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Biobest acquires Real IPM Kenya to give a foothold in previously untapped market

Biobest and Real IPM Kenya recently announced on 2 February the acquisition of Real IPM, a leading company in biological control in East Africa 

RealIPM 1 1Biobest acquires Real IPM Kenya to give a foothold in previously untapped market. (Image source: Biobest/Real IPM Kenya)

“We started Real IPM Kenya about 15 years ago”, say Henry Wainwright and Louise Labuschagne, the company’s co-founders, owners, and directors. “We passionately wanted to bring affordable and effective biological solutions to African farmers. Thanks to a strong and committed team, a broad product portfolio with several beneficial and unique biopesticides, and a diverse and loyal customer-base in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, South-Africa and beyond, we can be proud of our success. Opportunities for further growth abound, but for us, the time has come to start preparing for a phase in life during which we can dedicate more time to our family. We were looking for a corporate partner that would be sensitive to our personal and corporate values, and that we can trust to further build on the strong foundations that we have laid. We are very confident that Biobest is the right partner for us.”

Henry Wainwright adds: “I will continue on as General Manager of Real IPM Kenya for the next two years to ensure continuity and a seamless transition. I am sure this transaction creates opportunities for my team to further realize its potential as well as for Biobest to successfully contribute to sustainable farming in Africa. Our existing and future customers and distributors will benefit from the synergies represented in this alliance.”

Jean-Marc Vandoorne, CEO of Biobest, comments: “Our goal is to serve the needs of growers on a worldwide basis in our strategic crops. East and Southern Africa is a hotspot for floriculture and horticulture, but also for citrus and other open field crops. With Real IPM Kenya, we immediately play in the premier league in this part of the world. We very much respect the position the company has built and are therefore grateful that Henry is prepared to continue to take the helm. We are confident that we can help develop Real IPM’s product offering based on our own product portfolio and R&D pipeline. Together we can bring even more complete and more effective solutions, in line with the needs of the African farmer.”

Jean-Marc continues highlighting other strategic advantages: “It is a major competitive advantage to have a strong production infrastructure in East Africa. Local customers enjoy good quality and competitive prices in view of the excellent production conditions for biocontrol agents in this region. That explains why it is really difficult to be strong in the local market without local production. Finally, the product portfolio of Real IPM Kenya, and its partner company Real IPM UK, is also complementary to ours in other markets. That creates additional growth opportunities for the operations in Kenya and for our programs around the globe.”


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