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  • 16 May
    Kenyan Juice Tycoon Kimani Rugendo Secures USD11 Million Loan From German Fund

    Kenyan Juice Tycoon Kimani Rugendo Secures USD11 Million Loan From German Fund

    Kevian Kenya, a juice manufacturing company owned by Kenyan multi-millionaire businessman Kimani Rugendo, has secured an USD11 million facility from Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), a Development Finance Institution owned by the German government.

    According to a press statement issued by Kevian Kenya, the USD11 million loan facility will be used to finance the company’s expansion of its production facilities. Rugendo said the company will also use part of the funds to develop a new range of beverages targeted at children and young adults. This is the second funding Kevian Kenya has received from DEG following a USD7 million loan DEG issued to the juice manufacturer in 2012.

    Kevian, which started producing beverages in 1995, is based in Thika, an industrial town north of Nairobi. It is one of the largest beverage companies in East Africa. The company produces bottled water, fruit juices, malt drinks, coffee, and tomato paste. The company has more than 800 direct employees and revenues in excess of USD20 million according to information disclosed to this writer by a prominent investment bank in Kenya.

    Forbes.com

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 16 May
    GLOBAL – New whey protein hydrolysate adding sparkle to sports drinks

    GLOBAL – New whey protein hydrolysate adding sparkle to sports drinks

    The advanced 100 % whey protein hydrolysate solution from Arla Foods is specially developed for formulating sparkling protein waters.

    Full-scale factory trials have shown that Lacprodan® HYDRO.Clear can be used to produce sparkling water products with up to 6 % protein. This makes it straightforward for sports drinks manufacturers to create crystal-clear, sparkling, high-protein RTD beverages with strong health credentials.

    Lacprodan® HYDRO.Clear is fat and sugar-free and delivers optimized taste, a low bitterness profile and long shelf life. It is lactose-free, low in energy, very low in salt and easy to flavour.

    SPORTS DRINKS STATS

    Sales of sports protein drinks increased by an average of 9.5 % a year between 2013 and 2017 and are forecast to grow by 8.4 % annually between 2018 and 2022 SAY Euromonitor. Sales of functional and fortified waters, meanwhile, rose by 4 % a year from 2013-2017 and are forecast to grow by 6 % a year from 2018-2022. The carbonates segment is also robust, with a 22 % a year increase in new launches globally between 2007 and 2017 say Innova Market Insights.

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 16 May
    GLOBAL – Döhler Group acquires majority stake in ZUCASA

    GLOBAL – Döhler Group acquires majority stake in ZUCASA

    Döhler Group and Zumos Catalano Aragoneses S.A. (ZUCASA) have reached an agreement on the acquisition of the majority of shares in ZUCASA by the Döhler Group. Döhler will manage ZUCASA’s juice production facility located in the Huesca region through its subsidiary Döhler Fraga S.L.

    For Döhler, this transaction marks another great step forward in one of Europe’s largest fruit production areas. Customers will benefit from a more diverse offering in the stone fruits segment as well as in apples and pears; furthermore, the combined businesses will offer greater efficiency in a global market with regard to customised all-in-one solutions.

    ZUCASA’s extensive expertise and ability to provide fruit and vegetable juices, purees and concentrates for food and beverages, combined with the broad product portfolio and the comprehensive industry knowledge of the Döhler Group, will create unique synergy effects.

    In the coming years, Döhler Group aims to set a benchmark within the sector and develop a plan of expansion and sustainable growth within its business model.

    doehler.com

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 16 May
    ADM deal to buy citrus specialist Ziegler

    ADM deal to buy citrus specialist Ziegler

    GLOBAL – ADM has reached an agreement to acquire the Ziegler Group, a leading European provider of natural citrus flavour ingredients. The agreement comes shortly after ADM completed its addition of US -based citrus flavour provider Florida Chemical.

    Vince Macciocchi, president of ADM’s Nutrition business, said, “Ziegler is highly respected as a cutting-edge leader in citrus, and we’re excited to welcome their outstanding leadership and talent to ADM. The combination of Ziegler and Florida Chemical will immediately position ADM for growth as a global leader in natural citrus ingredients, with a complete range of innovative citrus solutions and systems for food, beverage and fragrance customers.”

    Founded in 1963, Ziegler uses proprietary cold concentration technologies to produce natural high-quality citrus oils, extracts, concentrates and compounds for flavour, food, and beverage industry customers, focusing on Europe, the US and Japan. The company is privately held and headquartered in Aufsess, in Southern Germany. ADM are one of the world’s largest food ingredient providers today, providing ingredients such as emulsifiers and sweetening solutions for the confectionery industry.

    “Citrus is one of the fastest-growing, highest-demand flavours for food and beverages, which is why the creation of a global citrus platform offering a complete product line for our customers is such an important capability for our growth strategy,” Macciocchi continued. “We’re continuing the most ambitious portfolio transformation in our company’s long history, and as we build the world’s leading nutrition company, the beneficiaries will be our customers and our shareholders.”

    The deal is expected to close near the end of 2019.

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 15 Mar
    Northern Ireland and the ‘Brexit backstop’

    Northern Ireland and the ‘Brexit backstop’

    Brexit and the ‘Backstop’

     

    Comment from Michael Bell, Executive Director, Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association

    “Given our land border with the EU and our reliance on export markets, it is clear that we face unique challenges posed by Brexit. It is important to stress that whilst Great Britain imports 50% of its food and drink, Northern Ireland exports 80%, so we are particularly sensitive to any potential barriers to export.

    “The ideal outcome for the industry would be that we can continue to trade with the EU as normal – without any changes to tariffs and standards. We have submitted technical papers to the government on behalf of the industry to advise on the particular issues which face the NI agri-food sector and we have provided information on solutions that would minimise disruption to trade.

    “We are actively involved in engaging with government to avoid a no-deal situation at all costs as this would be devastating to our industry and would result in immediate chaos along the supply chain. We currently have no reassurances about our ability to continue frictionless trade with other key markets post-Brexit. It is very difficult to develop solid contingency plans whenever there has been little to no information about what will happen after March 29th. Businesses cannot invest in alternative arrangements when they don’t know what those arrangements should be!

    “As a representative body for the leading agri-food businesses in Northern Ireland, we have voiced our support for the backstop as it offers vital assurances to our members. We recognise that some amendments may be required to the current backstop proposal, and we are happy to engage with politicians as they continue to seek a solution.”

    NIFDA

    NIFDA is a voluntary organisation committed to helping Northern Ireland food and drink companies compete successfully and to representing and promoting their interests.  It was established to provide services to enhance, promote, inform, educate and develop our members’ business.

    NIFDA’s vision is a strong and united membership working together towards a sustainable and growing internationally competitive food and drink industry in Northern Ireland. We are committed to maximising the growth potential of the industry and growing turnover to £7bn by 2020 by export led growth.

     

    What is the backstop?

    The backstop is a position of last resort, to maintain an open border on the island of Ireland in the event that the UK leaves the EU without securing an all-encompassing deal.

    At present, goods and services are traded between the two jurisdictions on the island of Ireland with few restrictions.

    The UK and Ireland are currently part of the EU single market and customs union, so products do not need to be inspected for customs and standards.

     

    By Caroline Calder Features News
  • 15 Mar
    NIGERIA – Coca-Cola Nigeria deal

    NIGERIA – Coca-Cola Nigeria deal

    The Coca-Cola company has completed its purchase of Nigerian juice and dairy company Chi, three years after buying an initial 40% stake. Headquartered in Lagos, Chi produces juice and iced tea under its Chivita brand, value-added dairy products under the Hollandia brand, as well as a range of snacks.

    According to Coca-Cola, juices and value-added dairy categories rank among the fastest-growing beverage segments in Nigeria and Africa. The company said the acquisition further signals its optimism about Africa’s consumer opportunity and a commitment to its long-term investment and growth plan on the continent, where it has been present for more than 90 years.

    Brandspurng.com

     

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 15 Mar
    CANADA & USA – Cott Beverages sells soft drink production business

    CANADA & USA – Cott Beverages sells soft drink production business

    Cott Corporation has announced the sale of its soft drink concentrate production business and its RCI International division (Cott Beverages LLC) to Refresco for USD50 million, who in turn sold the RCI worldwide branded activities to RC Global Beverages Inc.

    Cott Beverages LLC is a leading developer and manufacturer of soft drink concentrates for bottlers in more than 70 countries, generating approximately USD80 million in sales during 2018 including concentrate production directly supporting Refresco’s beverage manufacturing business.

    “This transaction is the final step in the transformation of our business where selling the remaining business unit of the traditional carbonated soft drinks business is consistent with our strategy of accelerating the growth across our platform in water, coffee, tea, extracts and filtration solutions,” commented Tom Harrington, Cott’s Chief Executive Officer.

    Hans Roelofs, CEO Refresco comments: “We are pleased to add Cott’s Columbus concentrate manufacturing facility to Refresco North America. It adds extensive innovation capabilities and skills and creates a global centre of excellence for beverage concentrate manufacturing. It is a perfect fit with our business. We have decided to divest the RCI International branded activities and find an owner who can bring similar focus and continuity to this iconic brand. With RC Global Beverages Inc.The sale of Columbus from Cott to Refresco and the sale of the RCI International activities from Refresco to RC Global Beverages Inc. took place simultaneously.”

     

    Cott.com

     

    By Caroline Calder News
  • 15 Mar
    Toxic metals – getting it straight

    Toxic metals – getting it straight

    The Juice Products Association (JPA) is calling on consumer reports to stop raising unnecessary alarm about levels of heavy metals in fruit juices and other foods and to base its recommendations on transparent, substantiated science.

    In response to the Consumer Reports article, “Arsenic and Lead are in Your Fruit Juice: What You Need to Know,” JPA stated, “The article needlessly and irresponsibly alarms consumers. There is no scientific evidence indicating that the presence of trace levels of heavy metals in juice has caused any negative health outcomes among individuals at any life stage.”

    The article claims that juice “may contain potentially harmful” levels of heavy metals. “Without any scientific basis for that claim, one could remove the word “juice” and insert any one of hundreds or thousands of foods people eat regularly as evidenced in the data published in the Total Diet Study issued by the US Food and Drug Administration,” said Patricia Faison, technical director, Juice Products Association.

    Consumer Reports’ analysis is not transparent. Its article advises consumers to limit juice consumption but does not disclose the actual levels of heavy metals found in the juices they tested. The Juice Products Association has requested the testing data from Consumer Reports for its own analysis and believes that consumers should also have access to the full testing data. Consumer Reports has declined to share this information.

    This media outlet is not a regulatory or scientific body, such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The “risk assessment” information from Consumer Reports does not present a scientific assessment of risk to public health and does not appear to have been peer-reviewed, as is customary with scientific research. An assessment of health risk must be based on sound science and according to data recently collected by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Total Diet Study, there is no health risk from heavy metals in juices.

    “It is a fact that substances such as lead, arsenic and cadmium exist throughout the environment, and are absorbed by plants. Trace, harmless levels of these substances may exist in juice, and other foods,” said Ms. Faison. “Juice producers are very interested in reviewing sound science as a way to continuously improve our products and are committed to providing safe, high-quality, nutritious juice that meets or exceeds regulations established by the FDA for food safety. Companies conduct their own routine testing and are being innovative in their sourcing and production methods to further reduce levels. Consumers do not need to be concerned about the safety of juice.”

    Juice producers make safety a priority 365-days-a-year, and believe the concerns cited by Consumer Reports’ intermittent testing of selected products are unfounded. Consumers can be assured that juice is safe. Regardless of where the ingredients are sourced or where the juice is processed, all juice producers are required to manufacture products that comply with FDA regulations.

    The Juice Products Association is the trade association representing the fruit and juice products industry. www.sipsmarter.org.

     

    By Caroline Calder Features News
  • 15 Mar
    INDIA – Givaudan opens new state-of-the-art Flavours manufacturing facility in India

    INDIA – Givaudan opens new state-of-the-art Flavours manufacturing facility in India

    Givaudan has officially inaugurated a new flavours manufacturing facility in Pune, India. The CHF60 million plant is the company’s largest investment in India.

    The new 40,000 square metre facility will enable Givaudan to meet growing demand from customers in the food and beverage and health care segments. The facility will also complement the company’s existing plant in Daman, strengthening its capabilities in liquids compounding, powder blending, emulsions, process flavours and spray drying for the India, Nepal and Bangladesh markets. Givaudan expects to employ about 200 people at the new site.

    The new facility is also making important contributions to Givaudan’s Climate Action Agenda by becoming the Company’s first Zero Liquid Discharge site, which ensures all waste water is purified and recycled at the end of the treatment cycle. Energy efficient LED lighting technology has also been fitted throughout the site to reduce COemissions and plans are under development to incorporate solar panels, contributing towards Givaudan’s 100% renewable energy target. Over 1,100 trees have also been planted to support the preservation of the local ecosystem.

    givaudan.com

     

    By Caroline Calder News
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