House of Dawda Group
|Products||fruit juices, sauces, mineral water, confectionery, warehousing, apartment complexes|
|Revenue||US$ 500 million (2015)|
|Total assets||US$ 300 million (2015)|
Number of employees
According to a 2001 published report, the Dawda Group was mainly involved in the manufacture of fruit juices, beverages, mineral water, confectionery and the distribution of cosmetics, hardware, and pharmaceuticals. The group is also involved in the growing of organic cotton. The conglomerate has its headquarters and majority of its businesses in Uganda, with manufacturing plants in Kenya, and distributes ts products in the countries of the East African Community, as well as exporting to Europe and Asia.
The group traces its beginnings to 1962, when its founder chairman, Hasmukh Dawda, began a trading business in neighboring Kenya. Having dropped out of school at age 13, he first began trading in confectioneries, before he eventually raised enough capital to start manufacturing his own.
In 2002, the group acquired the Kenyan business formerly known as House of Manji, which was under receivership. After reviving the business, it was renamed Manji Food Industries Limited.
The subsidiary companies of the group include, but are not limited to, the following businesses:
- Uganda Pharmaceuticals Limited: Kampala, Uganda - Pharmaceutical distributor and retailer.
- Manji Foods Limited: Nairobi, Kenya - Manufacturer of confectioneries.
- Masaaba Cotton Company: Mbale, Uganda - Exporter of premium roller lint to Europe, the Far East, and Japan.
- Kyoga Cotton Company: Lira, Uganda - Exporter of premium roller lint to Europe, the Far East, and Japan.
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