A significant element of Novozymes’ updated strategy is further unlocking opportunities in emerging markets, and the opening of the company’s new office in Nairobi is part of this journey. 

"We believe in a world with more biology. Novozymes has been present in Africa for many years, yet vast opportunities remain to reach more customers and consumers with sustainable biological solutions. We are excited to gear up in Kenya and Africa and can’t wait to further strengthen existing relationships and build new ones to make it happen," says Thomas Steenbech Bomhoff, Vice President at Novozymes.

Hand wash in Africa

Most African families do laundry by hand, often with each wash requiring up to six buckets of water and a lot of manual scrubbing. Novozymes has developed enzyme technology that allows detergent producers to develop better and affordable detergents for millions of consumers. 

With a more effective detergent, they can manage to clean clothes better, and remove common stubborn stains from mud, grass, vegetable and cooking oil 

"This is a solution that has a great impact on everyday life. By using detergents with enzymes, African consumers save water and time." says Regina Njeri Karani, general manager at Novozymes in Kenya.

Beer from local crops 

Novozymes also works with breweries across sub-Saharan Africa to help them save time, energy and water in the production of beer. Thanks to enzymes, breweries can use local raw material such as sorghum and cassava instead of expensive imports to produce delicious, local brews. It also gives new viable incomes to African farmers to the benefit of local communities.

For bakeries, Novozymes has developed a solution that makes bread stay fresh longer and that will have a considerable impact on food waste. The product is currently being tested on the flat bread market in Egypt. 

High prices of imported sugar are another concern among African bakers. Novozymes now provides an enzyme that allows them to optimize costs by reducing the amount of added sugar in bread.