Simbisa Brands launches mobile application to boost delivery efficiencies

ZIMBABWE – Simbisa Brands, the quick service restaurant business owned by Innscor Africa has launched a mobile application dubbed Dial-a-Delivery (DaD) to enhance efficiency in its delivery network, reports the Herald. The platform boosts efficient delivery of products to customers through centralised call centres. Customers place orders through the phone via the DaD application and…

Zimbabwe’s fast food and retail operators re-open as the economy improves

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe’s fast food chains and retail operators have reopened their stores after closing down on difficult trading and economic conditions that rocked the country in the recent past. Among them KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) and OK Zimbabwe had blamed their closure on rising operational costs, shortages of fuel and raw materials among other…

Zimbabwe government considers sale of stake in consumer goods company Olivine

ZIMBABWE – The government of Zimbabwe is considering selling of its stake in Olivine Industries to an external investor to get more capital for reviving the firm’s operations, reports the Herald. The revival of the fast moving consumer goods company is also anticipated to reduce the import bill for cooking oil and some groceries. Olivine…

Millers and packaging manufacturers deliberate mealie prices on high packaging costs

ZIMBABWE – Millers and packaging manufacturers are seeking to reach a consensus on mealie prices following an increase in the cost of packaging by over 500%. According to the Herald, the decision by manufacturers of packaging for mealie meal and bread to more than double their prices could see the prices of mealie meal going…

Zimbabwe’s President inaugurates Innscor’s Prodairy Milk Processing Plant in Ruwa

ZIMBABWE - President Mnangagwa has commissioned a new Prodairy Milk Processing Plant in Ruwa, Zimbabwe that will aid the country in addressing milk consumption gap. According to the Herald, the new facility which is a division of a consumer goods focused group, Innscor Africa Holdings becomes Zimbabwe’s third UHT Processing Plant after Dairibord and Dendairy.…

Grain millers of Zimbabwe fault bakers’ attempt to double bread price

ZIMBABWE - Grain Millers' Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has faulted attempt by bakers to increase the price of bread, saying that the attempt was not justified by a rise in the cost of wheat. According to the Herald, bakeries sought to double the bread price from US$1.10 to US$2.20 citing rising costs of inputs. Media…

Seed Co’s Eleven Tonne Plus Club Promotion achieves significant yields

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe listed certified seed company, Seed Co has said that its farmer-focused productivity initiative, Eleven Tonne Plus Club Promotion has achieved significant yields since its inception. The program which targets commercial farmers for soya bean, maize and other seeds aims to create a source of social capital, technical capital and to enhance a…

Pure Oil invests US$9m to support soya farming in Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE - Pure Oil Industries, the manufacturer of ZimGold cooking oil has invested US$9 million to support farmers growing soya beans, a critical raw material in the production of edible oils, reports the Herald. Zimbabwe which is facing shortage of cooking oil, has also limited availability of foreign exchange for importation of the major ingredients…

Agricultural Trust disburses US$87m for boosting agric development operations

ZIMBABWE - The Zimbabwe Agricultural Development Trust (ZADT) has provided US$87.5 million towards funding small-holder farmers and agribusinesses as it seeks to boost their operations. The Herald reports the disbursement goes to almost 530,000 beneficiaries, 26% of which are women, something in line with the government’s drive to economically empower women. According to ZADT chief…

Grain millers receive 30,000 tons of imported wheat to address shortage

ZIMBABWE - Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has received 30,000 tonnes of wheat imported from Germany to address shortage that had seen millers temporarily cease operations, reports the Herald. The move follows foreign payments of wheat stocks by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) owed to Holbud’s Lithuanian, who had held the consignments due…