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Food West Africa brings investment boost to regional retail market


Food West Africa brings investment boost to regional retail market

The 2nd edition of West Africa’s largest food and beverage exhibition, an annual event organized by Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, is set to hold at the Landmark Centre in Lagos this May. According to Ryan Sanderson, Director, Informa Life Science Group, Africa, this year’s edition will attract more than 4,500 industry professionals to an exhibition reputed to be the region’s largest and most prestigious food and beverage industry event. The 2017 edition of the show is expected to outgrow the launch show by 40%, in terms of attendees, and will showcase exciting new products, services and equipment from more than 160 businesses from around the globe, up from 140 in 2016.
The event will span 3,000 sqm of exhibition space and host 25 international country pavilions providing first-class opportunities to meet, network and establish business ties in Africa’s largest economy – Nigeria. The event returns with a comprehensive backing from the industry’s leading authorities and associations including the Association of Food Vendors in Nigeria (AFVN), the National Agency for Food and Drug (NAFDAC), NASON and Ogbaru Main Market Onitsha. A new feature for the 2017 edition of Food West Africa is the dedicated ‘Made in Nigeria’ zone specifically designed for local Nigerian companies looking to increase sales and distribution of finished food products. The event will also host a three-day multi-sector conference that will address the market’s challenges, opportunities and solutions and will present latest modern channels of food distribution in the region, advances in food handling and logistics, updates on safety management, and regulations on importation and exportation. Regional experts from domestic and international large-scale food companies, governments, local agencies and associations will be represented and will give their insights on improved technologies and advanced measures on how to consolidate and implement better measures in food distribution retail in West Africa.

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