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Distell’s results show improvement on 2020 but challenges remain

As South African spirits manufacturer Distell, owner of the Savanna, Hunter’s and Klipdrift brands, continues to battle operating challenges in its home market, its latest results show a strong uplift on FY2020 but flat on FY2019. With South Africa now in …

Domino’s Pizza Nigeria changes menu to take on local chains

Eat’N’Go, the Domino’s Pizza franchisee in Nigeria, has introduced a new all day menu designed to take on local QSR chains. The new menu, called an “All Day Breakfast” menu, features Nigerian favourites such as meat pies, small chops (finger …

UAC Nigeria opens new Mr Bigg’s retail bakery

UAC Nigeria’s restaurants division has opened a new Mr Bigg’s retail bakery in Amuwo Odofin (Lagos) with partner CEESAM International. It is part of a number of planned openings that will see UAC expand into the retail bakery sector. UAC, which owns …
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Mr Price gains regulatory approval to buy homewares retailer Yuppiechef

In March Mr Price announced its agreement to acquire 100% of kitchen and homewares retailer with Yuppiechef. South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has now approved the deal, which will bring a new segment of wealthier consumers to the Mr Price group. Yuppiechef, …

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. …

Y Combinator takes a 7% stake in Moroccan online distributor Chari

San Francisco-based startup accelerator Y Combinator, which helped accelerate Airbnb, Dropbox and Stripe, has taken a 7% stake in Chari. Chari, which is closely linked to major Moroccan distributor Dislog, will join the accelerator from July to September, before being showcases …

Malawi’s Mach Milk Company set to open milk powder plant

Malawian dairy processor Mach Milk is set to open a milk powder processing plant in Blantyre. The new plant is forecast to process 144,000kg of milk powder annually and employ 200 people. It will potentially service 5,000 smallholding dairy farmers. …

South Africa unrest update – hundreds of supermarkets looted

As at close of business Friday, here is an update on the unrest in South Africa, which is primarily taking place in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The unrest, which has seen more than 800 stores damaged or looted, has seen severe food …

What unrest in South Africa means for distribution

Unrest in South Africa as a result of the imprisonment of former president Jacob Zuma has focused attention on supply chain disruption. Zuma’s home province is KwaZulu-Natal, home to the largest and busiest port in sub Saharan Africa, Durban. Retail businesses …

Botswanan supermarket chain Choppies in profit, but revenue falls

Botswana’s leading local supermarket chain, Choppies, has returned to profit. In the six months ended December 31st 2020, it registered a profit of P37.7m ($3.4m), a turnaround which has been driven by restructuring and exits from several expansion markets. Choppies’ …

Sustainable Cooling Innovation program for cold chain logistics launched in Nigeria

The IFC has partnered with the UK government and digital logistics platform Kobo360 in a cohort called TechEmerg, to find innovators for Nigeria’s Sustainable Cooling Innovation program. The programme is designed to help transform Nigeria’s temperature controlled logistics network. The Sustainable Cooling …