We are guided by an operationally intensive strategy, focused on proven business models. As well as investing
in existing companies, we start businesses from scratch, partnering with experienced managers or harnessing
in-house expertise to trial and develop early stage opportunities.
Other divisions of the Maris portfolio provide our businesses with best-in-class services: META Group (www.metagroupafrica.com) for land moving and Equator Energy (www.equatorenergy.net) for solar power solutions.
In 2012 Maris acquired a controlling interest in Equatoria Teak Company, a former CDC and Actis investment. The company is located in Nzara, Western Equatoria in South Sudan. It is the country’s only sustainable forestry plantation and is Africa’s second largest teak grower with 2,000 hectares of planted teak. In 2016, Maris also set up Equatoria Teak Products, Kenya’s leading supplier and manufacturer of high quality, finely crafted teak products. These includes flooring, decking, doors and windows, outdoor furniture and treated teak.
Agris invested in Evergreen Herbs Ltd in 2020. The 50 hectare farm is located near Athi River, on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. They specialize in growing and exporting fresh herbs to the European and world markets. The herbs currently being grown and exported include Chives, Basil and Mint. The area under cultivation now is over 20 hectares and is being expanded to cater for the ever-growing global demand. The herbs are grown to extremely high-quality standards using the latest in water irrigation technology and the highest cleanliness and hygiene standards. The Company has also been certified with GLOBAL GAP, GRASP and SMETA.
In 2012 Maris invested in Rungwe Avocado Company (RAC) which is located near Tukuyu in Southern Tanzania. RAC is the 2nd largest producer of avocados in Tanzania, has its own state of the art pack shed and regularly exports over 1m kilos of Hass avocados to Europe per year.
In 2012, Agris invested in Tatepa, a leading Tanzanian agricultural holding company, which owns Wakulima Tea Company (WTC). WTC grows, markets and exports tea and is the 3rd largest tea exporter in Tanzania after Unilever and DL group. It owns 308 Ha of its own estates, but over 80% of its 6,000 tonnes of tea production is through its network of 14,000 outgrowers.