Africa’s biggest grocer Shoprite opens first outlet in Kenya

KENYA – Shoprite Holdings, the South African retailer has opened its first store in Nairobi and is set to disrupt the Kenyan retail industry which has attracted a number of foreign investors. The maiden outlet, located at Westgate Shopping Mall sits on a 50,000-square-feet space, previously occupied by struggling Nakumatt Holdings that once was the…

Shoprite opens first of its own distribution centres in Nigeria

NIGERIA - The Shoprite Group, a leading food and grocery retailer has opened a new world-class distribution centre (DC) in Lagos, Nigeria to improve its retail operations in the country. The 4,700m² facility will be occupied by Freshmark, Shoprite’s fruit and vegetable procurement, buying and distribution arm while an additional 1180 m² will be used…

South Africa’s Famous Brands shuts down 14 Gourmet Burger Kitchen stores

SOUTH AFRICA - Famous Brands, a South African holding company and food service franchiser has closed 14 out of its 17 Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) under-performing stores after the approval of a restructuring plan by creditors,reports Business Day. Indications are that the UK –based stores have been struggling with low consumer spending,rising cost of labour,…

South Africa’s fast food chain Barcelos to open more outlets in Zimbabwe

ZIMBAMBWE – South Africa’s fast food giant Barcelos Flame Grilled Chicken restaurant is set to open another branch in Harare after opening its first outlet in Bulawayo as it seeks to expand into the Zimbabwean market, reports the Herald. The company director, Benson Muneri, said the expansion of the quick services restaurant into Zimbabwean market…

Barry Callebaut sources 44% of cocoa beans in supply chain sustainably, report

SWITZERLAND – Barry Callebaut’s new Forever Chocolate sustainability report shows that 44% of cocoa beans and other ingredients inits supply chain are sourced sustainably. The Forever Chocolate Progress Report highlights sustainability initiatives undertaken by the cocoa producer and grinder in the fiscal year 2017-18 and it shows an increase in sustainably sourced cocoa beans compared…

FrieslandCampina acquires Spanish cheese distributor Millan Vicente

EUROPE – The Dutch multinational dairy cooperative,FrieslandCampina has said that it has acquired Spain based cheese co-packer and distributor Millan Vicente to strengthen its position as a cheese supplier to Spanish and Portuguese consumers. As part of the transaction, Millan Vicente will be fully integrated in the Iberian business of FrieslandCampina. Millan Vicente was founded…

Zomato acquires TechEagle Innovations for drone-based food delivery

INDIA – One of India’s largest restaurant search and discovery platform, Zomato has announced that it has acquired Lucknow-based developer of customized drones to enhance drone-based deliveries in India. According to ET Retail report, TechEagle will help in creating a hub-to-hub delivery network powered by hybrid multi-rotor drones. TechEagle was founded in 2015 by IIT…

Zomato Chief Financial Officer Sameer Maheshwary resigns after 5 months

INDIA – Food delivery platform, Zomato’s Chief Financial Officer, Sameer Maheshwary has resigned less than six months after joining the company, reports ET Retail citing information from three people. The finance team would likely be led by Chief operating officer Gaurav Gupta until the company completes its search for a new CFO, said a spokesperson…

Ingredion unveils ‘calorie-reducing’ allulose sweetener in America

USA – Global ingredient solutions provider, Ingredion has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Japan’s leading producer of specialty ingredients, Matsutani Chemical Industry Co. to unveil a ‘calorie-reducing’ allulose sweetener in America. Matsutani will manufacture the new product, Astraea Allulose in Mexico and market it across the Americas starting 2019. With wide…

Kerry agrees to supply Renaissance’s acrylamide-reducing yeast technology

CANADA – Ireland based taste and nutrition company, Kerry has signed a license agreement with Renaissance BioScience Corp to supply Renaissance’s yeast technology. The partnership expands Kerry’s clean label offering, will see the food company commercialize Renaissance’s Acryleast, a non-GMO acrylamide-reducing yeast enzyme, to food and beverage manufacturers starting 2019. Acryleast is a natural, non-GMO…