It's been a long road and although our eyes are blurry and we are tired, we are now filled with excitement and celebration! In the third week of December 2010, just in time for Christmas, the Power Foods factory began producing Plumpy'nut! Everything is in full swing with engineers and production line workers running all about. With boxes of fresh warm Plumpy'nut being stacked on pallets and waiting for the first shipments. General Manager, Mama Anna Temu looks on proudly as this dream becomes tangible right in front of her eyes.
I give her a hug. For me too, this is an exciting day I have been picturing for the last three years and I know the same is true of my boss, Navyn, and the rest of our team in the US. I wish they could be here too.
The Plumpy'nut that is currently coming out of the machines will be used right here in Tanzania for children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition. Power Foods first orders will likely come from the government itself. There are still some steps to take, such as registering the product and having the new factory audited to ensure that we are meeting all the international quality standards we have set out to meet. Power Foods and Industrial Revelation will host an official grand opening once all those steps are done and everything is official! So we've still got a little more work to do… Stay tuned! And in the meantime, help us to celebrate this huge success!!!