Brookside Dairy Limited, Kenya’s largest milk processor, has acquired Sameer Agriculture and Livestock Limited (SALL), an Ugandan dairy company.
Brookside Dairy is majority-owned by the Kenyatta Family, of which President Uhuru Kenyatta is a key member, while SALL is a subsidiary of Sameer Group, a Kenyan conglomerate with interests in financial services, property, agriculture and offshoring. Sameer Group is owned by Naushad Merali who is the 2nd richest Kenyan with a fortune FORBES estimates at $550 million.
According to a report by Kenya’s Standard Newspaper, the deal will involve Brookside taking over the management of SALL’s contracted farmers and assets, including production of its fresh dairy products, which enjoy significant market share in Uganda. Brookside will also upgrade all SALL’s milk cooling and processing facilities in Uganda. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and executives from both Sameer and Brookside were not available to comment as at press time.
The Kenyatta family is one of the wealthiest families in Africa. Apart from their holdings in Brookside, they own extensive land holdings across Kenya, as well as controlling stakes in Heritage Hotels, media firm Mediamax and Commercial Bank of Africa. In 2011, President Uhuru Kenyatta featured in FORBES’ inaugural ranking of Africa’s richest people with a fortune we estimated at $500 million but was dropped off subsequent lists because of new information regarding the complex distribution of business assets among the Kenyatta family members.