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Unilever’s nano-factory and the future of FMCG manufacturing in Africa

Unilever engineers have created a prototype nano factory capable of fitting in a 40ft container. The prototype can take raw materials, process them, package and label them. It is currently being trialed in the Netherlands, producing liquid bouillon. Unilever says …

Hikma Pharmaceuticals in talks to buy GSK’s business in Egypt and Tunisia

Hikma Pharmaceuticals is in talks with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to take over GSK’s pharmaceutical, consumer commercialisation and manufacturing business in Egypt and its drugs business in Tunisia. The deal is subject to further due diligence and approval from regulators. Hikma announced the …

French products boycott spreads to Egypt, likely to go further

The boycott of French goods by consumers in Muslim countries has reached Egypt, a key market for French supermarket chain Carrefour, as well as several major French FMCG brands including Danone and L’Oréal. We think there is a risk the …

Egyptian FMCG logistics platform ILLA raises $500k in seed funding

Egyptian FMCG logistics platform ILLA has raised a US$500,000 seed funding round to help drive local and regional expansion. ILLA, which launched in March 2019, has already worked with major brands including PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, P&G and Savola.  ILLA describes itself …
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Delivery app Glovo plans to roll out a B2B logistics network

On demand delivery app Glovo, whose African markets are Morocco, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt and Côte d’Ivoire, hs launched a new business unit called Q-Commerce (Q = Quick). The company plans to build a B2B delivery network that will see it sell …
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Jumia opens up its logistics network to third parties across 11 countries

Jumia is opening up its logistics network to third party businesses in 11 countries. The move means the internet retailer will offer its platform and network, enabling companies to use its final mile delivery capabilities. Prior to the announcement, Jumia …

Abu Dhabi’s ADQ agrees to fund up to $1bn expansion for Lulu in Egypt

ADQ, the investment owned by the Abu Dhabi government, has signed an agreement with supermarket chain Lulu International to help fund its expansion in Egypt. The investment could be up to $1bn and see Lulu build a further 30 hypermarkets …

The Saudi-Turkey spat and what it means for grocery retail in Africa

At face value, the deterioration in relations between Saudi Arabia and Turkey shouldn’t mean much for supermarket retailing in Africa. Except Turkish discounter BIM has large store networks in Morocco and Egypt and Saudi influence puts the supply chain to …

Egyptian buying platform Fatura looks to add 10,000 more retailers

Fatura, a B2B digital buying platform that connects Egyptian FMCG wholesalers to retailers is adding 10,000 more retailers across 10 governorates in the country. The company has recently completed a seed funding round of more than $1m. Fatura’s expansion will …

Egyptian food ordering app Ordera raises $ six figure seed funding

Cairo-based food ordering startup Ordera has raised six-figure $ investment in a seed funding round. Ordera, which was launched in 2019, allows users to order food and then pick up from the restaurant without having to queue. The company claims …