First Anniversary Celebrations for SG Rwanda

First Anniversary Celebrations for Salvo Grima Rwanda

Salvo Grima Rwanda celebrated the first anniversary of its operations this week by organising a staff conference in Kigali, attended by staff from both the Rwanda and Malta offices.

The past twelve months have marked an exciting period for Salvo Grima Rwanda as the company was appointed national distributor for British American Tobacco, Danone and Essity in Rwanda. The company employs a growing team of 20 staff members and together with our logistics partner Anco Millena, operates from nine depots across Rwanda.

Salvo Grima Rwanda is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Salvo Grima Group.

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The SG Rwanda Team and Anco Millena Management team

SGG New Distributor for Danone in Rwanda

SGG Appointed Official Distributor for Danone in Rwanda

Salvo Grima Group has just been appointed national distributor for food and beverages brand Danone in Rwanda, Africa. Danone is a world-leader in dairy, plant-based and medical nutrition product sector and is represented in over 120 countries.

“We are proud Salvo Grima Group has been chosen by one of the biggest names in the food industry,” said CEO Karl Aquilina. “This new venture enables us to build on the infrastructure and expertise we have already established in Rwanda.”

SGG employs a large team of Rwanda-based staff, running a showroom and a network of nine depots with a local logistics partner. Distribution of Danone products by SGG began across Rwanda on 1st June 2021.

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The Group is experienced in bringing quality goods to wholesalers in new or hard-to-reach markets on behalf of multinational brands. It has been operating in North Africa since 1983, expanding into East and Central Africa over the past years.

SGG runs operations in eight countries in Europe and Africa, employing over 150 staff in the distribution, retail and wholesale sectors. Last year marked the Group’s 160th anniversary.

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SG Foundation Sponsors Volunteer Training

St Jean Antide Foundation illustration

The Scope of the Project

Salvo Grima Foundation will be sponsoring part of the accredited training of 8 volunteers who will be providing support to individuals and families with complex needs, especially those involving domestic violence.

This initiative is being implemented by St Jean Antide Foundation in order to train volunteers to become Peer Mentors with the Foundation.

The full course of training involves a number of sessions divided into individual units from Cohort 4’s unique Reintegrative Mentoring© programme and involves training in areas including peer mentoring individuals, selfcare in the workplace and safeguarding, safe lone working practice. Each training unit consists of two half-day sessions followed by assessment.

Salvo Grima Group CEO addresses Trading with Rwanda Webinar

Salvo Grima Group CEO addresses Trading With Rwanda Webinar

Trading With Rwanda

Our presence in Rwanda presents us with many opportunities both locally and in  neighbouring markets

Karl Aquilina

Karl Aquilina, CEO of Salvo Grima Group, was one of the key speakers at a ‘Trading with Rwanda’ Webinar organized by Trade Malta with the Rwanda Development Board and Rwanda Private Sector Association. The webinar, which was held on 25th March 2021, was attended by over 120 international participants.

During his presentation, Karl spoke about the Group’s experience as a national distributor for consumer goods in Rwanda and noted the measures taken by the Rwandan Government and local authorities to facilitate business and foreign investment in the country. A recording of the webinar is available to watch through the Trade Malta website.

Rwanda is experiencing one of the highest GDP growth trajectories amongst African economies with an internal market of 12 million people and an infrastructural set-up which enables it to act as a hub for a rapidly integrating region. Centrally located, Rwanda is part of the East African Community (EAC) with a market potential of over 132 million people. It is also signatory to the 2018 Kigali African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (ACFTA) currently being implemented under the auspices of the African Union.

The webinar highlighted opportunities for long-term and sustainable partnerships for business growth at a time when companies are seeking new market opportunities for investment and growth.

Karl Aquilina  highlighted efficiency and professionalism as a hallmark quality in his engagement with Rwandan authorities and noted that business is also facilitated by Rwanda’s well-educated work-force which is fluent in English and French.

A recording of the webinar is available here.

Bringing global brands to new markets – Interview with Salvo Grima Group CEO

Bringing global brands to new markets – Interview with Salvo Grima Group CEO

Karl Aquilina

Who’s Who Malta

Salvo Grima Group CEO Karl Aquilina was interviewed by Who’s Who – Malta’s leading Business Portal this month, focusing on the Group’s recent entry into new international markets, particularly in East Africa.

In the article, published on 13th November, Karl Aquilina stressed the importance of careful market research and establishing strong relationships with partners, collaborators and clients.

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SG International – Rwanda

SG International – Rwanda

Creating Business Relationships

Salvo Grima Group launches new distribution operations in Rwanda

Salvo Grima Group of Companies has just been appointed the new National Distributor for British American Tobacco (BAT) responsible for the Republic of Rwanda. BAT is the market leader in the country’s tobacco sector.

On 1st October 2020, Salvo Grima Group successfully launched a fully-fledged distribution system selling directly to wholesalers and retailers throughout Rwanda.  Its operations are based within the DP World Logistics Platform in Kigali and are being run in collaboration with logistics partner Anco Millena with a network of nine depots, including four in Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali and five others in Muhanga, Huye, Kayonza, Musanze and Rubavu.

“This exciting new project is part of our Group’s strategy to establish itself as a leading distribution company for Fast Moving Consumer Goods on an international level, enabling major global brands to reach new or existing markets more effectively,” said Karl Aquilina, Chief Executive Officer of Salvo Grima Group.

“We would like to thank BAT for placing their trust in us and we would also like to recognise our excellent Distribution team, logistics partner and new staff in Rwanda for setting up this operation within an extremely tight schedule.”

General Manager Donat Nsengayire has been appointed to oversee the Group’s operations in Rwanda, along with a team of 14 full-time staff members.

Salvo Grima Group is currently operating in eight countries – Malta, the Netherlands, Spain, Cyprus, Tunisia, Libya, Djibouti and Rwanda – specialising in distribution, travel retail and ship supply.  This year marks the Group’s 160th anniversary.

Banner Photo – Salvo Grima CEO Karl Aquilina (centre), General Manager East Africa Clyde Micallef and General Manager Distribution, Keith Spiteri (first and third from left) together with Anco Millena representatives and Salvo Grima team members in Rwanda.

Notarial Archive Sponsorship

Notarial Archive Sponsorship

Historical documents on piracy and corsairs in 18th Century Malta are being restored through a sponsorship agreement signed by Salvo Grima Foundation with the Maltese Notarial Archives.

The Salvo Grima Foundation has adopted nine manuscripts that form part of the collection of Corsair documents held at the Notarial Archives in Valletta, Malta.

Navigational logbooks describing conditions out at sea are also found within these types of documents. Signs of scorch marks indicate that these corsair documents were fumigated before getting to harbour.

The captains mentioned in the sponsored manuscripts are Giorgio Mitrovich, Francesco German, Gaetano Cavasso, Michele Borg, Gaetano Cumbi, Simone Gavaso and Pietro Zelalich.

Giorgio Mitrovich too originated from Kotor, Montenegro, and settled in Isla in the course of the 1760s. He started his corsairing career in the 1770s and his campaigns yielded great profits to the family. He eventually involved his older sons in corsairing and fathered a generation of corsair captains. He also was grandfather and godfather to the future Maltese patriot Giorgio Mitrovich. Born in 1795, the younger Giorgio Mitrovich was born at the height of his grandfather’s military career.

Information taken from: Liam Gauci, In the Name of the Prince: Maltese Corsairs 1760-1798 (Malta: Heritage Malta, 2016).


SG Foundation – Supporting Foodbank

During these unprecedented times and the current pandemic we find ourselves in, the Salvo Grima Foundation is digging deeper to continue to support those most in need and offer hope and stability where possible.

Salvo Grima Foundation is pleased to be supporting Foodbank Lifeline Foundation [Click here] through the donation of various food products on a monthly basis, according to their demand and requirement.

Health & Safety Measures Amid a Global Pandemic

It is our vocation to continue supplying our clients and their vessels despite the challenges posed by the current pandemic. We are taking full precautions to protect our clients, suppliers and our team, remote-working, safe-distancing, sanitising our working environments, and ensuring maximum hygiene and quality standards.

The images below show our trucks and loading area being professionally sanitised yesterday evening. Thank you to our excellent team for all their ongoing work!

Remote working at Salvo Grima Group

We would like to reassure all our clients, suppliers and collaborators that we are currently working normally off premises and holding meetings via teleconferencing. We have suspended all duty travel.

Due to recent investment in Cloud technology solutions, our staff are fully equipped to work remotely, so all our operations will continue without interruption.

However, as a precautionary measure due to Corona Virus 19, we regret to inform the public that we will not be able to accept visitors on our premises until further notice.

In order to enter our offices and warehouses, any unscheduled visitors and all staff will be screened for low-grade fever (37.3 degrees Celsius +) and obliged to use hand-sanitiser.

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