Thursday, April 2, 2015

agrofood Nigeria 2015: 85 major players from 26 countries display all of the latest technologies for the modernisation of the Nigerian agrofood industry

Nigeria has decided: "A vote for change and proof the nation has embraced democracy"

EU-Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Michel ARRION, participates at the Opening Session

Seminars & workshops of GIZ, HEIDELBERG, Ishida & KHS

All eyes on agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015 also in francophone West-Africa

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people and Government of Nigeria on the largely peaceful and orderly conduct of the presidential and parliamentary elections.

“Observers have generally praised the election. Mr Buhari has become the first opposition candidate to win a presidential election in Nigeria” outlines BBC News on the 1st of April.

Will Ross, BBC in Lagos: “This is a hugely significant moment in Nigeria's turbulent history. The whole election process is a sign that democracy is deepening in Nigeria and may be a tonic to other countries in Africa. Nigerians can start to believe that it is possible to remove politicians through the ballot box.”

Mr Buhari: "We have proven to the world that we are people who have embraced democracy.”

Opening Session featuring VIPs from industry & politics!

The Head of Delegation and EU-Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Michel ARRION, has confirmed his participation at the Opening Session of agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015. As well as high-ranking representatives of Nigerian and European institutions, associations and companies.

The Opening Session of the exhibition will take place at the Landmark Centre on 28 April at 11am under the motto “ADDING VALUE TO THE MODERNISATION OF THE NIGERIAN AGROFOOD INDUSTRY”.

See the complete speakers' list here.

Learning form the experts - free seminars & workshops by


The visitors of agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015 benefit from seminars and workshops of GIZ, Ishida, HEIDELBERG and KHS. The participation is free of charge for the visitors and will be held at the Presentation Platform B2.4 and in seminar room D1.

Vast press coverage also in francophone West-Africa!

The importance of agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria is reflected in the vast press coverage all over francophone West-Africa.

The first agrofood Nigeria 2015 is scheduled for 28 to 30 April 2015 at the brand-new Landmark Convention Centre in Lagos.

The event is organized by the German trade show specialists fairtrade. Institutional Partners to the event are:


  • adepta - French Agro & Food Tec Association

  • German Engineering Federation VDMA - Food Processing & Packaging Machinery Association

  • Institute of Packaging Nigeria – IOPN

  • AHK Nigeria – Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria

  • NGBA - Nigerian-German Business Association

  • GIZ - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit


85 major players from 26 countries display all of the latest technologies for the modernisation of the Nigerian agrofood industry. The exhibitors come from Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom – see the list of exhibitors of agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015.

fairtrade welcomes the German Engineering Association VDMA and the Institute of Packaging Nigeria–IOPN aboard agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015

“We are delighted to announce our partnership with the German Engineering Association VDMA and the Institute of Packaging Nigeria–IOPN”, says Dominik Rzepka, Head of Marketing and PR with fairtrade. “Welcome aboard agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015.”

Outlines Martina Claus of the German Engineering Federation VDMA

“Representatives from our VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association and a Delegation of German businessmen travelled to Lagos in June 2014 as part of a market exploration trip. Our goal was to explore the local foodstuffs markets and to develop initial contacts to important business operators in this sector. This year we again want to present the strengths of German engineering in Nigeria, this time with a delegation of member companies, who will be taking part in the first international agrofood Nigeria 2015 trade show in Lagos.

Nigeria is one of the largest markets for food processing and packaging technology in Africa with a volume of around 330 million Euros. This figure reflects the growing demand for processed and packaged foods and beverages, due to the increasing prosperity and growing consumption of the population, but also the efforts to expand the added value in the local processing of foods.”


Mr Mike Adekola, President, Institute of Packaging Nigeria – IOPN

“The presence of the Institute of Packaging Nigeria at agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015 is ideal for visitors who need a global understanding of the food value chain in Nigeria. From the field to the final consumer including farmers, suppliers, transporters, processors etc.

Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa witnessing a diversification from an oil based economy to an agrofood based economy. The goal of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA), launched in 2012, an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development, is to build commodity value chains and requiring the institutions to unlock Nigeria’s huge agricultural potentials with the targeted outcome such as to add 20 million tons of food to the domestic food supply by 2015.

Africa is the next destination and the rising continent. The 1st International Trade Show agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria could not have come at a better time. We’re looking forward to participating at agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015.”

Another excellent fact: the EUROPEAN UNION officially supports agrofood Nigeria 2015. This becomes evident from a letter of 28 October 2014 of Michel ARRION, Head of Delegation and Ambassador of the EUROPEAN UNION – Delegation to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to the Economic Community of West Africa States.

“…, the European Union works closely with the Nigerian authorities to improve Nigeria’s business environment and competitiveness, to support its industrial revolution agenda and to ensure quality of products.

The food and beverage sector represents a very large segment of the Nigerian manufacturing industry. The sector generates over 1.5m jobs in the country and thus employs 5% of the Nigerian workforce. Moreover, with a market of over 160 million consumers, and a constantly growing population, Nigeria has an increasing demand for packaged and ready-made food products …

Against this background, European suppliers can play an important role in providing the Nigerian food manufacturing and agro-business industry with machinery, equipment and technological know-how meeting a high degree of food safety and compliance with international hygienic standards.

The Delegation of the European Union to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS therefore welcomes the initiative of fairtrade Messe to organize the 1st International Trade Fairs “agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015” to be held at the Landmark Centre in Lagos on 28-30 April 2015.

We support this important event and wish that during the years to come it will develop into a leading platform for technological exchange in the areas of agrofood, food processing and packaging.”

fairtrade have a wealth of experience in organizing professional agrofood shows as we also organize iran agrofood in Tehran since 1994 (831 exhibitors and more than 30,000 visitors in 2014) and have held agrofood West Africa in Accra, Ghana last December featuring 81 exhibitors and 1,326 visitors.

To create valuable synergies for exhibitors and visitors alike, agrofood Nigeria is held in conjunction with plastprintpack Nigeria, the 1st International Trade Show on Plastics, Composites, Chemistry and Printing & Packaging Solutions and Material.

“The idea to launch a professional platform especially for the Nigerian business community was brought up by the  exhibitors and the organizers of national pavilions at our agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2013 in Accra last December”, says Martin März, fairtrade’s CEO. “We then presented the project at a meeting with the economic counsellors of Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden in Lagos this February and received an all-around positive feed-back. Therefore we are excited to create this new major platform for our long-term customers.”

As Austria is already committed to participate with a group of companies, the Commercial Counsellor with the Austrian Embassy in Lagos, Ms Nella Hengstler, points out: “Nigeria will be the next global manufacturing hub. The sheer size of Nigeria’s market combined with its large and young work force will attract massive investments in the manufacturing industry. Machines and production materials will continue to be imported, though. I therefore welcome and support agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015 as it is important for European suppliers to be on ground early before the real run on Nigeria starts”.

The partners of fairtrade in Nigeria are AHK Nigeria - the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria and the Nigerian-German Business Association - NGBA. André Rönne, delegate of AHK and general manager of NGBA points out: “Increasing prosperity and the rapidly increasing population numbers are the consumer-promoting factors in Nigeria, which is also reflected by investments into the construction of shopping malls and the food processing and food packaging industry. The agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria comes at exactly the right time, and we look forward to a constructive and successful cooperation with the fairtrade team. "

Accomodation & Shuttle. “We will make the stay in Lagos comfortable for our exhibitors and professional visitors as we organize a shuttle-service from the airport to the Four Points Sheraton Hotel and The Protea Hotel Kuramo Waters Lagos as the official accommodation partners for the event, and from there on a daily basis to and from the Landmark Convention Centre”, says Dominik Rzepka, head of PR and Marketing with fairtrade. Please see details here  

The Landmark Convention Centre – The Venue. The brand-new Landmark Convention Centre is strategically positioned on the grounds of Landmark Village, a spectacular beach front location extending over 9.4 acres on Victoria Island, the heart of the vibrant and lively Lagos business district.

Lying in close proximity to the British International School, Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Oriental Hotel, The Palms Shopping Mall, Exxon Mobil HQ and Diamond Bank HQ, this location makes it easily accessible from anywhere in the city. The Landmark Village develops over 300 meters of beachfront overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and accommodating also the Hard Rock Café and the Shiro Japanese Restaurant.

agrofood Nigeria consists of agro, food + bev tec and food + hospitality Nigeria:

agro Nigeria: Nigerian imports of agricultural machinery in 2013 have increased to 63.0 million Euro compared to 62.7 million Euro in 2012 and 50.3 million in 2011.

food+bev tec Nigeria: Nigerian imports of food processing and packaging machinery have increased to 331.6 million Euro, a plus of 20.4% compared to 275.4 million Euro in 2012!

food + hospitality Nigeria: Nigerian food imports, in 2013, have reached 5.740 billion US$ compared to 5.228 billion US$ in 2012.

The Industry Portal. The agrofood Industry Portal allows exhibitors and visitors to connect before, during and after the event.

The organizer.
The event is organized by the German trade fair specialists fairtrade. ISO 9001:2008 certified, and being a member of UFI - The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, fairtrade organizes events according to the UFI quality norms.

Nigeria – The economic power house.
In Nigeria, considerable oil and gas revenues together with economic opening, liberalisation and privatisation have created constant GDP growth of between 6% and 8% during the past few years. … more