Trianon Spices is an impact driven spice processing company based in Tanzania, founded in 2019. Their ambition? To become a world leader in regenerative spice production. The Trianon factory processes, packs and exports cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper and clove, which it buys from 1,500 farmers in the region, to sell to large European wholesale buyers. The company used a start-up loan of 500.000,- euros from Invest International through the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) to scale volumes, improve quality and expand sales.
Paul de Rooij is one of the two founders of Trianon and explains the purpose of the financing: “With the DGGF financing we can buy machines and construct an additional processing facility to scale up the volumes. To improve the quality, we give farming training and even hire an agronomist to assist the farmers doubling their yield. And we plan to expand our sales to other markets in order to get higher prices for our products.”Read more on DGGF
Investment Managers of Invest International Ivo van der Horst and Anne Ligthelm (second and third from the left) visiting the processing facility of Trianon Spices and meeting the team. Paul de Rooij being in the middle, behind Anne.
“And what also is important, is that we now have the financial means to keep a stock, which allows us to buy the spices directly from the farmer at harvest time. Whereas before, we had to find a buyer for the herbs first. This gives the farmer more financial security. We try to improve things, work conditions and a living income, for farmers. If their production and quality increases, we all benefit”, Paul adds.Read more on what we do in the Agri-food sector
“Employees often say they love their great, locally sourced spices being shared around the world!”
Paul de RooijCo-founder and CEO of Trianon Spices
Ivo van der Horst is Investment Manager for Trianon Spices at Invest International. He believes in their focus on a positive impact:
“Trianon strives to become a world leader in regenerative spice production, showing a strong focus on increasing biodiversity. To get there, they need to scale up and as Invest International we are happy to be able to facilitate that. Not only because their spices taste great, but mainly because the impact is evident: besides good prices, they also provide training to farmers and help them with obtaining organic certification.”
There’s lots of scope to make impact to make with the Invest International financing. That impact is also reflected in the SDGs: