GHANA – Nestlé Ghana Limited engaged its suppliers on quality and food safety as part of the company’s annual suppliers’ quality day event, at its processing facility in Tema.

Nestlé Suppliers’ Quality Day is part of the company’s initiative to help increase awareness on quality, food safety and responsible sourcing to enable suppliers work on meeting the strigent minimum food safety and quality standards.

This year’s theme “Food Safety, Sustainability and Supplier Performance” summarizes key areas of Nestlé commitment to support supplier’s to work towards the attainment of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized certifications.

Speaking during the event, Khaled Amer, Supply Chain Manager of Nestlé Ghana charged the suppliers to continue delivering quality and improve in all aspects of their value chain to maximize efficiency for economic growth and development.

He noted that continuous improvement will support the growth of actors while improving “the supply of raw and packaging materials will meet set standards bearing in mind Nestlé’s commitment to efficiency in its production processes”.

He added that the health and wellbeing of individuals and families is everyone’s responsibility and all actors within the value chain including suppliers must adhere to standards to provide quality materials for production.

Gbenga Oladunjoye, Factory Manager of Nestlé Ghana, highlighted the need to build capacity in Ghana for production of packaging materials to increase local sourcing, reports GhanaWeb.

“If we are able to invest and channel resources to produce raw and packaging materials locally, it will reduce importation, create employment and add value to the economy”.

Currently, Nestlé is implementing projects such as the Nestlé Cocoa Plan and Cereals Plan which builds capacity of over 18, 000 farmers in the Eastern, Ashanti, and the Northern part of Ghana.

Through these projects, the company seeks to improve the quality of grains and cocoa beans in the growing regions.

Nestlé has also committed to purchase 1,500 metric tonnes of Maize and 2,500 metric tonnes of cassava from the locally through its recently launched agri-preneurship programme in partnership with Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

Over past the years, Nestlé Ghana has demonstrated its commitment to help developing communities through local sourcing of raw materials such as cocoa, coffee, cereals and cassava and in 2018, the company locally sourced over 216,000MT of raw materials.