The Africa Food Industry Excellence Awards comes of age, makes new strides, with addition of new products and initiatives categories.

The 2018 edition of the Africa Food Industry Excellence Awards put the Awards on the map, and helped introduce the Awards to a bigger audience, cementing the reputation of the event as Africa’s most prestigious food industry event, on the second year of hosting!

With more than 500 industry leaders attending the Awards ceremony from across Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, more than 60 entries were received for the final judgement process from across the region.

The event saw the introduction of the New Plant of the Year, New Product of the Year and the Initiatives of the Year categories, opening the opportunity for companies to compete for a chance to win the highly-coveted accolades.

The glitzy Awards ceremony was held at one of Nairobi’s premier locations, Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on September 14, 2018. 

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How the Ceremony went down in Pictures . . .

Winners and Finalists

The following were the winners of the various categories at the 2018 Awards ceremony:

HONORARY AFRICAN FOOD INDUSTRY CHAMPIONS
Kevin AshleyFounder, Java Restaurants
Said Salim BakhresaFounder & Chairman, Bakhresa Group
Khalid MohammedFounder & Group Chairman, Trade Kings Group
Dr. Carl IrwinFormer CEO, Zambeef Products PLC
Mustafa AwelManaging Director, Mullege PLC, Ethiopia
Andrew RugasiraFounder, Good African Coffee, Uganda
Jane KarukuManaging Director, Kenya Breweries Ltd
Lucy KarugaFounder, Eldoville Dairy
Dipam ShahManaging Director, Glacier Products
Dr. Mohammed El SahiliCEO, Fairy Bottling, Zambia
OP NarangFormer Resident Director, Agrochemical & Food Company
Gavin BellFounder, Kengeles Restaurants
MOST INFLUENTIAL FOOD INDUSTRY LEADERS
David HeathManufacturing Director, Brookside Dairy
Gaudence MukolweFormer Brewer, Tanzania Breweries Ltd
Grace NgariFormer Quality Assurance Manager, Nestle Kenya
Professor S.K MbuguaLecturer, Food Science Nutrition & Technology, University of Nairobi
Caroline OutaHead, Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) Certification
Lawrence LusiolaFormer Lead Auditor, SGS Kenya
Dr. Jan LowPrincipal Researcher, International Potato Center

 

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS OF THE YEAR
NAMECOMPANY
Elizabeth GikebeMhogo Foods Ltd
Martin SsaliSmart Foods Ltd, Uganda
Senai WolderufaelFeed Green Exports Ltd, Ethiopia
Eric MuthomiStawi Foods Ltd

NEW PLANT OF THE YEAR CATEGORIES 

 

DAIRY PLANT OF THE YEAR

 
WINNER – Sameer Agriculture & Livestock LtdNew dairy in Nakuru, Kenya
FINALIST – New KCC LtdExpanded dairy plant in Eldoret, Kenya
 

SOFT BEVERAGES PLANT

 
WINNER – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, KenyaNew hot-fill beverage plant in Nairobi, Kenya
FINALIST – Fairy Bottling, ZambiaNew soft drinks plant in Lusaka, Zambia
FINALIST – Tropikal Brands LtdNew juice drinks plant in Nairobi, Kenya
 

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES PLANT OF THE YEAR

 
WINNER – East African Breweries Ltd (EABL), KenyaNew Canning Line Nairobi, Kenya
 

CHILLED AND FRESH PLANT OF THE YEAR

 
WINNER – Kenchic LtdNew processed chicken plant in Thika, Kenya
FINALIST – Quality Meat Packers LtdNew chicken nuggets factory in Nairobi, Kenya
 

MILLING PLANT OF THE YEAR

 
WINNER – Africa Improved Foods LtdNew milled products plant in Kigali, Rwanda
FINALIST – Proctor & Allan EA LtdNew breakfast cereals plant in Limuru, Kenya
 

SUGAR & CONFECTIONERY PLANT

 
WINNER – Wrigley’s East Africa LtdNew Sweets Factory, Athi River, Kenya
FINALIST – Glacier Products LtdNew chocolate factory in Magana, Kenya

NEW PRODUCT OF THE YEAR CATEGORIES

 

DAIRY PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

WINNER – BIO Yoghurt Fruit on the bottomBio Foods Ltd
FINALIST – Delamere Fruit YoghurtBrookside Dairy Ltd
FINALIST – BIO Barista MilkBio Foods Ltd
 

SOFT BEVERAGES PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

WINNER – Minute Maid Fruity Boost with Milk and NutrientsCoca-Cola Beverages Africa, Kenya
FINALIST – Minute Maid Juice with Fruit Bits (Orange & Mango)Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, Kenya
FINALIST – Squishy fruit drinkSquishy Drinks
 

HOT BEVERAGES PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

WINNER – Minute Maid Fuze TeaCoca-Cola Beverages Africa, Kenya
FINALIST – Attitude teasGold Crown Beverages Ltd
 

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

WINNER – Orijin AHS (Spirit)East African Breweries Ltd (EABL), Kenya
FINALIST – Zinga BeerEast African Breweries Ltd (EABL), Kenya
FINALIST – Tusker CiderEast African Breweries Ltd (EABL), Kenya
 

CHILLED AND FRESH PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

WINNER – Aunty Betty’s Ready Meal RiceCaliber Foods Ltd
FINALIST – QMP Chicken NuggetsQuality Meat Packers Ltd
 

MILLED, CEREALS & PULSES PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

WINNER – Nootri family of nutritious floursAfrica Improved Foods Ltd, Rwanda
FINALIST – Noodies Ugali Noodles with Sukuma wikiBidco Africa Ltd
FINALIST – Mhogo Cassava FlourMhogo Foods
 

SUGAR AND CONFECTIONERY PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

WINNER – Dairyland Chocolart barsGlacier Products Ltd
FINALIST – Dairyland Compound ChocolateGlacier Products Ltd

 

NEW PRODUCT WITH MOST OUTSTANDING PACKAGE OF THE YEAR
WINNER – Aunty Betty’s Ready Meal RiceCaliber Foods
FINALIST – Squishy juice drinkSquishy Drinks
FINALIST – Bio Fruit Yoghurt on the BottomBio Foods Products

 

NEW PRODUCT WITH MOST OUTSTANDING INGREDIENTS OF THE YEAR
WINNER – Minute Maid Fruity Boost with Milk and NutrientsCoca-Cola Beverages Africa, Kenya
FINALIST – Bio Fruit Yoghurt on the BottomBio Foods Products
FINALIST – Noodies Ugali Noodles with Sukuma wikiBidco Africa Ltd

 

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT (R&D) TEAM OF THE YEAR

 
WINNER – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, Kenya 
FINALIST – East African Breweries Ltd (EABL), Kenya 
FINALIST – Bio Food Products Ltd

COMPANY INITIATIVES OF THE YEAR 

 

SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

WINNER – East African Breweries Ltd (EABL), KenyaEnergy efficiency improvement program in Nairobi, Kenya
FINALIST – Bio Foods Products LtdLighter PET milk bottle introduction, used bottle return program and energy efficiency program in Nairobi, Kenya
FINALIST – New KCC LtdWater, energy and waste management initiative in Dandora plant, Kenya
 

TRAINING INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

WINNER – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, KenyaApprentice program at the factory in Nairobi, Kenya
FINALIST – East African Breweries Ltd (EABL), KenyaTraining program at the factory in Nairobi, Kenya
FINALIST – Fairy Bottling, ZambiaTraining Program at the factory in Lusaka, Zambia

 

SUPPLIER PROJECT/INITIATIVES OF THE YEAR 

 

SUPPLIER PROJECT OF THE YEAR
WINNER – Capel Food Ingredients LtdNew flavors factory in Nairobi, Kenya
FINALIST – Afribon LtdNew flavors factory in Kiambu, Kenya

 

SUPPLIER TRAINING INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
WINNER – Buhler LtdMillers training program in Ethiopia
FINALIST – Ingredion Holding LLCUniversity students training program in Kenya and Uganda

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