The Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony 2019

DATE: DECEMBER 5, 2019

LOCATION: SARIT EXPO CENTRE, NAIROBI, KENYA

Overview

The 3rd edition of the Africa Food Industry Excellence Awards was attended by nearly 400 people from across the food, beverage and milling industry in sub-Saharan Africa.  

Hosted at the new Sarit Expo Centre in Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya, the evening was full of celebratory moments as some of the most outstanding people and companies were feted in an evening full of fun and networking. 

Over 50 entries were received from across Eastern, Central and Southern Africa in a highly competitive process for a chance to win top accolades in new products, sustainability and repackaged/reformulated products – nearly doubling the number of entries from the 2018 edition. 

12 industry veterans were recognised for their dedication, passion and positive impact on the food industry in the people-focused honorary awards categories. 

Further, new categories were added in the Deals & Investments of the Year – to celebrate the increasing pace of investments and deals that keep on flowing in the industry in Africa – and to highlight some of the most outstanding ones at the ceremony. 

Sponsors

This edition of the Africa Food Industry Excellence Awards was proudly sponsored by the following companies:

Honorary Awards Winners

Africa Food Industry Excellence Awards Winners 2019

Martin Schlauri – Founder CEO & Principal, African Milling School

Sina Gerard – Founder & Director, Urwibutso Enterprises, Rwanda

Peter Cottan – Former Managing Director, National Milling Corporation & Superior Milling, Zambia

Gulamabbas Dewji – Chairman, METL Group, Tanzania

Charles Mukora – Former Chairman, Githunguri Dairy Cooperative Society Ltd

Jeremy Block – Chairman, C. Dormans Ltd

Africa Food Industry Distingushed Leaders Awards Winners 2019

Fatma Abdulrehman – Founder CEO Quality Plus & QZone Ltd

Moses Musisi – Brewing Manager, Nile Breweries Ltd (AB InBev, Uganda)

Duncan Kimani – Manufacturing Director, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, Ethiopia

Samuel Macharia – CEO, Kinangop Dairy Ltd

Amir Parpia – Finance Director, Alpha Fine Foods

Patrick Nderitu Kamugi – Supply Chain Director, Kenya Breweries Ltd

Investments & Deals of the Year Winners

Africa Food Industry Investments of the Year Winners 2019

Kellogg-Tolaram Breakfast Cereals Plant – Lagos, Nigeria

Kenya Breweries Plant – Kisumu, Kenya

National Milling Corporation Wheat Milling Plant – Lusaka, Zambia

Bidco Industrial Park – Nairobi, Kenya

Heineken Brewery Plant – Maputo, Mozambique

Africa Food Industry Deals of the Year Winners 2019

PepsiCo’s acquisition of Pioneer Foods for US$ 1.7 billion

FMO and Finnfund’s US$ 16.5 million double investment in African-focused, Zambia-based aquaculture producer Yalelo Ltd

Investments by Amethis, Kibo Capital and Proparco in Mozambican miller Merec Industries

DUET Private Equity’s acquisition of a majority stake worth more than US$ 50 million in Nigeria’s soft drinks maker, AJEAST Nigeria, makers of Big Cola beverages

DOB Equity’s undisclosed investment in Kenya’s coconut processor Coconut Holdings (Kentaste products)

Goldman Sach’s and IFC led US$ 30 million investment in Kenya’s fresh produce distributor Twiga Foods

AgDevCo’s US$ 3 million investment in debt and equity in Great Lakes Coffee, Uganda

New Plants of the Year Finalists

PLATINUM

Kenya Breweries Ltd brewing plant in Kisumu, Kenya

GOLD 

Kenafric Bakery plant in Ruiru, Kenya

GOLD 

Dormans Coffee processing plant in Ruiru, Kenya

GOLD 

Sayona Drinks fruit processing and beverage plant in Chalinze, Tanzania

GOLD 

Bakex Millers wheat milling plant in Thika, Kenya

SILVER

Amor Coco coconut processing plant in Kilifi, Kenya

New Products of the Year Winners

Dairy Product of the Year

SPONSORED BY:

PLATINUM

BIO GREEK STYLE YOGHURT – BIO FOOD PRODUCTS LTD

PLATINUM

DAIMA THICK & CREAMY YOGHURT WITH REAL FRUIT PULP – SAMEER AGRICULTURE & LIVESTOCK

GOLD

DAIMA FLAVOURED MILK – SAMEER AGRICULTURE & LIVESTOCK

GOLD

BIO ACTIVE PROBIOTIC YOGHURT FRUIT DRINK – BIO FOOD PRODUCTS LTD

GOLD

SUPERLITE YOGHURT WITH SUPER FRUITS – BIO FOOD PRODUCTS LTD

GOLD

BIO TINGA TINGA DRINK YOGHURT – BIO FOOD PRODUCTS LTD

GOLD

GOLD CROWN LACTOSE FREE LONG LIFE MILK – NEW KCC LTD.

GOLD

WHEY2GO RTD WHEY (PROTEIN) BEVERAGE – PAMAEDGE LTD

GOLD

DAIMA WHOLE MILK – SAMEER AGRICULTURE & LIVESTOCK 

SILVER

FAMILY MILK (UHT) – MB PLC LTD.

SILVER

ASAS UHT MILK – ASAS DAIRIES LTD

Soft Beverage Product of the Year

SPONSORED BY:

GOLD

YOLA CEREAL MILK DRINK – CAPWELL INDUSTRIES LTD

GOLD

MINUTE MAID NUTRIDEFENSES NECTAR PLUS – COCA-COLA BEVERAGES AFRICA, KENYA

GOLD

COCA-COLA PLUS COFFEE – COCA-COLA BEVERAGES AFRICA, KENYA

GOLD

POWERADE MOUNTAIN BERRY BLAST – COCA-COLA BEVERAGES AFRICA, KENYA

Alcoholic Beverage Product of the Year

PLATINUM

GUINNESS SMOOTH – KENYA BREWERIES LTD.

PLATINUM

TUSKER PREMIUM ALE – KENYA BREWERIES LTD

GOLD

HUNTERS GOLD CIDER – KENYA WINE AGENCIES LTD

GOLD

SIKERA APPLE CIDER – KENYA BREWERIES LTD

GOLD

KENYAN ORIGINALS CIDER – SAVANNA BRANDS

Milled, Cereals & Pulses Product of the Year

SPONSORED BY:

PLATINUM

PHULKA WHOLE MEAL FLOUR – BAKEX MILLERS LTD.

GOLD

PEARLENTA MEALIE MEAL – NATIONAL FOODS ZIMBABWE

GOLD

NUTRIPRO FAMILY PORRIDGE – TROPIKAL BRANDS AFRIKA

GOLD

SOKO BABY WEANING COMPOSITE FLOUR – CAPWELL INDUSTRIES LTD

GOLD

SOKO HOME BAKING FLOUR – CAPWELL INDUSTRIES LTD

GOLD

NUVITA CEREOS – MJENGO LTD.

Bakery & Snacks Product of the Year

GOLD

MANDO BITES – BROADWAY BAKERY

GOLD

FESTIVE CREAM ROLLS – DPL FESTIVE LTD.

GOLD

FAYAZ COCONUT COOKIES – FAYAZ BAKERY LTD

GOLD

BDELO TORTILLA CHIPS – BDELO LTD

GOLD

NUVITA FLAP JACKS BISCUITS – MJENGO LTD.

Tea, Coffee & other Hot Beverages Product of the Year

PLATINUM

KERICHO GOLD HEALTH AND WELLNESS RANGE – GOLD CROWN BEVERAGES (K) LTD

GOLD

SPECIALITY TEAS AND INFUSIONS RANGE – GOLD CROWN BEVERAGES (K) LTD

GOLD

BARAKA CHAI – GOLD CROWN BEVERAGES (K) LTD

GOLD

SAFARI LOUNGE COMPOSTABLE COFFEE CAPSULES – TEA & COFFEE CONNECTION LIMITED

GOLD

DORMANS 3 IN 1 – DORMANS COFFEE LTD

SILVER

THE BIG FIVE COFFEE – AFRICAN COFFEE ROASTERS

Culinary & Condiments Product of the Year

GOLD

BIO FAMILY SIZE JAMS, MARMALADE AND HONEY – BIO FOOD PRODUCTS

New Product of the Year - Ingredients Innovation

WINNER

SOKO BABY WEANING PORRIDGE FLOUR – CAPWELL INDUSTRIES LTD

WINNER

BDELO TORTILLA CHIPS – BDELO LTD

WINNER

MINUTE MAID NUTRIDEFENSES NECTAR PLUS – COCA-COLA BEVERAGES AFRICA, KENYA

New Product of the Year - Packaging Innovation

WINNER

KENYAN ORIGINALS FRUIT CIDER

WINNER

BIO FRUIT ON THE BOTTOM – BIO FOOD PRODUCTS LTD

WINNER

KERICHO GOLD HEALTH AND WELLNESS RANGE – GOLD CROWN BEVERAGES (K) LTD

New Product of the Year - Nutrition Innovation

WINNER

GOLD CROWN LACTOSE FREE MILK – NEW KCC LTD

WINNER

BIO SUPERLITE YOGHURT – BIO FOOD PRODUCTS LTD

WINNER

PHULKA WHOLE MEAL FLOUR – BAKEX MILLERS LTD.

Product Relaunch/Repackaged Product of the Year

PLATINUM

BIO FRUIT ON THE BOTTOM – BIO FOOD PRODUCTS LTD

GOLD

EEZEE SUPA CEREAL – JAVA FOODS LTD, ZAMBIA

GOLD

OLE’ COOKING OIL – UNIFIED CHEMICALS, ZAMBIA

GOLD

FAYAZ PREMIUM COOKIES – FAYAZ BAKERY LTD

GOLD

SHIRIKI COFFEE – KENYA CO-OPERATIVE COFFEE DEALERS

Sustainability Initiatives of the Year Winners

PLATINUM – COMMUNITY IMPACT

LOCAL MAIZE SOURCING & QUALITY IMPROVEMENT – AFRICA IMPROVED FOODS

PLATINUM – ENERGY 

DEDICATED 11 KV POWER SUPPLY LINE INSTALLATION – COCA-COLA BEVERAGES AFRICA (KENYA)

GOLD – COMMUNITY IMPACT

MILK PROCUREMENT & EXTENSION SERVICES – BIO FOOD PRODUCTS LTD

GOLD – WATER

CONDENSATE RECOVERY ON PACKAGING LINE – KENYA BREWERIES LTD

GOLD – ENERGY

SOLAR ENERGY AND HOT WATER INITIATIVE – BIO FOOD PRODUCTS LTD

GOLD – WASTE 

WASTE MANAGEMENT INITIATIVE – COCA-COLA BEVERAGES AFRICA (KENYA)

SILVER – ENERGY

CONDENSATE RECOVERY ON PACKAGING LINE – KENYA BREWERIES LTD

Advertising Campaigns of the Year Finalist Winner

GOLD – DIGITAL/SOCIAL MEDIA 

BIO MILK QUEST CAMPAIGN – BIO FOOD LTD

Pictorials - How the Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner panned out . . . in pictures

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