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Major Consumer Foodservice Trends in MEA

by , , , , and February 6th, 2016
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The consumer foodservice industry in the Middle East & Africa region is changing at a fast pace, witnessing a movement towards chained players from traditional independent ones, as well as increasingly adopting health and wellness trends. Moreover, delivery service expansion is also becoming more popular, with consumers looking for convenience as a growing workforce means […]

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Coca-Cola’s Investment in Nigeria’s Chi

by February 3rd, 2016
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Coca-Cola has announced its intention to purchase a 40% stake in Nigeria’s Chi (holding company Tropical General Investments) and will buy the rest of the group within three years. This is not a surprise move as it fits Coca-Cola’s coordinated global strategic movements in enlarging investment in dairy and juices. Euromonitor International’s latest data show […]

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Emerging Markets Tech: Africa’s Sleeping Saharan Giants

by January 13th, 2016
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Although Sub-Saharan Africa has long been the weakest region globally in terms of digital connectivity, the area is on the edge of a major technological surge. Its young demographic, and improved access to both education and credit is unleashing new Internet-hungry consumer markets, providing a new arena for goods and services that have already thrived […]

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Trends in Domestic Travel and Tourism in Africa

by December 20th, 2015
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Challenges abound for the tourism industry in Africa, with the effects of Ebola and national security still plaguing some countries. That being said, there are positive trends coming from the region. Improved travel websites, booking sites and online travel agencies are all a result of improved internet infrastructure and mobile phone penetration in the country. […]

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Driving Middle Class Growth in Emerging Markets

by November 9th, 2015
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Some of the most crucial foundations of middle class growth in emerging markets include economic growth, increased productivity, an attractive business environment, female labour participation, urbanisation, increasing educational attainment and the establishment of a social safety net. Looking at the world’s 10 largest emerging markets (measured in PPP terms) we see stark differences in these […]

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Economic Pressure Fails to Dim Sub-Saharan Africa’s Long-term Promise

by October 26th, 2015
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Earlier in the year I asked the question can Sub-Saharan Africa ride out commodity price losses? I argued that yes it can because the key to Africa’s growth lies outside commodities – its potential as a consumer market, its young, fast-urbanising population and its burgeoning middle class should be why Sub-Saharan Africa is still top […]

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Global Manufacturers look to Frontier Markets

by October 25th, 2015
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  A key trend in global manufacturing is a shift towards low-cost frontier markets, such as Myanmar and Ethiopia. Although shifting towards emerging markets is not a new venture for global manufacturers, markets such as China are no longer as cost saving as they once were due to rising labour costs. Frontier markets, however, are […]