Archive for the ‘Consumer Goods’ category

How Kenya’s beer queen succeeded against all odds

The success of Tabitha Karanja and her Keroche Breweries is a classic David and Goliath tale.

Mismatch in franchise industry could be fatal to business success

“Don’t buy a restaurant franchise if you like to go to sleep early.”

Kenya’s middle class a growing market for ice cream manufacturer

“There will always be a place for ice cream. As long as there are children, there will always be a market.”

New car market in Africa remains ‘very small’

A look at the used and new car markets in Africa.

Celebrated Ethiopian entrepreneur behind soleRebels reveals her next big idea

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu launches online business, Republic of Leather.

Africa’s 15 hottest investment zones

Sub-Saharan Africa has seen a 4.7% increase in foreign direct investment in 2013.

Have a clear brand message, and stay true to it

To connect with consumers, brands must have a clear picture of their target audience.

How a designer turned her hobby into a niche fashion business

“We are proud that we can make a product here which is entirely made from Kenyan handicraft.”

A look at foreign direct investment trends in Nigeria

While 52% of FDI went into the resource sectors, EY’s report highlights an increasingly diversifying economy.

Finding the right chord: A look at integration in North Africa

The countries of North Africa trade and invest less in each other’s economies than any other region in the world.

Madagascar: So close, yet so far away

Madagascar needs to do more to nurture business relationships with the rest of Africa.

Made in Britain: Opportunities for UK companies to export to Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa’s growing middle class are “ready to spend their money somewhere”.

The consequences of Nigeria’s GDP rebasing

Although Nigeria now exceeds South Africa in economic size, it still has a long way to go to reach a similar level of development.

Potato chip manufacturer talks about getting Nigerians to buy local

“We as Nigerians always believe that foreign brands are better than locally made brands… which poses a challenge to us.”

Carlyle private equity fund eyeing investments linked to emerging middle class

The Carlyle Group has seen greater than expected investor interest in a fund focused solely on sub-Saharan Africa.