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Pick n Pay Zimbabwe

Pick n Pay Zimbabwe expands amid retail developments

South African giant retailer Pick n Pay is expanding over renewed profit in Zimbabwe. Good results from Pick n Pay and local partner Meikles will step up the retailer’s presence in Zimbabwe and retail competition at a time when the …
Global Teas and Commodities

Global Teas and Commodities secures a $4m loan to expand in Malawi

London-based conglomerate Global Teas and Commodities, owner of Kericho Gold and Brook Bond teas, has received a $4m loan from the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation to expand to Malawi. Global Teas and Commodities will use the financing to deploy renewable energy …
Crown Beverages Kenya

Crown Beverages signs premium alcohol distribution agreement

Kenyan distributor Crown Beverages has signed a deal with Italy’s Campari Group to distribute premium alcohol brands in Kenya. Crown Beverages is a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA). CCBA was formed in 2014 when Crown Beverages’ owner SABMiller, The …
Hasson et Freres

Hasson & Frères winds down as signs of financial distress intensify

Hasson & Frères, the longstanding fixture of retail in Kinshasa, is winding down operations in DRC, possibly leading towards a full closure of its retail and distribution businesses. The group has operated in DRC since 1936 and had 12 supermarkets …
Twiga Foods

Twiga Foods raises $7m from the World Bank’s IFC and TLCom

Kenyan mobile-based B2B fresh produce distribution platform Twiga Foods has raised $7m from the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) and venture capital firm TLCom Capital Partners. Twiga Foods is an online platform is a wholesale marketplace for producers and wholesalers or fruit …
Plastic bag ban

Somalia’s Al-Shabaab jihadist militant group bans plastic bags

The Al-Shabaab jihadist militant group, which controls large parts of rural Somalia, has banned disposable plastic bags, in an official announcement made on its radio station Radio Andalus. Al-Shabaab, which is more widely known for its hardline islamist views and deadly …
Intermarket Angola

Intermarket supermarket chain in Angola announces major expansion

Following the opening of a fourth store in Viana, Angolan supermarket chain Intermarket announced a major expansion plan that will see the retailer open a further 16 stores by 2022. If followed, the expansion will have a considerable impact on …
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P&G shuts down its brand new Agbara factory in Nigeria

One year after it opened its factory in Agbara, Ogun State, P&G has opted to close the factory and shift operations to its Ibadan factory. P&G (Procter & Gamble) has decided to close its new factory in the 650 hectare …
Massmart Kenya Builders

Massmart set to open Builders stores in Kenya, Mozambique, Zambia

Massmart announced its expansion into the hardware and construction sector in Kenya, Mozambique and Zambia, with the opening of new Builders stores. The new outlets signify an attempt to formalise retail outside grocery and to tap into the growing real …
Goodlife Pharmacy

Vivo Energy (Shell) partners with GoodLife Pharmacy in Uganda

Vivo Energy, the pan-African Shell service station licensee, has signed a partnership in Uganda with leading East African pharmacy chain GoodLife to roll out pharmacies on service station forecourts. Goodlife Pharmacy, which has 32 branches in Kenya and stores in …
Choppies Zimbabwe - Parklands

Choppies adds store in Zimbabwe following Bon Marché closure

Choppies has opened one more store in Bulawayo. This will be the retailer’s 33rd store in the country and its 18th in the city alone. The new store, in Parklands, takes the space left behind by Bon Marché. Botswanan retailer …
Super U Benin

Benin bans the manufacture, import, sale and use of plastic bags

From Wednesday 27th June 2018, Benin has banned the manufacture, import, sale and use of plastic bags – only biodegradable or reusable bags are now allowed. Benin has now become the 11th country in Africa to ban plastic bags after a transitional …
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People’s Trading Centre reorganises its store portfolio

People’s Trading Centre, the leading supermarket chain in Malawi and Spar franchisee, is restructuring its store portfolio. The move is aimed at aligning customer segments more closely with its brands and shutting poorly performing stores. Two years after a major …