Nigeria’s Eat’N’Go extend footprint across Africa, enters Kenyan market

NIGERIA – Eat’N’Go limited, Nigeria’s master franchisee for Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery, and Pinkberry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt has announced its expansion into the East African market. The leading Quick Service Restaurant operator in the West African country, has successfully acquired the franchisee which operated Cold Stone Creamery and Domino’s Pizza in Kenya. Om Nom Nom Ltd, the master franchise holder of Domino’s Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery in Kenya, opened its first store in 2014 in a market with leading brands like Pizza Hut, Pizza Inn and Debonairs, among…

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India’s food service industry, delivery platforms to take a hit as new restrictions hamper movement

INDIA – India’s foodservice industry is set to suffer a new set back after the state governments of Delhi and Maharashtra imposed new restrictions to curb the recent spike in Covid-19 infections. Delhi has put in place night curfews starting from 10 pm and ending at 5 am. Maharashtra state which includes Mumbai has, on the other hand, imposed a stricter curfew, starting at 8 pm and ending at 7 am. Additionally, Maharashtra has imposed a total lockdown during the weekend starting on Friday at 8pm and ending on Monday…

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KFC opens new outlet in Ghana featuring safe, convenient services

GHANA – Masco Foods, franchise owners of the KFC brand in Ghana has cut ribbon to its 20th store in Accra. The new store features KFC’s brand-new design, offering not only dine-in services but also takeaway, drive-thru and delivery options, in a bid to offer safe, convenient and seamless service to customers as the world continues to battle with the COVID-19 pandemic. The management of Masco Foods while opening the new outlet, took the opportunity to express their gratitude to the company’s staff for their relentless effort in ensuring that…

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Simbisa Brands showcases stellar performance recording triple digit rise in revenue

ZIMBABWE – Simbisa Brands, Zimbabwe’s largest fast-food restaurant operator has reported a 101% rise in the group’s half year revenue for the period ended 31 December 2020 to ZWL 8 billion (US$22.1m) from ZWL 3.9 billion (US$10.7m) of the corresponding period in 2019. The growth in earnings was reflected in its home country Zimbabwe, recording a 44% rise in revenue mainly driven by a 56 percent increase in average spend despite customer counts falling by 7% year on year. Its overall operating profit increased by 75% while profit attributable to…

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Starbucks opens 40 new coffee stores in India as KFC doubles down on women employment

INDIA –  Tata Starbucks, a 50:50 joint venture between Tata Consumer Products Ltd and Starbucks Corporation, has continued its bullish expansion in India, venturing into 7 new cities and opening 40 new stores in its wake. This fiscal year has been eventful for Tata Starbucks in terms of expansion plans and reaching customers in newer cities and locations. In FY21, Starbucks opened stores in new cities such as Lucknow, Amritsar, Kochi, Ludhiana, Bhopal, Indore, and now Kanpur. Kanpur becomes the 18th city in India and second city in Uttar Pradesh…

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Jumia Kenya launches Food Festival campaign to support local restaurants

KENYA – E-commerce platform Jumia has launched a Food Festival Campaign in Kenya to support local restaurants navigate the challenging operating environment brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. During the campaign, consumers will get free and fast delivery from hundreds of restaurants, supermarkets and shops via Jumia Prime, its loyalty program. The food festival campaign, according to Jumia follows the president’s directive to extend the curfew for additional 60-days following the increased rate of 3rd wave of covid-19 in Kenya. “We hope that this campaign will surprise and delight our customers.…

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Egypt based restaurant platform Koinz raise US$4.8m led by Tinder app founder

EGYPT – Koinz, an Egyptian restaurant engagement platform, has raised US$4.8 million in a seed round led by Justin Mateen, the founder and former CMO of leading global dating app Tinder. The round also saw participation of Africa-focused VC 4DX Ventures and angel investors from Egypt, Turkey, and Saudi. According to our data, it is the second-largest seed round raised by a startup in Egypt. Founded in 2018 by Hussein Momtaz, Ahmed Said, and Abdullah Al Khalidi, Koinz is a customer acquisition and retention platform for restaurants. “Koinz is offering…

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Nigerian QRS operator Eat ‘N’ Go adds to Patrick McMichael’s docket Group Managing Director role

NIGERIA – Eat ‘n’ Go Limited, franchise owners of Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery, and Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt has announced the promotion its current Chief Executive Officer Patrick McMichael to lead the business group as Group Managing Director and CEO. In his new role, he will be overseeing all the activities within the group and will further help the company achieve its goals in the Nigerian market. McMichael joined Eat’N’Go as CEO in 2018, after nearly 30 years working with Domino’s. He started out as a trainee manager in Sydney,…

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South African food service suppliers rally support to foster recovery of hospitality industry

SOUTH AFRICA – A consortium of professional food service brands in South Africa i.e., Marvello and Meadowland owned by Siqalo Foods, Your Food Partners by RCL FOODS, and Bidfood have partnered to launch the Sekela Hospitality Support Programme aimed to foster recovery of the local hospitality industry. Struggling black-owned restaurants, catering and accommodation establishments have been hit hard by the devastating impact of COVID-19 and will now obtain the needed support through the program valued at R2 million investment per year. It is a holistic, phased initiative that will provide…

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India’s garbage cafés accept plastic waste for meals in new drive to rid cities of plastic waste

INDIA – A number of garbage cafés in New Delhi, India are trying out a novel recycling idea of exchanging plastic trash for a meal in an effort to rid the city of plastic waste. The type of meal customers would enjoy in the restaurant depends on the quantity of plastic delivered. A kilo of plastic waste would for instance earn one a snack while a generous 10kg bag of plastic waste would earn the deliverer a modest meal. A substantial feast would therefore necessitate handing over lorry-loads of plastic…

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