Carrefour seeks regulator nod to lock out rivals in Kenyan malls

KENYA - Carrefour has rattled the market with a new push to lock out competition from prime locations in Nairobi. The retailer, run by franchise holder Majid Al Futtaim Holding, now wants to stop rivals from gaining tenancy at The Hub Karen, where it has an outlet, after making a similar application to the Competition…

Uchumi CEO exit derails recovery plans, as Govt pumps in US$7m

KENYA - The resignation of Uchumi Supermarkets’ chief executive Julius Kipng’etich has thrown the retailer’s recovery plans into limbo and compromised its efforts of attracting new funding to pay its outstanding debts and restock its outlets. This comes even as the government said it had released Ksh700 million ($7 million) to the company for restocking…

Regulator rejects Tuskys-Nakumatt  deal, asks for revision

KENYA - The competition regulator has rejected retail chain Tuskys’ proposed merger with troubled Nakumatt Supermarkets, arguing that the application for regulatory review was done under the wrong clause of the antitrust law. In a letter to the two retailers seen by the Business Daily, the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) has advised that a…

Regulator moves to ensure safety of dairy products

KENYA - The dairy industry regulator, Kenya Dairy Board, is betting on the establishment of a national dairy regulatory laboratory to improve quality and safety of dairy produce in the market. According to MD Margaret Kibogy, this plan — supported by the national government — is expected to enhance surveillance on the quality and safety…

Bidco Africa opens juice plant in Kenya with Danish partner

KENYA – Bidco Africa has opened a new juice plant in Ruiru, Kenya in partnership with Danish soft drink manufacturer CO-RO, to fulfill its ambitions to serve the growing market in Eastern Africa. The new 11,000 square metre factory has two production lines, producing Suntop, a brand of fruit juices in four flavours, with room…

Sign up to speak at Africa’s leading food industry conferences 

AFRICA - The Africa Food Manufacturing & Safety Summit (AFMASS) Conferences & Exhibitions are seeking thought leaders to speak at the 2018 editions of the event to be held in Kenya and Zambia. AFMASS, which will celebrate 4 years in 2018, started as a small food safety conference in 2015, has grown to be a respected…