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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 …

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 …
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Egyptian cheese company Domty and FrieslandCampina form partnership

Egyptian cheese producer Domty and FrieslandCampina have signed an MoU to explore joint business opportunities in Africa. The companies plan to collaborate to export cheese to other African countries. Domty was founded in 1988 in Egypt. It is a leader in the Egyptian …
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Ugandan dairy company targets Ethiopia, Malawi and South Sudan

Pearl Dairy Farm Limited (PDFL), the largest dairy processor in Uganda, is expanding into Ethiopia, Malawi and South Sudan. The company, which markets its products under the Lato brand, is also looking at export markets as far afield as Algeria. Pearl …

Bambis supermarket relaunches, co-branded as “Lewis Retails”

Bambis, one of the most iconic supermarkets in Addis Ababa, has re-opened. The store, which was purchased by Pizza Hut franchisee Belayab Group, is co-branded as “Lewis Retails”. Originally due to  reopen in September 2019 after a renovation, the new …

Ethiopian edible oils company Turaco attracts $22m investment

Ethiopian edible oils company Turaco has attracted a $22m investment from French development finance organisation Proparco and South Africa’s Ethos Mezzanine Partners. The investment will fund the expansion of Turaco’s manufacturing operations, which include the Tena edible oil brand. Turaco manufactures …

Ethiopian conglomerate MIDROC opens a new $2.6m industrial bakery

Ethiopian conglomerate MIDROC, owned by one of the country’s wealthiest men, has opened the new $2.6m Sheger Bread & Flour industrial bakery capable of producing 1.6m loaves of bread per day. The site also houses a new flour mill that can …
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DHL Express takes a minority stake in online retail platform Link Commerce

DHL Express has taken a minority stake in Link Commerce, the UK-based e-commerce platform that sits beneath MallforAfrica.com and DHL’s Africa eShop service. DHL is betting on a fundamental change in purchasing behaviours in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which …

Coronavirus in Africa – an update and what it means

At Trendtype we have decided to put our thoughts down on paper, as it were. Headline: there are lots of reasons to believe that African countries may emerge from COVID-19 in better (or less worse) shape than developed economies in …
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Burger King set to enter Ethiopia with Belayab Foods

Burger King is set to enter Ethiopia, with franchise partner Belayab Foods. Belayab Foods is the Pizza Hut and Cold Stone Creamery franchisee in Ethiopia. In July 2019 it bought the historic Bambis supermarket in Addis Ababa, which it is now …