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Kraft Heinz buys Assan Foods to help accelerate growth in Africa

Kraft Heinz will purchase Assan Foods from Turkish conglomerate Kibar Holding, for approximately $100m. Assan Foods manufactures table sauces and has been a production partner for Kraft Heinz since 2019. Kraft Heinz plans to use Assan Foods to expand its presence …
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Ethiopia Country Profile

This report provides key information on Ethiopia. It covers the economic landscape, key demographic indicators, living standards and income as well as logistics and infrastructure.

Ports operator DP World launches a new ecommerce platform in East Africa

Dubai-based DP World, the ports operator with operations in Senegal, Egypt, Mozambique, Somaliland, Rwanda, Algeria and DRC, has launched a new e-commerce platform in East Africa. The platform, called Dubuy,  allows vendors to connect with buyers in African markets. The delivery …

Midroc’s Lame Dairy opens new $14.5m processing plant

Lame Dairy, a subsidiary of Midroc Ethiopia Technology Group, has opened a new dairy processing plant in Addis Ababa. The facility, which has cost Br600m ($14.5m), has a processing capacity of 160,000 litres per day. Lame Dairy was established in 2007 …

Ever Given, the Suez blockage and the impact on African consumer markets

On Tuesday 23rd March, the 400-meter, 224,000-tonne Ever Given container ship ran aground at the south end of the Suez Canal, blocking it completely. As it’s firmly grounded on both banks, efforts to refloat it are underway but it will take time. Some …

Facebook set to launch Instagram Lite in Africa

Facebook has announced the launch of Instagram Lite in sub-Saharan Africa. This lightweight version of the Instagram app, which is being rolled out in 170 countries, uses less data and is better suited for lower quality mobile networks. Instagram Lite …
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The Implications of the AfCFTA

This report provides in-depth data on the implications and impact of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

mPharma partners with Belayab Pharmaceuticals to enter Ethiopia

mPhama, the high growth Ghana-based pharma supply chain startup, has entered Ethiopia. The expansion has come via a franchise agreement signed between mPharma’s Kenyan subsidiary, pharmacy chain Halton’s, and Belayab Pharmaceuticals. By law, foreign companies are unable to operate retail outlets …
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Ethiopia looks to accelerate its food processing sector with new business park

Ethiopia’s Oromia Industrial Parks Development Corporation has signed an agreement worth Birr 7.8bn ($193.6m) to construct a food processing park in Oromia. The new park, which will process coffee, tea, edible oils, grains, dairy, meat and honey products, will come …
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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 …

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 …
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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 …

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 …