Circular Economy of Food Challenge SPECIAL MENTION

Tiger House

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Tiger House Limited

Nkontrodo, Cape Coast, Ghana

The company is in the business of Agro-processing, food production and value addition. Its main operations are to manufacture and sell wholesome and household products. It is also engaged in the business of supplying and exporting fresh and dried quality tiger nuts to companies and individuals. The vision of the management is to grow the company to become the leading provider and exporter of healthy and natural snacks, wholesome meal and household products made with tigernut in the African region to reduce malnutrition and enhance healthy living.

About Tiger House

Tiger nut is one of the most nutritious cash crops but one of the least valued-added crops in Africa. We are committed to adding value to tiger nut, one of the most consumed snacks in Ghana, by processing them into wholesome meal products (milk drink & biscuit) and household product (spray starch) as a healthy and affordable alternative for low-income earners and vulnerable populations reducing malnutrition and food wastage while making farming lucrative. Fresh and organic tiger nuts are sourced from farm-gates, dried and transported to our factory to be processed into multiple products. 

Organikz Tiger Nut Milk is a 100% plant milk product made from the tiger nut that meets the dairy needs of individuals who are lactose intolerant and strict vegetarians including tiger nuts and snack lovers. The milk is currently served in 300ml bottles and contains all the unique health benefits of tiger nuts throughout the preparation of the drink.

In the same light, out of the same tiger nut, biscuits are produced from the chaff during the grinding stage where the chaff is separated from the juice. The Tiger Nut Biscuit is enriched with dietary fibres from the nuts and tastes the same as the fresh tiger nut. It is packed in a rubber-sealed paper bag.

After the juice and drink are processed, starch which is a by-product of the production process is extracted by decantation which is used for a spray starch, an additional revenue. the starch content is same as that of cassava and twice of sweet potatoes. This rapidly-solid laundry starch processed into 750 ml gives confidence to consumers with its sweet scented fragrances. 

Our products are supplied to shops, supermarkets, shopping malls, retail outlets among others.

The Tiger House Q&A

How do circular economy of food principles help social entrepreneurs like Tiger House Executive Director Prince Oppong grow their businesses and meet their mandate?

A food processing cycle that considers making product streams from by-products of food products which otherwise would have gone wasted. Though we have been practicing this over the last three years we got to hear of ‘circular economy of food’ for the first time when we were applying for the Thought for Food Challenge.

Tiger Nut is a cash crop that thrives very well on many soils in west Africa, particularly Ghana. It is similar to cocoa and cashew, with great economic, nutritional and health potentials. Despite all these potentials it is not given the recognition it deserves as there is no value additions to these nuts. This is making farmers lose interest in the trade as there’s always no market for their produce. 

We process these nuts into wholesome meal products (Milk Drink and Biscuit) and household product (Laundry Starch Spray) with the intention of reducing malnutrition, reducing post-harvest loses while making Tiger Nuts lucrative. Throughout our production we make use of every bit of the nut, nothing goes out as waste.

How to increase the shelf life of our Tiger Nut Milk Drink

Yes. This started at the beginning of the business where we were doing direct selling to consumers, we have since been trying our best to engage our consumers with the problem we are solving. Most of whom we engage seem very happy with our solution and how judicious we make use of the nuts. They say our products save them from the dilemma whether to throw away the chaff or swallow it whenever they are taking these nuts.

Lack of funding and unavailability of processing machine fabricators in our part of the world

We have adapted to the use of eco-friendly paper packaging for our Organikz Tiger Nut Biscuit. These paper packages are also manufactured as part of our production processes. The cost of production of these packages is high and affects the product’s unit price. 

Also, as part of our ways to go more cellular with other products we are going to move from using high density plastic bottles to a low density ones, and going forward adapt a laminated paper packaging for the Milk Drink also.

Yes, our products are price sensitive and buyers are always ready to pay more because of the nutritional and health benefits of our raw material. However we have adapted a pricing strategy that is affordable to low-middle income earners, persons who otherwise would not have afforded nutritious and wholesome dairy product.

Yes. And even with the same tiger nuts we have other products we have developed also from residues which are still under studies.

Becoming a tiger nut hub where we will be able to source and process all tiger nuts produced into different range of products without wastage to feed humanity and make tiger farming lucrative.

Team Members

Prince Oppong

Executive Director

Sampare Owusu Banahene

Operations Director

Prof. David K. Essumang

Adviser

Deric Omari

Business Development & Research Manager

Daniel Opoku

Head of Finance