The Cereal Plant of Nestlé Ghana Limited at its Tema Factory has celebrated its fifth anniversary. It was built in 2010, replacing an older cereal plan, to deliver the highest quality of the infant cereal brand Cerelac and meet increasing consumer demand. Today it is also producing the newly launched Milo Nutrifil, a family breakfast cereal that combines the goodness of grains with Milo.
The plant uses locally sourced cereal grains, including maize, and rice in the production of both Cerelac and Milo Nutrifil. Since 2010, the company has sourced more than 18,000 tonnes of cereals locally.
To ensure continuous supply of high-quality cereal grains, Nestlé Ghana works closely with farmers in the Northern region through its Grains Quality Improvement Programme. In cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nestlé provides training on good agricultural practices. In 2014 alone more than 14,000 farmers benefitted from these trainings.
Production for local consumption and exports
The plant has produced so far more than 35,000 tonnes of cereals for local consumption as well as for export markets across Africa. It has the capacity to produce an average of 12,000 tonnes per year, with the possibility to expand beyond its current capacity.
Product safety through state-of-the-art technology
State-of-the-art technology ensures that the products manufactured in the plant meet the highest food quality and safety standards. This is achieved through a high level of automation and application of hygienic engineering principles, which has reduced manual handling.
The construction of the plant has offered significant opportunities for local Nestlé staff to train in new technologies. It has helped develop talents both locally and internationally. Students from Ghana and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Oceania regularly participate in internships and trainings at the plant.