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Mama Fresh Re-launches its Brand in the U.S. Market

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Laura Davis
| May 1, 2014

Mama Fresh Injera PLC, an Ethiopian company that is the largest commercial manufacturer and exporter of fresh-baked injera in Ethiopia, has re-launched its brand in the U.S. market and is now exporting injera and other Mama Fresh products to the United States.

Injera is a staple bread of Ethiopian cuisine made from teff, a gluten-free, ancient grain. The Mama Fresh product line also includes other Ethiopian staples such as berbere, kocho, mitmita, shero, duro wat, and a variety of other products and spices. Mama Fresh products are now being distributed throughout the Washington, D.C, Virginia, and Maryland areas at local shops and restaurants.

The owners of Mama Fresh, husband and wife team Hailu Tessema and Konjit Zewdie, are in the Washington, D.C. metro area through May 9, 2014 for a launch event with Mama Fresh investors and customers of Mama Fresh. The launch event on Saturday, May 3, 2014, will feature Mama Fresh products and provide a chance for customers and investors to meet.

Investors in Mama Fresh, who are members of RENEW’s Impact Angel Network, will also be present at the event. RENEW LLC, based in Washington. D.C. and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, introduced the U.S.-based investors to Mama Fresh on various trips to Ethiopia in 2012 and 2013. RENEW supports a global network of accredited angel investors dedicated to making positive social and financial returns on their investments.

Mama Fresh sources teff from hundreds of smallholder farmers and employs more than 90 men and women in the company’s bakeries and kitchens. The company sells products domestically in Ethiopia and currently exports to Germany, Sweden, Norway, Nigeria and the United States. To find out more, visit

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