Savonor, a family-owned business founded in 1970, has transformed itself from a small soap factory into a dynamic, rapidly growing enterprise with a diverse portfolio of products, three production facilities and several oil-palm plantations.
Savonor produces soaps it exports to neighbouring markets, palm and sunflower cooking oil, margarine, Aquavie mineral water, Boom fruit juices and more. Matthias Kuntze, Chairman, adds, “We handle our own packaging and we have a fleet of trucks for distribution. We will continue to expand our product lines.”
Palmoleine, a healthier palm oil
Savonor lives up to its motto, ‘German quality made in Burundi’. The company focusses on high-quality products that are beneficial to consumers and the local environment. One of its products is Palmoleine, a tasty, cholesterol-free refined palm oil. Savonor is also known for its Argi-2020 community-service initiative to benefit local farmers.
Matthias Kuntze says that Savonor will expand its production facilities, invest in new state-of-the-art equipment and continue to increase its exports. He adds, “We are market leader in Burundi, but to stay number one we have to be innovative. We recently invested in new machinery to increase our efficiency, quality, capacity and energy-savings. In three to five years, we want to be one of the region’s leading soap, oil and consumer-products manufacturer and exporter, and we aim to form joint-venture partnerships in 2015.”