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Kenyan B2B distribution platform Marketforce acquires Digiduka

Kenyan B2B distribution platform Marketforce has acquired Digiduka, another online platform enabling distribution to informal retailers. The move now means there are four large players in Kenya all competing in the online distribution space: Copia, Twiga, Sokowatch and Marketforce. Marketforce …

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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Glovo set to expand its Q Commerce service in Kenya

Glovo expands its Q Commerce service in Kenya with the opening its new micro fulfilment centre in Nairobi – the first of its kind for the company in Africa. The new centre is designed to help fulfil partner products using …

Rubis Energy rebrands KenolKobil service stations in Uganda

Rubis Energy has formally launched operations in Uganda under the Rubis brand. The move follows its 2019 acquisition of Kobil Uganda and Delta’s assets. Rubis Energy Uganda has a network of 54 service stations nationally. After its 2019 acquisition of Kenya-based …
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Kenyan online distributor Twiga Foods launches new private label

Twiga Foods, the Kenya-based online distribution platform, has launched a new private label brand. The new brand, SokoYetu, will be used for private label bags of long grain rice sold by the retailer. Twiga’s online store is also called Soko Yetu …
Kenya country profile

Kenya Country Profile

This report provides key information on Kenya. 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 …
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Carrefour Kenya may have to revise its supplier contracts

Carrefour Kenya is being forced to revise supplier contracts after losing an appeal against the Competition Authority of Kenya. The appeal relates to the terms of its supplier contracts, particularly listing fees and supplier rebates. Majid Al Futtaim (MAF), the Carrefour …

Ride hailing app Bolt launches Bolt Food delivery service in Nairobi

Bolt Food has launched in Kenya. The service will go head to head against Jumia Food, Uber Eats and Glovo, offering users access to a selection of restaurants from which to order takeaway food for delivery. Bolt Food has already …

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 …
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Jumia looks to raise an additional $400m to cover costs

Jumia is selling 9m American depositary shares (ADS) in a move to raise more cash. The sale will raise almost $40m. It comes months after the company sold 7m shares to raise $243.2m. Jumia is still losing money and for …

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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Carrefour sales up 30% year on year in Kenya

Majid al Futtaim (MAF), the Carrefour franchisee in the Middle East, Egypt and East Africa, has revealed that sales in Kenya rose by 30% in 2020. The year was marked by several new store openings, including taking over Shoprite’s former …