home, the Centennial Olympic Park District is our neighborhood. For decades, we have continued to invest in improving the area around our headquarters to support the continued growth of tourism, business and residences right here in our backyard,” he added at a celebration hosted at the intersection of Peachtree and Marietta streets where the first Coca-Cola was served on May 8, 1886 10


Interpol nabs tonnes of fake food and drink, as concerns on counterfeit products rise worldwide

WORLD - More than 10,000 tonnes and one million litres of hazardous fake food and drink have been seized in operations across 57 countries in an Interpol-Europol coordinated initiative to protect public health and safety, as a number of arrests were made, with investigations continuing worldwide. “Fake and dangerous food and drink threaten the health and safety of people around the world who are often unsuspectingly buying these potentially very dangerous goods,” said Michael Ellis, head of Interpol’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods unit which coordinated activities between the world police body’s participating countries across the globe. Dubbed Operation Opson V, it resulted in seizures ranging from nearly 9 tonnes of counterfeit sugar contaminated with fertilizer in Khartoum, Sudan to Italian officers recovering more than 85 tonnes of olives, which had been ‘painted’ with copper sulphate solutions to enhance their colour. Involving police, customs, national food regulatory bodies and partners from the private sector, checks were carried out at shops, markets, airports, seaports and industrial estates between November 2015 and February 2016. In Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, and Romania, customs and police authorities discovered counterfeit chocolates, sweets and non-alcoholic sparkling wine aimed at children and destined for export to West Africa. Officials in Togo destroyed 24 tonnes of imported tilapia, which was found to be unfit for human consumption and in Zambia police discovered 1,300 bottles of fake whisky in original packaging. More than 3,200 cartons of diet powder drinks where the expiration dates had been modified were also seized. In Greece, officers discovered three illicit factories producing counterfeit alcohol, seizing more than 7,400 bottles of fake alcohol and counterfeit labels. In the UK, authorities recovered nearly 10,000 litres of fake or adulterated alcohol including wine,

whisky and vodka. In Burundi, more than 36,000 litres of illicit alcohol were seized, in addition to guns and grenades. In Thailand officers recovered and destroyed more than 30 tonnes of illegal beef and buffalo meat unfit for human consumption, which had been destined for sale in supermarkets, while in France, they seized and destroyed 11 kilograms of locusts and 20 kilograms of caterpillars. Police in South Korea arrested a man smuggling dietary supplements, which were being sold online as natural product but in fact contained harmful ingredients. In Australia, testing of 450 kg of honey revealed it had been blended or adulterated, and a consignment of peanuts had been repackaged and relabeled as pine nuts, posing a significant threat to allergy sufferers. In Indonesia, officials seized 70 kilograms of chicken intestines, which had been preserved in formalin, which is prohibited as a food additive. “With Operation Opson V resulting in more seizures than ever before, we must continue to build on these efforts to identify the criminal networks behind this activity whose only concern is making a profit, no matter what the cost to the public,” explained Ellis. “Today’s rising food prices and the global nature of the food chain offer the opportunity for criminals to sell counterfeit and substandard food in a multi-billion criminal industry which can pose serious potential health risks to unsuspecting customers. The complexity and scale of this fraud means cooperation needs to happen across borders with a multi-agency approach,” said Chris Vansteenkiste, Cluster Manager of the Intellectual Property Crime Team at Europol. “This year again, the results from Opson clearly reflect the threat that food fraud represents, as food adulterations cut across all kinds of categories and from all regions of the world. Sharing knowledge in one market may prevent food fraud in another and ultimately helps protect public health and safety worldwide.” FOODBUSINESSAFRICA.COM

FDA okays fortification of corn masa to stop birth defects USA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the fortification of corn masa flour with folic acid. Allowing manufacturers to voluntarily add up to 0.7 milligrams of folic acid per pound of corn masa flour, consistent with the levels of certain other enriched cereal grains. Corn masa flour, sometimes called masa is produced by cooking corn in alkali and then grinding it, and is a staple food for many Latin Americans. It is often be used to make foods such as tortillas, tortilla chips, tamales, taco shells, and corn chips. The mandate to fortify corn masa flour with folic acid follows current use in breakfast cereals and certain other foods, such as infant formula and medical foods, certain enriched grains and enriched grain products like breads, rolls, noodles and pasta. Folic acid, a synthetic form of folate, is a B vitamin that when taken by a pregnant woman may help prevent neural tube defects, which are birth defects affecting the brain, spine, and spinal cord. Pregnant women with folate deficiency have a higher risk of giving birth to infants affected with neural tube defects. “Increased consumption of folic acid in enriched flour has been helpful in reducing the incidence of neural tube defects in the general population,” said Susan Mayne, Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. “Our analysis shows that adding folic acid to corn masa flour will help increase the consumption of folic acid by women who consume this flour as a staple in their diet.” FDA’s action comes after a petition by among others, the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Nestlé India launches NESTLÉ a+ GREKYO yoghurt

INDIA - Nestlé India has launched of a new exotic range of Greek yoghurts under the brand name of Nestlé A+ Grekyo, which is a brand extension of the Nestlé a+ range. Nestlé A+ Grekyo is low fat and contains real fruit and is available in strawberry, mango, pineapple and orange, specifically tailored for the Indian consumer, according to the company. Announcing the launch, Mr. Arvind Bhandari, General Manager - Dairy, Nestlé India said: “We have introduced this product for the first time in India. A perfect blend of health and indulgence, Nestlé a+ Grekyo has a rich and creamy texture coupled with real fruit bits. Globally the Greek yoghurt category came into prominence less than a decade back and in certain countries it has already captured a major share of the entire yoghurt market. In India, this category is still at a nascent stage but we are confident that Nestlé will lead the global trend for the Indian consumers soon.” Nestlé India has a strong dairy products portfolio including Nestlé a+ Dahi, Nestlé a+ Milk, Milkmaid and Everyday Dairy Whitener. FOODBUSINESSAFRICA.COM

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Nestlé to remove artificial ingredients, fructose syrup and GMOs from some ice cream products

Nick Blazquez to leave Diageo as it reorganizes AfricaAsia Pacific operations

USA - Nestlé announces that it is planning to remove all artificial colours and flavours, high fructose corn syrup and GMO ingredients from a number of its ice cream and frozen desert brands, including Dreyer’s, Häagen-Dazs, Outshine, Skinny Cow, Nestlé Ice Cream and Nestlé Drumstick.

FrieslandCampina partners Wageningen University on 3D printing research

HOLLAND - 3D printed cheese anyone? Researchers from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands and the dairy producer Royal FrieslandCampina have announced a partnership to research and produce 3D printed protein-rich dairy products using sodium caseinate (also called casein), a protein found in mammalian milk. The research aims at producing tasty and nutritious, delivering high quality protein products while eliminating food waste.

China’s rural areas record unprecedented obesity levels

CHINA – A new 29-year study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology has reported a huge increase in obesity in rural China, as rising incomes and changing diets take toll on the population. The study showed that 17% of boys and 9% of girls below 19 years were obese, compared to 1% for both genders in 1985. “It is the worst explosion of childhood and adolescent obesity that I have ever seen,” Joep Perk from the European Society of Cardiology told AFP news agency.





UK - Nick Blazquez, who has been responsible for the company’s President, Diageo Africa and Asia Pacific Region is to leave Diageo after 27 years, as his role has also been discontinued. Nick Blazquez was appointed President, Diageo Africa and Asia Pacific in September 2014 and has held a number of roles in the company, including President - Diageo Africa, Eurasia & Pacific; President - Africa, Turkey, Russia, Central & Eastern Europe, Global Sales; President – Africa; and Managing Director - Diageo Africa. According to a statement by the company, Nick will continue as a Diageo

nominee non-executive director on the company’s spirits business in India, United Spirits Limited (USL) Board until the end of the calendar year but will step down from the Diageo Executive Committee on 30 June 2016. The company has however decided to collapse Nick’s current role and appointed two executives to share the roles. John Kennedy, currently President, Europe, Russia and Turkey, and Alberto Gavazzi, currently President, Latin America and Caribbean, will expand their responsibilities to include Nick’s role. “I will not be replacing Nick’s role as I am taking this opportunity to maximise the deployment of our executive talent against the highest value opportunities for Diageo,” said Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive of Diageo. John will be deployed to India, partnering with Anand Kripalu, CEO USL, in delivering Diageo’s growth opportunity in the country. He will also replace Nick as Diageo’s senior non-executive director on the USL Board. Alberto will take accountability for Diageo’s Global Travel & Middle East business and the Global Sales Operational Excellence agenda.

Daypart targeting and protein key trends in dairy Canadean UK - Daypart targeting, in which brands pitch products for consumption at particular times of the day, and high-protein products are two of the key trends currently making a major impact on the dairy sector, according to a recent report by Canadean. Analysis in the report is based on Canadean’s in-house consumer research that includes responses from over 50,000 consumers across 47 countries globally. Tanvi Savara, Consumer Insight Analyst at Canadean, says that top consumer and innovation trends for dairy in 2016 include targeting niche consumer groups, creating new occasions for dairy consumption, and snacking on the go. “Dairy brands are redefining dairy consumption occasions by targeting new day parts to boost consumer engagement and brand loyalty. The trend is more mainstream in yogurt, but there are opportunities to expand usage occasions for milk and cheese by targeting late evenings and after-dinner,” Savara explains The analyst also notes that high-protein products will have a significant impact on

the dairy sector over the next few years, as the trend extends beyond its typical demographic consumer base. “The protein trend is going mainstream, as major brands are launching products such as Fairlife and Mars High Protein. Furthermore, not only are high protein claims appealing to younger consumers, but the 55+ demographic will also provide consumer opportunities to dairy brands in 2016 and beyond. Healthy aging will be a key focus area for innovation looking ahead,” Savara notes Other key trends include: “snackifying dairy”, which covers new launches of products such as yogurt drinks with added fibre, chia seeds and nuts and bitesized cheeses; sensory pleasure, wherein manufacturers are breaking the mould by introducing spicy flavours to ice creams and yogurts; and alternative milks, including a new wave of innovation in milks derived from nuts, grains, rice and seeds.


USDA to fund nanotechnology research at universities for US$5.2 million

USA – The US Department of Agriculture has announced an investment of more than US$5.2 million to support nanotechnology research across 11 universities in the country. The universities will research ways nanotechnology can be used to improve food safety, enhance renewable fuels, increase crop yields, manage agricultural pests, and more. The awards were made through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), a competitive, peerreviewed grants program for fundamental and applied agricultural sciences. “In the seven years since the Agriculture

and Food Research Initiative was established, the program has led to true innovations and ground-breaking discoveries in agriculture to combat childhood obesity, improve and sustain rural economic growth, address water availability issues, increase food production, find new sources of energy, mitigate the impacts of climate variability and enhance resiliency of our food systems, and ensure food safety,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at the unveiling of the program. “Nanoscale science, engineering, and technology are key pieces of our investment in innovation to ensure an adequate and

safe food supply for a growing global population,” Vilsack added. Universities receiving funding include Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama; Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven; University of Central Florida in Orlando; University of Georgia in Athens; Iowa State University in Ames; University of Massachusetts in Amherst; Mississippi State University in Starkville; Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri; Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg; and University of Wisconsin in Madison. With the funding, Auburn University proposes to improve pathogen monitoring throughout the food supply chain by creating a user-friendly system that can detect multiple foodborne pathogens simultaneously, accurately, cost effectively, and rapidly. University of Wisconsin will work to develop nanoparticle-based poultry vaccines to prevent emerging poultry infections. The grant program is administered by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture

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Famous Brands takes majority shares in Italian restaurant chain

SOUTH AFRICA - Famous Brands has bought 51% of Lupa Osteria, a chain of three Italian restaurants in KwaZuluNatal, for an undisclosed amount, reports BD Live. “Trading is buoyant in all three existing restaurants, with high levels of consumer acceptance, positive feedback and repeat business,” Famous Brands CEO Darren Hele said. “In the short term our plan is to grow Lupa’s footprint to six restaurants in KwaZulu-Natal; over the long term, we believe that a network of 35 restaurants in South Africa and select African countries is achievable.” Guy Cluver and Chris Black who operate restaurants in Hillcrest, Westville and Durban North founded the company.

Shoprite gets go-ahead to import GM food

ZAMBIA - The National Bio-safety Authority (NBA) has granted Shoprite Supermarkets permission to start importing foodstuff that may contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), reports Daily Mail. In compliance with the NBA Biosafety Act No. 10 of 2007, and subject to securing an importation permit, Shoprite last year applied to the authority to start the importation of various food products, which contain, or may contain, genetically modified soya. According to a statement availed to the Daily Mail, it stated that NBA decided to grant Shoprite the permit to start importing GMO foodstuff following a successful compliance application. “In this regard, the NBA wishes to inform members of the public that African Supermarkets T/A Shoprite has been granted a permit to import food that may contain GMOs with effect from April 5, 2015, following the company’s successful compliance provisions of the bio-safety Act No. 10 of 2007,” the statement says. 14


South Africa approves Coca-Cola Beverages Africa merger, with conditions Job guarantees, economic empowerment and location of head-quarters some of the conditions to be met by Coke and its partners

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African Competition Tribunal has conditionally approved the merger of SABMiller Plc, the Coca-Cola Company, and Gutsche Family Investments to form Africa’s largest soft drink beverage bottler, the Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA). The Tribunal’s approval of the merger follows agreements reached between the three parties and the South African Government, unions and the Competition Commission on a comprehensive set of commitments that will ensure the formation of CCBA helps support economic and social development in South Africa. “The announcement ensures that the creation of Coca-Cola’s largest bottling partner in Africa will strengthen our business while also closely aligning with the South African government’s national imperatives for social and economic development. Coca-Cola has been firmly committed to our business in Africa and supporting local communities since we first began operations in South Africa almost 90 years ago, and this agreement marks the latest important step in that journey,” said James Quincey, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. “The commitments include conditions related to employment guarantees, access to retail cooler space for smaller competitors, localisation of production and inputs used in the production of the beverage products and Appletiser brands,” says a statement by the group. They also include commitments to economic empowerment in South Africa and the location of its headquarters and tax residency in South Africa. Coca-Cola and its partners have also committed that they will not make any employee redundancy decisions for a period of 3 years from the date of approval of the deal. As an add-on to economic empowerment in the country, the merger parties have agreed to invest R800 million (US$50

million) to support enterprise development for entrepreneurs: a R400 million (US$25 million) fund for enterprise development in the in the agriculture value chain, and a R400 million (US$25 million) “investment to develop downstream distribution and retail aspects of Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) as well as the skills development of an additional 25,000 blackowned retailers of CCBSA’s products.” On broad-based black economic empowerment, the parties have also agreed to increase black ownership of CCBSA to 20% and will sell a 20% shareholding in Appletiser South Africa to black shareholders who will play an active role in the business. Appletiser and its South African production operations will also remain in South Africa, according to the agreement. Coca-Cola and its partners have also made commitment to share cooler spaces in small retail outlets with smaller competitors’ products. The headquarters of CCBA and CCBSA will also be located in South Africa. Though the announcement did not state when clearance and closure for the deal will be done, South Africa’s conditional approval paves way for a process that started in November 2014, that seeks to combine Coca-Cola, SABMiller and the Gutsche Family Investments’ (GFI, majority shareholders in Coca-Cola Sabco) operations in the Southern and East African countries of South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Namibia, Mayotte and Comoros into a formidable unit that will bottle 40% of all Coca-Cola beverage volumes in Africa. Botswana, Swaziland and Zambia will join the group as part of the second phase of the transaction. “To date, the regulatory authorities in Namibia and COMESA have unconditionally approved the transaction. The authorities in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa have approved the transactions with some conditions,” adds the company. FOODBUSINESSAFRICA.COM

Pick n Pay to enter Nigeria entry, to partner local company Leventis

NIGERIA - Pick n Pay Supermarkets has announced plans to enter Nigeria through a partnership with a local company as the South African retailer extends its reach on the continent following a 26% rise in fullyear earnings. The supermarket and clothing chain has agreed to partner Lagos-based AG Leventis & Company to enter Africa’s largest economy, it said in a statement. Leventis has experience dealing with onthe-ground challenges in Nigeria such as transportation, getting products into stores,

and property, Pick n Pay said. “We need to further extend our Africa business,” Bloomberg quoted the Chief Executive Officer, Richard Brasher, to have said in a presentation in Cape Town. Pick n Pay will hold 51%of the operation in Nigeria, which will tap the experience of its local partner, he said. Pick n Pay’s planned entrance to Nigeria comes after two of its South African competitors decided that having operations in the country wasn’t worth the effort. Truworths International Limited a clothing retailer, said in February it would close its two remaining Nigeria stores after struggling to get stock into the country and cash out. Food and apparel chain Woolworths Holdings Limited announced the closure of its three stores in the country

in 2013. “A lot of people rush into things and then maybe rush out of them,” Brasher said. “We needed to partner with an experienced local partner, which I believe we’ve found,” he said. Pick n Pay has already expanded into African markets such as Botswana and Zimbabwe and plans to open stores in Ghana next year. Profit before tax outside of South Africa rose 20% in 2016. The entry into Nigeria, which is “something that we thought long and hard about,” will be a measured process, Brasher said. “Today we’re just announcing that we’re going, we haven’t packed our bags yet and we haven’t been down to the bank to get our travelers’ checks.” – This Day Live

Guinness Nigeria wins best place to work award

NIGERIA - Guinness Nigeria has been named as one of the best places to work in Nigeria for 2015. The company also clinched the top spot for the Excellence in Wellness Award at the Great Place to Work Institute. Receiving the award, Monica Peach, Human Resources Director, Guinness Nigeria, said that she was proud to receive the award. “This is a great achievement moment for us and I feel proud to accept this award on behalf of the management and staff of Guinness Nigeria. We are delighted at this recognition, which is a celebration of our greatest asset - our people. It is our desire to get back to the top spot in the coming years.” According to Victor Ligbago, a spokesperson from the Great Place to Work Institute, “Guinness Nigeria has demonstrated outstanding performance in the Trust Index and Culture Audit Survey and showcased best practices in employee policies and programs, which exemplify the five dimensions of the Great Place to Work Model: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.’’ FOODBUSINESSAFRICA.COM



Pizza Hut breaks Guinness World Record with Mt. Kilimanjaro pizza delivery
 TANZANIA - Pizza Hut Africa and Yum! Brands have made history with the highest altitude pizza delivery on land, after General Manager of Pizza Hut Africa Randall Blackford, a group of employees and a team of experienced guides hiked to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro where they shared a pepperoni pizza at 5,897 metres (19,341 feet). The attempt marks the launch of the first Pizza Hut in Tanzania - the 100th country that the pizza restaurant company has entered in. The team took four days for the pizza to travel from the new restaurant in Dar es Salaam to the top of the highest mountain in Africa, located in the Northern part of Tanzania. “We are thrilled to bring Pizza Hut to Tanzania and believe there is no better way to celebrate our 100th country milestone than by setting a Guinness World Records title for the highest pizza delivery on land to Mt. Kilimanjaro,” Milind Pant, President of Pizza Hut International commented.

Innscor unbundles retail arm Axia, as restructuring continues ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE)-listed diversified group Innscor Africa’s retail and distribution unit, Axia Corporation Limited (Axia), is being unbundled by the group and will be listed separately at the ZSE. Axia houses Innscor subsidiaries such as the transport and logistics company, Transerv, home and furniture unit, TV Sales and Home, and Distribution Group Africa. The listing is however, subject to shareholder approval in May. The move comes after Innscor last year separated its Quick Service restaurants side including Pizza Inn, Creamy In and Fish Inn to form Sambisa that was also listed separately at the ZSE, in a move to unlock shareholder value in the company.




Nestlé Waters increases Nigeria footprint, enters Ethiopia

AFRICA – Nestlé Waters, the water division of the Swiss food company, has opened a new water bottling facility in Abaji, Nigeria to tap into the rising demand for bottled water in the country. The company has also made an investment into Ethiopia, one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, and where a high population and rising incomes, albeit from a small base, could be a hot bed for water consumption in Africa. In Nigeria, the company revealed that the 5.6 billion Naira, (US$26 million), Abaji factory, near the Abuja Federal Capital Territory will support future demand and growth in the northern and western regions of the country. It will produce Nestlé Pure Life brand products. The new complex is Nestlé Waters’ second and most modern water processing facility in Central and West Africa, complementing the existing Agbara factory in the Ogun State, according to a statement by the company. It will create 111 new jobs and host a Technical Training Centre to develop young engineers’ skills in the region Dharnesh Gordhon, Managing Director of Nestlé Nigeria Plc, underlined Nestlé’s firm commitment to the development of Nigeria: “Our company has been present in Nigeria for 55 years. We are committed to continue to bring significant value to society through local sourcing, the creation of jobs and by offering high-quality, nutritious foods and beverages to the Nigerian population.” Nestlé Nigeria is the biggest food company in West Africa. In 2015, the company achieved a turnover of 151 billion Naira, (US$758 million), in the country, reports the company. It employs around 2,400 people in 7 production facilities across the country. Research company Euromonitor reveals that the total bottled water demand in Nigeria will record a total volume CAGR of 9% over the 2015-2020 period, driven by population and urbanisation growth in

Africa’s biggest economy. The country’s population is projected to reach nearly 400 million, surpassing that of the US, to become the World’s third highest populated country in 2050. Meanwhile, as the company ramps up its investments in Africa, it has signed a deal with the owners of Abysinnia Springs water – one of the leading water brands in Ethiopia, announcing the creation of a joint venture to carry out bottled water activities in the country. The company’s majority stake in the joint venture, places it in a good position to tap into the country’s nearly 100 million inhabitants, and with an economy that is set to expand significantly, with the Government forecasting a 10% growth in GDP forecast over the next decade. “We are very happy to welcome Nestlé Waters in Ethiopia and start this strong partnership. With the launch of this new venture, Nestlé will be manufacturing in our country for the first time in many years, testimony to their confidence in the future of the Ethiopian economy,” said Gobezayhu, Theodros and Dawit Zerihun, the owners of Abyssinia Springs brand, which currently holds more than 10% market share in Ethiopia. In the last few years, the beverages sector has experienced a major expansion in the country, notes Nestle, while it has also seen sustained double-digit growth for quality and readily available bottled water. “Our investment is part of the group’s commitment to the continuous growth of Africa and the sustainable use of resources,” said Guy Bani, Nestlé Waters Regional Manager. The factory is located in Sululta, near the capital city, Addis Ababa. The owners of the Abyssinia brand are also active in various other sectors in Ethiopia such as juices and more recently soft drinks; ground coffee and packaged tea, according to the statement by Nestle. FOODBUSINESSAFRICA.COM

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Welcome to AFMASS 2016 We welcome you to AFMASS 2016 – the region’s food processing, food packaging and food safety conference and exhibition. AFMASS 2016 consists of the African Food Manufacturing & Safety Summit (AFMASS) Conference and an Exhibition running in parallel to the conference. While a majority of industry events in the region tend to pay full attention to the exhibition side of the event, AFMASS 2016 is structured to give equal prominence to the conference and the exhibition because we believe that information sharing is a key part of improving the industry as a whole in the Continent. The AFMASS Conference brings together the biggest names in Africa’s food and beverage industry to define a new era in processing, packaging, distribution, storage and retailing of foods and beverages from Eastern and Central Africa as they deliberate on the most critical challenges, opportunities and future prospects of the industry. The Exhibition has a mix of leading regional and international suppliers of equipment, packaging, ingredients and chemicals, laboratory and testing, and providers of services to the industry in the region. AFMASS 2016 is the forum for food and beverage industry professionals, managers and investors; suppliers to the industry; Government agency regulators; NGOs and development partners; and the general public from Eastern and Central Africa. The industry in the region has always been in need of a high-level meeting of minds to network, learn and trade – and AFMASS offers just that. Hosted in the tranquil environment of the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi, Kenya, AFMASS 2016 provides the best to both the exhibitor and the delegate – a well-organised conference that covers the most critical issues to the industry, and an exhibition next door where exhibitors can show case their innovations to conference delegates and other visitors. A critical aspect of AFMASS 2016 is the focus on incorporating the food and beverage industry business leaders into the discussion of the challenges, opportunities and future trends in the industry. “We believe that we have largely delivered on this goal, with a number of industry leaders confirming to be speakers and delegates at the conference. We planned to change the game quite significantly, bringing the industry leaders to the forefront of the discussions at AFMASS 2016, be it through presentations or Panel Discussions. We are glad to report that the industry has come out to participate actively at AFMASS 2016,” says Francis Juma, the event’s lead organizer says. With the exhibition floor open to outside visitors for the first time, we expect conference delegates and exhibitors to meet their goals of participating at the event. We look forward to welcoming you at AFMASS 2016 For more info, reach out to the organisers, FoodWorld Media. Email:; Tel: +254 20 8155022/+254 725 343932 Website: 18



Exhibitor profiles Vision Scientific & Engineering Kenya

Vision Scientific & Engineering Kenya is an international Organization and is an integral part of the “Avant-garde” Conglomerate. The company is formed and managed by professionals ingrained from the scientific and laboratory instrumentation industry with decades of know-how and experience on advocating solutions and turnkey project management. The company’s immediate vision is to position itself robustly in analytical, education, Research , quality and process control and asset management, some of the most targeted sectors growth in East Africa. Avant-garde conglomerate operates idiosyncratically across three geographies in the middle-East , Indian sub-continent and Africa utilizing distinct advantages of each region adding value to our customers. The group positions itself as a strategic company connecting Africa to the rest of the world for its scientific needs through its subsidiary companies in Africa and project management in India. Avant-Garde India is the spine to our operations with definite focus on turnkey project leveraging large pool of talent and resources while Vision scientific & Engineering emphasizes on direct customer relationships serving our customers to acquire the best industry practices ministered with installation, commissioning, training, after sale services and maintenance of the scientific & laboratory instrumentation. Key contacts Location: Corner Plaza,1st Floor,Westlands Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254 20 4459 997 EMAIL: Website: Key Contact: Subash Ambidy

Silo Construction & Engineering

We deliver around the world We want to be the food and feed industries preferred partner for the design, engineering, production and assembly of modular buildings for industrial process storage. It is a service we deliver to customers all over the world. Our clients call on us from the whole of Europe, Africa, Asia, North, Central and South America. Thanks to the design of our silos, we can transport all assembly components in ordinary lorries or shipping containers. Everything is stacked in a logical order so the assembly team can set to work quickly on-site and with a minimum of welding! This means your silo building will be installed quickly by our people or your own under the supervision of an SCE assembly leader. An important task In the past 25 years, SCE has grown from a family company into an international player. Nevertheless, we have always remained independent. This has allowed us, since 1988, to collect sufficient experience to successfully complete each and every project. Key contacts Location: Lichtervelde, Belgium Telephone number: +32 51 72 31 28 Email: Website: Contact person: Oliver Schoenmakers,


Krones LCS Centre East Africa Ltd

The Krones Group, headquartered in Neutraubling, Germany, plans, develops and manufactures machines and complete lines for the fields of process, filling and packaging technology. The company’s product portfolio is rounded off by corporate capabilities in intralogistics, information technology, factory planning, and in-house valve manufacture. Every day, millions of bottles, cans, and special-shaped containers are handled on lines from Krones, particularly in breweries, the softdrinks sector and at producers of still or sparkling wines and spirits, but also in the food and luxury-goods industries, plus the chemical, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. Since being founded in 1951, Krones has become far more than a traditional-style machinery and line manufacturer: it has evolved into an all-round vendor for its clients. Mechanical engineering, line expertise, process engineering, microbiology and information technology have here been harmoniously integrated for optimum synergies. Nowadays, Krones is synonymous with holistic “systems engineering”. Key contacts Location: Sukari Industrial Estate Thika Super Highway and Eastern Bypass Ruiru, Kenya Telephone: +254 675 866 000/+254 675 866 144/ +254 701 091 928 Email: Website: /

Packaging Industries Ltd Packaging Industries Ltd is one of the leading plastic manufacturers in East and Central Africa, with ambitious aims at becoming Africa’s largest plastic bag manufacturers and exporters. With more than 30 years of business experience specialising in various flexible packaging solutions, our products are made of high quality polythene at competitive prices with reliable delivery to customers worldwide. Our capability include Extrusion (upto 7 layers); Printing (upto 8 colours); In house reprographics; Lamination (solvent-less); Laser, hot needle micro perforation; Slitting, bag making and pouching We have a proven track record of one-time in-full delivery across a wide geographical area. We have our own delivery fleet and offer stockholding services too. Our entire process is organised around ensuring absolute quality with a dedicated team responsible for systematic quality check at every stage of the manufacturing process. PIL is a leader in investing in cutting-edge technologies such as the 7 layer extrusion and in line laser scribing. We have our own in-house research laboratory with dedicated research personnel. We specialise in developing bespoke, shelf life extension solutions for fresh foods. We are BRC accredited, with an excellent track record of working with both African and European retailers. We have the experience and knowledge of fresh food and commercial packaging standards. Our products reach the dairy, confectionary snacks, tea & coffee, bakery, cereals, salt and sugar, fresh produce packaging sectors They include retort, zipper and stand up pouches; security seal bags; homecare and personal packaging; detergent films, laundry bags, trash bags, carrier bags, vest bags, t shirt bags; shrink wraps and baler films; and flower sleeves. PIL’s latest developments include MAP bags for packing fresh produce; barrier films in milk packaging, for extended shelf life; and Flexible packaging for edible oils. Key contacts Location: 01 Nadume Road, off Sekondi/Lunga Lunga Road, Industrial Area, Nairobi, Kenya Telephone number: +254 20 551451-60/531133 / 530760 Email: Website: Contact person: Dip Shah:



Ingredion Kenya

Ingredion Incorporated is one of the world’s leading ingredients solutions providers, Headquartered in Chicago, USA. The Company has more than 10,000 employees globally, serving customers in more than 40 countries with net sales of US$ 5.7 billion realized in 2015. Previously known as Corn Products International, the company changed its name to Ingredion in 2012 to better reflect the widened ingredients portfolio offering, following the acquisition of National Starch. We offer ingredients solutions to the food, dairy, beverage, brewing, industrial, pharmaceutical and personal care industries. We have a legacy as one of the world’s largest and experienced ingredients suppliers with more than 100 years of experience. Ingredion Holding LLC-Kenya branch is located at Tulip House, Mombasa road, Nairobi. We meet the needs and requirements of our customers in the Eastern Africa region through a team of experts with extensive experience based at our Nairobi office. We offer tailor made product innovations and formulation support for our customers at our Idea Lab in Nairobi. Our geographic footprint and diverse organization give us the capability to deliver solutions on a global scale and the agility to meet the needs of the local markets supported by a global network of engineering and product development centers. Our business operations are anchored on our core values of Safety, Quality, Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Innovation. Key contacts Location: Tulip House, Mombasa Road, Nairobi, Kenya Telephone number: +254 20 3628000 Website: Contact person: Lawrence Mbithi

Our speakers

Ali Hassan, Director, Livestock Kenya Markets Trust

Vimal Shah, CEO, Bidco Africa

Prof. Dorington Ogoyi, National Biosafety Authority

Ashok Garg, CEO, Lakeside Dairy

Josephat Kilungu, Nairobi Bottlers Ltd

Bimal Shah, CEO, Broadway Group

Duncan Kimani, Nairobi Bottlers Ltd

Robert Kilonzo, Ministry of Health

Wayne Glenn Kleynhans, Krones

Lawrence Mbithi, Ingredion

Oliver Schoenmakers, MEA SCE Belgium

Charity Magwenzi, Dairibord Holdings

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British conglomerate ABF takes 100% control of Africa’s biggest sugar producer, Illovo

SOUTH AFRICA – Africa’s largest sugar producer Illovo Sugar has announced that Associated British Foods (ABF) plans to take the remaining shareholding in the company; gaining full control of Africa’s biggest sugar

producer. ABF is a diversified British international food, ingredients and retail group with annual sales of £12.8 billion (US$18 billion) last year and 124,000 employees in 48 countries. It has significant businesses in Europe, Southern Africa, the Americas, China and Australia. The company owns the well-known Kingsmill baked goods brand in the UK. Illovo is the leading sugar producer in six southern African countries including Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique. Through its 12 sugar factories in the Continent, Illovo is by far Africa’s biggest sugar producer, processing 14 million tonnes of sugar per year. It also produces a range of highvalue downstream products and generates electricity, fuelled by renewable resources, providing about 90% of the group’s annual energy requirements. In the transaction, ABF will take the nearly 49% of shareholding that it doesn’t

already own in the sugar miller, tapping into the “growth market for sugar” in Africa, valuing the sugar company at US$759 million. ABF is a major supplier of sugar to the consumer and industrial markets in the countries in which it operates and to neighbouring regional African markets, the EU and USA and other World markets. It has operations in the United Kingdom, Spain, southern Africa and China with an annual processing capacity of about five million tonnes of sugar and 600 million litres of ethanol. ABF acquired its majority shareholding in Illovo in 2006. Increasing populations and rising incomes in Africa make the continent a growth market for sugar, with the deal executed to “capitalise on this growth”, despite a challenging World sugar trading environment, notes ABF about its intention to acquire fully Illovo

South Africa opens mammoth Mall of Africa, to rival the biggest in Africa SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa has a new R4.9 billion (US$312 million) super retail mall that is bound to transform shopping in the country and the Southern Africa region. Dubbed the Mall of Africa, located in Midrand, midway between the two major cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria, the 131,038m² shopping centre is the largest first-phase completion of a mall in South Africa to date, according to its developers, listed property fund Attacq. The developers say that the Mall “combines the latest international trends, environmentally sustainable materials and technologies. It is designed around new urbanism principles of walkable, mixed-use environments to create a truly cutting-edge shopping experience.”

The Mall, with 300 stores, has some of the most iconic brands including anchor tenants including Game, Checkers, and sevral restaurants including Starbucks’ second outlet in South Africa. It also has some of the leading international fashion brands including Zara Home, Mango and Woolworths, H&M and Versace. “The opening of this iconic mega mall marks a significant strategic milestone for retail in SA and indeed takes the African retail experience to a totally next level,” said Morné Wilken, CEO of Attacq during the opening. “As the 80% owner of Mall of Africa, the opening of the Mall of Africa marks a significant business milestone for Attacq

and our business environment. Mall of Africa is a world-class lifestyle and retail destination, bringing significant value to the offering of the Gauteng province as the southern African sub-continent’s commercial powerhouse,” he explained. “We are really excited about what this mall can do. It is located in an extremely good position. Shopping mall culture is very much entrenched in South Africans. In Gauteng, we hang out at malls. Families go to malls. It’s what we do. We feel we have built a centre which has a strong choice of tenants, more space and more facilities than any other shopping centre in SA,” said Wilken.

Unilever partners UNICEF to improve access to safe water in Africa AFRICA – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Unilever have announced a partnership to improve access to safe water in countries across subSaharan Africa. The partnership will focus first on four countries: The new agreement includes financial investment as well as strategic engagement with government and civil society, originally in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. It aims to implement innovative community and school-based programmes to promote sustainable management of safe water and also to improve hygiene and handwashing FOODBUSINESSAFRICA.COM

practices. “Africa’s population is surging and access to safe drinking water remains a serious problem for present and future generations,” said UNICEF’s Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala. “Over the next two years, this partnership will not only ensure children and communities have access to safe drinking water, but that it is sustainable and scalable across the continent.” In Kenya, one-in-three people lack access to safe drinking water, while in

Nigeria at least 150,000 children below five years of age die every year as a result of diarrhea, and 70 million people lack access to improved water sources. In Côte d’Ivoire, 90% of schools and health care centres lack access to improved water supplies. In Ghana, over two million people use water from unsafe sources. “At Unilever we want our brands to make a difference to the lives of the people of Africa, but the scale of challenges such as providing safe water go far beyond what any organisation, public or private can do alone. 21


Tunisia launches quality label for its typical harissa sauce

INCREASING DEMAND FOR FOOD The demand for food will increase with the growing global population. To keep up, food and feed producing companies will have to acquire higher levels of efficiency. SCE wants to help them achieve this efficiency by providing efficient process buildings that take up less space, need less time to assemble and work perfectly in any production unit.

WE DELIVER AROUND THE WORLD We want to be the food and feed industries preferred partner for the design, engineering, production and assembly of modular buildings for industrial process storage. It is a service we deliver to customers all over the world. Our clients call on us from the whole of Europe, Africa, Asia, North, Central and South America. Nevertheless, we always have short delivery times thanks to extensive project management. Thanks to the design of our silos, we can transport all assembly components in ordinary lorries or shipping containers. Everything is stacked in a logical order so the assembly team can set to work quickly on-site and with a minimum of welding! This means your silo building will be installed quickly by our people or your own under the supervision of an SCE assembly leader.

AN IMPORTANT TASK In the past 25 years, SCE has grown from a family company into an international player. Nevertheless, we have always remained independent. This allowed us, since 1988, to collect sufficient experience to successfully complete each and every project. Find out more about our projects at 22

TUNISIA - Harissa, a flagship product of Tunisia, which dates back to the seventeenth century, is donning a new quality label, as the industry acts to stem counterfeits in the industry. Five leading Tunisian companies - Sicam, Jouda, Comocap (Petit Paris), Carthage Food (Cap d’Or) and Sticap - representing a third of the national production of harissa in 2015, have been certified with the “Food Quality Label Tunisia”. The real Tunisian Harissa is a spicy sauce made with red peppers and seasoned with garlic, salt, caraway and coriander. It is an ingredient in a majority of Tunisian dishes, but is used more and more as a condiment in dishes from international cuisine such as pasta, soups and grilled meats. But international success has also attracted imitators. Foreign companies producing hot sauces choose to call their products “harissa” even when the list of ingredients includes tomatoes, sugar or vinegar. To protect harissa as a product of Tunisian soil, the “Food Quality Label Tunisia” was launched by the Tunisian government. The label that is found on certified canned Tunisian harissa is a guarantee of the product’s origin, traditional recipe and especially the quality and freshness of its special ingredients. The quality label also meets the need for better organization of the sector and a fair return for Tunisian farmers. Efforts to promote the “Food Quality Label Tunisia” on the market have already begun. The new label was presented to the public at EXPO Milan in Italy, the Swiss competition of local food products as well as at Anuga in Germany. Management and promotion of the harissa quality label is handled by the Tunisian Group for Canned Food Products (GICA) with support from the Project for Market Access of Typical Food Products (PAMPAT), which is funded by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of the Swiss Confederation (SECO) and implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

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Neogen introduces new faster aflatoxin test based on water extraction technique

IRELAND – Leading testing company Neogen has developed a quick and easy line of mycotoxin tests that use water as the solvent in the extraction process that enable testers to test for up to six mycotoxins from the same prepared sample.

Reveal Q+ MAX for Aflatoxin, the first line that is currently available, can deliver precise results ranging from 2 to 300 parts per billion (ppb) of aflatoxin after only six minutes. The test detects the four principle types of aflatoxin, B1, B2, G1 and G2, with

superior cross-reactivity when compared to other available aflatoxin tests. “Reveal Q+ MAX for Aflatoxin is the easiest test available for rapid, fully quantitative test results, and uses a waterbased extraction,” said Ed Bradley, Neogen’s Vice-President for Food Safety. “This innovative technology yields more accurate and reproducible results than competitive tests on the market. Coupled with AccuScan readers, the Reveal Q+ MAX system objectively reads, analyzes and stores test results. Neogen is a leader in food safety diagnostic test of products for foodborne bacteria, mycotoxins, drugs, allergens, and other concerns. Its line of mycotoxin test kits detect aflatoxin, aflatoxin M1, deoxynivalenol (DON), fumonisin, ochratoxin, T-2/HT-2, and zearalenone.

Ishida appoints Allwin as agent for East Africa KENYA – Leading weighing and inspections solutions provider Ishida Europe has strengthened its sales and service support in East Africa with the appointment of Allwin Packaging International as its agent for the region. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Allwin Packaging International was established in 2005 and is today the largest supplier of packaging machines in East and Central Africa, with comprehensive after-sales service and support for all installed equipment. “We wanted a strong and reliable partner for the supply of weighing and inspection equipment and Ishida is without doubt the most respected name for these important solutions to automate food packaging, as well as being renowned for

always being at the forefront of the latest technical developments,” explains Allwin managing director Saji Kuriakhose. “Our partnership with Ishida will further enhance Allwin’s standing and credibility in the market,” he added. The partnership with Ishida enables Allwin to offer Ishida’s extensive range of market-leading multihead weighers and checkweighers for a wide variety of food markets. Allwin’s appointment will enable Ishida to maximise opportunities in a region that is growing in importance and significance. “Our reputation is based not only on the performance and reliability of our equipment but also on the impeccably high standards of service and support that we provide to our customers,” said Steve Jones,

Ishida Europe’s marketing director. “For this reason, it is essential that we select a partner who shares the same values. Working with Allwin will ensure customers throughout East Africa will be able to maximise the benefit and value of owning an Ishida solution,” he concluded.



BASF opens Ivory Coast office to serve French-speaking Africa IVORY COAST – BASF, the worlds leading chemical company, has established a legal entity in Ivory Coast to enable future growth opportunities in the West African French speaking countries. “We are supporting our business growth throughout Africa with the support of other smaller offices we opened in Zambia, Tanzania, and lately in Ivory Coast. Overall we are present in more than 12 countries right now and we plan to keep on increasing our presence in the next years”, explains Andres Monroy, Managing Director of BASF North and West Africa French speaking countries. 24


“Our customers have already experienced the outstanding performance of BASF products and now they will have a local office to provide them advice and support in applications of the BASF technology”, added Monroy. The company is looking at Ivory Coast as a key growth market and has expanded its capabilities considerably to continue innovating in this important region. It is also employing market development staff to better understand the needs and potential demands of the local market. “We will be supporting our customers in the Francophone West Africa (for example

Burkina Faso, Senegal, Togo) and we are strengthening our presence also in Cameroon,” said Monroy. BASF has been present in Africa for many years with a presence in Morocco and other countries of the Maghreb for over 60 years, as well as in South Africa, where BASF has a big footprint since 50 years. In 2010 it launched a specific strategy for Africa and created 4 country clusters with main offices located in Casablanca (for North and French West Africa), Lagos (for English West Africa), Nairobi (for East Africa) and Midrand (for Southern Africa). FOODBUSINESSAFRICA.COM

Ingredion appoints Pierre Landazuri GM of EMEA Region

USA - Ingredion Incorporated, a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, has announced

that Pierre Perez Y Landazuri has been appointed Vice President and General Manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), effective April 15, 2016. Landazuri will be responsible for leading the development and execution of the region’s business strategy, driving the planning and delivery of annual profit goals and overseeing all major functions. Before joining Ingredion, Perez Y Landazuri was vice president and general manager of Asia-Pacific at CP Kelco, where he held a number of marketing, sales and

product management roles of increasing responsibility in Europe and the Middle East. “We’re excited that Pierre has joined Ingredion. He is an outstanding leader with comprehensive industry experience, a global perspective and proven success. He has what it takes to propel our business in EMEA, and I welcome him to the team,” said Jorgen Kokke, Ingredion senior vice president and president Asia-Pacific and EMEA.

DuPont Nutrition & Health launches new prenatal and postnatal probiotic USA - DuPont Nutrition & Health is launching a new, clinically tested probiotic, HOWARU Protect EarlyLife, as part of its premium ingredient range. EarlyLife contains the probiotic strain Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 and has been formulated specifically for expectant mothers and their infants. The launch of HOWARU Protect EarlyLife is backed by a ground breaking, long-term trial, which demonstrated a significant protective effect against eczema during the first six years of an infant’s life. The study also demonstrated

a protective effect on allergic sensitization at six years of age. “We are extremely encouraged by the strong results given from this ongoing long-term trial for HOWARU Earlylife. The study shows a decrease in the cumulative prevalence of eczema by 49% in children at 2 years of age,” said Markus Lehtinen, R&D Manager. “And importantly the effect on this group persisted up to 6 years of age, indicating a long term benefit for children.” “As the prevalence of eczema and allergies has risen worldwide, there is

a growth in demand for safe dietary supplements which support the developing immune system of infants, hence the importance of HOWARU EarlyLife”, said Ole Danielsen, global marketing director, dietary supplements. “In addition, the robust shelf-life of our probiotics means that EarlyLife can be added to existing products, opening up many exciting opportunities for our customers to create their own winning food and beverage formulations.”

Firmenich appoints Rao as Chairman, MD Firmenich India INDIA – Leading perfumes and flavours powerhouse Firmenich has appointed Satish Rao as Chairman and Managing Director of Firmenich, India, effective July 4, 2016. Satish joins Firmenich from his most recent role as Vice President, Emerging Markets at McCormick & Company Inc. USA. He will be based in Mumbai and report

to Armand de Villoutreys, President of the Perfumery Business and member of the global Executive Committee. “India is a strategic High Growth Market for Firmenich where we are the market leader in Perfumery and gaining great traction with our Flavors business,” said Armand de Villoutreys, President of the

Perfumery Business, Firmenich. “Under Satish’s leadership, we have great ambitions to grow our business and footprint in India, by putting our innovation and creativity to work to meet the needs of our customers and partners.”

New 3M microbial kit fast tracks UHT and ESL beverage testing USA - 3M has announced the launch of the 3M™ Microbial Luminescence System UHT Beverage Screen Kit, a new rapid test for Ultra High Temperature (UHT) and Extended Shelf Life (ESL) beverages, to meet growing trends in beverages. The new rapid test expands the application of the 3M Microbial Luminescence System (MLS) from UHT dairy products to a wide variety of UHT and ESL beverages such as fruit juices, caffeinated drinks, coconut waters, smoothies, dairy, dairy substitutes, and dairy/juice mixtures. The system provides a rapid method for quality release testing, reducing the time-to-result by two to three days or more, compared to traditional methods like agar plates and pH measurement. Using FOODBUSINESSAFRICA.COM

bioluminescence technology, the System detects ATP (adenosine triphosphate), an energy molecule universally present in all living organisms. This technology allows the 3M MLS to have faster time-to-result than traditional pH or agar tests, and to reliably detect a broad range of microorganisms than traditional methods. Following a 2-3 day sample preincubation time, the 3M MLS technology provides a rapid result in less than 30 minutes, eliminating the need for further plating and incubating of agar dishes. This expedited time-to-result enables beverage producers to release product quicker, reduce inventory and storage space as well as increase their flexibility and lab productivity. “UHT and ESL beverages and their

processing techniques are becoming more sophisticated and diverse. Yet the historical test methods continue to lag behind and are time-consuming and limiting,” said Eric Amann, 3M Food Safety global marketing manager. “This new and improved 3M technology provides a quicker and more reliable way to detect microorganisms in a wide variety of beverages.” Global demand for commercially sterile beverages is growing more than 9% annually, according to a market research report by Reportlinker, fueled by supply chain cost benefits and consumer demand for more convenient beverages that retain both flavor and nutrients.




NAIROBI BOTTLERS LTD – BOTTLING SUCCESS WITH THE FUTURE IN MIND Nairobi Bottlers is Kenya’s largest bottler of Coca-Cola range of products. The company has recently invested aggressively in its processes, packaging and people, thereby improving its efficiency, competiveness and sustainability focus. Francis Juma had a discussion with Duncan Kimani, the company’s Country Manufacturing Manager – Kenya and his team. 26




The company produces Dasani, Coca-Cola’s water brand that is enjoying double digit growth in the country

“We are investing ahead of demand,” Duncan Kimani declares, as we sit down in his office at the company’s plant located near Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. In Eastern Africa, Nairobi Bottlers is the poster child of Coca-Cola’s ambitious goals of investing in Africa. Coca-Cola and its bottling partners plan to invest US$17 billion over the 10 years to 2020 in Africa, upping the stake by US$5 billion in 2014, from an original target of US$12 billion announced by Coca-Cola in 2010. It is this huge ambition by Coca-Cola that Nairobi Bottlers seeks to realize, as growing population; urbanization and incomes drive growth in beverages consumption in the region. FOODBUSINESSAFRICA.COM

Part of the Coca-Cola Sabco, the South African based bottling group which is CocaCola’s bottler in 7 Southern and Eastern African countries including South Africa, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Uganda, Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya, Nairobi Bottlers is the biggest bottler in Kenya, producing up to 50% of the total carbonated soft drinks and water produced in Kenya by CocaCola’s bottling partners. Nairobi Bottlers Limited (NBL) has been significant contributor to the Kenyan economy since 1948 when operations began in Nairobi under Coca-Cola Management on inception. In 2013, in-line with the company’s import substitution strategy to locally source raw materials, it commissioned its own Preform Manufacturing Plant, based in Umoja in the Eastern part of Nairobi. NBL’s total capital investment over the last 3 years exceeds Kshs.15 billion (US$150 million) on capacity, fleet, and cold drink equipment amongst other facility upgrades. The company is jointly owned by Coca-Cola Sabco and Centum Investment Company Limited, a locally owned company which is listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange.

Investing in steady progress

“Kenya and indeed Africa is in the growth phase. We have seen the middle class grow, and with this growth customers begin to

ask for diverse range of products, which from a Coca-Cola perspective is our area of strength,” Kimani informs us, adding that the company has been adding extra capacity to meet this rising demand, most of the time ahead of the curve. Changing retail environment in Kenya, with the recent entry of global chains including KFC, Game (Walmart), Carrefour and Pizza Hut among others has also been a good indicator of the rising potential of the country, further boosting the company’s confidence in investing in its capability, according to Kimani. “We have seen a number of multinationals come into the region including fast food chains and supermarkets, which is indicative of the region’s potential.” “The last few years have been a period of growth for us, investing towards enhancing our capacity, with the company investing ahead of demand. During this time we have put in a glass line, two polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging lines for plastic soda and our water brand, Dasani,” notes Kimani. “We have also set up a technical training center in the last year to boost our own capacity on technical training, but which will also feed into the market in to the longer term,” he adds. The company is focused on taking advantage of its strengths in its people, processes and the Coca-Cola system to MAY 2016 | FOOD BUSINESS AFRICA


An NBL employee carries out online checks of products, to ascertain quality parameters are met

ensure that the investments deliver on the goals, further delivering value to its shareholders and customers. “One of our key strengths is the huge investment we have made in our people. We have very good people in our organisation as a result of our investment in our people’s capabilities, looking through the company right from the sales organisation to the supply chain organisation that puts together procurement, planning, manufacturing and logistics. Secondly, the great partnership we have with the

distributors, who are business people in Kenya has been another key strength for us; enabling us to avail our products to the customers in an affordable and faster way. Third is the strength of the Coca-Cola brand, which has helped us to leverage our brand in Kenya,” says Kimani. To this end, the company has invested heavily in building the human capacity of its managers and shop floor staff, making sure that the right skill sets are introduced to them on a regular basis, according to anticipated company needs.

A 1 million litre capacity water tank at the company’s plant. The company has initiatives to reduce water usage at the plant to the bare minimum so as to deliver on its environmental goals 28


Products and packaging variety as per consumer needs

NBL’s portfolio includes beverages in nearly every category of soft drinks. The company has 120 active CocaCola beverage varieties, 82 of which are produced internally while 38 are manufactured by outside partners. It offers still beverages (water and juice beverages), carbonated soft drinks (CSD) and diet/light products, which are made without sugar. Common CSD products produced by NBL include Fanta, Coke, Sprite, Krest, Stoney Tangawizi and Dasani bottled water. The company operates eight packaging lines (5 glass, 2 PET and 1 Premix packaging lines). The packaging lines are capable of filling various pack sizes, ranging from 200ml to 2litres. NBL’s focus on packaging innovation has enabled it to meet a broad range of consumer tastes and preferences. “We have a balanced approach to our packaging options. What we have done is to look at the whole value proposition so as to provide choice to all our consumers. We have had to innovate in packaging to tap more of the marketing needs and meet the consumer segments so that every one in Kenya who FOODBUSINESSAFRICA.COM

wants any of our products, can have it at the right size and the right price,” says Kimani. The two broad packaging formats, returnable glass and singleuse PET bottles enable the company to meet different consumer needs. While glass offers an affordable packaging option, PET meets the increasing consumer requirement for trendy, convenient packaging. “With the rise of the middle class, a lot of people are looking at convenience as a key product attribute. PET brings in the convenience factor to the consumers who are increasingly on the go, while glass packaging is about affordability and sustainability since it can be reused and 100 % recycled,” he explains NBL has seen a significant growth in PET packs, with the company seeing “PET volumes growing from a low of 5% about five years ago to about 25%-30% currently,” according to Kimani. “The adoption of PET has been strong, becoming a key success factor to our growth. It has also served as a base for our innovations, giving the consumers more packaging options such as the recently released 350ml pack,” he says.

Coca-Cola and its bottling partners plan to invest US$17 billion over the 10 years to 2020 in Africa, upping the stake by US$5 billion in 2014 “The single serves (500ml, 350ml, 200ml) fall into our ‘onpremise’ consumption products. We have the 200ml glass bottle available for Coke and Fanta that caters for affordability, with the range increasing in size all the way to the 2L pack, which is for the economic segment,” he elaborates. NBL has recently introduced a 350ml pack to cater for new market segments. “We realized there was a big gap between the 300ml and 500ml pack sizes. It was clear that our consumers wanted something in between 300ml and 500ml, and from the response so far, I think we managed to meet our consumers’ expectations,” advices Kimani. The company is seeking to expand further in the home serving (the future consumption) category which includes its 1.25 litre pack that goes for KSh 99 (just under US$1.00), which is doing very well in the market, according to Kimani.


Daryl Wilson Managing Director

Duncan Kimani Country Manufacturing Manager;

Efficiency in company’s processes

As NBL invests in its growth, the company has focused on doing more with less in its processes, utilizing the latest technology and systems to deliver quality products to its customers at an affordable price. “We have maintained our pricing in this market for a number of years, and only increased prices this year as a result of the increase in excise duty by the Government. We have managed to keep our prices for long by putting a lot of pressure on the supply chain side of things,” says Kimani, adding that the company is aware of its customers’ sensitivity to price. Kimani maintains that the company has focused on improving its production and supply chain efficiencies year after year so as to deliver value to its growing customer base. “To be competitive in this business is not all about pricing but more about efficiencies. Our system runs on operational excellence program based on Six Sigma, which is ensuring that everything we do is efficient and eliminates waste in the business. We look at utilization of our raw materials and FOODBUSINESSAFRICA.COM

Josephat Kilungu Manufacturing Manager MAY 2016 | FOOD BUSINESS AFRICA


Duncan Kimani (centre, with red cap) with his Manufacturing Team leaders at the Embakasi Plant

yields in the process and people productivity – we are asking our people to do more with the available resources and to work smarter in delivering their goals. We encourage a culture of continuous improvement – and have put two senior managers to focus just on the area of continuous improvement. On the manufacturing side, we are using Total Productive Management (TPM), which drives our efficiencies in the process,” he explains. For example, the company runs operational excellence projects on the fuel usage of its more than 100 delivery trucks and 180 sales pick-ups. In this area, the fuel ratio is a key focus deliverable, where the company has saved millions of shillings over the years.

TPM delivering results

NBL has been on the Total Productive Management (TPM) journey since May 2011, starting with a sensitization event where TPM and its benefits were introduced to all employees. During the sensitization event, a pilot packaging line was selected where the TPM implementation was carried out, giving the employees an opportunity to experience TPM in practice. 30


“We achieved all the set key performance indicators (KPIs) through TPM on this particular line in 2 years,” says Josephat Kilungu, the company’s Manufacturing Manager. “This was a major milestone that signified the team’s readiness to roll out TPM to the whole plant. We therefore kicked off the TPM implementation proper in 2013,” he adds. According to Kilungu, the company has

more organized workplace through the implementation of 5S. This has also improved the plant’s visual management, while we have an increased awareness of defects/waste that exist in the business, with all team members looking out on ways to eliminate them,” he elaborates. TPM has been integrated into the company’s processes. “Everyone in management has TPM in his or her people

“To be competitive in this business is not all about pricing but more about efficiencies. Our system runs on operational excellence program based on Six Sigma” Duncan Kimani, Country Manufacturing Manager achieved significant progress in its TPM implementation journey, with Nairobi Bottlers having been chosen as the center of excellence for the Coca-Cola Sabco group. “Through TPM, skills level of all employees have greatly improved through constant trainings and awareness sessions, while their morale has improved over the years. We have improved the plant cleanliness and we now have a

plans, except the shop floor staff,” he says. Eventually, the company expects the shop floor staff to take the lead in implementing




The company produces a number of beverage products including Fanta, Coke, Sprite and Stoney Tangawizi

TPM at their stations. Kilungu however says that the route to TPM has had its fair share of challenges, noting that its implementation was “met with resistance because majority of the staff perceived it as additional work.” Managers therefore had to do a lot of trainings on change management to the shop floor staff. This has improved over the years and he is now confident that they are now better placed to achieve more with TPM. It is now a way of life at NBL, he informs us. The company is currently striving to achieve another great milestone, the TPM Excellence Award, in the year 2018. It will be the second company in Kenya and the first bottler in the Coca-Cola Sabco group of bottlers to get this prestigious award.

Awards winning team

NBL has over the years won a number of awards organized by Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Sabco and other industry awards. These include awards related to safety, health, environment & quality; water efficiency; manufacturing efficiency and energy

savings. “We have won the Bronze Quality Award, which is an award by the Coca-Cola Company for the East and Central African business unit. We have completed Top Ten energy initiatives, which is an energy

to get along, reminding them that they have achieved a common goal and it has brought the team together. They also show the team that they work for a winning organization. People want to work for winners. One of the greatest morale builders that a leader

“The awards unify the team around a positive outcome. One of the greatest morale builders that a leader can offer employees is the knowledge that they work for a successful company” Josephat Kilungu, Manufacturing Manager

management focused award by the Coca Cola Company. Nairobi Bottlers was the first plant in 32 countries to receive this award in 2014 – for which we are extremely proud. We have had many initiatives to ensure we manage our energy also,” Kimani informs us. According to Kilungu, “The awards unify the team around a positive outcome. Awards assist members who are struggling

can offer employees is the knowledge that they work for a successful company. Employees in my team therefore identify themselves with a winning organization and strive to be the best at all times.” How does the company keep the team on a winning path? “We keep the teams motivated by constantly reminding team members of the company’s vision, hold them accountable to targets and goals, mentor













Dale Harris Country Engineering Manager

George Ng’ang’a Capability Development Manager

top of our priorities. We have worked on our water sustainability goals quite aggressively. Seven years ago we were using about 4.5 litres to produce a litre of beverage, which we have lowered by half to 2.4 litres. As much as we are in Africa, we have to look at the future, and the water utilization goal is key to delivering this sustainability agenda,” says Kimani. The company has approved vendors who recycle its paper and glass waste while it also recycles its own virgin PET material from the lines that are not contaminated through its PET production facility that is located in Nairobi.

Investing into the future

NBL is confident that a rising economy in Kenya provides a good incentive for the company to invest further in its capability so as to take advantage of the rising middle class. “Over the next 3-year horizon, we are looking at investing over US$100 million in Nairobi Bottlers only, not including the other Staneu Muriuki Plant Engineer

Adrian Imbuga Preform Plant Manager

Carol Keror QSHE Manager

Mishek Mureithi Projects Manager

Mercy Kirui Continuous Improvement Manager

them, and support them in their work through engaging them and recognizing their contribution using the reward system in place,” says Kilungu.

Sustainability focus

NBL is focused on reducing its impact on the environment and reducing the impact of its activities on the community at large. “Environmental concerns remain at the 32


“We are looking at expanding our range of nutritive products to meet the goal of Coca-Cola to be a total beverage company, globally” Duncan Kimani bottlers in Kenya and the region. That’s a very strong statement, showing our confidence in the economy and the growth trajectory. We see a lot of opportunities in the horizon and are investing ahead of the curve,” says Kimani confidently. The company is already in the process of building a new set of warehouses and investing in new product lines, not forgetting its core category, the carbonated (sparkling) soft drinks. “For us the sparkling business remains our core, leading our category growth, but we need to provide alternatives that will grow faster than the core. In these new categories, we shall register double-digit growth; in the existing core business, we shall grow but not as aggressively as the new categories. This approach will help us to have a balanced product portfolio,” he narrates. In terms of new products, Kimani says that the company is looking at expanding the malt category where the company’s Novida brand plays and is planning to

introduce new juice products. Other probable product lines include dairy and other beverages including tea and energy products. In terms of the company’s progress, Kimani says that they are ahead of track on the company’s Vision 2020, which targets delivering 65 million cases by 2020. One of the focus areas the company is looking at is offering alternative beverages that give the consumer more healthier options. “We have up-scaled our water capacity, with Dasani growing in double-digit figures. Over the next year, we are investing over US$60 million into different capacity enhancements, including tapping into the juice arena, and building extra capacity in this segment. We are looking at expanding our range of nutritive products to meet the goal of Coca-Cola to be a total beverage company, globally, Mr. Kimani concludes.

Community partnerships

NBL is aware of its mandate to take care of the environment and the community within which it operates, together with Coca-Cola. Through the 5 by 20 Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative, over 11,000 women have been given the opportunity to establish and manage their own businesses across the country. Through the water stewardship arm of its sustainability agenda - the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) - the company has successfully implemented community water projects in Kenya, focused primarily on providing access to clean water and sanitation, hygiene education and sustainable water sources to contribute towards meeting the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for water and sanitation access. The company remains committed to economically empowering women and the youth; promoting health and hygiene in communities, schools, and health centers; and returning water to nature and the communities in which it operates. As a responsible corporate citizen, NBL is committed to contributing to economic growth in Kenya, and supports the Government’s effort in creating an enabling environment in which all industry stakeholders can operate effectively and efficiently


About the Centre of Excellence for the Food & Beverage Industry In January 2015, NBL partnered with Krones (equipment manufacturer) and Centurion Systems (training solutions provider) to develop the Centre of Excellence for the Food and Beverage Industry. The company has realized that there is a huge need for the right technical skills for the industry, and instead of complaining, decided to work with its partners to develop these skills, with a goal of impacting the entire industry. “We have realized that a lot of graduates we are getting do not have the plug and play skills we are looking for. This program intends to bridge the gap in engineering within the workforce and avoid skills-mismatch, while providing employment to over 350 technicians after training,” says Duncan Kimani, the Country Manufacturing Manager, Kenya. “Through our partnership with Krones East Africa and Centurion Systems we have been able to close gaps in our maintenance team on PLC trainings and pneumatic trainings which we do not have the capability and equipment to train. This part of the training is offered at Centurion Systems. We have also been able to do basic electrical skills training at Krones East Africa, which is our partner in this aspect. The synergy we have developed will deliver trainees with all-round technical skills required by ourselves and the entire industry,” the company’s Capability


Development Manager, George Ng’ang’a, who is responsible for the Centre informs us.

The training essentials

The Center of Excellence has developed Innovative apprentice curriculum for mechatronics technicians aimed at raising the standards of engineering training in Kenya. The program consists of a 2yrs ‘apprentice’ program in mechatronics at a “master” technician level in which Diploma holders from TVET institutions are admitted. The program incorporates theory and practical training modeled alongside the South African and German technical training system creating a world-class Skill development entity in which other local companies can draw. “We are offering opportunities to technical institutions students to undertake technical modules at no fee thus increasing their employability and availing trained technicians to industry,” says Ng’ang’a. “The Center of Excellence will help to develop talent pipeline for the industry and generally avail the technical skills required to propel the country towards the Vision 2030 goals,” Mr. Ng’ang’a concludes. MAY 2016 | FOOD BUSINESS AFRICA



High Intensity Sweeteners

Consumer and regulatory concerns on sugar have continued to weigh on the food and beverage industry. But what are the alternatives to table sugar? Loretta Mugo provides some alternatives


he recent announcement by the British authorities that they are considering to tax food and beverage products that contain sugars provides food and beverage producers around the World with a headache. And if headlines are to be believed, several countries from Asia, Africa and Latin America are threatening to follow suit, with their own legislations to reduce sugar consumption by the public. How do food and beverage continue to provide tasty, wholesome products to their consumers in the face of these concerns? Food manufacturers and consumers have numerous options for obtaining sweetness without using sucrose, the common table sugar. Alternative sweeteners, of which there are many options around the World, are one of these options. Commonly referred to as alternative sugars or high intensity sweeteners (HIS), they are simply defined as sugar substitutes that are added to food products to replace table sugar. They contribute little or no calories when consumed in amounts typically used in food. These sweeteners can be classified as natural where stevia falls under or non-natural i.e. artificial sweeteners, of which the Food & Drugs Administration (FDA) permits six. These are: saccharin, aspartame, neotame, acesulfame potassium (or acesulfame-K), sucralose and advantame. HIS are widely used in foods and



beverages marketed as sugar-free or diet foods. With the food regulatory authorities limiting the sugar intake to maximum levels 10% of the daily caloric intake, companies have a good reason to remove added sugars and/or substitute them with low calorie sweeteners. Some examples of alternative sweeteners use in the market are highlighted below: Saccharin - Saccharin is the oldest alternative sweetener. It was first produced in 1879 and is currently approved for use in more than 90 countries in the world. It had been proven to cause bladder cancer in laboratory animal studies but it is no longer listed as a potential cancer threat to humans. It is about 300-4000 times sweeter than sucrose but has a bitter after taste at high concentrations. Widely used to sweeten candy, baked goods, cookies and non-foods products. Aspartame - Aspartame is considered more of a protein than a carbohydrate because its components are the amino acid phenylalanine and aspartic acid along with methanol. It yields about 4Kcal per gram but it is 200 times sweeter than sugar. It is used in gelatin desserts, soft drinks, toppings and fillings and chewing gums. The down side of using aspartame is that it is damaged by heat and people have filed complains claiming adverse reactions to it such as headaches, seizures and dizziness but this is only a small group of people according to the FDA. People

with Phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare disease that interferes with metabolism of phenylalanine are advised against consuming aspartame due to its high phenylalanine content – manufacturers are advice to place a warning on the label on foods containing aspartame for this reason. Neotame - Neotame is a nonnutritive, high intensity sweetener that is approximately 7000-13000 times sweeter than sucrose and 30 times sweeter than aspartame. It has a chemical structure similar to aspartame but has no special labelling for people with PKU as it is not broken down in the body. Neotame is approved as a general-purpose sweetener in a wide range of food products other than poultry and meats in over 50 countries including Nigeria and South Africa. Acesulfame-K - Acesulfame-K was first approved for use in 1988 in more than 40 countries. It is 200 times sweeter than sucrose. It contributes no calories as it is not digested in the body and does not cause dental decay. Just like saccharin it has a bitter after-taste and is often blended with aspartame and sucralose for use in baked goods, frozen desserts, processed fruits and fruit juices. Sucralose - Sucralose, available commercially as Splenda is made by putting 3 chlorines on to sucrose in a multistep process to yield a product that is about 600 times sweeter than sucrose, three times sweeter than aspartame and twice as sweet as saccharin. Sucralose tastes just like sucrose but it comes without the calories. It does not break down under high heat conditions hence suitable for use in baking, dairy and beverage industry. Food safety regulatory authorities worldwide have confirmed the safety of sucralose. Stevia - Stevia is by the most popular natural sweetener in the market. It is a native of Paraguay and local communities in Latin America has used its leaves for hundreds of years to sweeten tea. It is 100-300 times sweeter than sucrose and provides zero calories and zero carbs. The FDA does not approve the use of stevia in its crude form but rather it gives GRAS status for the highly refined glycosides extracted from stevia leaf FOODBUSINESSAFRICA.COM


Clostridium Botulinum

Food poisoning brought about by presence of Clostridium botulinum in foods is of prime concern to the food industry. Loretta Mugo provides some information on the problem and how to control it in food products used either singly or in combination to control this bacteria in either heat processed or chilled foods.


Botulinum cook In heat processed foods such as canned products, a standard ‘botulinum cook’ or “12-D process” is administered. This means cooking at 121°C for a minimum of 3 minutes to reduce chances of spore survival and outgrowth. This is highly recommended for commercial canning processes of low acid foods (above pH 4.5). More stringent measures have to be taken for home canning processes where such temperatures may be a challenge to attain.

lostridium botulinum is a spore forming bacterium that produces the most potent neuro-toxin that lurks within the food industry. This toxin causes a muscle-paralyzing disease known as botulism. C. botulinum spores are found throughout the environment, particularly in soils and marine sediments and are highly resistant to heat treatment. However they can only produce the botulinum toxin in low acid, no oxygen condition, which is why it is a big food safety concern in the canning industry, particularly of low acid foods such as meat. Clostridium perfrigens is not to be confused with C. botulinum. C. perfrigens is a strain of bacterium that is also found throughout the environment. It is generally found in meat and poultry dishes. Spores multiply rapidly in anaerobic conditions but cause symptoms much milder than those of botulism and only last a day or less.

honey contains these spores

Types of Botulism


There’re generally 3 types of botulism: Food-borne botulism, infant botulism and wound botulism. Infant botulism Though rare, infant botulism occurs after consumption of spores, which germinate into active bacteria in the stomach and form the toxins. Symptoms such as constipation, lethargy and eventual respiratory failure start to occur after 2 weeks. Infants, unlike adults, have not developed enough good flora in their intestines to outgrow the bad bacteria. For this reason it is not advisable to feed infants below five years on honey as FOODBUSINESSAFRICA.COM

Wound botulism Wound botulism occurs when clostridium bacteria, which then produce the toxin, infect a superficial wound resulting from an injury. It is particularly common among individuals who use injectable drugs such as heroine which tends to contain botulinum spores Foodborne botulism This is the most common form of transmission and it occurs through ingestion of pre-formed toxin. Foods likely to contain botulinum toxin are underprocessed canned foods such as corn beef, canned mushrooms, canned spinach and olives. These are characterized by low acidity and canning provides anaerobic conditions. Botulinum spores can also be found in honey.

Symptoms begin to appear most commonly between 12-36 hours after ingestion. Typically, they come in form of double vision, speech difficulty, inability to swallow, and progressive muscle paralysis, which begins in the shoulders, hands, thighs, calves going down and paralysis of the respiratory system. Patients should seek medical help immediately as botulism can be often fatal.

Control measures of Clostridium botulinum

Special food processing techniques are

Nitrites and Nitrates These compounds used in curing meats such as sausages and bacon inhibits the growth of C. botulinum. Nitrates are however known to interact with amines in the food to form carcinogenic compounds known as nitrosamines. Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is used to accelerate the interaction of the meat with the nitrates so that there’s very little available during cooking to form nitrosamines. pH adjustment For chilled foods especially such as garlic in oil and refrigerated pasteurized carrot juice, pH adjustment is a requirement to control C. botulinum. pH is adjusted to below 4.6 because in a more acidic environment C. botulinum cannot survive. This should be done in combination with strict temperature control where foods have to be kept below 10°C. Some strains such as those that can be found in smoked fish may grow at temperatures even lower that 10°C hence stricter control is required for these products. Although the toxin can be destroyed by heat (boiling for 10 minutes or more at higher altitude), this shouldn’t be the aim. The aim in any food processing unit should be to follow strict hygienic procedures to avoid contamination. Consumers should avoid any canned product that looks swollen or bulging and foams when opened. Botulinum toxin is one of the most toxic naturally occurring substances on earth and strict regulations should be followed where it is a risk as the results can be fatal MAY 2016 | FOOD BUSINESS AFRICA



Trufoods inverts its tomato sauce packs

Diversified food company Trufoods has made significant changes to its packaging by introducing inverted squeezable packs for its tomato sauce range. Available in 240g, 400g, 700/720g depending on the product, the product range is availed in a number of options: tomato sauce, hot n sweet sauce, hot n sweet chilli sauce and chilli sauce.

Excel Quencher Fruity and Fruitfull

Beverage producer Excel Chemicals has extended its range of juice drinks by adding an extra packaging type line to its Excel Fruitfull range and launching Excel Quencher Fruity. Excel Fruitfull has a new pack type in a 220ml packaging that is availed in a number of flavor options: mango, guava, passion banana and passion among others. Excel Quencher Fruity has been introduced in 200 ml packs and is available in tropical, mango and passion.

Tropical Heat Waves

Tropical Heat has introduced Waves, a number of flavoured potato crisps snacks, to build on its leadership in snacks products. Waves is packed in 50g packs and is available in several flavor options: tomato, salt and vinegar, cheese and onion, masala, nyama choma and chilli lemon.

Golden Africa launches cooking oil/fat products

New entrant to Kenya’s fats and oils sector, Golden Africa has introduced two brands, Avena and Pika. The two brands are available in cooking oil and white/yellow cooking fat, that is available in a number of retail packs.

Daima debuts break-out pack Creamy yoghurt

Lyons Maid squeezable yoghurt

Razco Ltd has extended its offering of premium yoghurts by debuting the region’s first yoghurt in a tube, targeting the young members of the family. Dubbed Frusion Tubes, the fruit yoghurt offering is available in 8x40 gram packs, inside a light-weight carton packaging. The product is available in a number of flavor options.



Sameer Agriculture & Livestock (SALL) SALL has introduced Daima Creamy yoghurt, a line of premium fruit yoghurt for the whole family. Daima Creamy yoghurt is available in 4x100 gram break-out packs in a number of fruit options, a first in the region.



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Food Business Africa May/June 2016  

Africa's food and beverage industry magazine

Food Business Africa May/June 2016  

Africa's food and beverage industry magazine