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Ben and Jerry’s in Africa and the Middle East – what next?

The decision by the Unilever-owned Ben & Jerry’s ice cream brand to end its partnership with its Israeli franchise partner over the issue of supply to Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian territories (oPT) has caused ripples for several reasons. …
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Key Trends in Convenience Retail in Africa

This brief provides data and analysis on the key trends in convenience retail in Africa. It covers the different types of convenience and forecourt retail, discusses the impact of urbanisation and car ownership and identifies some of the leading innovators among the major supermarket chains.

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Rethinking How to Use Value Chains in Africa

This brief looks at the use of value chains in African consumer markets and asks “who in the value chain has the most influence over consumer brand choice”. It questions whether putting too much emphasis on the traditional value chain model risks obscuring where brand building activity happens in [traditional] markets and looks at the role of smaller wholesale players as brand builders.

Yeast manufacturer Lesaffre partners with Tracon Trading in Ethiopia

French yeast manufacturer LeSaffre has announced a new joint venture manufacturing operation with Tracon Group in Ethiopia. The partnership will see Tracon manufacture the Saf brand of yeast locally. Tracon is one of the largest FMCG distributors in Ethiopia. The …

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 …