Kroger partners with Alibaba to sell groceries online across China

CHINA - Kroger, an American retailing company, has made plans to sell products on Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba, the latest decision in a series of initiatives to bolster its digital business. According to CNBC, Kroger will open an online storefront on Alibaba's platform for international brands, Tmall Global, as its focus will include dietary supplements…

Unilever partners with Chinese ecommerce firm JD.com to expand sales across China

CHINA - Chinese ecommerce firm JD.com has agreed a deal with Unilever to move products like Lipton’s tea and Lux soap between warehouses across China as the consumer goods firm looks to expand sales in more remote parts of the country. According to Reuters, this deal is the latest move by an ecommerce company to…

Simbisa Brands to open more fast food outlets in Kenya in an expansion drive

KENYA - Simbisa Brands, Zimbabwe’s largest fast-food restaurant operator has announced plans to open more restaurant and fast-food outlets in Kenya to expand its presence and tame rivals in the country, Business Daily has reported. The quick service and restaurant company operates Chicken Inn, Pizza Inn, Bakers Inn and Creamy Inn in Kenya. According to…

UAC Foods appoints Oladele Ajayi as new Managing Director

NIGERIA - The Board of UAC Foods Limited, a joint venture between UAC of Nigeria Plc and Tiger Brands has appointed Oladele Ajayi as new Managing Director, reported Beverage Industry news. His appointment follows years of experience at Nigerian Breweries Plc where he joined in 1989 as an assistant brewer, served in various roles including…

New 2 Sisters CEO Ronald Kers sets out a new transformation agenda

UK – The new CEO of UK’s poultry manufacturing company 2 Sisters, Ronald Kers, has set out new plans of transformation and organisational changes in the first week of his reign. According to the company, the ex-CEO of Muller has also informed the colleagues of new ‘Framework for Success’ plan and spelled out his vision…

Fast-food franchise Subway to open four more outlets in Kenya

KENYA - The American privately held sandwiches and salads restaurant chain has said it is looking to open four additional branches in the Kenyan capital Nairobi where an appetite for fast-foods is significantly increasing, reported Business Daily. Subway through Liberty Eagle Holdings, the Africa franchise holder of the fast-food brand, is embarking on a growth…

Zomato expands operations to 7 more cities as India forms its largest focus market

INDIA - Restaurant service and online delivery platform Zomato said it is expanding operations to seven more cities in tier II region with India forming its largest focus market in growth plan. According to an article in the ETRetail, Zomato has gained a strong foothold in both tier II and tier III cities and this…

Anti-Profiteering agency questions Subway, KFC and Pizza Hut on tax cuts

INDIA - The National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAPA) has questioned Subway, Yum Restaurants owned Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) for not fully passing on cuts in goods and services tax (GST) rates to consumers. The fast food restaurants were indicated to have impartially adhered to lower GST rates by passing tax cuts on select…

Dutch meat alternatives innovator debuts plant-based smoked sausages

NETHERLANDS - Dutch meat alternatives innovator, The Vegetarian Butcher, has been working on a plant-based smoked sausage with a traditional taste for the past seven years. According to FoodingredientsFirst, the aim was to create a product that would taste great, even for typical meat eaters. The plant-based food market is growing at double-digit rates and…

Tyson Foods agrees to sell Pizza Crust business to Peak Rock Capital

USA - Tyson Foods, an American multinational corporation, has reached an agreement to sell its pizza crust business to an affiliate of private equity firm Peak Rock Capital. According to the company, the sale includes TNT Crust, a business founded in 1981 that produces partially-baked and self-rising pizza crusts for frozen pizza manufacturers and foodservice…