Africa Food Manufacturing & Safety Summit (AFMASS) Conference & Expo – Western Africa edition

AFMASS Western Africa is the largest food, beverage and milling industry's largest conference and exhibition attended by key decision makers from Western Africa Africa to trade, network and learn the latest processing, packaging and safety technologies. Bringing together delegates and visitors from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Benin, Ivory Coast and surrounding countries in Western Africa, AFMASS…

World Food Programme FAO partners to boost food production in Nigeria

NIGERIA - The World Food Programme (WFP) in collaboration with UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has pledged to boost food production in North Eastern part of Nigeria by providing adequate seeds, fertilizers and other inputs, according to a Leadership article. FAO, through a 'twin track' approach, part of one of the Rome Principles for…

Nestlé Nigeria MD Mauricio Alarcon appointed second VP of NECA

NIGERIA - Nestle Nigeria Managing Director, Mauricio Alarcon has been appointed the second vice president of Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Beverage Industry news has reported. Alarcon, charged with key roles in the governing council and management committee, was previously involved in the direction of the association for the past one year as a member…

FrieslandCampina to invest US$12.7m in Nigeria and use 100% locally sourced milk

NIGERIA - FrieslandCampina, the Netherlands based Dutch multinational has pledged to invest about US$12.78 million in a “ready-to-drink project, using 100% locally sourced milk.” According to the Beverage Industry news, the dairy cooperative will enhance continuous training for dairy farmers, and provision of fortified milk for school pupils. The commitments were made in a joint…

Committee develops 4-year plan targeting US$10bn in annual yam exports

NIGERIA - The Technical Committee on Nigerian Yam Export Programme (TCNYEP) has developed a four-year action plan targeting US$10 billion earnings from annual yam exports, reported the Vanguard Nigeria. The plan which runs from 2017 to 2020 will bring improvement and development in all aspects of yam value chain, according to Prof. Simon Irtwange, the…

Fruit drinks manufacturer Tasty Time warns public against product abuse

NIGERIA - Tasty Time Nigeria Limited (TTNL), a manufacturer of fruit flavored drinks has denied support for misuse of its products, warning the public against use of some of its products for substance abuse, reported Beverage Industry news. Following a recent arrest of some youths alleged to be involved in cultism and substance abuse, the…

Government to boost rice sector with US$29m large integrated rice mills

NIGERIA - The Federal government has said that it has allocated more than US$29 million to purchase ten large integrated rice milling machines by December 2019 with an aim to boost rice production in ten states. An article by the Guardian reported that according to Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Audu Ogbeh, benefiting states…

Coca-Cola Nigeria to use 50% recycled packaging by 2030

NIGERIA - Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), the sole bottler of Coca-Cola products in Nigeria has announced a commitment to use an average of 50% recycled content in its bottled drinks packaging by 2030. According to NBC Legal, Public Affairs and Communications Director Sade Morgan, the company was also working on developing plant-based resins, and reducing…

Alcohol beverages stakeholders reject government’s proposed excise duty rate increase

NIGERIA - Stakeholders in the alcohol beverage industry declared their opposition to the recent 500% increase in excise duty rates on alcohol by the Federal Government, according to Beverage News. The stakeholders, which includes the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN), and the Association of…

Olam partners with a French firm to boost poultry production in Nigeria

NIGERIA - Olam International, through its subsidiary Olam Hatcheries Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a global veterinary health company, Ceva Santé Animale S.A to boost poultry production in Nigeria. The agreement will see Ceva Santé Animale S.A, which specializes in pharmaceutical products and vaccines for companion poultry provide further support for…