Kenya has the most developed market-based economy and is often considered as an economic and commercial hub of East Africa. With demography with over 79% young work-force, this is the financial and logistics capital. Nairobi is the transport hub of the entire region.
Top 50 Brands of Kenya
Safaricom is Kenya’s largest telecommunications provider with over 32 million subscribers. Headquartered in Nairobi, they are one of the most profitable institutions offering mobile money transactions, consumer electronic services, cloud computing, music and data (4G/LTE) services, etc.
The largest African beer brand, Tusker is owned by the East African Breweries. It has been brewing since 1922 in special wooden beer cases but now we find Tusker beer brewed in plastic cases.
Citizen TV is a free-to-air television channel, which was launched in 1999. This Kenyan TV airs entertainment programs and soap operas mostly in English and Spanish. They are popular for their local content and news channels.
Kenya Airways Ltd.
Founded in 1977, more commonly known as Kenya Airways, they are the main airline of the country. Headquartered in Nairobi, initially, it was a public company but later runs under public-private ownership. They own the maximum shares of the Kenyan government.
KCB Bank Kenya Limited
This licensed commercial bank was the largest financial service provider in Kenya. KCB started working in 1896 and now has more than 250 branches in Kenya making this network the longest chain in the country.
Equity Bank Kenya Limited
Equity Group Holdings Limited restructured itself into forming this commercial bank and financial holding company in 2014. Headquartered in Nairobi, they have over 170 branches in Kenya and operate both as a licensed bank and a financial service provider.
East African Breweries Limited
EABL is reputed for manufacturing both alcoholic drinks as well as non-alcoholic beverages. This Kenyan based brewery is headquartered in Nairobi and has distribution partners all around the country. They were founded in 1922 and is owned by the Dodds.
Kenya Power and Lighting Company
Kenya Power (KPLC), is a national electric utility public liability company that manages electric metering, transmits and distributes electricity, license, and bills electricity to industries, offices, schools, and offers optic fiber connectivity to several telecommunication companies. The headquarters are in Nairobi.
Bamburi Cement Limited
This Kenyan industrial company specializes in cement and concrete. Headquartered in Nairobi, the company was founded in 1951 and is the largest cement manufacturer in Eastern Africa and the largest cement manufacturing exporter in Kenya.
Standard Chartered Kenya
Popularly known as Stanchart Kenya, this commercial Kenyan bank is a subsidiary of a British multinational financial company, Standard Chartered. This is the fourth largest financial service provider licensed under the government (Central Bank of Kenya).
Founded in 1959, this pan-African downstream oil company was initially a wholesaler of packaged kerosene and later became the largest local oil marketer in Africa. Headquartered in Nairobi, they offer a wide variety of petroleum products around seven countries.
Co-operative Bank of Kenya
This large financial services institution can also be referred to as a commercial bank. Licensed under the Central Bank of Kenya, they serve individuals, small and large business institutions, and cooperative societies with a huge customer base in Kenya.
Nation Media Group
National Media Group (NMG) was founded in 1959. This Kenyan media group established by Aga Khan is the largest private media group having expertise in newspapers, magazines, radio stations, television stations, etc.
Total Gas, a sister brand of the Total Group is a leading and popular LPG brand in Kenya. They are the leading supplier of petroleum products and the fourth-largest of the oil and gas category in East Africa.
Mumias Sugar Company Limited
Mumias is the largest sugar manufacturing company in East Africa with over 99000 acres under sugarcane cultivation. Headquartered in Mumias, they have sugar plantations and factories in Kenya, but also produce ethanol and distilled water since its inception in 1971.
Diamond Trust Bank Group
DTB was founded in 1946 and is the eighth largest commercial licensed banking group by assets, in Kenya. It is a reputed brand in Kenya.
Kenya Electricity Generating Company
KenGen was founded in 1954 as the Kenya Power Company and currently operates seven geothermal power stations around the country. This parastatal company is the largest electric power producer that generates electricity from water, geothermal, wind, and heat.
Uchumi is one of the most popular Kenyan supermarket chains that were founded in 1975. They have retail outlets for equal distribution of products and franchises all over Kenya.
ARM Cement Limited
Athi River Mining Limited (ARM) is a mining and manufacturing company that produces cement, minerals, chemicals, fertilizers, hydrated lime, silica, etc. headquartered in Nairobi, they are a top cement and industrial mineral manufacturing company in the African community.
Kenya Reinsurance Corporation Limited
Kenya Re is the oldest reinsurance company that provides both life and general insurance to over 62 countries worldwide. They started their business in 1971 and generate half of their revenues from markets all around the world.
NCBA Bank Kenya
NCBA Bank Kenya Plc is a Kenyan commercial bank licensed under the Central Bank of Kenya. They are a subsidiary of NCBA Group and have over 64 networked branches in Kenya. Headquartered in Nairobi, they ranked three by total assets in the country.
Industrial Promotion Services (IPS)
This is the industrial development wing of the Aga Khan Fund (AKFED) and is headquartered in Nairobi. They hold shares in many power plants around Kenya and own special vehicles subsidiary in the country.
Headquartered in Nairobi, this investment and infrastructure company is more like a private equity firm. Established in 1997 by a group of friends, they have subsidiaries in Kenya, Uganda, and many more countries.
Stanbic Holdings Plc
This was earlier known as CfC Stanbic Holdings Ltd, this is a banking institution that provides financial services to small and large businesses along with individuals throughout Kenya. Headquartered in Nairobi, this finance giant is a member of Standard Bank Group.
Williamson Tea is one of the known tea farming businesses and it is known to have at least the experience of a hundred and fifty years. This firm is known for manufacturing, blending, and supplying the best quality sustainable tea which they harvest in their farms located throughout Kenya.
The Scan Group is a subsidiary of WPP and is the biggest marketing and communication group in South Africa. They operate multi-agencies, ad-agencies, media firms, and other market research agencies in over 25 countries. Headquartered in Nairobi, currently, they function as a private limited.
The Jubilee Insurance Company of Kenya (JICK)
Jubilee Insurance is a Kenyan insurance company that is a sister brand of Jubilee Holdings. They are a multinational insurance holder, headquartered in Nairobi. They have the largest market share in the Kenyan insurance market (11.9%).
The oldest and largest newspaper in Kenya is owned by the Standard Group. They also run a television network, news channels, online platforms, and weekly tabloids. They started issuing daily papers in 1910 and are headquartered in Nairobi.
Kakuzi is a cultivation manufacturer in Kenya. The company, with many of its associates, produces tea, pineapples, grazes and breeds livestock, and executes forestry operations. Kakuzi is the largest exporter of avocados in the country.
Sameer Group of Companies
Headquartered in Nairobi, Sameer Group is a huge Kenyan conglomerate with numerous subsidiaries in Africa. They provide agricultural facilities, manufacturing high tech construction and transport and other financial activities.
Housing Finance Company Limited
HF Group, officially known as Housing Finance Company Limited or Housing Finance, is the only legalized mortgage finance provider in Kenya. Born in 1965, this brand has been constantly urging netizens to not only save their earnings but also invest.
Eveready East Africa
Eveready is a popular Kenyan battery manufacturer and marketer. Headquartered in Nairobi, they also offer razors, blades, other accessories and have also ventured into real estates. They, along with a subsidiary network are Africa’s largest battery manufacturer.
Sasini is a member of Sarneer Group and is among the country’s big tea and coffee producer. They have coffee shops, sells packaged products, mugs, and crockeries, tea balls, etc. The headquarters are in Nairobi.
Rea Vipingo operates sisal plantation in Kenya and adjoining countries. Headquartered in the country they are leading producers of sisal since 1939.
Kapchorua Tea Kenya PLC
Kapchorua Tea Kenya PLC, (Kapchorua Tea Company Limited), is a Kenyan tea manufacturer and seller. They cultivate over 600 hectares of Kenyan highlands for tea and timber business. They also run a forestry branch. –
Marshalls East Africa Limited
Marshalls EA is a Kenyan automobile sales company that was established around 1954. Marshalls along with its many holdings and associations also operates over 1000 stores in the country.
The Pink Savannah
This accessory brand was earlier known as Pink Bush when it was a small start-up and currently curates affordable handmade jewelry. They specialize in contemporary and tribal brass designs that are colorful and unique.
Katungulu Mwendwa is a Kenyan designing label by the name of the talented curator himself. They make contemporary, yet timeless clothing blending local African cultures and aesthetics but still staying subtle.
International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), founded in 1978, is an international institute that specializes in researches in agroforestry. Headquartered in Nairobi, they look after sustainable management, protection, and regulation of the tropical flora and fauna and proper use of landholdings.
Kenyatta National Hospital
With over 6000 staff and a patient count of 3000 per day, this is the oldest hospital in Kenya, founded in 1901. It abides by the Ministry of Health guidelines and is also the largest hospital in the country
Serena Hotel is a hospitality company with high-end luxury hotels, safari lodges, and resorts in African countries. They have a trading name (Tourism Promotion Services) and maintains properties in and around the country.
Kenya Revenue Authority
KRA is a Government agency that assesses, collects, and does accounting of the revenues and the dues. Their prime duty is revenue collection on behalf of the Government of Kenya.
Kenya Ports Authority (KPA)
KPA, formed in 1989 is responsible for maintaining, operating, improving, and regulating all scheduled seaports on the Kenyan coastline. This state corporation is headquartered in the Mombasa Islands.
Unga Group Limited
Unga Group is one of Kenya’s oldest companies with a history dating back to 1908. They are a company with investments in the manufacturing business of flour millings, animal feed, and human nutrition products. They have their headquarters in Nairobi.
African Banking Corporation Limited
ABC Bank Kenya was established in 1984 as a home-grown Kenyan commercial bank. ABC is a licensed institution that offers sustainable financial solutions to support medium and small-sized corporations and businesses to people around the globe.
Carbacid Investments plc
Carbacid is a Kenyan manufacturing and investment company that is the largest manufacturer and marketer of food, medical, and industrial carbon dioxide. They are the pioneer in extracting CO2 from natural reservoir and mines, then purify and distribute carbon dioxide throughout Kenya.
98.4 Capital F.M.
Popularly known as Capital F.M, this is an urban music radio station based in Kenya. Headquartered in Nairobi, they were established in 1996 and are known to play various genres of music for the local as well as the international audience.
Credit Bank Limited is a medium-sized Kenyan commercial bank licensed under the Central Bank. Founded in 1986, they were initially a non-bank financial institution but later rebranded into a bank with over 20 branches.
Dawa Limited is one of the ancient brands of Kenya. Headquartered in Nairobi, they manufacture and distribute human pharmaceuticals and healthcare products since 1977. They operate around 200 stores in and around Kenya, selling dosage forms like tablets, capsules, syrups, etc.
Del Monte Kenya
Del Monte is a Kenyan food processing company that was renamed from Kenya Canners to Del Monte in 1948. They cultivate, produce, and can pineapple products. The end products are canned solid pineapples (largest producer), juices, concentrates, mill sugar, and cattle feed.