KFC South Africa expands its eCommerce reach by leveraging on Vodacom’s Super App

SOUTH AFRICA – Fast food chain operator, KFC South Africa, has become a Mini Program partner on the Vodacom Super App, to enable it access new customers, trade and promote its business at a personalised level at no cost on what is, arguably, South Africa’s most high-tech and infinitely scalable digital mall. KFC is one of approximately 70 businesses that have already signed up or committed to build their own Mini Program in the Vodacom Super App. These include retailers, fast moving consumer goods companies, food outlets, transport operators and…

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SA meal kit provider Ucook acquires Granadilla Eats to accelerates growth of grocery delivery

SOUTH AFRICA – Ucook, South Africa – based food-tech company, in collaboration with its sister entity Faithful to Nature (FTN), has expanded its grocery delivery capabilities to a much larger, national scale with acquisition of Granadilla Eats. Granadilla Eats is an online food and fresh produce delivery service launched at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, and was born out of the need for a reliable home-delivery service for groceries. Also, its shift from being a swimwear brand, was to offer vital assistance required to keep smaller food-producing…

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UAC Restaurants expands its retail unit with launch of modern Mr Bigg’s bread bakery

NIGERIA – UAC Restaurants Limited, subsidiary of UAC of Nigeria Plc, a leading diversified company operating in the food & beverage, animal feed and Quick Service Restaurant sector, has opened a state-of-the-art bread bakery in Amuwo Odofin, local government area of Lagos State. The launch of the new outlet was done in collaboration with CEESAM International Limited, a UAC Restaurants’ franchisee. It is aimed to expand the company’s retail segment and readily avail its Mr Bigg’s Family bread nearer to consumers. The outlet will leverage on the traffic from its…

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White Castle invests in additional retail capabilities as General Assembly Pizza secures new production facility

US – US fast-food chain White Castle is investing US$27 million to expand its retail food manufacturing facility which supplies packaged sliders to food retailers nationwide.  The project will see the size of the plant double from approximately 75,000 square feet to 150,000 square feet and is expected to be completed by June next year.   The fast-food chain says when the new production lines are fully operational, the facility will employ an additional 75 people.  White Castle introduced its retail division in 1987 and claims to have been the first fast-food restaurant to offer its menu items at grocery stores…

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HelloFresh to acquire ready meals firm Youfoodz to strengthen its Australian brand portfolio

AUSTRALIA – German-based meal kit company HelloFresh has agreed to acquire Australian ready-to-eat meal manufacturer Youfoodz to enhance its Australian brand portfolio and product offering.  FoodBev reported that the US$93.3 million deal marks an important step in HelloFresh’s growth strategy and will strengthen its direct-to-consumer (D2C) ready-to-eat capabilities.  Youfoodz provides and distributes fresh readymade meals, as well as snacks and drinks through both home delivery (D2C) and retail (B2B).   The company operates three production facilities in Brisbane, which it claims produce more than 400,000 ready-made meals, 80,000 snacks, and 25,000 drinks per week. …

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Domino’s largest African franchisee Eat’N’Go boasts of having over 150 stores in the region

NIGERIA – Eat’N’Go limited, Nigeria’s fastest growing Quick Service Restaurant and master franchisee for Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery, and Pinkberry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt, has marked a significant milestone of attaining 150 stores in the West African country. This follows the recent openings of nine Domino’s Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery outlets in various locations in Nigeria: Nyanya Abuja, Challenge Ibadan, Choba in Port Harcourt, Admiralty Lekki, Jakande Lekki, and Aromire Ikeja. The rise of branch counts in the country, brings Eat’N’Go’s store number in Africa to 156, taking the…

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WayCool Foods to invest US$20m in expansion into Western India and Middle East

INDIA – Tech-powered food and supply chain enterprise WayCool Foods is investing close to US$20 million for its expansion plans this year which includes a foray into Western India (Maharashtra) and the Middle East.  The US$20 million is part of an ambitious expansion that includes plans to invest US$75-$100 million over the next four years to cement WayCool Food’s growth as an automation-powered supply chain entity.  Commenting on the company’s expansion plans, co-founder and CEO Karthik Jayaraman said: “Our capex plans [for the next 2-3 years] include building five large warehouses, setting up repacking facilities, and ramping up…

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US fast food chains Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin Robbins open flagship store in Morocco

MOROCCO – Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s most popular coffee and baked goods restaurant chain, has landed in Morocco with the opening of the Kingdom’s first outlet at Rabat. Dunkin’ Donuts, which was previously owned by Dunkin’ Brands Group, often operates side by side with its sister company Baskin Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. This will add a wide range of options for consumers to choose from, enabling the to relish in a variety of ice-cream flavors alongside Dunkin’s famous donuts, bangles and breakfast sandwiches, among other…

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Food-tech startup Kune Food readies to serve Kenyans healthy, affordable meals following closure of US$1m pre-seed funding

KENYA – Kune Food, a Kenyan based cloud kitchen concept operator is set to officially launch its on-demand delivery service and avail freshly made meals to consumers in August, following the successful completion of its pre-seed funding round. According to reports by Disrupt Africa, the food-tech company has closed a pre-seed funding round worth US$1 million to help it scale after a successful pilot, selling more than 500 meals in one month. Kune will use about 10% of the total investment to finalize on the establishment of its factory and…

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European retail giants Tesco, Carrefour end purchasing agreement after a three-year stint

EUROPE – British multinational grocery retailer Tesco and French retailer Carrefour have split after terminating a three-year alliance initially designed to trim costs.  A statement from both companies revealed that the collaboration which started back in July 2018 will formally end at the end of this year.   During the unveiling of the agreement three years ago, the retailers had said their coming together would boost their competitiveness and improve the quality and choice of products for customers.  At the time, both supermarkets said the alliance will cover the strategic relationship with global…

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