Dal Group and Kenana Sugar Company are two examples of the largest investments ventures in Sudan.
DAL Group is the largest and most diversified conglomerate in Sudan. The Group operates across six sectors - food, agriculture, engineering, real estate, medical services and education - with each of our businesses playing a leading role in its field.
DAL Agricultural Services develops and manages its own large scale farms and offers agricultural services to third parties. DAL Food Industries (DFI) is Sudan's leading producer of soft drinks.
One of its main successful affiliates is Sayga, the premier food company and one of the most dynamic and successful businesses in the region. Sayga started production of its flagship product, bakery flour, in 1996. Since then the business has diversified considerably and grown exponentially.
One of the Group's educational projects is Khartoum International Community School (KICS) which provides world-class international education for the local and expatriate communities. KICS was founded by DAL Group in 2004 and is the only school in Sudan to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB), a truly international curriculum which draws upon the latest thinking in educational methodology.
Moreover, DAL Medical Services is one of the top pharmaceutical and healthcare distributors in Sudan. The company launched in 1997 with just one product to its name. Today DAL Medical represents some of the worlds' most respected pharmaceutical brands.
There are also DAL Property Development Company which was established in 1988 with the remit of providing architectural design, construction and facilities maintenance services.
DAL Group's phenomenal growth meant the department was soon pioneering the design and construction of high quality industrial premises in Sudan.
In the engineering sector, DAL Group has established Sudanese Tractor Company (SUTRAC) which provides machinery, engines and services to the industrial sector within Sudan.
DAL Group also gives great priority to the corporate social responsibility. In this regard it has sponsored a number of initiatives, the most of which is the "Green Bakery" project which aims to convert traditional bakeries to more environmentally friendly baking. It has tackled this issue through promoting the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) burners in place of wood.
Meanwhile, Kenana Sugar Company, since its inception, has firmly established itself as one of the biggest integrated and diversified sugar complexes in the world.
Kenana is a shareholding company. Its shareholders list includes Kuwait Investment Authority, Saudi government, Arab Investment Company, Industrial Development Bank, Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and a consortium of commercial banks.
The company also contributes to new plants, which are due to open in the next few years. One, El Ramash, in Sennar state should start producing 150,000 tonnes in 2013-14 season, while another called Redais will start making 500,000 tonnes of raw sugar in 2014-15.
From one acre of sugar cane, Kenana has perfected its unique diversified model by successfully integrating around the core sugar business other value added agro-industrial projects such as animal feed, bio-fuels, milk and dairy products, poultry, meat, woody products from the commercial forests, certified seeds and other engineering goods and services.
Part of Kenana's initial investment was directed towards that purpose which has transformed the barren land into a modern living community with amenities such as water treatment plants, roads and an airstrip, hospitals and clinics, schools and colleges, mosque, gardens and play grounds etc.
Kenana's role in social development has not restricted only to the populace associated with it, but served thousands of people beyond the boundaries of Kenana estate and improved their lifestyles.