To Press Releases listFeb 9, 2017
The Minister of Science and Technology visits Nestlé Nigeria
Minister commends Nestlé Nigeria on its contributions to the industrialization of the country through its technical training and local sourcing programs
Lagos, Nigeria – 09 February 2017: Today, the Honorable Minister of Science and Technology of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu paid an official visit to Nestlé’s state of the art Flowergate Factory located in Shagamu, Ogun State. The minister’s entourage included the Director General of FIIRO (Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi) Dr. (Mrs.) Gloria Elemo
The Honorable Minister met with the management of Nestlé Nigeria PLC and also visited the ultra-modern facilities at the Flowergate Factory.
In his presentation to the Minister, Mr. Mauricio Alarcon, MD/CEO of Nestlé Nigeria PLC said that Nestlé, the largest nutrition, health and wellness company worldwide is deeply committed to its policy of “creating shared value” by working with the local communities where it operates to create opportunities and to help improve livelihoods.
He highlighted some of Nestlé Nigeria’s projects in line with this commitment: Nestlé sources 82% of its agricultural raw materials including soya beans and palm oil locally. In addition to this, the company works with local farmers to improve farming practices and to increase the yield and quality of their harvests through the Cereal Plan in partnership with the IFDC.
Mr. Alarcon also highlighted Nestlé’s Technical Training Program which is an 18-month intensive training focused on equipping young graduates with polyvalent technology skills.
“With its historical root in nutrition, wide product portfolio, strong brands, extensive research, skilled and motivated professionals and efficient management, Nestlé is uniquely positioned to continue to contribute to the progress, prosperity, economic development and industrial growth of Nigeria,” Mauricio Alarcon said.
In his response, the minister commended Nestlé Nigeria for its continued commitment to the industrialization of the country and assured the organization of the support of his ministry.
The Flowergate Factory started operations in 2011 and is one of the factories of reference worldwide for its modern production lines and its contributions to the development of its local community.
About Nestlé Nigeria:
Nestlé Nigeria Plc began simple trading operations in Nigeria in 1961 and has today grown into a leading food manufacturing and marketing company. Nestlé Nigeria is the biggest food company in West Africa. Nestlé Nigeria employs around 2,400 people and has 7 production facilities.
Nestlé Nigeria manufactures and markets a range of high quality brands including: GOLDEN MORN, MILO, KITKAT, MAGGI, NESCAFÉ,