By Franklin Alli & Providence Emmanuel
NESTLE Nigeria Plc has reaffirmed its commitment to growing the nation’s economy by sourcing more raw materials locally and simplifying the ingredients lists by using locally recognized ingredients.
Nestle has also set a goal to source only eggs from cage-free hens for all its food products globally by 2025.
The company’s Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Victoria Uwadoka, stated this during the launch of a new food seasoning cube, “MAGGI NAIJA POT”, in Sagamu, Ogun State.
Uwadoka stated: “We are committed to creating more value for the society and the community by increasing local sourcing. These commitments respond to the preference of today’s consumers for products with more familiar and common ingredients, natural or organic, with minimal processing.”
Local tastes and food cultures
Also speaking at the launch, Mr. Mauricio Alarcon, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We dedicate ourselves to deeply understand the needs and preferences of our consumers, and then we tailor our products to suit local tastes and food cultures.”
He said that the product was a new seasoning cube developed in Nigeria based on the strong understanding of local cuisine.
“It aims at amplifying the authentic Nigerian essence of food. Naija Pot is the only seasoning cube in Nigeria full of fish flavour with the unique combination of naturally smoked fish, stockfish, and crayfish to give soups and pottages that bottom-pot taste that Nigerians love,” he said.
On the bid to source only cage-free eggs by 2025, the company said that in some parts of the world, such as Europe, over 40 per cent of eggs used by Nestlé is already from cage-free sources.
“In Europe and the U.S., Nestle will make the transition by the end of 2020. For the rest of the Americas, Middle East, Africa and Oceania it will happen by 2025, with the move in Asia to be completed in the same transition period, as conditions allow,” he added.