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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 …

Japanese-inspired lifestyle retailer Miniso opens in Rwanda

Miniso has opened its first store in Rwanda, in the Kigali Business Center in the Kigali neighbourhood of Kimihurura. It is Miniso’s 9th market in Africa. It is a major coup for the shopping mall, which opened in August 2018 and lacked …

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 …

Premier FMCG acquires confectionery manufacturer Mister Sweet

South African FMCG manufacturer Premier FMCG has acquired Mister Sweet, the sugar based confectionery division of Lodestone Brands. The deal, which was approved in May by the Competition Tribunal, will see Premier FMCG have a market share of over 13% of …

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 …

South African QSR operator Spur opens its first drive thru outlet

Spur Corporation, the South African QSR operator, has opened its first drive-thru restaurant in Pretoria. It is another example of innovation-led responses to consumer behaviour as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen consumers and operators seek alternatives …
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Heineken in talks to acquire South African wine and spirits group Distell

Heineken, the second largest brewer in the world, is in talks to acquire South African wine and spirits maker Distell Group Holdings. The move would add valuable non-beer brands to Heineken’s portfolio and provide access for Distell to some of Heineken’s …

Clicks buys Pick n Pay’s pharmacy business in South Africa

Clicks Group is set to become the largest retail pharmacy network in South Africa, after it announced the acquisition of the retail pharmacy business of supermarket chain Pick n Pay. The new stores will be rebranded as Clicks. The deal is …
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Coca-Cola acquires Lesotho’s Maluti Mountain Breweries soft drinks business

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) has acquired Maluti Mountain Breweries soft drinks business. The new entity will be called Coca-Cola Beverages Lesotho (CCBL). The deal was signed on October 6, 2020 and has now passed regulatory approval. The other key shareholders in …

Shoprite’s Checkers opens its first standalone pet shop, Petshop Science

Shoprite’s premium banner, Checkers, has opened its first standalone pet shop. The new brand, called Petshop Science, will be located near to the Checkers Hyper store at Fairbridge Mall in Cape Town’s Brackenfell suburb. The new store comes at a …
Twiga Foods

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 …