Nigeria is the second largest importer of food and packaging in sub-Saharan Africa.
Enormous population growth and high sustainable investments in its food industry
Imports of food technology steadily growing
With €319 million in 2020, Nigeria is the second largest investor in food & packaging technology in Africa, just behind Egypt, but well ahead of South Africa, Algeria, Morocco and all other African countries. (VDMA 2022)
The TOP 10 supplying countries of food and packaging machinery to Africa in general by delivery value in 2020 were Italy, Germany, China, France, Turkey, India, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and South Africa. (VDMA 2022)
The enormous population growth from 206 million in 2022 to 411 million in 2050 demands high sustainable investments in Nigeria’s food industry.
Sharp increase: Nigeria‘s food production has grown by 39.6% in recent years, 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.
Source: VDMA 2022 / Graph: fairtrade
Nigeria is the largest importer of packaging technology in Africa in 2020
Imports of packaging technology growing too
With €174 million in 2020 after €155 million in 2019 (+12.2%), Nigeria is the largest importer of packaging technology in Africa, in line with Egypt with €173 million, but well ahead of South Africa with €149 million, Algeria with €136 million, Morocco, Tanzania, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya. (VDMA 2022)
Nigeria’s immense population of currently 206 million, which according to the United Nations will rise to 411 million by 2050, requires strong sustainable growth. This is why Nigeria invests heavily in its packaging industry.
Source: VDMA 2022 / Graph: fairtrade
Voices of the exhibitors 2019
Sales Area Manager - CFT
The Nigerian market is interesting for us because of the huge population. We are talking about more than 190 million people who need a well-developed agrofood industry.
We meet many of our traditional customers here at the show to discuss current projects. But we also have the opportunity to win potential new customers.
The major advantage of agrofood is to connect us machinery producers with the Nigerian industrial sector.
General Manager – General Industry - First Blends
First Blends is the leading manufacturer of functional solutions and the premier service provider to the cereal food industries in Nigeria and West Africa.
For us, it’s important to partner with international companies and help the industry to grow and take it to the next level. We will provide our customers the highest quality products and get a good feed on our standards.
agrofood is getting bigger and bigger every year, with more exhibitors, customers and visitors. That’s great! So we are able to showcase our products to more and more customers.
Head of Sales for African region - Krones
Krones plans, develops and manufactures machines and complete lines for process, filling and packaging technologies.
Nigeria is an important market for us because of the high population as well as the growing middle class and the stable political situation.
At agrofood we meet existing clients but also new ones. We’re impressed by the program and the speakers especially the “Consulate meet and greet”. Our highlight at agrofood is the chance to connect with major global players in our business.
Range of exhibits
• Ingredients and auxiliary materials
• Bakery technology
• Confectionery, chocolate and snacks technologyIce cream technology
• Coffee machines and equipmentKitchen technology
• Basic food technologyVegetable and fruit technologyBeverage technology
• Pasta technology
• Delicatessen and convenience food technology
• Dairy technology
• Meat processing technology
• Fish technology
• Packaging machines
• Packaging materials
Food safety and quality management
Refrigeration and air-conditioning technology
• Refrigeration installations
• Ventilation, air conditioning and heating technology
Conveying, transport and storage installations
Water and waste water