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Amethis takes a minority stake in Senegalese pasta manufacturer NMA

Amethis, the private equity company that has backed Kenya’s Naivas supermarket chain, has taken a “significant” minority stake in Senegalese pasta manufacturer Nouvelle Minoterie Africaine (NMA). NMA was founded in 2000 and produces and distributes wheat flour, pasta and animal feed. Amethis …
Unilever Africa

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 …

Local Senegalese Auchan “copycat” Senchan opens in Touba

Rijaal Holding has opened its first “Senchan” convenience store in the religious city of Touba. The opening was timed for the Grand Magal of Touba, an annual pilgrimage attracting up to 3 million visitors. Rijaal Holding is looking to open a …
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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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A tale of two discounters – Massmart and Supeco

South African discounter Massmart, a subsidiary of Walmart, is looking to cut 1,800 jobs in its bid to get its performance back on track. Meanwhile in West Africa, CFAO’s Supeco (Carrefour) discounter franchise is seeing sales take off in the …
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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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Africa Capitalworks invests in Malian soft drinks company Gaselia

Africa Capitalworks Management (ACW) has taken a significant minority stake in Malian soft drinks and bottled water company Gaselia Industries Group to fund regional expansion. Gaselia has bottling and distribution operations in Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal and Guinea. The investment from Africa …
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Trendtype’s 2019 year in review and 2020 forecasts

So here are our big themes in 2019 and a look ahead to 2020. It’s been another eventful year in African consumer and retail markets in 2019. Some big retail players coming unstuck In grocery retail, some big players have come …
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Senegalese fuel retailer Edkoil launches a new Low Price supermarket outlet

Challenger Senegalese fuel retailer Edkoil (EDK), which was founded in 2009 and is expanding its store network, has launched the latest outlet of its forecourt supermarket banner “Low Price”. The new outlet is on Dakar’s busy Rue VDN and carries …