The New Times (Kigali)

East Africa: Processing Company Boosts Delivery of Cold Products

Rwanda's largest food processing company, Inyange Industries Ltd, has acquired four refrigerated trucks as it steps up efforts to increase safety and quality cold chain products.

With only 30 per cent of the 450 million litres of milk produced annually going through processed channels, the acquisition of refrigerated trucks is also a boost to the country's dairy farming, which is witnessing steady growth.

"These trucks will be an advantage to us because we will be relieved of costs in transport and also maintain milk cold for a long time before it is taken to the factory," Claude Rwihamba of Rwamagana milk collection centre said

Previously, Inyange Industries has been renting vehicles to transport their cold chain products throughout Kigali and surrounding areas, a system which was not cost effective, thus crippling its product delivery and distribution system.

The new trucks, each with a capacity of 3.5 tonnes, are in line with the health and food safety requirements that Inyange has implemented since it acquired the ISO 22000:2005 Certification in June this year.

"This investment in purchasing their own refrigerated trucks is to enable Inyange to improve customer satisfaction through the delivery of products that consistently meet customer requirements including quality, safety and legality," Kayitana Senganda, Managing Director, Inyange industries, said

There is optimism that the new trucks will enable the company to expand its market coverage and distribution network beyond Kigali, with plans to reach all four provinces.

"These new trucks allow Inyange products to travel safely across Rwanda's borders while focusing on timely delivery without compromise on freshness and quality," the official statement from the company reads in part.

Moreover, this will also help the company utilize its capacity of 100,000 litres of milk every day, which currently uses only 35 per cent.

Inyange's efforts to tap into the East Africa's market of 130 million people have yielded positive results as it identifies more opportunities for exportation of Fresh Cream & Yogurt products in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi.

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