Monthly archives: August, 2013

Unlocking Africa: UNCTAD report’s new findings and recommendations

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has made a number of recommendations regarding inter-regional trade in Africa in its Inter-AfricanTrade: Unlocking Private Sector Dynamism report.

Pelletising for Africa

In Africa the most common large-scale commercial farms are broiler chicken and egg producers, and this category of food producer is also the largest user of pelletising machines.

Sustainable African energy award winners

Winners of the annual Ashden Awards, which have been made since 2001, provide policy-makers, businesses and communities across the globe with pioneering real-life examples of how sustainable energy can be supplied, using local clean energy technologies and clever marketing strategies.

Expanding into emerging markets with small store formats

The growing appeal of smaller format stores and the increasing number of international moves by emerging market retailers are the two key trends revealed in the latest Accenture Globalization Index.

Roles and responsibilities of the franchisor and franchisee

While the parent-child analogy is often used to describe the relationship between a franchisor and franchisee, Patrizio Nebuloni, development manager of South African fast food chain Sandwich Baron, argues that this is not the case because the relationship is a legal and practical business one.

Dairy Hubs boost market access for small-scale farmers

The dairy industry in East Africa accounts for 2-4% of the national GDP, and is a source of income and employment as well as food to millions of households.

Multinational partnership to battle Aflatoxin contamination in Mozambique

Aflatoxin contamination – caused by Aspergillus, a type of fungus – is a big issue in Africa, which mainly affects grain crops during storage.

Modular interlocking building system

Going Green Modular Building Solutions claims that its range of one, two and three bedroom modular products provide an affordable, easy to transport, quick to erect, well insulated and low maintenance solution to Africa’s high housing demand.

TFD rises to chocolate challenges

Few can resist the sweet temptation of chocolate. But behind that shiny packaging and the silky, sweet indulgence within, is a complex logistics challenge.

New urinal sanitation product (South Africa)

Greenworx Bio Cleaning Solutions in association with European entrepreneur and joint patent holder Matt Read, has designed and manufactured a urinal accessory called P-Island, which it claims eliminates splash-back by more than 90% thanks to three significant features.

Drought results in low stock levels for millers (Namibia)

There is a likelihood that the retail prices for mahangu flour and maize meal could increase, as a result of poor harvests caused by this year’s drought conditions.

$42.9m brewery at Okahandja on track (Namibia)

SABMiller plans to invest $42.9m in a 260,000 hectolitre per annum brewing facility on 7.2ha of land in Okahandja’s industrial area.

Victoria Foods sets for capital injection (Zimbabwe)

In its financial results for the half year ending 31 March, CFI Holdings Limited reported a 13% decline in group turnover from $55.4m to $48m. Revenue declined by 25% and 28% respectively for its poultry and specialised divisions due to inadequate working capital.

Loan to back smallholder livestock farmers (Zambia)

The African Development Bank (AFDB) has approved a multi-million dollar fund to finance the development of smallholder livestock production in Zambia.

New palm oil agro-industrial complex (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Malaysian diversified group Wah Soeng Berhad plans to invest $744m in developing a palm oil agro-industrial complex, which will include a 180,000ha plantation in the DRC.

Private equity firm buys into drink maker (Ethiopia)

Kenya-based private equity firm Catalyst has acquired a 50% stake in Ethiopian food and beverage producer Yes Brands, to tap into the nation’s large population and fast economic growth.  

Cadbury to spend R130m in facility upgrades (Nigeria)

Emil Moskofian, MD of Cadbury Nigeria, recently revealed that the company has spent $100m in completing the first phase of its facility upgrades and expects the second phase to cost $30m. The company also recently unveiled a new 500g Cadbury Bournvita pack, which Moskofian said “adds more vitality to consumers”. – The Punch

Dairy processor expands beyond pouches (Algeria)

Earlier this year, Algerian dairy manufacturer LaiterieBetouche launched new Laban (a buttermilk beverage) and Rayeb (a milk curd beverage) products in 1-litre Elopak Pure-Pak Diamond Curve cartons.

Mars invests $83m in chocolate production (Egypt)

Mars has invested $83m in building its first Twix production line in Egypt at an existing facility.

$70m loan to improve agricultural supply chain – Sub-Saharan Africa

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has awarded the ECT Group a $70m loan to set up processing plants for cashew nuts, pigeon peas and soyabeans in Cote d’lvoire and Tanzania, as well as build commodity warehouses in Zambia, Tanzania, Nigeria and other sub-Saharan African countries.

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