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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 …
Nigerian dairy industry

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 …

DOB Equity increases its investment in Tanzanian dairy Tanga Fresh

Dutch impact investor DOB Equity has increased its investment in Tanzanian dairy company Tanga Fresh. The new investment will be used to expand production capacity for its long life milk and build out its network of small dairy farmers. Tanga …
Choppies

Choppies shares begin trading again after a 20 month suspension

Trading of the shares of Botswana’s largest supermarket chain, Choppies, have resumed on the Botswana Stock Exchange after a 20 month suspension for failing to publish its financial results. Prior to the suspension, the share price had fallen by 60% …

New supermarket entrant in Tanzania, Smart Buy, opens in Dar es Salaam

Smart Buy hypermarket has opened up in Dar Es Salaam’s Palm Village Mall. Operated by local joint venture Smart Ventures Company, the supermarket is located in the space that was formerly pencilled in to be Carrefour’s first store in Tanzania. We estimate …
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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 …
East African Breweries Ltd

Diageo’s East African Breweries increases its stake in Serengeti Breweries

Diageo’s Kenyan subsidiary East African Breweries Limited (EABL) has announced plans to increase its ownership in Tanzania’s Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL) from 55% to 85%. The move comes ahead of rival AB InBev’s Tanzania Breweries opening its new $100m brewery in …

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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Dough Works opens more KFC and Pizza Hut outlets in Tanzania

Tanzanian franchise holder for KFC and Pizza Hut, Dough Works is on a major expansion drive. The company opened two new Pizza Hut branches in December and added two new KFC branches in late 2019. It now has fourteen branches …