Visitors come from various Countries of West Africa, especially those who ordinarily buy bulk from Nigeria and transport by road, across borders. FOODBEXT would be going into its 5th edition in 2016 during which time several Conferences would hold. One of the Major Conferences is the BAKERS WORKSHOP /SUMMIT which brings together practitioners in Bakery/ Confectionery & Catering business for a 3 days sessions of skill acquisition and networking. Another would be the formal inauguration of the West African Association of Food & Beverage Importers & Merchants which was deferred till 2016.The Association of direct trade buyers, Supermarket owners, Food Chain services, Manufacturers, and allied enterprises. Seminars centered on stock & supply chain controls in F&B will hold and entry is free.
The focal segments are BAKERIES & DAIRIES , WINES & SPIRITS and PROCESSING & PACKAGING. As Organizers, our focus is on delivering a high turnout of large Import buyers, Distributors, HORECA(Hotels Restaurants , Cafes) Executives etc. from the different countries of West Africa FOODBEXT would be massively advertised in Pan West African, using an optimal strategy of specific media mix including partnerships with all the relevant Trade Associations.
With a population of over 170 million, Nigeria is the largest Market in West Africa for Food & Beverages products where on an annual basis over US2Billion is spent on F&B related transactions. The opportunity for penetration for new brands have a positive outlook with GDP excellence and expanding middle class.. Government in the region is also keen on encouraging local Manufacturing which creates potential for investment in local Processing & Packaging equipment /Machinery, as agricultural productivity goes on the increase.
Also Food & Beverage Franchise owners have a good opportunity of locating franchise buyers by participating at the event , including Organizations engaged in Hospitality and Food Service equipment.
FOODBEXT is the presently the toast of many as it brings together elite brands and channel distributors in face -to-face contact for business development benefits.
Unregistered products may be bought in non-commercial quantities, as exhibits, without any objections from NAFDAC provided the exhibitors are properly registered for the event. Such exhibits may be tasted and showcased for prenerty benefits and feedback..Upon registration and full payment, a letter of Registration , including receipts are issued to Exhibitor which may be presented when needed , especially for consular reasons.
Ordinarily NAFDAC are regulators of the F&B market and require that any product must be screened and properly registered before it is allowed for sale in the market overt. NAFDAC is doing a great job as attested by all.