Coca-Cola unveils its first ever alcoholic beverage

Coca-Cola has launched its first ever alcoholic drink in Japan; a fizzy, lemon-flavoured concoction laced with spirits and aimed at young women. Although the US firm dabbled in the wine business in the 1970s, the experiment in Japan is ‘unique’ in the company’s 125-year history, said Coca-Cola Japan president Jorge Garduno. From now, three new ‘Lemon-Do’ drinks, containing three, five and seven percent alcohol will be available in the southern Kyushu region of Japan. A 350-millilitre can will set you back 150 yen (£1). It seeks to capitalize on the…

IBM and Twiga Foods Introduce Blockchain-Based MicroFinancing for Food Kiosk Owners in Kenya

Grant Brooke, CEO and co-founder, Twiga Foods and Kevin Gakuru, a food kiosk owner, who used the blockchain for a microfinance loan. Late last year Nairobi-based Twiga Foods, a business-to-business logistics platform for kiosks and food stalls in Africa, was looking to expand its logistic services into a total market ecosystem by adding financial services for its clients. Grant Brooke, co-founder the $13 million start-up explains, “Previously, we were focused on helping farmers distribute bananas, tomatoes, onions and potatoes to 2,600 kiosks across Kenya, but we soon realized that we could…

Kenyan chef courts social media to bolster culinary career

The transformative impact of social media continues to be felt as corporates, governments and personalities court technology to communicate and grow businesses. Kenya has been a trailblazer with the hospitality industry being one of the biggest beneficiaries. Chef Raphael, a Kenyan celebrity chef, has been using social media to share his joy of cooking with the rest of the world. The Kenyan had his first taste of the food industry when he began working in his father’s restaurant after finishing high school. Raphael explained how he turned his passion into…