We are on the lookout for aspiring FMCG entrepreneurs in the UAE, to help nurture and grow their businesses with Spinneys

At Spinneys, we pride ourselves for offering the fresher experience - a legacy that our customers have grown to trust over the years. Being an integral part of the community we serve is at the center of our core values as a company. In keeping with these values, we whole-heartedly support the UAE government’s ambitions for greater domestic food security and production. Thus we’re turning our gaze inwards to focus on new product development.

Spinneys Local Business Incubation Program will help us identify and support entrepreneurial ambitions and develop businesses within the FMCG sector in the UAE. This is your chance to step up and present a truly innovative business plan that will benefit customers and the country’s economy.

Our panel, made up of Spinneys managers, will assess all proposals before shortlisting a few businesses to bring into the program. These businesses will receive help and support from the Spinneys team in order to be able to launch into store.

MEET OUR PANEL MEMBERS

Louis Botha
Louis Botha

Supply Chain Manager

Warwick Gird
Warwick Gird

Marketing Manager

Tom Harvey
TOM HARVEY

Commercial Manager, Grocery

Charl Holtzhausen
Charl Holtzhausen

Commercial Manager, Fresh

Praveen VK
Praveen VK

Finance Manager

THE SELECTION PROCESS

  1. All prospective suppliers must submit a presentation in a digital format. This could be a PowerPoint presentation, video, etc.
  2. The presentation needs to detail the customer need, the product or concept, the business plan and the person behind the business.
  3. The Spinneys Local Business Incubation panel will review and shortlist potential businesses.
  4. Shortlisted businesses will be invited for a face-to-face session to present their concept and answer questions posed by panel members.
  5. The panel will then select businesses to list into Spinneys stores.
  6. There is no fixed number of businesses that will be shortlisted or listed. This will be at the discretion of the panel and based on the merit of each individual idea.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  1. The company must be registered in the UAE.
  2. The owner(s) of the company must be a UAE resident or citizen.
  3. The product needs to be manufactured or produced in the UAE.
  4. The company should not already be trading with a supermarket group in within the UAE.
  5. Companies can already be trading in pure online, market stall or independent retailers.
  6. The product concept need not already be in production.
  7. The product needs to be suitable for supermarket retail and aligned to Spinneys’ brand guidelines and values.
  8. The product does not need to be food, but should be closely associated with food to build Spinneys’ brand equity in food and the fresher experience.

  1. Spinneys will list the products in suitable stores for 12 months. There is no minimum number of stores and the distribution is subject to change during the 12-month period.
  2. Spinneys will not charge any account opening fees, product listing fees or other up-front fees that can be considered a barrier to entry.
  3. Payment terms will be 7 days from receipt of invoice.
  4. Spinneys will not charge for a feature in any online/social media marketing content.
  5. Suppliers will be entitled to a minimum of one gondola feature every 3 months without charge. Further secondary sittings can be agreed upon at the discretion of the commercial team.
  6. Spinneys will provide a specific page for companies on the spinneys.com groceries website.
  7. Spinneys will provide and cover all costs for one weekend of in-store sampling.
  8. Spinneys will provide a monthly one-hour coaching session with senior commercial and marketing management during the 12-month period.
  9. Spinneys will provide a one-hour meeting for each business with the Spinneys CEO and Deputy CEO during the 12-month period.

  1. The suppliers agree to sell exclusively to Spinneys for a period of 12 months. On expiry of the term, the suppliers will be free to list with other retailers. Suppliers can continue any existing trade channels that were in operation prior to commencement of supply to Spinneys.
  2. The supplier commits to offer all future innovation to Spinneys on a first refusal basis for a period of 3 years from commencement of supply.
  3. The supplier commits to producing private label variants of any products manufactured by them if requested by Spinneys.
  4. The supplier agrees to participate on all marketing and social media content deemed necessary by Spinneys.
  5. The supplier commits to all other standard trade terms set out in CTA to remain compliant with all legal obligations.

Termination of Contract

  1. Either party can terminate the agreement during the term with 12 weeks-notice in writing.

RENEWAL of Contract

  1. On completion of 12 months of supply, the contract will automatically be terminated.
  2. Spinneys commercial team will decide if they wish to continue to retail the products.
  3. In the event of continuation, the supplier will migrate to standard business terms which will extend payment terms and introduce listing fees and other charges.
Thank you for your interest in the Spinneys Local Business Incubator Programme. Entries are now closed. Watch our social channels for more exciting updates.