Crown Flour Mill restates commitment to food fortification, unveils vitamin premix facility

Crown Flour Mill Limited, a subsidiary of Olam Group, has honoured its commitment to delivering Nigeria’s first state-of-the-art vitamin premix facility. The delivery is in line with the 90% food fortification compliance target set at the penultimate edition of the Nigerian Food Processing and Nutrition Leadership Forum. The food manufacturer made this known at the 3rd annual gathering of the top players in the food industry in the country.

Mr Ashish Pande, Managing Director, Crown Flour Mill Limited, said: “Crown Flour Mills has established a state-of-the-art vitamin premix facility in Nigeria with technical support from the international nonprofit TechnoServe, under the Strengthening African Processors of Fortified Foods program. The goal is to prepare vitamin premix according to the regulatory requirement of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and to supply Crown Flour plants with high quality and food-safe vitamin premix. This is the first-ever by any flour miller in Nigeria.”

She added: “Improving the Food fortification levels of staple foods is one agenda that we are utterly committed to at Olam Grains. Sustainability is one of the key enablers of our operational strategy. It is at the heart of our business’s drive to reimagine global agriculture and food systems. Providing access to nutrition which enables Nigerians to live healthy and productive lives, therefore sits at the core of our purpose as a business.”

Wheat flour, edible oil, cooking salt and sugar formed the core target for fortification at the forum. All participants at the forum, therefore, emphasized their commitment to meeting and scaling the grand target to ensure that the over 180 million Nigerian population can access fortified foods that will aid their physical and mental development.

Going forward, a sustainability framework aimed at enforcing compliance through strict regulation and monitoring has been set up. These include industry-led self-regulation through the Micronutrient Fortification Index (MFI), Joint Regulatory Framework (JRF), and Governance and Accountability Strategy (GAS).

TechnoServe’s West Africa Regional Director, Larry Umunna, highlighted that “If Nigeria is really serious about creating jobs, expanding its markets and growing its economy, nutrition and food systems should be put in the centre of the conversation.”


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