Coca-Cola boils down bottling providers to just ECCBC
The US drinks giant is restructuring its bottling circuits in the kingdom. Its aim is to work with a single local supplier and increase market concentration.
The merger between three Algerian Coca-Cola distributors into a single unit controlled by Equatorial, owned by the American giant and Spanish Cobega, requires approval from local authorities. Meanwhile, Algeria is in a trade war with Madrid.
Emmanuel de Tailly, the boss of Société Anonyme des Brasseries du Cameroun, a Castel Group subsidiary, has tendered his resignation after an accident involving one of the firm's vehicles that resulted in a death. But it is not expected to be accepted.
The Atlanta-based soft drinks behemoth wants to consolidate its North African distribution network to end up with just one partner in each country, or even group of countries. It's all part of a wind of change blowing across the whole of Africa.
Two Castel production plants are under threat from the conflict in Tigray. Through its acquisition of Meta Abo Breweries, however, the French brewer has secured fresh production capacity, away from the fighting, and gained market share as it battles with its main competitor, Heineken.
UCB, the official drinks supplier of the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations, is threatening to take African football's governing body to court for breach of contract. The bone of contention is the presence of its rival Castel at fringe tournament venues.