Trianon Spices is founded and managed by a team of Board of Directors that are highly experienced, skilful industry professionals in the spices and agriculture sector in Tanzania and around the world.
Edward Rukaka is a well experienced exporter of spices, having worked in the value chain for more than six years, has made Companero Farmers, a family owned company one of the most promising spices exporter in Tanzania. Having born in an agricultural family, ambitious and dedicated in the spice industry, his role as Tanzania Spice Association Chairman will increase the potential and growth of the sector in general therefore enable all the players to benefit and explore.
Trianon Spices has really become a dream come true for my life partner and myself. Since we met, we have always wanted to add value to the spices produced in Tanzania. Not only will this put a great mark for Tanzania in the world but also improve lives of the community we work in economically, for that I will always work hand in hand with the stakeholders to make this a success’ – Mrs. Fatima Rukaka
Mrs. Rukaka is a remarkable businesswoman for over 10 years with a background in banking, insurance and real estate. Having brought up by both parents originally from Muheza district, Tanga region, Mrs. Rukaka uses spices in different ways daily.
Gradually, Fatima built an interest in spices and since year 2018 she has started to trade in cardamom, black pepper and cinnamon among other produces from Muheza, Tanga. Backed up with an MBA and degree in International Business, Mrs. Rukaka is reliable, professional and well knowledgeable in doing business locally and worldwide.
Drs. Paul B. de Rooji
Investor & Partner
With a degree in food technology, and MBA degree of Erasmus University and a recent qualification as Quality Management Auditor and over 30 years working experience in spice processing, production and quality management and international trade he has enough background to help to improve the quality of the spices and the knowledge how to market them.
In 2008, he founded BAPA Trading & Services.
- 2013, he did his first investment in an origin country setting up a spices processing facility in Sri Lanka from nothing to one of the major producers of top quality organic spices selling to Japan, USA and Europe. However, in February 2019, he handed over the management to the Local partner and sold his shares.
- In Spring 2019, he was invited to join as a member of the International Trade Centre (ITC) delegation to Tanzania to help to transfer knowledge of spice processing and upgrading to the Tanzania spice processors under the project named MARKUP. The first time he visited Tanzania in 2016 on a spice mission to see and learn about the potential of the country.
- During his short time as a trainer for ITC, he realised that without a risk carrying capital boost, it would take a long time before the Tanzania spices market would blossom. It would be a pity if all the efforts of ITC members would be lost failing to have an entrepreneur who would be able follow up on the training mission and help the farmers and processors through the learning curve. He decided to give up his position as a trainer and turned into Investor with the full support of ITC who will continue its presence under MARUP till 2024