NIGERIA – BUA Group, one of Africa’s leading food and manufacturing conglomerate headquartered in Nigeria, has inked an agreement with Italian maker of pasta production equipment, FAVA spa to install a new pasta processing plant.
According to a press-statement by BUA Group, the new plant will have a total processing capacity of 720 tons per day of pasta across 5 lines.
It is scheduled to be completed in 2021, complementing the food processor’s already existing 720 tons/day pasta processing plant in Port Harcourt, Nigeria bringing its total installed pasta processing capacity to 1,440 tons per day across 10 lines.
“As the region’s population continues to rise, our continued investments across the agriculture and foods processing value chain will be crucial in helping to enhance food security in Nigeria and the region.”Chairman of BUA Group – Mr Abdul Samad Rabiu
At the signing ceremony of the deal, the Chairman of BUA Group, Mr Abdul Samad Rabiu, expressed his excitement for the development, saying it would expand the market share of the company and will see BUA become the second largest pasta producer in Nigeria.
BUA Group has very stiff competition in the market segment, including from Dangote (producer of Dangote Pasta), Flour Mills of Nigeria (makers of Golden Penny), Olam International (makers of Crown Premium Pasta), amongst others.
“As the region’s population continues to rise, our continued investments across the agriculture and foods processing value chain will be crucial in helping to enhance food security in Nigeria and the region.
“Through this and other projects in the pipeline, we expect to become the leading player in the flour milling/pasta processing industry within a very short period,” said Mr Abdul.
BUA Group’s investments in agriculture value chain is spread across various industries from flour, pasta to sugar plantations and refining, rice, edible oils and providing technical assistance.
On his part, the Chairman of FAVA spa, Mr Luigi Fava, commended BUA Group’s commitment to excellence and said his company was focused to delivering the project on schedule.
While thanking the Nigerian firm for the opportunity to work on the project, Mr Fava assured that his company will bring its unrivalled expertise and wealth of experience to bear in delivering one of the best and most advanced pasta processing plants in the world.
On its profile, FAVA Spa said it is one of the world’s leading companies for the production of pasta equipment.
The organisation was founded in 1937 by Augusto Fava, who designed and patented the first machines capable of drying the product in continuous, making way for the introduction of automation in the pasta-making industry.
In August BUA group entered into an agreement with Milleral, a Turkish manufacturer and installer of milling equipment, to build the company’s new flour milling plants with a total milling capacity of 2,400 tons per day.
The plants expected to be completed in 2021 will bring BUA’s total installed flour milling capacity to 4,000 tons per day. It currently operates an installed flour milling capacity of 1,600 tons per day.
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