- Posted by: Janick Pettit
- Categories: Consumer Goods / FMCG, Kenya, Online Panels
Bread market in Kenya
Bread is one of the popular staple items in Kenya pantries. In a fragmented market where competition is fierce, especially from growing supermarket brands, we checked recently which bread brands are currently the most popular in consumers’ pantries in Kenya.
To find out which are the Top 5 bread brands in Kenya based on what consumers have in their homes, we asked our SagaPoll panel members. SagaPoll, our online panel in Africa, allows us to collect hundreds of responses from members throughout the continent in just a few hours.
Kenyan panelists shared with us the most recent bread brand they bought, as well as price, pack size, a picture and the type of outlet where they made the purchase. Read on to find out which brands are currently most popular based on this pantry check in Kenya.
Top 5 bread brands in Kenya
Here is the Top 5 bread brands most found in Kenyan homes based on share of pantry (by volume):
- Supa Loaf (by East African group The Mini Group of Companies)
- Festive (by Kenyan DPL Festive Bread)
- Broadways (by Kenyan Broadways Group)
- Kingsmil (by Kenyan Kenafric Bakery)
- BB (by Kenyan Bakemark Ltd)
Preferred format and channels for bread in Kenya
Among the best bread brands in Kenya, the most popular format is the 400g packaging and by far (71%). Only a few consumers buy the 800g format (16%) and 600g format (13%). In fact, some brands, such as Festive, only sell the standard 400g packaging.
In terms of preferred channels of purchase, bread consumers in Kenya have clear habits. Indeed, the vast majority buy bread in kiosks (54%) for convenience, and 43% purchase bread in supermarkets.
Bread brands price positioning in Kenya
Price is critical for a product so ingrained in Kenyans’ lives and consumed on a daily basis by most. If we look at prices panellists paid, we find that it is fairly consistent across brands but with some nuances. For example, the most popular size, the 400g packaging, currently costs on average 60.4 KES. Some brands are slightly lower like Festive (60.1 KES) and Kingsmil (60.2 KES) while some tend to be priced slightly higher. Super Loaf is found at 60.9 KES, Broadway at 60.6 KES and BB at 61.3 KES.
So who buys which bread brand in Kenya?
Without much surprise, bread brands in Kenya with a lowest average price tend to perform better with lower incomes. For example a majority of Festive consumers (55%) earn less than 250 USD. On the contrary, Supa Loaf and Broadway do better with higher income groups. For example 29% of Broadway consumers earn over 500 USD compared to only 19% for Festive consumers.
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SagaPoll Daily Surveys asked on 3rd to 5th September 2022 in Kenya
Respondents were asked to capture the brand, barcode, SKU size, price of the bread brand they bought the most recently
Base: Adult population above 18, representative sample N = 576
Photo by @QueenGathoni