SACOMA Global Foods Innovation is one of the British SMEs selected to become Commonwealth-First Export Champions, based on their ambition, innovation and the impact that they will have across Commonwealth and international markets. SACOMA is part of the third cohort of the Commonwealth Export Champions programme where 30 outstanding British businesses have been selected for distinguished Commonwealth Export Champions programme.
CommonwealthFirst is an initiative by the Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council, the business arm of the Commonwealth, to encourage SMEs to trade and invest in 52 markets. The three-year programme (2016-19) was announced at the Commonwealth Business Forum, Malta 2015 and will see 100 outstanding UK SMEs selected to become Commonwealth Export Champions.
SACOMA Global is a company promoting exportation and access to Market for Kenya and African unique agriculture process into UK/EU and other international markets, Catalysing Entrepreneurship in Rural Communities; and in particular has led the innovation and entry of the Kenya sweet potatoes commercialisation into new markets, adding value and using agriculture innovation and entrepreneurship to respond to skills challenges and technology needs for African smaller holder farmers. The Company support farmers groups and cooperatives and build their capacity to produce all year round, conform to internationally recognised food and safety standards such as Global GAP, HACCP; assuring customers of quality, traceability, reliability, and service.
Business owners Perez Ochieng and Sam Ochieng are aiming to build SACOMA food products business into a £6 million business, with overseas export sales the key driver for future growth. As an Export Champion, SACOMA will benefit from access to high-level networking events and tailored trade missions – with Canada and Australia taking place in autumn 2017 and spring 2018 respectively.
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