Ugandan businessman turns banana crisps into successful snack food company

Dennis Ngabirano’s Psalms Food Industries produces various products, including potato and banana crisps, processed nuts and seeds, cookies and nut butters.  He and his wife originally set up shop on the veranda of their home. Their first product, banana chips, were a hit with neighbors, students at the university where he was completing his degree, as well as the pupils at the school where he was a teacher, at the time. Ngabirano and his wife packaged them and sold them under the brand name Mr Tasty.

In 2014, when Psalms was outgrowing its home-based manufacturing space, Ngabirano was approached by an Indian businessman who had established a potato crisps business but had reached a point where he wanted to divest and sell all his equipment.

The company moved into new premises. “Immediately, using the new equipment, the quality of the crisps improved. We were producing more efficiently as well and could compete with the imported brands.”

Now, the company’s products are diverse, with 20 different SKUs in the market currently. It processes 20 tons of bananas each month and 50 tons of potatoes.



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