Addressing Africa’s food import and consumption has suffered from extreme mood swings with the pendulum moving from episodes of pessimism to euphoria.
Tanzania’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (MITI) has announced the upgrading of the services provided by its Industrial Research and Development Organization.
Total South African retail sales for April 2018 grew by 3.7 percent year-on-year after removing the effects of inflation, showing the highest growth rate seen in April in the past six years.
The Johannesburg Stock Exchange has celebrated the relisting of Distell Group Holdings the Main Board.
IFC, in cooperation with Ethiopian Food, Medicine and Health Care Administration and Control Authority is launching a new initiative to help Ethiopian food producers enhance their food safety management practices,
Consumer wallet continues to measure what Kenyan consumers are buying and how much they are spending.
Retail giant Shoprite has partnered with Standard Bank, Google and global financial technology company Celbux to launch a mobile money platform for its customers.
International coffee outlet, Gloria Jean’s Coffees, is expanding into Africa. It has already opened its first outlet in Kenya and is looking for other Master Franchise partners throughout the African continent.
The transformative impact of social media continues to be felt as corporates, governments and personalities court technology to communicate and grow businesses.
South Africa’s Thandi Wines has secured a one-year contract with a Chinese distributor to export their range of premium wines to China.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has launched a Sh 7 billion state-of-the-art Hot-Fill juice line at the Nairobi Coca-Cola Plant in Embakasi.
The World Cocoa Foundation and Ghana Cocoa Board have announced plans to expand their joint efforts to preserve the flavor of Ghanaian cocoa.
Libstar Holdings Limited, a supplier of high-quality products in the consumer packaged goods industry, has listed in the "Food Products" sector of the JSE's main board.
Global player in food and fragrance Iberchem Group has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Versachem, an established privately owned company specialized in the development and manufacturing of food flavours and colours.
ABB and Heliospectra AB in technology collaboration to explore innovative ways of increasing commercial food production in Africa
ABB, a pioneering technology leader in electrification, robotics and motion, industrial automation and renewables and Heliospectra AB, a world player in intelligent lighting technology for greenhouse and controlled plant growth environments.
Nestlé Nigeria Plc announced its financial results for first quarter of 2018. The company continued its momentum from 2017 delivering a revenue of N 67.5 billion for Q1 2018, a growth of 10.3% over Q1 2017.
Investment holding company Fairfax Africa Holdings Corporation has invested in secured convertible bonds issued by Atlas Mara Limited and has separately agreed to provide bridge financing to Philafrica Foods Proprietary Limited.
Global designer of high men and women's apparel Perry Ellis International, Inc. has entered into a license agreement with Kennek FZE to source and distribute a full range of products under the Gotcha® brand.
Nestlé Cameroon has inaugurated a production unit for its range of Nido fortified powdered milk in the presence of the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Technological Development.
The regulation activities of food, drug, cosmetics and medical devices in Zanzibar will now be done online.So, will be the issuance of import and export permits for the said goods.
Mall for Africa, the e-commerce and m-commerce platform, announced today the launch of its affiliate program. Those who refer traffic to the Mall for Africa website will receive an affiliate fee every time one of their readers makes a purchase.
Homesweet.com.ng, a price guide and review website for home appliances has been launched in Nigeria.
Two sisters are sating demand for Africa’s cuisine among Nairobians from a food truck and earning from it.
David Mbuta is the founder of Ubuntu Meal Delivery Services Ltd, a Zambian startup that is riding on a burgeoning working class conscious about their health and looking for convenience.
[South Africa] Woolworths picks Centric Software to provide product lifecycle management solutions for its fashion business
Woolworths Proprietary Limited, a prominent South African retail chain, has selected Centric Software to provide its Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution for its Fashion, Beauty and Home business.
Olalekan Akinseye runs a clothing brand in Nigeria that is tapping the evolving nature of fashion and the apparel industry to champion the war on cancer.
The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Kenya has met to review the outcome of its policy decisions and recent economic developments.
Senegal is regarded as one of the most stable countries in Africa and although it suffers from poverty levels of more than 46 per cent, it is the second-fastest growing economy in West Africa.
UNIDO in cooperation with the Southern African Development Community’s Regional Laboratory Association, has organized a technical training for 11 Southern African National Laboratory Associations.
American fast food chain Burger King launched its activity in Ivory Coast in 2015 by opening its first restaurant in Marcory, a district in the city of Abidjan.
One Thousand & One Voices, the U.S. private capital fund backed exclusively by leading families, announced that its first portfolio acquisition, Redsun Dried Fruit & Nuts Ltd., has concluded an investment in RTE Snacks, a producer of healthy, ready-to-eat trail mix products.
Sealed Air Corporation says it is implementing a price increase of 2.5 – 5.0 per cent for the majority of its Food Care division’s products in Africa, Europe and Middle East.
Products will now find it easier to enter and compete in the international market following the accreditation of Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) byDutch Accreditation Council (RVA), an internationally recognised standards accreditation body.
TechnoServe has announced the launch of the BeniBiz project, which will harness the power of entrepreneurship to improve the availability of nutritious food and create economic opportunities for young people in Benin.
PepsiCo, Inc. has announced that, effective January 1, 2018, Mike Spanos, currently President, PepsiCo Greater China Region, will become Chief Executive Officer, Asia, Middle East and North Africa (AMENA).
[South Africa] The Department of Trade and Industry creates 800 jobs with $4million investment in Dursot All Joy
The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Bulelani Magwanishe says the grant of almost R50 million, $4million, from the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has contributed to the creation of 300 permanent and 500 contract jobs in Modjadjiskloof, Limpopo.
Heineken today laid the foundation stone of its first brewery in Mozambique in the presence of His Excellency Mr. Max Tonela, Minister of Trade and Industry.
On November 9 and 10, 2017, two scientific symposiums were held in Yaoundé and Douala to mark the end of the training of 106 Cameroonian healthcare professionals in the postgraduate program in pediatric nutrition at the Boston University Medical School in the United States.
Succor came the way of the over a thousand hitherto dejected traders affected by the Kano Market fire disasters few months ago as the renowned business mogul, Aliko Dangote made good his promise and donated N500m to rehabilitate them.
Nestlé Ghana in collaboration with the Ghana Nutrition Society has held a nutrition workshop to foster stronger collaboration to address micronutrient deficiencies in Ghana.
Guinea, Mauritania, Senegal and the Seychelles have informed the FiTI Secretariat of their desire to join the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI).
Two Cape Town winemaking companies are optimistic that the Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will give them an opportunity to expand their footprint to the DRC and neighbouring countries.
Hilton and Transcorp Hotels Plc, a subsidiary of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc have signeda 20-year extension to the current agreement to manage the iconic Transcorp Hilton hotel in Abuja.
Telecommunication provider, MTN has led the 2017 Top 50 Brands Nigeria for its innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), online engagement, national spread, and brand popularity.
Nestlé Cameroon and the Ministry of Public Health have organized a forum on the theme: “responding to the nutritional challenges in Cameroon."
Despite Cote d’Ivoire still being dominated by a traditional trade retail base, it has been found that the country’s Modern Trade arena has seen the greatest evolution in the last two years and therefore holds the most potential for growth.
AfDB’s agricultural transformation strategy to guarantee 513 million tons of additional food production
The African Development Bank has developed a new initiative called the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation initiative – a knowledge- and innovation-based response to the recognized need to scaling up proven technologies across Africa.
Mars Africa, the South African-based division of Mars Incorporated, a global family-owned food business, and DHL Supply Chain South Africa, the world's largest contract logistics company, have signed a contract that will see DHL providing warehousing and distribution services for a number of Mars products.
The increase in the demand for the South African wines in Russia provides a good opportunity for the local companies to penetrate the Russian market.
Despite Nigeria’s retail sector being dominated by independent formats like Open Markets and Kiosks in terms of absolute store numbers, modern trade formats like Supermarkets and Hypermarkets are stepping up to fulfil the needs of consumers.
Kyei Faried Owura is the brains behind Edwa Global Company, a Ghana based startup revolutionizing food purchase online in the local and international markets while creating jobs for farmers and players across the value chain.
On average fertilizer use most African countries is less than 10 percent of the world’s average, with fertilizer access by especially smallholder farmers being the biggest headache.
Nestlé Professional to provide Innscor Kenya with beverage solutions through Alegria vending technology
Nestlé Professional, the out-of-home arm of Nestlé, has entered into a partnership with Innscor Kenya Limited to provide the latter with beverage solutions to its consumers through Nescafé Alegria vending technology.
The Coca-Cola Company and Anheuser-Busch InBev have announced today that they have completed the transition of AB InBev’s majority interest in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa.
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts plans to double the number of Hyatt hotels in Africa, with six new hotels expected to open by 2020.
[South Africa] Retail industry growth surges as consumers benefit from moderating inflation, Mastercard report
Nominal retail sales for August 2017 grew a substantial 8.1 percent versus the same month last year, marking the quickest pace of growth the retail industry has seen in the past three months.
Thiagarajan Ramamurthy, TRM, is a name synonymous with strategy and tact. He has been a formidable juggernaut in retail and manufacturing industries across Africa.
Cost Plus World Market® has launched its latest focused collection of artisan crafts with CRAFT Africa Collection, in select stores and online.
The Malawi Enterprise Productivity Enhancement (MEPE) is set to open two cooking oil centers of excellence in Mchinji and Phalombe districts.
Unilever has set up a new Africa Hub office as the latest move in an ongoing drive to grow its business across the African continent and help create a Brighter Future for Africa with its portfolio of iconic brands.
Steinhoff Africa Retail has listed in the Broadline Retailers sub sector on the main board of the JSE. Steinhoff Retail Africa (STAR) is the 14th company to list on the JSE this year.
QNET, a company of Asian heritage and a part of the $200 billion global direct selling industry has entered the buoyant direct selling sector in Eastern Africa.
Nestlé Kenya has announced the re-launch of MILO, the very popular cocoa and malt beverage, with a new formulation, Activ-Go.
Over 200 Indian entrepreneurs have expressed interest investing in Rwanda’s various business projects including food processing, renewable energy and ICT.
Consumer spending during the 2017 elections in Kenya saw Kenyan consumers remain resilient during the election period, according to Consumer Wallet - a platform launched by mSurvey and Safaricom in March 2017.
Paul Langlois-Meurinne is the co-founder and CEO of Optimetriks, a company that has developed an innovative data collection crowdsourcing platform to help Fast Moving Consumer Good companies and institutions monitor their distribution in Africa at outlet levels.
Stakeholders in the textile and clothing industry have described Fashionomics Africa as a veritable platform to tap Africa’s huge potential for fashion.
Africa Business Communities interviews Hope Okoronkwo, the founder and CEO of L’insoumis Ghana Ltd. The startup has cut a niche in the menswear business targeting executives.
As one of the fastest growing international burger franchises, Burgerim is already in 16 countries and are now adding locations in Egypt and the UAE.
EcoSlips is launching a new disruptive service to forever get rid of paper-based transaction slips. Retailers are now able to link their point-of-sale systems to EcoSlips and send transaction slips digitally from any pay point to consumer cell phones.
Nena Okeke is synonymous with resilience and diversity. Having set up her startup in 2008, it took her six years to see it finally up and running.
Twiga Foods, the Kenyan business-to-business food supply platform announced today that it has successfully raised a Series A funding round including $6.3m in equity and $4m in debt instruments.
I am not certain that we, as a nation, have fully grasped the extent to which a declining retail sector can negatively impact our entire economy.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the African Union Commission have agreed to collaborate on an immediate response to manage and control the fast-spreading Fall Armyworm (FAW) outbreak in Africa.
Ethiopia earned 866 million USD exporting 221,000 tons of coffee during its last fiscal year. According to Ethiopian Coffee & Tea Development and Marketing Authority, it has accomplished 92 per cent of its set goal to increase coffee exports.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Japan have launched a project to increase resilience and self-help capacities of South Sudan communities.
BizVibe, a smart b2b networking platform for global b2b buyers and suppliers, has announced the next generation of its b2b networking platform for Africa’s textiles industry.
Growing up in Sierra Leone and emigrating to England in her youth, Sylvia Browne has always enjoyed the West African cuisine and culture of her homeland.
Since inception, Massmart’s Supplier Development Programme has supported as many as 32 small local manufacturers gain access to market and form part of the broader Massmart supply chain.
The Abraaj Group, a leading investor operating in growth markets, announced that it is set to acquire a 100 per cent stake in Java House Group East Africa’s leading coffee-led casual dining chain.
Kaap Agri Limited has listed in the “Speciality Retailer” sector of the JSE’s Main Board. Kaap Agri is the 7th company to list on the JSE this year.
The official launch of Zimbabwe’s Support to Beef and Leather Value Chain Technical Assistance Project took place on June 15th, 2017 in Harare, attracting more than 100 participants.
Kenyan food is set to be safer than ever after the European Union made available state-of-the art equipment that will enable national food control authorities to test the quality and safety of a wide range of food products.
Uganda has continued to experience a rise in consumer price index from 6.8 percent experience in April to 7.2 per cent in May, Uganda Bureau of Statistics data shows.
The President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina, was honored with the 2017 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation in Washington D.C., on Tuesday, 13 June 2017.
VLCC, a leader in slimming and beauty across Middle East and Africa,has announced the launch of a 45-day-long initiative titled ‘Festival Of Beauty’ starting from June 10 until July 15.
Angola to Explore Business Opportunities in Agriculture, Dairy, Meat, Oil and Gas and Mining - Report
Angola is one of the fastest growing and most promising economies in Africa. Angola's high GDP growth is driven by high international oil prices.
Lexta Ghana Limited (LGL), producers and suppliers of Yazz range of products and Hooch Foods has announced plans to grow its presence in Africa after successfully setting up shop in Liberia.
The African Development Bank, in partnership with the Organisation pour la Promotion de la Contribution Active de la Femme Rwandaise au Developpement (SERUKA), has launched the Rwanda Honey Value Chain Project.
When the world thinks of fine-dining, African food is not often at the top of the list of cuisines to be considered, something which Ghana-born Adwoa Hagan-Mensah is working hard to change.
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has banned the import of poultry meat and products, including poultry eggs from DR Congo following outbreaks of high pathogenic H5 avian influenza
The African Fast Food market is still in early stages of development in many African countries excluding South Africa and Egypt that have well established markets.
The Dangote Group shone at the just concluded 2017 Gateway Trade fair which was held in Abeokuta, emerging as the second most patronised exhibitor.
[Nigeria] OGUNCCIMA lauds Dangote Group’s collaboration as Group’s subsidiaries offer products at subsidised prices
The Ogun State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OGUNCCIMA) has commended the Pan African Conglomerate, Dangote Group for its giant strides in economic development of the country through massive investments in several sectors of the economy describing the feat as worthy of emulation by other Nigerians.
On average Kenya imported around 500,000 metric tons of fertilizer each year to sate growing demand by farmers both large and small scale, emerging as the second largest fertilizer market in Africa after South Africa in overall tonnage.
GBfoods, a leading multinational food company headquartered in Barcelona, and Helios Investment Partners, a premier Africa-focused private investment firm, have partnered to create one of Africa's largest FMCG businesses.
Guinness Nigeria Plc, the nation’s leading alcoholic beverage manufacturer and a subsidiary of Diageo Plc, has released its unaudited results for the nine months ended 31 March, 2017.
Mastercard and McDonald’s have entered into a strategic collaboration that will bring simpler and faster payment options to all McDonald’s customers when buying their favorite meal in store, at the drive thru or when ordering it online.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is investing $22 million to support the expansion of Bounty Brands, a South African platform that sells food, personal care and home care goods in over forty countries globally.
The Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund) has announced an investment of $7.4 million in Verde Beef Processing PLC, an Ethiopian beef producer.