Lagos State Government has commenced the process of ensuring that the fruits and vegetable sector in the State is sanitised in order to guarantee the safety of consumers. To this end, the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA), in collaboration with other relevant Ministries and Agencies of Government, has initiated a project to ensure that the handling, packaging, and display of vegetables and fruits are done in accordance with acceptable standards. Speaking at the inauguration of the committee members recently at Ikeja, the General Manager of LASCOPA, Mrs. Kemi Olugbode said that the essence of the committee is to technically look into ways and means of managing the prevalent issues in the handling and marketing of fruits and vegetables so as to ensure that only healthy product...
Leading dairy company, Viju Industries Nigeria Limited has added two new flavours to its roster of fruit-flavoured milk drinks – Viju Malt & Milk drink and Viju Baked Yoghurt drink. According to the firm, the products which were launched just before the holiday season, was part of its commitment towards providing high-quality products to the Nigerian market. Speaking at the launch in Lagos, the Assistant Chairman, Viju Industries, Tom Hu, said that the new products are as a result of the company’s redoubled efforts to return to the Nigerian market with richer products of better quality and service. Viju is one of the early pioneers of the fruit-flavoured fruit drinks concept in the Nigerian market and has experienced strong growth in the segment. Hu said the unveiling is coming nearly afte
Nestle Nigeria Plc has reaffirmed it is committed to responsible sourcing at its last Supplier’s Day event held in Lagos. The event brought together major players who supply raw materials, packaging materials, services and indirect materials to Nestle. It was an opportunity to consolidate existing relationships as well as ensure best practices in sourcing. The firm which attained about 80% local sourcing in 2018 said it is poised to increase the percentages where possible in the coming years. “We work with more than 1,000 direct suppliers, 700 of which are local suppliers,” said Nestor Finalo , Supply Chain Manager for Nestle Nigeria at the event. “We hope to invest more in local suppliers who are able to meet with the quality requirements of Nestle,” he continued. Responsible sourcing has
The National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) at the weekend responded to critics of its recent action to temporarily close the offices of Nigerian Breweries Plc (“NB”), instead blaming the brewing company for the events that led to the closure. The commission said that Nigerian Breweries owes it N326 million in taxes and continued to rebuff all attempts by the agency to enforce the National Lottery Act, 2005. Giving its version of events that led to the temporary closure of Nigerian Breweries offices, NLRC said that NB had conducted promotional lotteries valued at about N1.3bn and failed to regularize such promo lotteries as required by the National Lottery Act, 2005. In a statement, the Director-General of the NLRC, Mr Lanre Gbajabiamila, said that the commission was disturbed by fla
The Nigerian Bottling Company, makers of Coca-Cola soft drinks, said it has phased out trucks considered not to be friendly to the ozone layer. The soft drinks giant stated that the decision to phase out such trucks that could pollute the atmosphere through the emission of ozone depleting fumes was in line with the company’s continued implementation of its corporate social responsibility content. The Country CSR Manager, NBC, Mr Ekuma Eze, who made these remarks while speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Friday, said the firm’s refrigerators had never contributed to the depletion of the ozone layer. Eze maintained that apart from youth empowerment through award of scholarships and skills acquisition programmes, the firm had ensured that it was not contributing to the pollution of the
The National Agency for Foods and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has commended the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Limited and Coca-Cola Nigeria for compliance and adherence to the standards, guidelines and regulations necessary for food safety and quality. The Director General, National Agency for Foods and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Professor Moji Adeyeye, gave this commendation shortly after a tour of the NBC Limited Ikeja Plant with her high-powered delegation from the agency in Lagos on October 8, 2018. Adeyeye expressed satisfaction with NBC and Coca-Cola Nigeria on their continued investment in world-class facilities and upgrade of their production lines in line with the global best practice. She noted that the visit and tour of the facility is in line with i...
Coca-Cola Nigeria on Saturday unveiled ‘Mama’, the affordable 1Litre PET bottle of Coke. Mama, which embodies the spirit of generosity and kindness of the Nigerian mother, is created to bring families closer by encouraging intimate family moments and making every moment worth sharing for the Nigerian family. Gbolahan Sanni, Franchise Marketing Manager explains: “Mama is a family sized, 1Litre bottle, of the nation’s favourite beverage, priced at the refreshingly affordable price of N200, as part of Coca Cola’s commitment to fostering intimacy, sharing, and happiness in the Nigerian family. This family pack of refreshing Coca-Cola, like the 1Litre variants of Fanta, Sprite and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, is perfect for intimate family moments, including mealtimes.” Mama is further demonstration o
Aare Fatai Odesile, the CEO of Grand Oak Limited is to step down from his post effective end of September. His resignation comes after 27 years of meritorious service at the Nigerian Distilleries Limited (NDL) and Grand Oak Limited (GOL), two indigenous spirits firms owned by the Lexcel Group of Companies. Odesile started his career with the Lexcel Group as a Quality Control/Production Officer with NDL in 1992 and rose through the ranks to the position of Managing Director/CEO of Grand Oak Limited, the marketing arm of Nigerian Distilleries Limited in 2016. Remarking on his time at the company, Odesile said, “I have enjoyed every bit of my stay in both NDL and GOL having risen to become the first entry level graduate to become the managing director of the company. “I remain eternally grate
Seven-Up Bottling Company, the bottlers of Pepsi-Cola in Nigeria has denied there is a fake Pepsi in the market. The manufacturer which also bottles Mirinda and Mountain Dew soft drinks among others explained that the Pepsi-Cola in white caps which is what has been the source of concern to consumers is genuine and the same with the Pepsi packaged in blue caps. Speaking further, the firm revealed that economic hardship in the country compelled it to switch to white caps when the cap suppliers could not get imported materials to make blue caps. The white caps are used as a temporary measure until the manufacturer can supply the blue caps. Confirming the message, a spokesperson for the firm, Mr. Mike Nzeagwa, invalidated the stories of fake Pepsi. “There is no fake Pepsi in circulation. The d
Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE) Union have lamented the rising cost of doing business in Nigeria. The group said that the last one year had been toxic, pointing out that although Nigeria has emerged from a 15-month recession, the economy was still fragile. Speaking at the association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lagos, the President of AFBTE, chief Patrick Anegbe, listed part of the challenges to running a business in the country to include, high infrastructural cost due to non-availability or inadequate infrastructure, inconsistent imposition of multiple taxes, foreign exchange scarcity and disruption of petroleum products supply. “In general, the business environment has remained uninspiring. Due to this, the industry recorded quite a number of job losses in 2017 becaus