Grocery chains now adapting to capture new markets.

With an increasing demand for customer-centric service and changing customer behavior, Kenyan supermarkets are having to redesign and rethink their strategies in order to survive. Willy Kimani, the Chief Commercial Officer of Naivas Supermarkets, speaks about the evolving customer base, “The Kenyan customer is changing; it is right now more informed. The customer has now become more complex, he is demanding more.” Around two-thirds of Kenyans buy their groceries in traditional markets or smaller stores and kiosks. Bryan Sun, Nielsen Africa Managing Director, explains how this creates the potential for…

Blue Band launches 3 new products into the Kenyan Market

Blue Band has added three products to its portfolio in the East African Market. Now an Upfield brand, Blue band has introduced three new products in the market to meet its customers’ demand. In addition to its original Blue band spread, the brand has now added, peanut butter, mayonnaise, and canola oil. Grown at the foot at the foothills of Mount Kenya, Canola oil is a cholesterol-free product rich in Omega 3, 6, and 9, a healthy option for salads and shallow frying. The new Blue band peanut butter is…

Experts warn food security under threat due to locust invasion

The current Desert Locust situation poses a serious threat to food security and livelihoods according to regional experts.   This is the worst Desert Locust situation in 25 years for most of the affected countries, for Kenya, in 70 years,according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Unusual weather and climate conditions have contributed to the spread, including heavy and widespread rains since October 2019. A further increase in locust swarms is likely to continue until June due to the continuation of favourable ecological conditions for Desert Locust breeding.…

Pest free campaign Launched in Makueni to boast Mango production

(L-R)Harrigan Mukhongo Deputy Feed the Future Coordinator USAID Kenya, Esther Kimani, MD ,KEPHIS, Betty Kibaara from Rockefeller Foundation, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana and Dr Oscar Magenya, Director Research & Innovation, Ministry of Agriculture during the media launch of the  ‘Komesha Fruit Fly Campaign’ at the Radisson Blu hotel. PHOTO:COURTESY. By Dennis Muritu A campaign to create a Pest Free Area will be launched in Makueni to improve production and quality of mangoes to stimulate export and increase incomes for farmers. The campaign dubbed Komesha: Zuia Fruit Fly Ufaidike will sensitize and create awareness on economic…

What you need to know about the latest whiskey in the Kenyan market

Christmas comes early to Kenyan Whiskey lovers as Glenmorangie unveils its one of its kind product in the market. In an interview at Radisson Blu Arboretum, Hamish Torrie, Director of Corporate Responsibility said that Glenmorangie boasts the highest stills in Scotland, and is known for a very delicate, refined and light spirit. He said that that the decision to set foot in Kenya was inspired for its position in the East African market and its rich hospitability. “Kenya is rich when it comes to the culture of hospitability and its…

Soko Maize flour cleared by Kiambu County’s Public Health office

Kiambu County’s Public Health officials have cleared Soko Maize flour after official test results revealed that the product complied with allowable aflatoxin parameters. The clearance now means Soko Maize Meal can now trade freely in any outlets- e.g. Supermarkets, Distributors, Wholesalers, Retail shops, Hotels, Closed and open markets and Schools in the country. “Refer to the visit by Kiambu County Public Health Officials to your factory on 16th November 2019. Following the issuance of circular (KCG/CDH/VOL.1/39 dated 11th November 2019) to Sub County Public Health Officers (SCPHOs) – Kiambu County. As a way…

Water prices set to rise by Ksh. 7 per litre

Kenyans are set for tough times ahead following the move by the taxman to impose Excisable Goods Management System (EGMS) stamp that will increase water prices by up to Ksh. 100 per 20m litre refil The Water Bottlers Association of Kenya (WBAK) pointed out that the price of bottled water is expected to increase by an average Ksh.7 per litre as the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) moves to implement new excise taxes on the non-alcoholic beverage from Wednesday next week. WBAK chairperson Henry Kabogo said the new excise tax will…

Women lobby push for implementation of 2016 Act to enable women own matrimonial land

Women have called on the government to move with speed and equip local communities living in group ranches and community land with accurate and open information relating to compliance of the parcels of land to avoid misinformation, exploitation and extortion of these communities. Speaking during the International Day of Rural Women which seeks to celebrate and honour the role of rural women by recognizing their importance in enhancing agricultural and rural development, Jennifer Kasana Groots Member from Laikipia pointed out that women have been left out in the land matter…

Kenyatta National Hospital’s unveils Ksh. 25m refurbished kitchen

National Bank Chief Executive Officer Wilfred Musau and Kenyatta National Hospital Chief Executive Officer Dr. E. Kamuri toast to open the newly renovated hospital’s main Kitchen. The Ksh.25M kitchen renovation project marks the completion of phase 1 of a 3-part project that is expected to take part in 3 phases.      National Bank of Kenya and Kenyatta National Hospital have unveiled a top-to-bottom makeover of the hospital’s state-of-the-art kitchen. The ksh.25M kitchen renovation project marks the completion of phase 1 of a 3-part project that is expected to take part…