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Notes From Africa: Bralima, Glacier Products, Iberchem, Twiga Foods, Unilever, Nestlé

By Steve Wynne-Jones
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ESM is proud to launch a new weekly series, Notes From Africa, which will bring you the latest retail, consumer goods and food and beverage stories from across the African continent. Past editions can be found here.

In this week's report:

DR Congo: Bralima Commences Local Production Of Heineken Beer

Bralima, one of the largest producers of beer in DR Congo, has commenced brewing the Heineken brand. This move comes after the brewer invested €9 million in its operations. Thanks to this investment, the sale price of a 33cl bottle of beer will be reduced by 35% to 1,500 Congolese francs (€0.63). The company plans to enhance its presence on the country’s beer market, which is the fifth largest in Africa behind, South Africa, Nigeria, Angola and Cameroon. Bralima is the local unit of Heineken NV and has been operating in Congo since 1923.

Kenya: Glacier Products Raises Funds For Expansion

Glacier Products, the Kenya-based producer of ice-cream and chocolate, has announced an investment by the private equity investment manager EXEO Capital, through its Agri-Vie Fund II. The owner of the popular Dairyland brand will use the fund to accelerate the growth of its core products such as chocolate spread and whipping cream, and build future capacity based on EXEO’s expertise. Glacier Products was founded in 1979 and its annual turnover is approximately €8.2 million. The company distributes its products in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda as well as in Ethiopia and Rwanda.

Tunisia: Iberchem Group Opens New Production Facility

Spanish fragrance company Iberchem has launched a new flavour centre production site in Tunisia. Covering 700 square metres in the capital, Tunis, the site is specialised in the production of powders and liquids as well as emulsions. It includes a production plant and two warehouses, and will enable the company to tap in to the market potential in the MENA region. Prior to the investment, Iberchem distributed products to the region from its head office in Spain.


Kenya: Twiga Foods To Expand In West And East African Regions In Early 2021

Kenya food retailer Twiga plans to expand its operations in the West and East African regions next year in a bid to grow its market share. According to local media reports, targeted countries include Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Ghana and Tanzania. The company works with 13,000 suppliers and delivers its products to 6,000 informal vendors.

Rwanda: Unilever Enters Second Stage Of €16.5mTea Project

Unilever has announced that it has entered the second stage of its Nyaruguru tea project in the Southern province of Rwanda. The €16.5 million initiative will see the expansion to 6,400 hectares for smallholder tea growers. It is expected to enable farmers to produce quality tea and positively impact their livelihoods by increasing their income. Rwanda is one of the main tea producers in East Africa. The country achieved Rwf 90 billion (€75 million) in export revenues from 32,000 tonnes of exports in 2019/2020.

South Africa: Nestlé Launches Project To Build First Neutral Dairy Farm

Nestlé has launched the 'Skimmelkrans Net Zero Emissions Project' in South Africa, in a bid to set up its first carbon neutral dairy farm by 2023. Located in George, in the Western Cape Province, the farm will reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released in the air, such as methane, by repurposing cow manure, and will work on better practises in terms of water conservation and soil management. The project is a part of Nestlé’s commitment to invest around (€2.95 billion) over the next five years to halve its emissions by 2030.

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