Food Processing & Manufacturing
Aspuna owns factories and processes agricultural raw materials into food across three locations in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Gambia, Tanzania and Nigeria.
“We’re unlocking the country’s abundant but underutilised agricultural wealth to help eradicate hunger, poverty, and unemployment.” Maria-Yassin Jah, Cofounder & CEO, Aspuna Group
Our flagship manufacturing operations are in The Gambia where our 1,200 metre processing factory is enabling our farming partners to transform cassava into starch of a quality so far unrivalled in Africa, as well as animal feed and natural fertiliser. Aspuna Gambia Ltd serves as a technical and commercial blueprint for our other factories.
Aspuna Tanzania was set up by Aspuna with JV Biotech Enterprises Company Limited – a fellow agribusiness focused on value addition to agricultural raw materials such as cassava, potato and maize. Since 2016 we have also been producing bio-plastic bags and disposable food containers using potato peels. Aspuna Tanzania produces Tapioca starch, cassava flour, bio-fertilizer and animal feed. The partners are now working together to further upgrade and mechanise the Tanzanian operations.
Aspuna Nigeria was set up by Aspuna with Atland Foods – a fellow agro-processing business with a focus on addressing some of Nigeria’s socio-economic challenges. Aspuna Nigeria produces cassava and garri. The partners are working together to further upgrade and manchanise the Nigerian operations.
“The partnership will strengthen Atland Foods, supporting us to faster achieve a sustainable world class and community friendly organisation. It will contribute positively to reducing post-harvest loss on our farms and enhancing small holder farmers’ income and the Nigerian economy, while generating next to zero waste in the long run.” Mr Abdulhakeem Tijani, Founder, Atland Foods and CEO Aspuna Nigeria
Market Access & Retail Trading
This line of business stems from our vertically-integrated approach and commitment to generate positive social returns through the provision of international market access for local farming communities and their representatives.
We support our bulk suppliers with the provision of in-depth market analysis and associated market entry strategies as well as logistical support. Our mission to enable sustainable trading structures for new entries means we operate reduced transaction costs in order to guarantee healthier margins for our growers.
For those wishing to explore the European retail sector, Aspuna with partner company The Aké Collective, now offers effective, tailor-made solutions to support branding, market, and retail sales activities. The Aké Collective, a community of around 400 farmers from North-East Nigeria, curates, procures, and sells, retail-ready superfoods where farmers are paid not only fairly, but well. While the Collective retails a number of foods sourced from Northern Nigeria, Aké also exclusively supports Aspuna Group with the marketing and logistics of our wholesale products from other parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Our combined team holds extensive global expertise in commodity/ food product trading and marketing with more than 40-years’ combined experience. Yet our Sub-Saharan African manufacturing and trading operations keep us grounded and constantly exposed to the challenges faced by African agri-business – an invaluable insight informing our services to other.
Products available in our portfolio
Vegetable Cooking Oils
Having successfully set up factories and trading operations in several Sub-Saharan African countries, we now offer comprehensive project development services that seek to increase agricultural processing and trading capacity across the African continent.
As practitioners we strongly believe in local value addition as one of the main catalyst for socio-economic development. Africa is full of agricultural riches and it is Aspuna’s mission to unlock them.
Whether you are a private enterprise, a farmers’ association, a governmental department or a partnering non-governmental organisation, we can help you. Download our brochure to find out more.