Akwaaba Fine Foods
Premium Packaged African Snacks
Mildred Akotia is passionate about proper packaging. While studying in the UK, she noted a distinct difference in the way African foods were packaged compared to other foreign foods, “Our packaging was really primitive and I was like, if we have to compete internationally, we need to have a very good image of African foods,” she said. A food enthusiast with a BSc in biochemistry and an MSc in Food Production Management, Mildred brought a scientist’s eye to properly branding and marketing Akwaaba Fine Foods, her line of African snacks and condiments. She started with Ghanaian cashew nuts and egusi (melon) seeds, items she feels can compete in a broader foreign market. “Everybody knows about Indian food and Chinese and Italian food and little is known about African foods. So much more is needed to promote it,” said Mildred.
Akwaaba Fine Foods
What is your favorite food?
Groundnut soup with boiled rice.
Why did you start your business?
I observed locally made food generally lacked good packaging. I am passionate about innovative packaging so I set out to give a facelift to locally grown ingredients.
What motivates you to keep going?
People love what we do and that’s what keeps us going.
What do you wish people knew about your business?
We use simple honest ingredients because we believe food must be as simple as nature intended.
What makes you awesome?
I'm a sincere human.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Check on my kids.
What is your favorite detoxing regimen? Watching the sea waves and walking barefoot on the beach sand .
What are you most grateful for?
What’s the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Just go over all the activities that happened over the day and what to do the next day.
How do you have fun?
Spending time with my family. I have a very boring life!
Do you have a favorite mantra?
Respect the process.
What do you love most about Africa? Outdoor life and street food.
Akwaaba Dry Roasted Cashew Nuts perfect with fruit yoghurt!