Thursday, April 30, 2015

Premier edition of agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria exceeded all expectations


1,349 trade visitors discussed their business with 91 exhibitors from 26 countries

Save the date: 26-28 April 2016

The premier edition of agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria exceeded all expectations. Exhibitors were all smiles about the quality of their business contacts and the high number of quality visitors. All together 1,349 trade visitors were registered. They discussed their business with 91 exhibitors from 26 countries.

Save the date: the next agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria is scheduled for 26-28 April 2016!

Get a close look and read more about what the exhibitors say.





Great satisfaction among the exhibitors:

Adrian Naidoo, Bühler Nigeria - Country Manager:
Bühler has been active in Nigeria over the past 60 years. Our products and solutions in the field of compact flour mill for wheat, rice and corn as well our feed producing mills fir perfectly to the demand of the Nigerian market. agrofood Nigeria is a great opportunity for Bühler to establish a stronger presence in the Nigerian industry. Among the visitorship we recognize a wide variety with strong entrepreneurial spirit.

Michael Kloss, KHS Machines Nigeria - Managing Director (right):

KHS have been active in Nigeria for over a decade and the Nigerian and the West African market is critical to us due to the facts that major volumes for Africa emanate from this region and we have huge opportunity for exponential growth in this region.

Since we are a very reliable and quality conscious company and most of the big players are very quality conscious also and need value for their money, we have a big market in Nigeria.

Our main target for agrofood Nigeria 2015 was to emphasize our existence in the market as one of the leaders of filling and packing technology in the country and worldwide. We are satisfied with the quality of the visitors at our booth and hope that the success of this year’s edition will attract even more decision makers for agrofood Nigeria 2016.


We are introducing Konica Sensing Food to West Africa and especially to Nigeria. Our quality control equipment is suitable and very handy for Nigeria because the food, cosmetics, textiles and drug industries are many here. We are satisfied with the exhibition as the variety of visitors was great and interesting.

Dr. Stefan Kachelriess-Matthess, giz - Programme Director:

German Cooperation is active in Nigeria since 1974.
Currently three programmes are supporting the agro-food industry:
    •    SEDIN (Pro poor growth and promotion of employment in Nigeria programme)
    •    SSAB (Sustainable Smallholder Agri-Business programme)
    •    CARI (Competitive African Rice initiative)

The support of the programme expands to Cocoa, Cotton, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Rice and Cassava. German International Cooperation (GIZ) supports private sector development along the value chains in Abia, Cross River, Edo, Ekiti, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, Niger, Kogi, Ogun, Ondo and Osun.

Nigeria is an importer of food.  Products promoted with GIZ support are mainly targeting to satisfy the increasing national demand, substitute imports and in the case of cocoa and cotton contribute to export earnings of Nigeria. Agriculture and agro processing has also a substantial job creation potential. GIZ supports value chain enterprises including agricultural smallholdings to make their products competitive against international products also available and fit for export of quality products.
At the stand rice products from Ajifa Rice Mills, Ida, Kogi State; Onyx Rice Mills, Bida, Niger State have been shown and appreciated by the visitors. Cocoa from Ondo state,  Irish potatoes from Plateau state have been admired by many visitors for their quality. Cassava flour has been presented and attracted the attention of visitors at the stand.
The target of our participation is to showcase the support of GIZ to the development of diverse value chains and establish linkages between actors of the value chain, to promote locally produced and processed agro-food and to showcase the potential for value addition through quality production, processing, packaging, marketing building on partnerships and capacity development. We are very satisfied with the level of interaction and exchange between the exhibitors and the visitors of agrofood Nigeria 2015. Professional contacts have been established and new ideas inspired by the wealth of questions asked and information demanded.

Greg Snalam, BCE Foodservice Equipment Nigeria – General Manager:
BCE started trading within Nigeria growing the hospitality markets in July 2014. Being the forerunner of catering equipment markets in Southern Africa, it was important to establish a foot print in West Africa out of Nigeria. Thus the establishment of turnkey operations in Nigeria.  

Our products are suitable for the Nigerian market because we offer a vast range of catering equipment covering kitchens, restaurants, bars, refrigeration solutions, supermarket refrigeration solutions as one entity. We warehouse products on ground in Lagos with a well-stocked showroom. Speed of service to market and a complete after sales service offering.

We are satisfied with the show though we had wished to welcome even more visitors from the hospitality industry.

Patrick Ablefoni, DoehlerGroup - Area Manager West & Central Africa:

Döhler is in Nigeria since 8 years and we see Nigeria as the biggest market with huge growth potential. As NAFDAC requires local beverage production facilities and as there are no local fruit processing plants, the products of Döhler are required to for high quality and affordable drinks.

With our participation we have met all our targets: get more contacts, get closer to our customers and to promote Döhler products. That is why we have already booked our stand again for next year.

Christian Ameln, Absorbtech - Area Sales Manager Africa (right):

Absorbtech has been in Nigeria since 2014. Our products are particularly suitable for the Nigerian market because the high humidity makes our products a solution to most companies and homes with high humidity issues. Our main target in participating in this exhibition is to get a prospect for the market, response to our products as well as supporting our Nigerian distributors.


The 1st agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria was officially opened under the motto “ADDING VALUE TO THE MODERNISATION OF THE NIGERIAN AGROFOOD and PLASTPACK INDUSTRIES” on 28 April 2015 by:

  • the Lagos State Director of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Yetunde Ybkaejumo,
  • the  Ambassador of the EUROPEAN UNION to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Michel Arrion, and
  • the Managing Director of the organisers fairtrade, Martin März.

Yetunde Adejumo, Lagos State Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development:
We introduced the value chain. We encourage the Nigerian producers to put a bit of effort to process in order to generate better value. That is what the outgoing administration has achieved. We now need more of packaging because when you process you need more of packaging.

Recently it was in the news that many of our products have been rejected in Europe. So we were discussing what exactly are the problems with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council. One of the important points was that our products are not properly packaged. So agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015 is right on time.

I believe that many of our producers will need to learn a better method of doing things. It is important that we are in business with you and we are eager on the know-how transfer as we are developing this industry. I invite you to assist us to increase our standard so we can access the market out there. I appreciate every exhibitor that is here. On behalf of the Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr. Akinwumi Adesina I declare this exhibition open to the Glory of God.

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 International Trade Fairs “agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria”. 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.

Honourable speakers also included the German Consul General in Lagos, Michael Derus, the Economic Counsellor of the French Embassy in Nigeria, Mr Francis Widmer, as well as representatives of adepta, Advantage Austria, AHK Nigeria, FIIRO, GIZ, HEIDELBERG, IOPN, NEPC-Nigeria Export Promotion Council, NGBA and VDMA.
See the complete speakers' list here.

91 major players from 26 countries displayed all of the latest technologies for the modernisation of the Nigerian agrofood and plastpack 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

Learning form the experts - Seminars & workshops by Festo Automation, GIZ, HEIDELBERG, Ishida and KHS

The visitors of agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015 benefited from seminars and workshops of Festo Automation, GIZ, Ishida, HEIDELBERG and KHS.

Vast press coverage also in francophone West-Africa

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

About the organisers fairtrade

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.

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 also organise agrofood West Africa in Accra, Ghana.

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

Accomodation & Shuttle. ““We 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.

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