Vivo Energy - the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants across Africa - has today announced an extension to its existing partnership with Innscor to add quick service restaurants to a number of its service stations in Botswana.
Already with a relationship in Namibia, Kenya and Ghana, today’s announcement will see Vivo Energy become the master franchisee for Innscor’s quick service restaurants in Botswana; improving the convenience retail offer for Shell customers.
Commenting on the announcement David Mockford, Head of Convenience Retail for Vivo Energy said: “We understand that our customers are looking for more than just a fill-up when they drive onto our forecourts and that, ultimately, it’s not just about the quality fuels and lubricants we sell to our customers, but about delivering a complete service station experience. Across our network we are looking to upgrade our service stations to a modern format and that’s why this partnership with Innscor - with its well-known and high quality quick service restaurant brands - is so important to us.”
The partnership will see Vivo Energy add quick service restaurants, including Chicken Inn and Pizza Inn, to a number of the Shell service stations in Botswana.
The first two restaurants will open in Gaborone at Fairground and Broadhurst Service Stations, with a third one in the process of opening at Khudu Service station in Gaborone Main Mall.
Basil Dionisio, Executive Director, Innscor International Franchising Ltd added: “We are delighted that Vivo Energy has become the master franchisee for our quick service restaurant brands in Botswana, allowing them to operate these brands at Shell service station sites. It is clear that this will benefit customers, giving them more convenience, quality and choice. We already have a great relationship with Vivo Energy and are looking forward to seeing this grow over the coming months.”
Managing Director of Vivo Energy Botswana, Wayne Kingwill reaffirmed Vivo Energy Botswana’s commitment to its customers: “We currently have over 80 Shell service stations in Botswana and are committed to bringing high-quality fuels and lubricants and an exceptional retail experience to our customers. 12 of our service stations currently offer shopping convenience with Shell Select stores and I am excited to now have quick service restaurants at three of them.”
Vivo Energy is committed to expanding its presence in Botswana and continues to identify future opportunities to grow the number of service stations, Shell Select stores, and restaurants that it offers its customers.
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About Vivo Energy:
Vivo Energy Botswana the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in October 2012. The Shell brand has been in Botswana for over 100 years. Vivo Energy Botswana employs 80 people but the business provides indirect employment to over 1,200 people. The company is recognised as the leader in the oil industry especially championing and setting standards for safety in sales and distribution.
Vivo Energy provides high quality solutions for motorists and businesses in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda. Its retail offering includes fuels, lubricants, card services, shops and other non-fuel services (e.g. oil change and car wash). For businesses it provides fuels, lubricants and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to business customers across a range of sectors including marine, mining, and manufacturing. Jet fuel is sold to customers at 23 airports though a partnership with Vitol Aviation.
The company employs around 2,100 people, operates over 1,500 service stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic meters of fuel storage capacity. Shell and Vivo Lubricants has blending capacity of around 101,000 metric tonnes at plants in six countries (Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Morocco and Tunisia) producing Shell branded lubricants.
Innscor Africa Limited (Innscor) was listed on the Zimbabwean Stock Exchange on 1998 and its current market capitalization is USD297 million. Innscor is a diversified Pan African Management Holding company and is in the business to manufacture, distribute, retail food, fast moving and durable consumer goods to the mass market through a managed and where strategically appropriate, vertically integrated portfolio of businesses which benefit from being part of the Group, have the ability or potential to achieve scale and have the ability to dominate the supply chain and/or market in which they operate. The Group operates under the direction and management of an active, experienced team who add value through their industry expertise, deep market knowledge, professional management and entrepreneurial creativity.
Innscor reported a turnover of USD513 million and a profit before tax of USD31.8 million for the six month ended 31 December 2014. The Innscor Group of companies employs around 14,000 employees.
Vivo Energy Botswana | Adelaide V Alidi | +267 71313205 | [email protected]
Innscor Africa Limited | Priti Da Silva | +263 4 443 815 | [email protected]