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There are all manner of oils and fats that we consumers are exposed to when we go to the shops. Many times, we go to buy and pick the cooking oil that fits our budget. This is because of late, cost of cooking oils is on the climb, with as recently as last month the prices making a jump of more than Ksh 100. It is important to note that almost all the cooking oil consumed in Kenya is imported. Recently for instance, Bidco Oils launched a new Golden Fry which boasts antioxidants, tocotrienols and Vitamins A, D and E. They say that these additions will have health promoting properties. However, when we go to the shop, do we take time to read through the products in order to understand their unique offerings? My research indicated that shoppers keep an eye on the price before anything else. Maybe the other most important thing is the expiry of the product. I found Elianto Corn Oil now has an extra feature: it is winterized oil. This means that it cannot solidify even at extremely low temperatures. I have an experience with the cooking oil that solidifies, especially during cold seasons. It becomes a headache when the cooking experience must involve warming parts of the container so that the oil can liquify. Winterization is the process used to refine oil which is later used in botanical oils, salad dressings, mayonnaise and other cooking oils. I sought more information on what it really means for various consumers. One professor told me that he uses winterized olive oil because it is easy to spread even on salads. The oil can be stored in a fridge and it will not lose its qualities. However as cost of living continues to rise, shoppers sometimes will go for the price than for many other qualities. A number of respondents that I talked to said they will look for those products that are on offer so that they gain something more from their shopping. A number of them said they love Rina Cooking Oil, but the price makes them go for cheaper oils. Someone also said Rina Oil’s high qualities means she uses just a little when frying and the results are evident in the flavour-filled meals. The chapatis, as she says, are to die for. Though there are numerous brands out there, retail prices need to be looked into so that consumers are not disadvantaged.


Rice Brands In Kenya
Nowadays, the trip to the supermarket to buy rice can become more of a nightmare than a delightful moment. So, the other day I was to select the best rice for pilau. I went to the shelves in a neighbourhood supermarket. The range of options is both mouthwatering and confusing.
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There are a number of ways to distinguish between rice brands, but these are also the cause for a shopper’s confusion: There is parboiled rice, brown rice, aromatic rice, biryani rice, basmati, long grain etc etc There is Daawat, Pearl, Sunrice, Mwea Pishori, CIL, Pakistani Rice, Butterfly, MRPP, S&S among a host of brands imported or produced locally. For a start, locally produced rice seems to score highly among shoppers that responded to this survey.
Mwea Pishori Rice is packaged under various brands, hence one cannot be sure which is pure, or which could be mixed with other types of rice grain. The Mwea Pishori is prone to a lot of mixing with other foreign rice products, in efforts to win or deceive buyers. The problem with the quality of this rice is the mixing that usually starts right from the mills around the farm. This compromises the quality of the grain, and when shoppers buy and cook, the outcomes are very unsatisfactory. For instance, Daawat is marketed as a brand that is easy to cook and serve. Pearl on the other hand is mounting very impressive adverts that major on its long-lasting aroma.
Among the responses I got from shoppers, are the key features they look out for from what they have heard marketers say. For instance, is the rice sifted? This means the rice has been milled and winnowed of its kernels, stones and other impurities. The sifting is sometimes done manually and it can also be achieved using machines. According to a male shopper, parboiled rice is the one which when cooked should present in well separated grains. Unfortunately, he says, the rice is at times rejected as plastic, meaning the end result is not as pleasant. Most shoppers said they prefer to buy Kenyan grown rice. This is not only to keep farmers’ businesses running, but to also the quality is very good.
A shopper said she looks for a combination of qualities including colour, texture, aroma and a well-shaped, long grain. She adds that the packet should not have flourish residue at the bottom, because it would mean the rice would not last.

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Shop online on Epepea and Magunas supermarket
In an effort to remain safe from the ongoing rampant infection of the COVID-19, shopping has been made even easier! This is thanks to a partnership between Epepea and Magunas Supermarket. The partnership intends to bring your basic home needs right to your doorstep. All you have to do is log in to the Epepea platform and follow this simple procedure: HOW DO I PLACE MY ORDER? Once you log on to the store you choose , you can search for items by; Searching for the products by keying the product on the ‘Search’ bar Browsing the ‘Category menu’ Contacting Epepea Support Agents through the chat and request for the product(s) if you have a challenge in navigation Once you find the items, click the “Add to Cart” button. After adding the item to the cart, a popup on the side will appear, giving you the options to either continue shopping or to check out. You can also click on ‘My Cart’ to check out. If you have an account and have not logged on, you will be prompted to ‘Sign In’ to your account or if you do not have an account, you will be required to ‘Register’ and create a new account if this is your first order. You can also check out as a guest. Enter a ‘Shipping Address, choose a shipping method, and enter your payment information. Review your order details. Be sure you’ve applied any Gift Cards or promotional codes you would like to use on your order. Click ‘Place your order’. Once payment has gone through you will then receive an email with the order details, and a text that the order has been confirmed.

Taste the goodness of Malt n' Milk biscuits from Cremica Biscuits Kenya

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Stay Energized with Cremica Malt and Milk Biscuits -Malt and milk biscuits from Cremica These have the right ingredients to boost you with instant energy even after a long hectic day. With rich flavour of milk and malt and lasting health, benefit of coconut these are baked cookies, which provide instant energy to your blood. It comes in a small, handy pack, which you can always keep with you to stay energized every time and everywhere...

Here's how to stand a chance to win an endearing Geisha hamper for your mum

Here's how to stand a chance to win an endearing Geisha hamper for your mum
MumAnakuita Phase 3 Facebook competition is back on! Geisha has launched the third phase of MumAnakuita seeking to take you down the memory lane to unlock your childhood memories and remind you of the values your mum instilled in you when growing up. "Love is the Greatest gift, let us help you say ‘Thank You Mum” your to Mum by giving her a special personalized Geisha gift hamper!" said Geisha in  a statepemt. TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR THE #MUMANAKUITA DIGITAL ACTIVATION The Participants must reside within the Republic of Kenya to participate in the #MumAnakuita Facebook Competition. This competition is only open to participants with valid Facebook accounts. Employees of Unilever Kenya Limited, Associate companies and their families are not eligible to participate in this competition. The competition will be run on our GEISHA KENYA Facebook page Any Participant MUST like our GEISHA KENYA page for their entries to be valid. HOW TO PARTICIPATE Share your story of how your mum expresses her love to you . Post it in the comments sections on the GEISHA KENYA Facebook page posts related to this campaign. Tag your friends and use the hashtag #MumAnakuita. Only submissions with the hashtag will be valid. .Submissions with the most relevant childhood memories will automatically win our personalized Geisha mummy hamper. Competition will run from Monday 3rd September, 2019 to Friday 11th October  2019 at 11:59 pm. Any submissions made after 11th October, 2019, 11:59pm will not be eligible for consideration. Any person who had participated on the previous phases of #MumAnakuita facebook campaign and won a hamper ,w ill not get any award should they chose to participate in the Phase 3 Winners will be announced through the GEISHA KENYA Facebook page and will be contacted through private messaging on the Facebook platform to confirm delivery of gifts to the address of their choice.  

Reward your Dad with NIVEA Men hamper!!

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Dads have a way of sharing advice without saying a word. Such as this story we heard of a girl whose dad bought her a book on etiquette to pass a message to her. We would love to hear your stories of some of your Dad’s unspoken advice. Nivea will celebrate the top responses by rewarding your Dad with NIVEA Men hamper! NIVEA wants to celebrate dads this Father’s Day 2019. Get a NIVEA Men hamper which contains 5 NIVEA Men products. Like the NIVEA Men Facebook page and tell us about your dad depending on the call to action for each post. Comment on the post of the NIVEA Page from which you’ve participated in and tag your friends. OVERVIEW 1. Participants must be residents of Kenya to participate in the NIVEA Father’s Day Competition.2. The Facebook competition shall run from Thursday 13thJune 2019 to Sunday 16th June 2019 at 11:59pm.3. The competition is only open to participants with valid Facebook & Instagram accounts. 4. Employees of BEIERSDORF EAST AFRICA LIMITED and its associated companies are not eligible to enter the competition.5. The competition will be conducted through the NIVEA East Africa Facebook page (, the NIVEA Instagram Page ( And the NIVEA Men Facebook page ( 6. Participants must like our NIVEA Men Facebook page for their entries to be valid. HOW TO PARTICIPATE 7. Participants are to like the NIVEA Men Facebook Page.8. Post a comment submitting a story of their father that is connected to the call to action for the respective post(s). 9.The comment with the most likes and most compelling story will win a NIVEA Men Hamper. 10. Competition will run from Thursday 13th June 2019 to Sunday 16th June 2019 11:59 pm. 11. Any submissions made after Sunday 16th June 2019, 11:59pm will not be eligible for consideration. 12. The selected entries may be used as the cover photo of our NIVEA Men Facebook page and for any other promotional material. 13. Winners will be required to provide details of their dad and/or the person they will provide the NIVEA Men hamper to.

Win up to Sh200K with #FaceOfWeetabix campaign from Weetabix!!

What would you do with a cash prize of 200K? Well Weetabix has come up with a fun way of involving your kid’s creativity for fun prizes. To participate, submit your Weetabuddy creations on the Weetabix’s wall on Facebook, or on Instagram using the hashtag #FaceOfWeetabix . The more times you post a unique Weetabuddy, the higher your chances of winning! The offer runs till end of June. Weetabix East Africa Ltd locally manufactures East Africa’s leading Breakfast cereal, Weetabix under license from Weetabix Ltd UK. The company also markets its imported range of products which includes Weetaflakes, Alpen Muesli, Alpen Snack Bars, Weetabix Minis, Weetos, Fruit & Fibre, Branflakes and Oatibix. The goal of the company is to be the leading Breakfast Cereal Manufacturer in Africa, producing high Quality Breakfast Cereal to not only meet, but surpass consumer’s expectations. Weetabix has a strong heritage having been in the local scene for more than 30 years. The Weetabix brand currently commands the largest market share in the country. Weetabix offers many unique selling points, including: A nutritious, instant and healthy breakfast, Rich in fibre; Low in fat, sugar and calories, Great taste, Affordable for all market segments and Available throughout the country. Weetabix is available in five sizes, indicating the company’s desire to encourage all consumers irrespective of their income to eat a healthy breakfast. You will find the cereal in 37g, 112g, 225g, 450g and 900g across the supermarkets and even your neighbourhood shops. The brand has recently extended its horizons beyond the East African region.  

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