SON develops new standards for dry beans to aid acceptance in global markets

NIGERIA - The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has developed a standard specification for dry beans following numerous rejections at the international market, reports This Day. SON is looking to aid in acceptance of the commodity based on international standards by developing new ones, reviewing of existing ones, and adoption of international, continental and regional…

RC Cola enters Nigerian beverage market with plans for a new plant in Agbara

NIGERIA - Royal Crown Cola (RC Cola) Company, the American beverage company and maker of a cola-flavored soft drink, RC Cola is entering the Nigerian beverage market and has invested in state-of-the art factory in Agbara, Ogun state, the Vanguard reports. The firm said it was ready for competition in the market dominated by Coca-Cola…

FrieslandCampina to invest US$26m in local milk production in Nigeria

NIGERIA - Royal FrieslandCampina, the Dutch multinational dairy cooperative will invest US$26.69 million (23 Euros) in local milk production as part of its Dairy Development Programme (DDP) in Nigeria. Speaking during a visit to the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and the company’s global CEO also highlighted the company’s commitment to support the country’s…

Nigeria to exit rice import by 2020 as States embarks on large-scale production

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s minister of agriculture and rural development, Audu Ogbeh has said that the country is looking to exit rice importation by 2020 even as state government’s embark on mass production to boost food security, reports the Leadership. The federal government is committed to enhance rice production in the country with plans to become…

Danish government and Arla to partner Kaduna State on dairy development

NIGERIA- Kaduna state government and Denmark are planning to establish a dairy farming scheme involving 1,000 families of herdsmen with 12,000 heads of cattle in a location with an overall objective of developing the dairy sector. The farms will be developed with a veterinary and schools for the children of the 1000 families who generally…

International Breweries commissions new US$250mn Sagamu Brewery

NIGERIA- International Breweries, a subsidiary of the world’s largest brewing firm AB InBev has commissioned a new US$250 million brewery in Sagamu, Ogun State, reports Beverage Industry news. The new facility, its fourth in the country promises to create 600 direct and over 2000 indirect jobs along the value chain, the company said. Also the…

Krispy Kreme’s Lagos store reopens after food agency reaffirms safety operations

NIGERIA- The Consumer Protection council (“CPC”) has ordered the reopening of the Krispy Kreme after affirming the American doughnuts and coffee brand’s operations were safe and in accordance to regulations. Beverage Industry news has reported that the move came following a statement released by the food safety standards regulator, the National Agency for Food and…

Firm launches supermarket comparison website to enhance consumer experience

NIGERIA- Online supermarket comparison firm, Mybasket.ng has launched Nigeria’s first supermarket price comparison website to enhance the consumer experience by getting value for money through price comparison. Customers can either compare the price of an individual product across multiple supermarkets or compare the aggregated price of your shopping list, enabling them determine the most cost-efficient…

State reopens closed Abakaliki rice mill over poisonous and adulterated rice

NIGERIA - The State Government of Ebonyi has ordered the reopening of Abakaliki Rice mill which was closed due to discovery of adulterated and poisonous rice in the mill, according to This Day Nigeria. The move follows an investigation by the state government into rice millers which revealed Abakaliki was involved in the production and…

International Breweries to commission new US$250mn Sagamu plant August 28

NIGERIA - AB InBev’s Nigerian unit, International Breweries Plc (IB Plc) will commission new US$250 million plant in Sagamu, its fourth brewery in Nigeria and the biggest in West Africa on August 28. According to the Guardian, the inauguration will be conducted by President Muhammadu Buhari and complements other brewing facilities in Ilesa, Onitsha, and Port-Harcourt.…