Bakhresa seeks to acquire Blue Ribbon outright



Tanzanian food processor Bakhresa has notified Zimbabwe’s Competition and Tariff Competition that it plans to acquire 100 percent shareholding in Blue Ribbon.

Last year, Bakhresa won the bid for a stake in troubled Blue Ribbon Industries (BRI), as the first step in the planned recapitalisation of the company.

Bakhresa, which is the largest miller in Tanzania and has strong establishments in other countries in east and southern Africa, would provide equity capital of about $30 million to BRI.

The Competition and Tariff Commission confirmed the transaction yesyerday.

“Bakhresa is proposing to acquire 100 percent shareholding of Blue Ribbon,” the commission said in a statement in Harare.

“Blue Ribbon is a manufacturer and distributor of bread flour, self raising, mealie-meal and stock feed among others. Bakhresa manufactures bread flour, self raising flour, mealie meal, ice cream, juices and water among others,” said the Commission.

Editor’s note:

Bakhresa Group is one of the leading Industrial Houses in Tanzania, East Africa. It has operations spread in Tanzania Mainland & Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Rwanda, Burundi and in South Africa, according to its website.

The Group has a turnover of more than US$800 million and employs more than 8 000 people.

There are range of companies under its umbrella and with investments primarily in the Food and Beverage Sector, Packaging, Logistics, Marine Passenger Services, Petroleum and Entertainment.

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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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