Kenyan Mobile commerce startup Copia Unveils Manufacturing Unit for Sugar and Rice Production

Copia Global, a Kenyan-based mobile commerce platform has unveiled a new manufacturing unit to enhance its output of affordable sugar and rice to the Kenyan market.

The new machine doubles the capacity offered by Copia to supply the goods to the Kenyan market, a service that it has been offering since 2016. Copia says the Unit will allow it to produce its own branded sugar and rice in package amounts of 500 grams and 1 kilogram.

“Our new unit enables us to tap into the growing demand for quality goods at affordable rates,” said Tim Steel, CEO, Copia Global. “We are deepening our investments in line with consumer insights which indicate that lower cost, non-label goods are required in the market. By working with our partners and leveraging the efficiencies brought about by the new machine, we shall be able to double our current output in line with our purpose: Making Living Easier – Everyday.”

The new machine is the second such unit that Copia operates, and will enable Copia’s production team to stock higher amounts of Copia branded packaged rice and sugar to enhance the availability of the goods and reduce the current dependency on market supply. 

“Our ability to meet the rising demand for affordable goods in the market is what will give us the ability to create a sustainable and relevant e-commerce business,” said Ken Karoki, Vice President – Supply Chain, Copia Kenya. “We are deploying this machine in response to the increasing demand from the market – the new machine will let us anticipate and meet the order inflows more efficiently.”

Copia currently offers two types of rice (biriyani and long grain) as well as granulated sugar in packs of 500 grams and 1 kilogram. These foods are sourced from responsible local suppliers, who are continuously vetted for quality by the company. Copia has secured all requisite regulatory approvals to provide the packaged goods, including accreditation from the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS). 

Beyond this, Copia offers over 4,000 products to the Kenyan and Ugandan markets, with its ambition being to provide quality products at the lowest market prices delivered at no charge to the consumer. 

To date, the company has fulfilled more than 13 million orders in Kenya and Uganda through a network of over 38,000 Agents, many of whom are small shopkeepers serving as order and delivery points. 

By operating its own technology-enabled world-class logistics service, Copia is able to deliver to dense urban, peri urban, rural and remote locations, even in places with poor road infrastructure or lack of addresses, at no additional delivery cost to the customer. 

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