By Tunde Osho
Nestle Nigeria Plc, has reiterated its commitment to growing the economy by simplifying its ingredients list and using more local raw materials.
The firm has also set a goal to source only eggs from cage-free hens for all its food products globally by 2025.
Speaking at the launch of a new seasoning cube, ‘MAGGI NAIJA POT’ in Sagamu, Ogun State, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Victoria Uwadoka said, “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.”
Also speaking at the event, 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 its plans to source only cage-free eggs by 2025, the company said that over 40% of eggs used in its European operations already come 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.