Spice maker to construct mega factory in Kenya

07 September 2016

Tropical Heat Limited, a leading manufacturer of spices and snacks in the East African region, is set to construct mega factory in Kenya to boost its production capacity. The      US$ 4.5m factory in Kenya is being supported by International Finance Corporation (IFC).

In a statement IFC said: “The facility is fully utilised and the congestion is now a major bottleneck hindering the company’s growth, hence the need for a new factory.”

The new factory will be constructed on 5,200 m2 on an eight-acre piece of land in the Limuru area and is part of the company’s expansion plan to introduce new products.

The mega development, whose construction is ongoing, is expected to be complete by the end of next year.

Tropical Heat Ltd confirmed that it is also planning a cold storage facility built mainly to handle locally sourced potatoes, a major raw material for crisps.

The company manufactures a wide range of products and spices including herbs, seasonings, masala and salts. Its assortment of snacks includes potato crisps, ethnic snacks, Kenyan chevda, peanuts, rice cakes and extruded snacks. The company started operations in Thika town in 1974 as a cottage business run by a single family inside their house.

It is one of the rising companies that have featured prominently in the annual Business Daily/KPMG sponsored Top 100 Companies survey.

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