Tunde Felix Ogunde ran operations for Burger King in the UK for several years before he decided to return to Nigeria to start his own business. He founded QSR Consult, a consultancy that helps entrepreneurs to set up restaurant businesses in Africa.
Observing some gaps in the market, he recently started to produce tomatoes in greenhouse environments and told us that after just eight weeks he received over $200,000 in investment. Right now, the demand for his high-quality tomatoes, which meet certain standards during production and delivery, is so high that his supplies cannot keep up. So he is expanding his greenhouse production plans. Tunde is not processing or branding the tomatoes in anyway, and they are still an absolute hit.
We heard from an agricultural accelerator in Nairobi that the situation there is the same. The need for reliable delivery of good-looking, high-quality tomatoes remains high and there is still a big shortage in the market.
Except from page 56 of 101 ways to make money in Africa by John-Paul Iwoha & Harnet Bokrezion