Apparently, this move may come as a response to the 2012 national dialogue meeting in which President Paul Kagame probed the company’s inefficiency to meet the demand on the local market-especially processing milk from local farmers.
According to Prof. Manasseh Nshuti, the Chairman of Crystal Ventures, that runs a consortium of companies-including Inyange industries, the company has a production capacity of 40%.
Kagame asked why the company cannot be positioned to use its capacity to at least 80 instead of the current percentage. Kagame also demanded for measures taken by the company to resolve this gap.
Prof.Nshuti said, in response that the company was discussing with relevant sources to address the issue at hand.
This March 2013, Kris Romeo Kabarira, the companies marketing manager says that the company is working on the process of expanding its products but first the company is dealing with requirements of increasing its production capacity in order to meet this goal.
In a similar move, Inyange Industries and the Nyagatare Dairy Farmers’ Union have signed on a memorandum of understanding on milk collection. The signing was officiated by Ministry of Agriculture & Animal Resources during a meeting held on February 22, 2013.
The MoU’s objective is to ensure the efficient management of the Milk Collection Centers (MCCs), to preserve and maintain high quality and reliability of milk supply and to collaborate with MCCs to improve the health and productivity of dairy cows.
Last year, Inyange industries, also started the process of negotiating deals that will see it export its product distribution to the South Sudan and Tanzania markets and recently represented Rwanda in the Western African Trade fairs.
Inyange Industries is a leading food processing company in Rwanda, manufacturing a variety of products under their brand name – “Inyange”. The “Inyange” brand has been in use since 1997. In 1999 it began its operations which included processing and selling of pasteurized milk and yoghurt. Later in 2001, the plant introduced Mineral Water processing and packaging.
Realizing that domestic demand for all Inyange products is much higher than the previous facilities could supply, Inyange’s shareholders embarked on an ambitious expansion project, a USD 27 million new production plant in Masaka, which has seen its capacity increase tenfold.
This increased capacity more than fulfills the local demand, but also gives Inyange the opportunity to expand its market to the neighboring countries, taking advantage of Rwanda being part of the East African Community (EAC) and its customs union