SOUTH AFRICA – Petrol station Engen is launching a new convenience food retail offering, called Café 365, at its new-look Quickshop & Co. premium stores.

Serving up snacks and refreshments for customers on the go, Engen is targeting an extensive national rollout of Café 365 across its network of more than 1,000 service stations by the end of 2023, reports Bizcommunity.

The first convenience cafés are set to open in the Western Cape this November at Engen Protea Heights Convenience Centre in Brackenfell and Engen Tierberg Convenience Centre in Parow.

“This will bring the Café 365 experience to patrons across South Africa ensuring ready access to its friendly and convenient food experience, which features a range of everyday treats, tasty baked goods and healthy snacks, accompanied by Engen’s unique blend of coffee that originates from Guatemala, Brazil and Tanzania,” says Enoch Hermanus, Engen’s general manager: retail.

“Café 365 has been thoughtfully designed with South African lifestyle needs in mind, meaning whoever you are, or wherever you’re headed, you will feel at home and very welcome at Café 365 every day of the year,” he adds.

Engen states that the company is focused on continually evolving its food convenience offerings and forecourts to meet customers’ changing needs.

“Always here and always welcome, Café 365 and Quickshop & Co provide the quality, value and variety that all Engen customers can trust while on the move,” says Hermanus.

Further driving convenient food retailing, Millat Convenience, a subsidiary of Millat Group – a South Africa based Private Equity Firm, is seeking to introduce convenience retail brand Circle K to South Africa – with its first store set to open before the year ends.

Millat has entered into a Master Licence Agreement with the Canada-based convenience store operator, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc, to open and operate its subsidiary throughout the country as the exclusive licensee.

Established in 1951 in Texas, USA, Circle K was acquired in 2003 by Couche-Tard, a prominent convenience store operator headquartered in Laval, Canada.

With Circle K as its global brand, Couche-Tard’s network today consists of nearly 14,100 locations across 24 countries and territories, including approximately 1,900 franchise locations in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania.

It is one of the largest convenience retail brands in the United States with over 7,000 outlets – second only to the 7Eleven brand.

The brand offers fresh food, hot and cold beverages and other convenience products, as well as fuel stations and electric vehicle charging.

For all the latest food industry news from Africa and the World, subscribe to our NEWSLETTER, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel.