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Sleek Foods scores in KFC deal 

SHARE   |   Monday, 14 August 2017   |   By Ontametse Sugar
Sleek Foods scores in KFC deal 

Sleek Foods founder Nkata Seleka is celebrating a major deal to supply all the 12 KFC outlets in the country with Chakalaka. The launch of the new deal took place at KFC Airport Junction on Friday. As a certified supplier of KFC her company can supply Chakalaka to all KFC outlets around the world as long as they feel that they can incorporate it in their menu. Sleek Foods is the only Small Medium Enterprise (SMME) supplier of KFC while other ones are big companies. Seleka said her journey to the massive milestone was born just two years ago. She got into the manufacturing industry in the 1990s but it was only in 2014 that she started operating the business formally through the assistance of the Local Enterprises Authority (LEA). The first products that she introduced in the market were the relishes which are now stocked in many shops. Of all her products, Chakalaka has been the most selling. She started her negotiations with KFC after her products were introduced to them by LEA.  “Just like any international company to comply with their policies we had to go through a serious transformation and one thing that they needed most was for us to reduce the handling of food by humans to the use of machines,” she said. She then approached Citizen Entrepreneurial Agency (CEDA) and in four weeks her loan was approved. She went to India to evaluate manufacturing machinery in the company of LEA technical personnel. They later settled for a supplier in South Africa. Sleek Foods passed the audit on June16 and they couldn’t be more excited. KFC General Manager Gaamangwe Maruatona said when he first met Seleka she was very confident, telling them that they sell Chakalaka that does not taste good. He said they are very proud at KFC to have a Motswana woman who has persevered through all the process. “With this she now has the world in her hand, it is a matter of making sure that her Chakalaka is enjoyed all over the world if she so wishes,” he said. Maruatona said there are many opportunities for Batswana at KFC but they should be willing to work hard to go through the certification process and pass the audit.