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The distribution network in Malawi

Evolution of the Sector

The three main cities (Blantyre, Lilongwe, and Mzuzu) are the ones where supermarkets are the most common. In fact, product distribution in Malawi can be problematic since some rural areas are difficult to reach and become inaccessible during the rainy season. Besides, purchasing power is much lower outside cities. The market is controlled by foreign companies such as Shoprite, SPAR and Pick n Pay Stores.

Market share
There are several retailers and wholersalers all over the territory, both national and international companies:
- Shoprite
- Chipiku
- Pick n Pay Stores
- SPAR
- Superior Food Market
In parrallel, traditional retail is still present with independent convenience and mini market stores.

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