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2016 Cowbellpedia National Competition Is Here Again!

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The winners of the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz Show in both Junior and Senior categories will be going home with a whooping sum of N1 Million EACH.

2nd and 3rd place winners will get 750,000 and 500,00 cash prize respectively.

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Coca-Cola Launches Newest Brand In Order To Reduce Obesity

Coca-Cola announced it has launched a new brand in Great Britain “Coca-Cola Life” which is made with a mix of sugar and natural sweetener. Its UK and Ireland boss says the product proves Coke’s commitment to tackling the “challenge of obesity”.

The company said  that Coca-Cola Great Britain has reduced the amount of sugar in Coca-Cola Life and upped the stevia content. That means increasing its artificial leaf sweetener.

The new drink contains a higher proportion of plant-based sweetener stevia, containing 19 calories per 100ml.  A 33cl can of Coca-Cola Life will now contain 76 calories and 19g of sugar.

The company further explained today that the new recipe for the Coca-Cola life contains 45% less sugar than regular colas, with an equivalent drop in calories. The first version of Coca-Cola Life, launched in the UK in September 2014, contained a third less sugar.

At last week’s launch of its global marketing strategy for Coca-Cola which sees all variants of Coca-Cola come together under one brand, executives said stevia still required further development,.

A spokesperson for the company Jon Woods, general manager, Coca-Cola GB, said ”The new recipe is “specific to GB” (Great Britain) and Investing in reformulation is just one of the actions we are taking to help people reduce their sugar and calorie intake alongside offering smaller pack sizes, putting colour-coded nutrition labels on the front of all our bottles and cans and increasing the marketing investment in our no sugar colas.”

The company said Coca-Cola Life is now worth GBP35m (US$50m) in sales since its launch. The new version of Coca-Cola Life will be available from April.

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Hellofood To Sell Food Online In Kenya

KFC Kenya and South African sea food restaurant, Ocean Basket, have partnered with Hellofood to sell food online. According to Hellofood it will now deliver food bought from the two restaurants on its online platform to customers across Nairobi.

More and more people have realised that they can order for food online from their mobile phones or computers and have it delivered to their office as they work.  According to MD, Hellofood, Duncan Muchangi he said  ”We are happy to partner with KFC and Ocean Basket to continue to offer this convenience.”

In line with the partnership, both food chains will be looking to maximise on sales by tapping into the robust online market fuelled by a young tech savvy generation and a rapidly ballooning middle class in the country.

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Reasons Why There Would Be Hike In Food Prices This Christmas Season

The cost of food has increased in the country as Consumers of goods and services would have to pay a little more the Christmas season due to hike of food prices this year.

According to Nigeriabulleting.com, The latest report of a hike in inflation rate for the month suggests a bleak Christmas to most Nigerians, as most of the food items that constitute the staple of most homes during the Yuletide season would cost more. Prices in Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages division as well as Transportation were most affected, according to the report, attributing it to shortages in the supply of petrol.

The quantity of Food imported into Nigeria has continued to drop on a yearly basis, the Federal Government has said. And according to the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, This might be as  result of  the nation’s agricultural economy had been killed as a result of illegal importation of rice, frozen foods and other food items through Seme and Cameron borders, a situation he said had destroyed the nation’s capacity of feeding over 60,000,000 Africans.

Also if you recall in the month of November, President Mohammadu Buhari in Paris, France stated that Nigeria is currently suffering from the effects of the climate change which he said have drastically affected food security.

What do you think is the solution to making food available to Nigerians this holiday? Please share your thought.

 

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African Food Delivery App For Nigerians Living Abroad – Ojaexpress .com

A new app for food delivery service that will bring hard-to-find African grocery items like smoked goat, melon seeds and garri right to your door is now available.

Gone are the days of spending hours in traffic just to get to the market and facing the hustle of the crowded market or waiting in long lines for your cultural food. Since I heard about this app in my opinion, I would say it is food stuff shopping made easier.

This new app know as ”OjaExpress” allows users to utilize their time more effectively, and spend time doing things they find more valuable and enjoyable.

It is  available to those who resides outside Nigeria mainly in Chicago area but would son be extended to those in New York .

The co-founder said customers can make special requests and can also use the app to look up the recipe.  While Sobitan said they’re in the process of partnering with local African restaurants.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the free app and create a profile. The operation is similar to Peapod, an online grocery delivery service. Boyede Sobitan, 34, of Bronzeville, and co-founder Fola Dada launched OjaExpress  this last month of November

According to the founder, the app takes away the inconvenience and commute outside of the neighbourhood. There is also same-day delivery, and the service is available throughout Chicago.

Culled from dnainfo.com

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Reasons Why NAFDAC Fines Guinness Nigeria 1billion Naira

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has fined Guinness Nigeria Plc, N1bn for violating laid down rules.

According to Punch Newspapers, reports have it that NAFDAC accused Guinness of allegedly revalidating expired products without authorisation and supervision, and exposing its raw materials to rodents.

An excerpt of the letter from NAFDAC, which was obtained from Punch, reads “In view of the above, you are further required to take the following actions: disclosure of all your warehouses in the country and submission of inventory level of the stock thereof; submit a written voluntary consent of forfeiture for destruction of the expired and revalidated raw materials discovered in your warehouse; and submit a notarised undertaking to comply with all the guidelines, rules, regulations and enactments of the agency, and to refrain from any future violations.”

Guinness Nigeria Plc is expected to pay the fine, in two weeks.

 

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Types Of Processed Meats You Should Avoid That Causes Cancer

The cancer research arm of World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that the consumption of processed meats like hotdogs, ham, sausages and meat-based sauces causes colorectal cancer, while eating red meat like beef, pork and lamb is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” this means eating red meat from any of the above have the tendency to cause cancer.

Red meat refers to all types of mammalian muscle meat, and includes the following:

  • beef
  • veal
  • pork
  • lamb
  • mutton
  • goat
  • horse

So this meat  when processed  means that  they have been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavour or improve preservation.

The research agency sited examples of processed meat which includes hot dogs, or frankfurters, ham, sausages, corned beef.

On the other hand, non-processed poultry like fish, fresh chicken and turkey have long been recommended as good sources of protein, and options to replace red or processed meat in the diet.

The experts “concluded that each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 per cent,” according to a press release issued today.

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Nigeria Food Items To Be Banned Permanently By 2016 – NAFDAC

At a public presentation of the special edition of the National Mobilizer magazine by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Abuja, the  Director General of NAFDAC, Paul Orhi, said Nigeria has been given June 2016 deadline to improve in the processing of its foodstuffs or risk permanent ban from the international market.

The Director General of NAFDAC said that food items from Nigeria were being rejected in the international food market because of the unhealthy procedure used in processing them.

If you recall , the European Union earlier banned exportation of food from Nigeria due to reports that they are preserved with pesticides. You can read more reasons  here .

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Nigeria Would Be Major Food Exporter By 2019 – PMB

Buhari  is determined to make Nigeria self-sufficient in food production. In his speech delivered on his behalf through the permanent secretary of Agriculture, Arc. Sonny S.T. Echono, The president said the government had moved to establish the youth employment in Agriculture program which will benefit 20,000 school leavers and rural youth leaders in each State of the federation and develop 18,500 university graduates into young agricbusiness entreprenuer called ”negroprenuers”.

Buhari noted that the GRP programme has become more important “at this time our national life when oil has ceased to become the cash cow of our economy we have no option than to turn to agriculture.”

What do you think about this brilliant move of the president to boost food production in Nigeria?

Credit: leadership.ng

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Benefits Of Nigeria And Brazil’s Food Production And Houses For All Partnership Scheme

The governments of Nigeria and Brazil have reached an agreement to provide a good life for the Nigerian Citizens. The Brazilian government have agreed to help Nigeria accomplish several projects like; To boost food production- by producing rice in other to meet up with the extra demand by the  Nigerian people.

According to the Leader of the Brazilian delegation, Evaldo Silva Junior, Brazil produces 70 per cent of total production of rice in south America.  He continues ” We are here to help Nigeria produce rice, develop rice production in Nigeria and to go into discussion about supplying rice to meet up with extra demand of that will not be met by the production in Nigeria

Also included in the agreement is the provision of Brazil’s construction technology to assist Nigeria build houses for the poor and people of low income class at cheaper costs and faster rate, using the model known in Brazil as “My Life, My Health”, he said.

Nigeria sewage system too is also included in this agreement. He said, “Concerning the sewage management, we are here to have a project, which will help manage the sewage, and change what is coming from the sewage, into bio-fuels through selective process,”.

Nigeria’s Permanent Secretary, Bulus Lolo has urged Nigerians to hold their selves ready to partner with those who will give us impetus for change.

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