Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Afmass Food Expo Eastern Africa

12 - 14 June 2024. 8th edition of AFMASS Food Expo. 

Since 2015, the trade show has grown to be the most important platform to source the latest new technologies and packaged food products; and where to discover the latest investment opportunities and market trends in Africa’s food and agriculture industry value chain.

The 2024 edition presented solutions across 8 special sections, including sections on packaging; ingredients and commodities; milling and baking technologies; dairy manufacturing; meat, poultry and fish; fresh produce; beverages.

AFMASS Food Expo Eastern Africa is targeted at investors, managers and professionals in the food and FMCG manufacturing, retail and hotels, restaurants and catering (HORECA) industry in the Eastern African Community but attendees to the event come from most major economies in the COMESA and SADC regions of Africa – with South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia and Zimbabwe well represented at the trade show.

Extract of the programme

12/06 SESSION 1: State of the Food Industry in Eastern Africa 

  • Lewis Ngwenya – President, Simplifine 
  • Tolga Celtekligil – Managing Director, Buhler Eastern Africa 
  • Hiten Shah – Managing Director, Bakex Millers Ltd 
  • Nitin Menon – Head of Sales, Dohler East Africa 

12/06 SESSION 2: Opportunities & Trends in Funding & Financing the Food & Agriculture
Industry Value Chains in Africa

  • Absa Representative 

12/06 SESSION 3 – Emerging Innovations & Trends in the Food & Beverages Industry in Africa 

  • Presentation: Taste Modulation in Foods & Beverage Industry – Mai Osman, MEA Team Leader Product Manager, Dohler

12/06 SESSION 4 – Emerging Innovations & Trends in the Beverages & Confectionery Industry in Africa 

  • Presentation: Kevin Johnstone – Managing Director, Cranbrook Flavors 

12/06 SESSION 5 – Investment & Trade Opportunities in the Grains (Milling, Baking, Animal Feed & Snacks) Industry in Africa 

  • Presentation: Transforming Grains - The Art of Food Processing – Ankit Sharma – Regional Manager, Business Development (Food), Buhler 
Panel discussion: Emerging Opportunities in Animal Feed Manufacturing in Eastern Africa 
  • Joe Karuri – CEO, Pioneer Feeds & Chairman, Association of Kenya Feed Manufacturers (AKEFEMA) 
  • Paul Kamau – CEO, Association of Kenya Feed Manufacturers (AKEFEMA) 
  • Khalfan Machera - Project and Process Engineer – Aquafeed, Buhler
Panel discussion: Innovating with Composite Flours in Africa – Critical Success Factors & Opportunities 
  • David Nolte – Head of Operations & R&D, Stern Ingredients East Africa 
  • Sanjay Yenugwar – Head of Production & R&D, Capwell Industries Ltd 
  • Peter Muni – Milling Industry Consultant •
  • Prof. Catherine Kunyanga – Associate Prof. & Associate Dean, University of Nairobi


13/06 SESSION 6 – Advances in Quality Assurance, Food Safety & Nutrition Management in Africa 

  • Peter Mutuku – Managing Director & Collins Tobito – Molecular Biologist, Sorela Scientific Presentation on mycotoxins, aflatoxin contamination
  • James Mureithi – Managing Director, Control Union, Kenya 
  • Stella Otaro – CEO, Top Quest Consultants

13/06 SESSION 7 – Advances in Supply Chains & Processing Technologies Innovation in Africa 

  • Amar Bahra – Sai Raj Ltd 
Panel Discussion Critical Success Factors in Transformation of the Food Industry in Africa in the face of Supply Chain Disruptions, the Ukraine War and the Middle East Conflicts 
  • Esti Keren – Managing Director, SLO Ltd 
  • Kevin Johnstone – Managing Director, Cranbrook Flavours

13/06 SESSION 8 – Advances in Food & Packaging Technologies & Innovations in Africa 

  • Presentations – Speakers to be confirmed

14/06 SESSION 9 – Advances in Fresh Produce Industry in Africa •

  • Okisegere Ojepat – CEO, Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya 
  • Presentation: Jane Ambuko, PhD, Professor of Horticulture and Postharvest Specialist, UoN – Empowering Small-Holder Horticulture Producers: Reducing Losses & Expanding Market Access

14/06 SESSION 10 – Making It in Entrepreneurship in Food Industry in Africa – Focus on Women-Owned & Led Businesses 

  • Wanjiru Mambo, Founder & Director, Wedgehut Foods Limited 
  • Dr. Monica Mburu, Founder, Afyalishe Wellness Limited 
  • Dr. Jesca Nkwabi, Group CEO, KOM Group Of Companies

14/06 SESSION 11 – Making It in The Food Industry in Africa – Focus on Youth Entrepreneurs and Young Professionals 

  • Onesmo Lucas Suka – Head of Operations, Suca Investment 
  • Dorah Momanyi, Founder at Nutritious Agriculture Network/iPoP Africa 
  • Elvine Lewis, Entrepreneur & co-Founder, Kilimogram 
  • Ruth Kariuki, Venture Builder Associate, Enviu

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