NIGERIA – ARM Capital Partners, the manager of ARM Private Equity Fund, and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has announced a joint $9.5m equity investment in Boulos Foods & Beverages Limited, a newly established manufacturer of non-alcoholic beverages based in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
The project will strengthen the agribusiness and food processing sectors and improve food security and economic development in Nigeria.
ARM Capital Partner’s $6m and IFC’s $3.5m equity investment will support the expansion of the Company, which currently produces fruit juices and other non-alcoholic drinks, milk products, and tomato pastes for the Nigerian market.
The project has created business opportunities and jobs by supporting various stakeholders across the value chain such as wholesalers, distributors and retailers who are primarily small or medium-size entrepreneurs.
Boulos Boulos, founder and chairman of Boulos Foods & Beverages, said, “BFB is tapping into the huge potential of local food and beverage processing to help reduce food imports. We aspire to attain a strong market position and become one of Nigeria’s leading food processing companies.
“Partnering with IFC and ARM Capital Partners will help us to create new markets and accelerate our growth trajectory. We, also, hope to eventually source most of our raw materials from small holder farmers.”
Vlassis Liakouris, managing director of ARM Capital Partners, said, “We focus on providing expansion capital to high growth companies operating in attractive sectors of the economy.
We are partnering with the founders of the Company and IFC to invest in Boulos Foods & Beverages with a view to helping the Company become a world-class manufacturer of food and non-alcoholic beverages. We are pleased that our investment will result in substantial employment both for the Company and its supply chain.”
German Vegarra, director, IFC regional industry, said, “One of IFC’s top priorities in Nigeria is supporting agribusiness, the largest single contributor to its GDP as well as its largest employer, especially in rural areas.
This important project will help showcase successful commercial food processing and should encourage further agribusiness investments that will create more jobs and grow Nigeria’s economy.”
IFC promotes inclusive economic development in agribusiness by supporting the entire value chain, including by helping smallholder farmers and MSMEs implement sustainable business practices.