National Foods to produce pasta, biscuits and bread

…Company invests US$30m in plants

Business Review Writer

National Foods,  which has been known to produce the most basic of food and foodstuffs ranging from maize meal and flour to stockfeed, is set to add more to the table.

The manufacturing giant, one of the largest manufacturers and marketers of food products in Zimbabwe and the Southern African region owned by Innscor, is set to produce biscuits, pasta and bread following an investment of US$30m into value addition. 

Michael Lashbrook, National Food’s managing director said: “The pasta plant is expected to come on line this year and the biscuit plant will be completed by December this year, while in Bulawayo, we have invested in bread capacity.”

He spoke during a tour by new Industry and Commerce Minister Sithembiso Nyoni Thursday.

“We will be value-adding flour to ensure we produce products that are of high value and important to our country. “We have adequate raw materials at the moment, and there are no issues in terms of raw material supplies in rice, soya, wheat and maize,” said Mr Lashbrook.

The biscuit plant has been completed and the company is installing the equipment, a process that would be completed in December.

The company says it seeks to compete against imports.

“We are seeing a lot of imports coming into Zimbabwe of superior quality. We, therefore, went on to procure the latest equipment to be able to compete with our regional peers and substitute them with local products,” an executive for the division said.

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