Africa Improved Foods (AIF) has received a major boost following Rwanda Standards Board’s decision to award the plant’s Nootri products with the S-Mark.
According to Athanasie Mukeshiyaremye, the Acting Division Manager of National Standards at RSB, the S-Mark is a proof that Nootri products conform to standards requirements.
The certification is a timely development for the $60-million plant which is keen on expanding its footprint in the region more especially to Ugandan and DR Congo markets, according to Prosper Ndayiragije, AIF Rwanda’s Country Manager.
“This could not have come at a better time and goes a long way to prove what we have always told our customers. The RSB certification is an official ‘stamp of approval’ in terms of Nootri’s high standards of quality and proves to consumers that Nootri products are ideal for consumption,” he says.
AIF Rwanda’s Quality Manager, Lillian Umuhumuza says the plant is committed to provide customers with products that meet their needs as well as meeting statutory and regulatory requirements.
Today, conformity assessment is increasingly becoming part and parcel of world trade. Many products require testing and subsequent compliance to respective standards or regulations before getting access to certain markets.
Nootri’s range of products include NootriMama which is produced for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers while NootriToto is produced for young children between six months and two years.
AIF Rwanda is a joint venture between the Government of Rwanda and four international partners namely DFID, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Dutch Development Bank (FMO) and Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials with solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance.
By Mugabo Jean d’Amour