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Nutreco and Unga Group to expand footprint in East Africa

Nutreco has formed two joint ventures with the Kenya-based, feed miller in East Africa Unga Group Plc to meet the growing demand for high-quality protein within the East African region

AdobeStock 257417591With the increase in population, the demand for high quality protein from the aquaculture and agriculture sectors will rise accordingly. (Image source: Adobe stock)

This partnership involves open-ended, Nutreco-managed joint ventures with two indirect subsidiaries of Unga Group:  Unga Farm Care (EA) Limited in Kenya and Unga Millers (U) Limited in Uganda). The announcement underpins Nutreco’s commitment to its purpose of Feeding the Future and will enlarge the footprints of its divisions Trouw Nutrition and Skretting in East Africa.

Expanding into growth markets

The growing population in East Africa is expected to double from 170 million people to approximately 340 million people by 2050. With the increase in population, the demand for high quality protein from the aquaculture and agriculture sectors will rise accordingly.

Nutreco CEO Rob Koremans, stated, “I am thrilled to partner with Unga Farm Care and Unga Millers, companies that, like Nutreco, have extensive knowledge within the animal nutrition and aquaculture industries. Together, Nutreco and Unga Group will tap into each other’s extensive expertise to continue meeting the growing demand for high quality protein.”

Hundreds of years of experience and a long-standing relationship

Unga has over 100 years of grain-processing experience in East Africa and, as one of Kenya’s oldest companies, has become the largest animal feed miller in East Africa. Unga has grown from a wheat grain miller to manufacture and market a broad range of human nutrition, animal nutrition, and animal health products in East African countries.

Nick Hutchinson, CEO of Unga, commented, “Nutreco and Unga have worked together as customer and supplier for many years and we are trusted partners to one another. We are therefore thrilled to bring our partnership to the next level. Together, we will advance our offerings to our customers as we aim to supply high-quality feed supported by world class technical know-how to our aquaculture and agriculture livestock customers.”


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