The Nigerian agrofood and plastprintpack industry is set to host Global Technology Leaders from 11 countries at the 8th edition of its annual conference and exhibition.
Organised by the German trade show specialists fairtrade, the 8th edition of the agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria will also feature a top level 3-day conference and the event will hold from 28 to 30 March 2023 at the Landmark Centre in Lagos, Victoria Island.
Global technology leaders from 11 countries will showcase adapted technologies and solutions for the Nigerian and West African market in the fields of agriculture, food and beverage processing, ingredients, plastics, printing and others.
The will attract participants from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Nigeria, Taiwan, Turkey, Tunisia and Spain.
Speaking at a press conference heralding the event, Project Manager, fairtrade Messe GmbH & Co. KG, Freyja Detjen said one of the traditional highlights at the agrofood fair is the 39.6% growth in Nigerias food production from €26bn in 2016 to €36.3bn in 2020 and is expected to rise by 48% between 2021 and 2024, from €42.3bn to €62.6bn, according to Euromonitor International.
She further added that with €165m in 2021, an increase of 48% compared to 2020, Nigeria stands as the second largest investor in plastics technology in Africa, just behind Egypt with a record €202m and well ahead of South Africa at €144m.
Nigeria’s plastics technology imports also increased by an average of 25% annually between 2016 and 2021.
At €64m in 2021, Nigeria ranks second in sub-Saharan Africa for imports of printing and paper technology, behind South Africa, but well ahead of other sub-Saharan countries.
Also in 2021, with €151 million, Nigeria ranks as one of the three largest investors in packaging technology in Africa, in line with South Africa with €152 million and behind Egypt with € 195 million.
The enormous population growth from 206 million in 2022 to 411 million in 2050 as revealed by VDMA in 2022 demands high sustainable investments in Nigerias agrofood & plastprintpack industry. she said.
The top level 3-day conference will yet again run alongside the exhibition. Key topics will cover beverage production & ingredients, supply chain evaluation, finance and others. C-level speakers representing market-leading companies and institutions such as Diageo, First City Monument Bank, Access Bank, Sterling Bank, Bühler Group, Psaltry International, Simply Green, JR Africa, Niji Group, Conversations Africa, Farm Republic, will deliver educational and entertaining sessions of the highest quality, promising immediate benefits for the audience in their day-to-day business.
Again, as with the previous events, a 3-day Packaging Masterclass will take place parallel to the exhibition. It is organised by the African Packaging Organisation (APO), a member of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). The target is to teach how companies can leverage food processing and packaging for retail trade through an Executive Certificate Course in Packaging Materials and Food Packaging Technology.
Commenting on the 3-day Packaging Masterclass, Ahmed Alex Omah, President of APO said ‘We are delighted to partner with fairtrade to deepen participants knowledge in packaging materials and food packaging technology. During the three-day programme, experts will lead discussions on topics such as sustainable packaging innovations, the need for standardised production and processing methods, access to finance and much more.’
After the great cooperation for the 2021 and 2022 event, fairtrade & OTACCWA, the Organization for Technology Advancement of Cold Chain in West Africa, agreed to also organize the 5th West African Cold Chain Summit & Exhibition WACCSE, by OTACCWA alongside agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2023.
WACCSE is the only cold chain event in West Africa, the most valuable in-depth and comprehensive B2B networking cold chain event serving the pharmaceutical, perishable farm produce, storage, and distribution industries.
Supporting the agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2023 fair are the following institutions:
Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria & ECOWAS; AHK Nigeria Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria; APO Africa Packaging Organisation; DLG German Agricultural Society; ELAN Equipment & Leasing Association of Nigeria; FMARD Federal Nigerian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action; German Consulate General Lagos; IOPN Institute of Packaging Nigeria; Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture; NABG Nigeria Agribusiness Group; NAFDAC National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control; NIFST Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology; OTACCWA Organization for Technology Advancement of Cold Chain in West Africa; VDMA, German Engineering Federation
For more information about the event interested person are advised to visit www.agrofood-nigeria.com and www.ppp-nigeria.com