Dendairy eyes ex­pots to Malawi

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Love­more Zi­gara

KWEKWE-based dairy pro­ces­sor, Dendairy, has an­nounced plans to pen­e­trate the ex­port mar­ket in Malawi and the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo to in­crease its mar­ket share.

This comes at a time when the dairy firm suc­cess­fully en­tered the Mozam­bi­can mar­ket last year with a wide range of prod­ucts.

Rid­ing on the back of a 25 per­cent levy in­tro­duced by gov­ern­ment to curb the in­flux of dairy im­ports, Dendairy has wit­nessed tremen­dous growth over the past year im­prov­ing pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity by over 50 per­cent.

Dendairy man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mr Dar­ren Coet­zee told Busi­ness Chron­i­cle that the move is part of the com­pany’s core ob­jec­tives of ex­plor­ing new mar­kets for its prod­ucts.

“As a com­pany we’ve re­alised growth over the past year through the in­stal­la­tion of new ma­chin­ery to boost our pro­duc­tion.

This has seen us ex­port­ing into Mozam­bique and we’ve had a good re­sponse.”

“We are look­ing to ex­plore new mar­kets such as Malawi and the DRC soon for prod­ucts such as our juices, long life milk and yo­ghurts . . . There is quite a big range that we’re send­ing out and we’ll con­tinue to ex­plore new mar­kets for our prod­ucts,” said Mr Coet­zee. The manou­vres by the dairy pro­ces­sor come af­ter the com­mis­sion­ing a new pack­ag­ing ma­chine for ster­il­ized pro­duc­tion of dairy prod­ucts in June this year.

e in­vest­ment boosted the com­pany’s ca­pac­ity to process be­tween four to six mil­lion litres of milk per month which is about 70 per­cent of the coun­try’s dairy re­quire­ments.

In July 2014, the com­pany com­mis­sioned two Te­tra Pak plants which pro­duce 100 milil­itres and 200 milil­itres milk satch­ets for long life shelf milk.

This was in line with dairy com­pany’s plan to pen­e­trate the hospi­tal­ity sec­tor where de­mand for milk pack­aged in small quan­ti­ties is high.

In 2013, Dendairy made an ini­tial $6 mil­lion in­vest­ment into its first Te­tra Pak plant which saw the com­pany be­com­ing the first

dairy pro­ces­sor to in­tro­duce long life shelf milk on the mar­ket.-@lavuzi­gara1

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