Agri-tech startup Twiga Foods has launched a multi-million dollar distribution centre aimed at serving manufacturers, brand owners, and farmers across East Africa. The Fulfillment by Twiga centre located in Tatu City is world-class 200,000 sq ft facility that is automated for efficiency and speedy execution of tasks.
Twiga’s Group C.E.O, Peter Njonjo stated that the move will ensure convenient and affordable, food and retail commodities distribution across Kenya and Uganda, reaching over 140,000 customers in the region.
The state-of-the-art distribution facility is fitted with the latest logistics and warehouse technology. The modern agricultural distribution center has large capacity storage fitted with racking systems, banana rooms, modern dock door systems, and product scanners which have enhanced food traceability as well as other functions.
The event was attended by President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretary for Trade, Investment, and Industry, Hon. Moses Kuria among other dignitaries. Mr.Njonjo signed a high-level framework with the ministry of trade, aimed at facilitating access to the much-anticipated hustler funder. The President announced that Twiga will have access to Ksh 300 million, out of the KSh 50bn hustler fund kitty scheduled to be launched soon. Twiga will be among the agencies tasked with distributing the low-interest government funds to citizens.
“Today, we are extremely proud of the official opening of the Twiga distribution center. This world-class facility will help push our daily handling capacity to 8Million Kgs. This facility will form the backbone of our supply chain and will be key in enabling our new service, fulfillment by Twiga” said Njonjo.
Twiga has seen major changes in its business model this year which has led to the downsizing of its workforce. In the new model, 221 employees who worked as salespersons will now manage their own regions and earn commissions from the sales they attract.