Monthly archives: January, 2015

Woolworths expands Africa footprint with a new store in Ghana

Mega retailer Woolworths has opened a new store in Accra, Ghana. The shop which is the retailer’s second store in Ghana is at the West Hills Mall. The 555 square metres store is large enough to meet Ghana’s growing demand for Woolworths modern product offerings.

“We are delighted to be able to meet our customers’ growing expectations and needs by opening a new store in a great location and we are optimistic about our future in Ghana,” said Paula Disberry, Woolworths Group Director, Retail Operations. Ghana remains a compelling growth opportunity for Woolworths. The economy has shown successive year-on-year economic growth, coupled with rising household incomes, increasing urbanisation and a significant emerging middle class.”

Woolworths is investing in staff development programmes with an emphasis on growing retail skills.  This is another example of our ongoing commitment to our African business as we become a leading Southern Hemisphere retailer,” added Disberry.  Woolworths currently has 63 stores in 11 African countries outside of South Africa including Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Mozambique and Mauritius.

Simba launches new South African flavour

Simba and Tiger Brands All Gold tomato Sauce has teamed up to launch Simba All Gold tomato sauce flavoured potato chips. The new flavour launch represents the fourth time Simba has embarked on a co-branding initiative with another South African Heritage brand. The flavour introduction follows on from the popular launches of Simba Nandos Peri-Peri flavoured potato chips, Simba Mrs HS Balls Chutney flavoured potato chips as well as Simba Steers Monkey Gland Sauce flavoured potato chips, and provides additional variety within the Simba potato chip range.

“As Simba is a truly South African brand we are always looking at ways to offer our audience an authentic South African flavour experience.  Tomato sauce ranks within top three preferred consumer flavour choices in potato chip (MAM STUDY, 2011), and has a very loyal consumer following. We combined this taste insight with the partnership of two homegrown popular brands entrenched in the South African landscape, and who have both been acknowledged as favourite brands by consumers over the years. Simba has been a part of South African family moments for over 57 years, while All Gold celebrates over 100 years as an essential grocery item of South African families. As both Simba and All Gold target a similar consumer audience, it made sense to leverage off the heritage and quality experience encompassed in each brand,” says Zibuyile Mdlalose, Simba Brand Manager. The new Simba All Gold Tomato Sauce flavour offers the perfect opportunity to promote a great family time experience and builds into Simba’s ‘Mapha’ philosophy.  ‘Mapha’ is centred on the joy of sharing, and family and is entrenched in Simba’s heritage and legacy as a sharing brand.

The Simba All Gold Tomato Sauce flavoured potato chips are available nationwide in the large bag 125g and small bag 36g packets

Bird flu descends on Nigeria

One of Nigeria’s most lucrative agricultural sectors, the poultry industry, has been struck with the H5N1 virus more commonly known as the bird flu. According to the country’s Ministry of Agriculture suggest that over 140,000 birds may have been exposed to the deadly disease and that over 21 farms spread across seven Nigerian states, including its commercial hub, Lagos, have either recorded cases or been exposed to the disease. Authorities believe the disease arrived in Lagos and Kano – the country’s two biggest commercial communities in Nigeria.

The poultry sector has seen tremendous growth in the last decade, growing faster than the oil, real estate, and telecommunication sectors combined. Most recently the sector had been said to be worth $3.2 billion. Media reports state that local farmers and retailers are already taking a knock with prices of live birds collapsing 73% in less than a month to N800 ($4) from a Christmas high of N3000 ($15). Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria’s agriculture minister, is however working hard to curb the infection rates stating that all 21 farms with suspected cases have been quarantined and birds suspected of exposure have been culled.  “All the farms have been quarantined and decontaminated. Other locations in Ikorodu, Ojo and Lagos Mainland have already been quarantined, while awaiting confirmation.” He assured farmers and consumers that his ministry was prepared to contain the most recent appearance of the H5N1 Bird Flu strain: “Nigeria will successfully control the bird flu outbreak. We have successfully controlled it in the past.” –

Zimbabwe to start exporting beef to Russia

Joseph Made, agriculture minister of Zimbabwe has stated that the southern African country will start exporting beef to the Russian market this year. According to Made, livestock production in Zimbabwe is mainly centered on beef, pork, milk and poultry industries and the main business mission of his nationals in Russia is to analyse manufacturing options for vaccines and medicines for livestock and the development of new technologies in this sector.

The country is also planning to double its exports of beef to Russia and other alternative markets in the European region, stated Made. Zimbabwe’s national cattle herd is estimated to be worth $5.36mn and the government is targeting to raise the figure to $6mn. Made also noted that Zimbabwe used to export beef worth millions of dollars yearly to Russia, however, the country’s beef industry has been struggling for more than a decade since Russia banned meat imports from Zimbabwe. This was due to the outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease, revealed the agricultural minister.

Before the ban, the country also exported beef to Libya, DR Congo, South Africa and Malaysia, added Made. –