Tuesday, February 7, 2017

agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2017: A record number of global players from fourteen countries is ready to discuss YOUR business

LIVE! Bakery in the French Pavilion

First ever official German Pavilion and VDMA symposium

Organized by the German trade fair specialists fairtrade agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2017 will take place from 28 to 30 March 2017 at the Landmark Centre in Lagos.

A record number of exhibitors from fourteen countries is ready to discuss business with professional visitors from Nigeria and all over West Africa. The exhibitors come from Austria, Benin, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Nigeria, United Kingdom, South Africa, Togo and Turkey.

France and Germany are both represented with official pavilions. The French Pavilion is organized by the French agrofood association adepta. “For the third year, adepta leads a delegation of French companies to agrofood Nigeria”, so Aude Roelly, Area Sales Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, adepta. “From farm to fork, companies specialized into equipment and know-how for agriculture, livestock, food processing and packaging offer their solutions to the Nigerian food industry. Highlight of the French Pavilion will once again be the LIVE! bakery, a great opportunity for Nigerian entrepreneurs to test the equipment and discuss their investment projects with specialists of the sector.”

For the first time ever, Germany will host an official German Pavilion at a specialized trade show in Nigeria. At agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2017 the German Pavilion features more than 30 German technology leaders presenting their innovations on 510 square meters net exhibition space. The German Pavilion is presented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and AUMA-Association of the German Trade Fair Industry and it is supported by the German Engineering Federation VDMA - Food Processing & Packaging Machinery Association.

“Representatives from our VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association and a Delegation of German member companies participated in the first two international agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria trade shows” outlines Martina Claus, Head of Market Development Africa. “In 2017 we will again present the strengths of German engineering in Lagos. The official German Pavilion will introduce the best know-how, services and latest technology for the production and packaging of food and beverages.”

VDMA again holds food tec-symposium
VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association again holds a Symposium on food and drink technology under the slogan “German Technology – Tailor made for foodstuff processing & packaging”. Outlines Martina Claus: “This event will give an excellent opportunity to meet leading manufacturers of machinery for the production and packaging of food and beverages.”

GIZ supports the development of the Nigerian agrofood industry

With its stand at agrofood Nigera 2017 GIZ-Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit targets to support its activities around three programs:

  •     SEDIN (Pro poor growth and promotion of employment in Nigeria program)
  •     SSAB (Sustainable Smallholder Agri-Business program)
  •     CARI (Competitive African Rice initiative)

The program expands to Cocoa, Cotton, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Rice and Cassava. GIZ supports private sector development along the value chains in Abia, Cross River, Edo, Ekiti, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, Niger, 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 of and in the case of cocoa and cotton contribute to export earnings of Nigeria.

Institutional support by highest authorities

agrofood Nigeria 2017 is supported by the Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS, adepta, Advantage Austria, AHK-Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria, Business France, IOPN-Institute of Packaging Nigeria and the Nigerian-German Business Association.

Strong market facts

Nigeria has imported agricultural machinery and equipment worth 119 million Euro in 2015. Nigeria is also the 2nd largest importer of food processing and packaging technology in Africa making up for 234 million Euro in 2015 (VDMA). Food trade with Nigeria is a 13.4 billion USD business as Nigerian food imports summed-up to 8.5 billion USD in 2014 and food exports for 4.9 billion USD (WTO).