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Category Archives: Fruit Juices

Chivita’s ‘no-added sugar’ gets high marks from Nutritionist

The National Publicity Secretary of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Mr. Olusola Malomo, has commended the standards of Chivita 100% fruit juice, the flagship brand of Chi Limited, and its commitment to ‘no-added sugar’ process, describing it as a healthy substitute for raw fruits.

He made the statement while leading a discussion at a media session held in Lagos.

“100% juice is made from the flesh of fresh fruit or from whole fruit, depending on the type used. It is not permitted to add sugar, sweeteners, preservatives, flavouring or colourings to fruit juices. Chivita 100% complies with these requirements as articulated by its production and packaging process,” he said.

Nigeria to adopt African Standards on Sugar, Glucose

Nigeria is set to harmonize its standards with other African countries by adopting the African Standards on sugar and sugar products as well as develop Nigeria Industrial Standards for Glucose and Sucrose.

A technical committee chaired by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) met recently at its Lagos office to consider adoption of some African Standards under the aegis of African Organisation for Standardization (ARSO) and the development of other Nigeria Industrial Standards.

UK launches sugar tax on sweetened beverages

The United Kingdom on Friday became the latest country to join a growing list of countries that have enacted ‘sugar tax’ laws on sweetened beverages as a way to fight obesity among children which is the leading cause of cardiovascular diseases later in life such as hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes among others.

The UK is said to have the highest level of obesity in Western Europe.

South Africa sugar tax comes into force

South Africa’s proposal to tax sugar sweetened beverages which was first announced in 2016 finally came into effect on Sunday 1st April 2018.

The new sugar tax called the ‘Sugary Beverages Levy” and a part of the “Health Promotion Levy” is set at 2.1 cents per gram of sugar content that exceeds 4g per 100ml. According to the new law, the first 4g per 100ml are levy free.

“Sugar” refers to intrinsic and added sugar and other sweetening matter. However, fruit juice is exempt.

SON convenes stakeholder’s meeting to review standards for beverages

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has stressed the need for Nigeria to generate her own data on Benzene level in soft drinks in order to arrive at the safe maximum level of benzoic acid or opt for alternative preservatives.

Mr. Osita Aboloma, the Director General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), stated this at the Technical Committee meeting on water, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks held in Abuja.

CHI Limited clinches MAN Award for Best kept Industrial Premises

Chi Limited, a leading juice, dairy and snacks maker in Nigeria has won the first place for adopting best workplace production practices and processes among other competing multinational companies in the country.

The award was handed out to the company at the 50th Annual General Meeting of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) in Lagos, recently.

Striking workers in Food and Beverage sector suspend strike following mediation by Labour Ministry

Workers in the nation’s food and beverage sector called-off their strike on Wednesday following an intervention by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to mediate between the warring groups.

The strike which began on Monday when members of the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association (FOBTOB) downed their tools to protest their inability to reach a new collective agreement on wages and other fringe benefits with the employer’s association, the Association of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE). Members of FOBTOB were seeking among other things an upward review of their salaries by 20% instead of the 14% agreed to by AFBTE.

Coca-Cola unveils three new variants of Five Alive juice

Coca-Cola launched three new variants of its popular Five Alive Fruit Juice in Lagos on Tuesday. The soft drinks and juice maker advised Nigerians to reduce their sugar consumption and adhere to a healthy lifestyle.

While introducing the new variants to the media, Coca-Cola Marketing Manager, Stills and Flavours, Gbolahan Sanni, said that consuming more fruits daily either by eating or drinking makes one healthy. Consequently, Coca-Cola Ltd has introduced drinks with more natural content to the market.

Chi launches ‘Chapman Happy Hour by Chivita’ to spice up the party scene

Chi Limited has unveiled a new variant of its ‘Happy Hour by Chivita’ into the juice market. The new creation called ‘Chapman Happy Hour by Chivita’ joins other popular variants from the brands stable such as Splashing Apple Peach Pear, Groovy Kiwi Mint Lime, Peach Pop, Totally Tropical and Guava Cheer to offer consumers more choices for refreshment.

According to the firm, the new Chapman Happy Hour by Chivita contains a blend of fruits and is poised to gain huge acceptance by Nigerians because it infuses our culture and style in a refreshing mix.

Tasty Time MD arrested for manufacture of unregistered beverages

The Managing Director of Tasty Time Nigeria Ltd, Isaac Kole, was arrested on Thursday and arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos over alleged manufacture of fake and unregistered products.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) arraigned the accused alongside his company on a four-count charge bordering on producing fake products.