Twiga Foods launches first private label product dubbed SokoYetu Rice

KENYA – Kenyan-based technology food distribution platform, Twiga Foods has further climbed the value chain with the launch of its first private label rice dubbed SokoYetu Rice. Twiga foods is known to source produce directly from farmers and delivers it to retail outlets, kiosks, and market stalls who sell to the end consumers. The launch of the new long grain rice further cements the company’s support to Tanzanian rice farmers in the Kapunga area. Freshly milled directly from paddy, SoKoYetu Rice is sold at the company’s online store known as…

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Twiga Foods elevates Peter Njonjo to Group CEO, appoints East Africa CEO in readiness for regional expansion

KENYA – Twiga Foods, Kenyan-based technology food distribution platform, has announced the elevation of its Co-founder and CEO Peter Njonjo to the position of Group CEO, effective June 1 2021. In his new role, Peter will be focusing on building the organization’s capacity and capability, as it embarks on its expansion across the African continent. He will be supported by the newly elected Chief Executive Officer of Twiga East Africa, Yebeltal Getachew (YG). YG will take over the role as of 3rd May 2021, to lead the commercial growth and…

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Twiga Foods expands footprint in Kenya, sets base in Eldoret

KENYA – Twiga Foods, a business to business food distribution company in Kenya, has launched its operations in Eldoret as part of its plan to expand in the East African region. The online distributor headquartered in Nairobi has operations in Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu, Embu, Meru, Kisumu, Kirinyaga counties and now Uasin Gishu County. The company sources produce directly from farmers and delivers it to retail outlets, kiosks, and market stalls who sell to the end consumers. Through this they help farmers reduce post-harvest losses on fresh produce by identifying ready…

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Twiga Foods crafts employee share ownership plan to ensure future growth

KENYA – Kenyan-based technology food distribution platform, Twiga Foods has set up an employee share ownership plan (ESOP), to grant its workers a stake of the company in a bid to attract and retain best talents. Under the plan, according to a press-release by the company, will see 156 workers of the online distributor allotted shares over the next four years. In the thick of it, the employees will get shares equivalent to 10 percent of the company’s estimated future exit value which is what is raked in after the…

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Twiga Foods eyes additional US$15m investment from IFC to scale up operations

KENYA – Kenyan tech-enabled food distribution platform, Twiga Foods is set to clinch a funding of Ksh 1.6 billion (US$15 million) from its long partner and financier, the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The investment will be used to support the development of up to 300 irrigated medium-scale contract farmers to complement Twiga’s seasonal smallholder farmer supply base. This is aimed to stabilize year-round fresh fruit and vegetable volumes in line with Twiga Foods mission of supplying readily available safe, affordable, and high-quality food to Kenya’s urban markets. The proposed investment…

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Twiga Foods to enter Kisumu city as West Africa expansion plans still shelved

KENYA – Twiga Foods, a Kenyan tech-enabled food distribution platform is seeking to set base in Kisumu county as part of its plan of expanding in the East Africa region. The online distributor headquartered in Nairobi has operations in Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu, Embu, Meru and Kirinyaga counties. In a LinkedIn post tagged #KisumuBer Twiga stated, “The countdown is officially ON! We are expanding to our newest home – KISUMU!! Keep an eye out for our team that’s on-ground.” Twiga operates a business-to-business marketplace platform that sources produce directly from farmers…

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Twiga Foods deploys IoT in farming in partnership with Liquid Telecom

KENYA – Twiga Foods, a Kenyan tech-enabled food distribution platform has partnered with leading pan-African telecoms group, Liquid Telecom to increase agricultural productivity through precision farming by use of Internet of Things (IoT) network. According to Liquid Telecom, its expansive and resilient network has enabled the deployment of innovative IoT solutions in Twiga’s Takuwa farm, with an eye on the long-term objective of making food security a reality in Africa. Commenting on the partnership Adil Youssefi, Liquid Telecom CEO East Africa said, “I am excited about this partnership because, at…

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Twiga Foods integrates smart crate systems into its operations

KENYA – Twiga Foods, a Kenyan-based technology food distribution platform has partnered with plastic and packaging solutions provider, Silafrica to create and assimilate the use of smart crate systems into their operations. The Smart Crate deemed to be the first of its kind in the region, is made from 100% recycled plastic, in line with Silafrica’s commitment to a circular economy, while creating responsible and sustainable solutions that respect the planet and its biodiversity. This new tech solution gives the farmers a way of tracking their produce until it reaches…

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Twiga Foods signs deal with Jumia to distribute fresh produce

KENYA – E-commerce platform, Jumia Kenya and Kenyan-based technology food distribution platform, Twiga Foods have signed a partnership agreement that will enable shoppers on the platform to buy fresh produce as well as processed foods distributed by the farm produce aggregator. According to a Business Daily update, through the deal, shoppers can now buy pre-packed bundles whose cost will range between Ksh1,230 (US$11) and Sh3,180 (US$29) depending on the goods. The bundles will consist of items like watermelon, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, bananas, maize meal and processed milk. Delivery will be free in Nairobi and…

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Twiga Foods secures US$5m financing from American development bank

KENYA – Twiga Foods, a Kenyan online food distribution platform has received a US$5 million loan from the United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) to improve food security in Kenya. The investment from DFC seeks to empower smallholder farmers and urban produce vendors, especially women to have access to markets and also to improve the agricultural supply chain with cold storage, by enabling Twiga Foods to buy additional transportation and cold storage equipment. DFC’s investment in Twiga supports its 2X Women’s Initiative by empowering a network of mostly female…

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