NIGERIA – Nestlé Nigeria has celebrated 150 years since the founding of its parent company Nestlé by organising a factory tour with key stakeholders to celebrate the major milestone.

The 150-year event is marked from the time the company’s founder created farine lactée (Cerelac), which saved the life of an infant. 

The visit was organised at the Agbara factory where the company manufactures local products such as Cerelac and other well-known brands.

Nestlé is a major player in the Nigerian food industry and has been present in the country for more than 50 years. It employs over 2,300 people.

The company has invested in 3 production sites in Agbara, Flowergate and recently in Abaji supporting the local sourcing of raw materials and the investments in rural communities, notes the company.

During the visit, the company took the opportunity to discuss how Nestlé’s commitment to Creating Shared Value meets some of the main societal nutrition and health needs of people in Nigeria with the key stakeholders in attendance.

Amongst the guests were wife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, who was representing the First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Buhari and the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye.

Some of the topics of discussions included the Health Indicators of under-five year old children and Nestlé’s efforts to reduce micronutrient deficiencies in this vulnerable age group in Nigeria.

The Country Manager of Nestlé Nigeria, Mauricio Alarcon who welcomed the guests expressed the desire and readiness of Nestlé to continue to collaborate with the relevant government departments and other partners in addressing some of the areas of identifying baselines as well as working on nutrition solutions to improve key nutrition indicators for the Nigerian population.  

During the visit at the facility, the stakeholders were taken for a tour of both the Infant Cereal and Maggi processing plants.