The Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group has reiterated its commitment to advance industrial food fortification and workforce nutrition for the benefit of Nigerians.
The group, at a CEO Roundtable organized by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) with the theme; ‘Profitable Protections: The Business Advantage of Industrial Food Fortification Compliance and Workforce Nutrition’ provided a strategic platform for industry leaders to discuss and share insights on the economic benefits of fortifying food products and promoting employee well-being.
Rafiat Gawat, Head of Corporate Communications at TGI, in her presentation announced a significant milestone, with TGI’s WACOT Rice producing approximately 500kg of fortified rice last month.
She underscores the company’s vital role in fortifying staple foods.
Gawat emphasized the necessity of broadening investment in food fortification beyond advocacy efforts, extending the focus to urban communities.
According to her, “this approach ensures that the benefits of fortified food reach all segments of the population, contributing to the prevention of malnutrition in the country.
“Beyond product innovation, our commitment to food fortification extends to work inclusion in the entire process. We believe in the transformative power of fortified food, not only for consumers but also for our workforce.
She said the commitment aligns with the group’s vision of creating sustainable impact across the entire value chain and prioritizing the general wellbeing of the workforce.
Mustapha Mohammed, Head of Quality Control at TGI Group, shared valuable insights during the programme, shed light on critical aspects of food fortification.
“Our rice mill in Kebbi has been selected as one of the best for the fortification of rice. To ensure the success of fortified food products, customers must perceive value.
“This can be achieved through customer education programmes emphasizing the benefits of fortified food,”
He further stressed the importance of research and development in understanding food components and micronutrients, while highlighting the need for local testing laboratories.
“If we do not have testing houses in Nigeria, the cost to test these products outside the country will significantly contribute to the product’s price, thereby making it unappealing to both the manufacturer and ultimately the consumer.”
He noted that as a conglomerate dedicated to excellence and innovation, TGI Group continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the food industry in Nigeria.
“The NESG CEO roundtable served as a platform for TGI to emphasize its dedication to profitable protections through industrial food fortification and the promotion of workforce nutrition.