KFC East Africa launches new outlet under new boss

KENYA – KFC has opened its 37th Outlet in the East African region and the first one at the coastal county of Kenya, Mombasa. The fast-food chain operator, famously known for its fried chicken made the announcement on a LinkedIn post. This comes months after it opened its 36th outlet in one of Nairobi’s business-oriented neighbourhoods, Eastleigh. KFC East Africa started operations in Kenya in 2011. In East Africa, it has shops in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. The restaurant operator recently appointed Jacques Theunissen as the new CEO taking over…

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Kwanza Tukule Foods: Tough times, new strategy to serve low income urban areas

The World has changed significantly since we last featured Kwanza Tukule Foods in our sister publication Africa Inc. in early 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the business, just like many others across the World. We had a chat with company’s Founder Khadija Mohamed-Churchill on how the company has weathered the storm and pivoted into the future The Covid-19 pandemic outbreak has shown to the world of business the importance of last-mile connectivity and the opportunities that abound by adopting mobile and digital tools for the successful running of businesses.…

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Kenya becomes first country globally to commercialize weed bio-herbicide technology

KENYA – The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO), has unveiled a bio- control solution to combat the destructive striga weed that has become a threat to food security in Kenya and the larger Africa region. The organisation has already received an approval from the Kenya Pest Control Products Board (PCPB) to start commercial production of the weed bio-herbicide known as ‘Kichawi Kill’, making Kenya to be the first country in the world to commercialise the weed bio-herbicide technology. According to the state-owned research institution, it has been working…

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Burger King taps industry veteran Tom Curtis for Chief Operating Officer role

US –  World’s second-largest fast-food hamburger chain Burger King has appointed industry veteran Tom Curtis as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Burger King Americas. Curtis joins Burger King’s leadership team from Domino’s and will oversee field operations, restaurant development, and restaurant operations. According to a statement from the restaurant chain, Mr. Curtis has an impressive wealth of experience in the industry having worked at Domino’s for over 35 years. By the time of leaving Domino’s Curtis was the Executive Vice President, U.S. Operations and Support, overseeing both franchised…

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20,000 micro food processing units to be set up in India’s Telangana State to boost farmer incomes

INDIA – Economic outcomes of Farmers in India’s Telangana state is set to improve following a recent initiative by the region’s government to support the setting up of  over 20,000 micro food processing units. The micro food processing units with a cumulative investment of more than US$200M will be set up through a partnership between the region’s state government and Our Food Pvt Ltd. Under the partnership, farming entrepreneurs in rural India will be provided with end-to-end solutions for setting up food processing units. These include loans from banks, setting…

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AFEX Nigeria: Transforming Grains Commodity Markets with Technology

Developing viable commodity markets in Africa is fraught with failures and disappointments. AFEX, a private commodity trading enterprise based in Nigeria has shown that there are many opportunities in the sector. Food Business Africa had a conversation with the firm’s CEO, Ayodeji Balogun on his company and the opportunities in the sector. Authorities across Africa have failed at attempts to establish and streamline the warehousing receipt systems that would lead to organized, working and transparent commodity exchange systems that eventually lead to food security and improved trade in the Continent.…

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Dangote Sugar shuts operations at Niger State over community wrangles

NIGERIA – The Dangote Sugar Refinery (DSR) Plc has put a stop to its Backward Integration Project (BIP) in Niger State which was undertaken in collaboration with the state government, due to land acquisition dispute. The joint venture, Dangote Niger Sugar Limited is one of the BIP’s established by the leading sugar miller, alongside Savannah Sugar Company in Numan Adamawa State, Tau Sugar Project in Taraba State and Tunga Sugar Project in Nasarawa State. The initiative is a 10-year sugar development plan aimed to produce 1.5 million metric tonnes per…

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Beijing’s radical law to curb consumer-level food wastage

CHINA – It may soon be extremely expensive for consumers living in the Chinese city of Beijing to waste food.   According to a report by Xinhua news agency, the city is debating a new law that requires eateries to deploy people who will warn customers against extravagant dining and food wastage. According to the draft law, the person tasked with this unique responsibility will be required to remind diners to pack leftovers and caution against placing excessive orders. The draft law also requires catering service providers to sell dishes of…

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Kenya eyes new Coffee Bill to streamline coffee value chain operations

KENYA – Kenya is in the processes of passing the proposed Coffee Bill 2020 into law as it is currently on the table of discussion by the legislative arm of government. The proposed bill seeks to govern activities around one of the country’s top export earner as part of on-going agricultural reforms that seek to streamline operations and increase the farmers’ incomes. According to the new drafted laws, millers and market agents are prohibits from lending to farmers as a Kshs. 3 Billion (US$29.5m) Cherry Advance Fund was created earlier…

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Walmart’s Massmart to review operations outside Southern African region, offloads non-core businesses

SOUTH AFRICA – Massmart, Walmart owned South African retailer with presence in 13 countries in Africa has indicated that it will be reviewing its operations outside the Southern African region in the second quarter of 2021, as part of its turnaround plan. This is in addition to its plan of offloading its food retail outlets Cambridge Food, Rhino and Masscash comprising The Fruitspot and a meat processing facility to focus on high returning businesses. To this end the retailer has appointed Barclays to facilitate the disposal of the non-core businesses,…

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