Nestlé Nigeria marks 150 years of good nutrition with factory tour

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Nestlé delivering good nutrition globally, this week, Nestlé Nigeria held a factory tour with key stakeholders.

The visit was organised at the factory where the company manufactures local products such as Cerelac and Maggi seasoning cubes. It was an opportunity to discuss how Nestlé’s commitment to Creating Shared Value (CSV) meets some of the main societal nutrition and health needs of people in Nigeria.

Amongst the guests present were wife of Ogun Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, who represented the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha  as well as the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye.

Some of the topics discussed during the tour covered areas like the ‘Health Indicators of under-fives in Nigeria’ as well as ‘Nestlé’s efforts to reduce micronutrient deficiencies in under-fives in Nigeria’.

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

The highpoint of the visit was a facility tour of both the Infant Cereal and Maggi processing plants.

“As Nestlé continues to strive to distribute nutritional products across the globe, I look forward to us collaborating through my Future Assured programmes,” said Mrs Amosun.

Nestlé has been present in Nigeria for more than 50 years. The company has invested in three production sites in Agbara, Flowergate and recently in Abaji, supporting the local sourcing of raw materials and the investments in rural communities. Nestlé Nigeria Plc employs over 2,300 people.

Nestlé, a Swiss transnational food and drink company headquartered in Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland, has its origins date back to 1866, when two separate Swiss enterprises were founded that would later form the core of Nestlé. In September 1866 in Vevey, Henri Nestlé developed milk-based baby food called Farine Lactée, and soon began marketing it.

It is the largest food company in the world measured by revenues and other metrics for 2014, 2015 and 2016.  It ranked number 72 on the Fortune Global 500 in 2014 and number 33 on the 2016 edition of the Forbes Global 2000 list of largest public companies.

Nestlé’s products include baby food, medical food, bottled water, breakfast cereals, coffee and tea, confectionery, dairy products, ice cream, frozen food, pet foods and snacks. In Nigeria, its common products are Milo, Nido, Cerelac, Nutrend, Golden Morn, Nescafe Coffee, Nescafe Breakfast and Maggi cubes.



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