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AACE Food Processing & Distribution Commissions New Factory in Ogun State to Support Farmers & the Food Industry!

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Mezuo Nwuneli (Chairman of the Board), Otunba Bimbola Ashiru (Ogun state Hon. Commissioner of Commerce and Industry), Olufunso Amosun (Ogun State First Lady), Ndidi Nwuneli (MFR) (Director/Co-Founder) & HRH Oba Kolapo Aremu Ogunseye, Onijoko of Ijoko Land

There was an air of excitement in the Ijoko community in Sango Ota, Ogun State on Thursday 15th January 2015, as government officials, dignitaries, traditional rulers, partners and friends convened to officially commission the factory of AACE Food Processing & Distribution Ltd.

This company, established by Mezuo Nwuneli and Ndidi Nwuneli, sources herbs, grains, cereals and vegetables from smallholder farmers across Nigeria and processes them into spices, complementary food and flours for FMCGs, quick service restaurants, caterers, and the Nigerian populace. Its current product line consists of nine spices and seasonings which are sold in leading retail outlets such as Shoprite, GAME and Park ‘n Shop. The company also produces Soyamaize fortified with vitamins and minerals, which is a complete meal and fights moderate malnutrition, moringa and bulk commodities such as bean flour, chili, ginger and soya which are used by noodle, pastry and biscuit manufacturers.

In his opening remarks, Mezuo Nwuneli, the Chairman of AACE Foods reinforced the company’s commitment to working with smallholder farmers across Nigeria. He stated that AACE Foods has partnered with key international development agencies to develop a local supply chain. To date, the company works with over 800 farmers and it will extend this partnership to 5,000 farmers by 2018.

AACE trains, facilitates microfinance bodies and provides farmer clusters with storage technology. This direct relationship has enabled the company to build reliable sources of raw materials and to improve the lives of small holder farmers. He also noted that with the commissioning of its factory in Sango Ota, the company has installed new equipment which will enable it to increase its capacity to seven tons per day, produce more high quality products for the Nigerian populace, while also making social impact.

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(Ogun state Hon. Commissioner of Commerce and Industry) Otunba Bimbola Ashiru & Olufunso Amosun (The First Lady, Ogun State)

The keynote speaker for the event, Prof. Ogunmoyela, a director of AACE Foods and Dean of the College of Food Sciences at Bells University, underscored the critical role that companies such as AACE Foods play in addressing the food security crises in Nigeria and stemming the high rates of post-harvest losses and rampant importation in the country.

Larry Umunna of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) praised AACE Foods’ efforts to address malnutrition in Nigeria and recognized its Soyamaize product focused on addressing moderate malnutrition in Nigeria. He pledged his support to AACE Foods and other agroprocessors that are committed to promoting nutrition.

The special guest of honour, the First Lady of Ogun State, Olufunso Amosun commended the visionary efforts of the AACE Foods’ founders, its dynamic board and staff. She lauded the efforts of the company to engage women and support small holder farmers in Nigeria. The Ogun State Honourable Commissioner of Commerce, Trade & Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, the chief host of the event, also commended the company’s efforts to create jobs in Ogun State. He officially commissioned the factory on behalf of the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

Oba of Ijoko, Ndidi Nwuneli, Co-Founder, AACE Foods & Olufunso Amosun

First Lady of Ogun State – Her Excellency Olufunso Amosun and Otunba Ashiru, the Commissioner of Commerce, Trade and Industry

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Olufunso Amosun (First Lady of Ogun State) & Otunba Bimbola Ashiru (Ogun state Hon. Commissioner of Commerce and Industry)

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Other dignitaries who attend the event included AACE Foods Board members – Brig. Gen. Tunde Reis (RTD), Nnenna Onyewuchi, Dr. U.K. Acholonu, the Oba of Ijoko, the Local Government Chairman – Hon. Rotimi Rahman, Dr. Nadu Denloye, representatives of NAFDAC, FIIRO and IFDC, and AACE Foods customers such as Flour Mills, Promasidor, Honeywell and other representatives of the Sango Ota community.

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Mr. Mezuo Nwuneli, Ms. Toyosi Kolawole, Mrs. Ndidi Nwuneli, Dr. Orode Doherty & Mr. Olumide Lawson.

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Aace Foods Board Members – Mezuo Nwuneli (Chairman), Prof. Ogunmoyela, Nnenna Onyewuchi, Ndidi Nwuneli, Temitope Jebutu (Factory Manager) & Brig. Gen. Tunde Reis (Rtd.)

14 Comments

  1. MOSIWOMEKA

    January 22, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    its all good, Agriculture is the next black gold.
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    Mosi Tash
    @Mosi_Tash_Jazzy

  2. Juliet

    January 22, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    AACE FOODS…adding sweetness and spice to your life!

    Congratulations!

  3. $0$A

    January 22, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Cute couple. Harvard educated too. & Mrs. Amosun been a cutie too 🙂

  4. Uzo

    January 22, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    This is so exciting. Agriculture has to be encouraged on all scales

  5. jaguarnana

    January 22, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    very impressed with this proudly Nigerian company…keep it up

  6. Tunmi

    January 22, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    This is what comes to mind when I think of a Nigerian company. Well done AACE Foods and well done Ogun state. Agriculture ftw.

    The image alone eh

  7. Patricia Umoren

    January 22, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Great job AACE team. Wish I were there at your factory commissioning. I will resort to the next best thing, enjoying your Spicy Peanut Butter on my bread!

  8. Ada

    January 23, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Mezuo and Ndidi, the power couple, making sense since day 1! individually powerful, together unstoppable! Agriculture is surely the next industry taking off!

  9. moses e

    January 28, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Great job! AACE FOOD, I FEEL YOU

  10. Temi

    January 29, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Best spices I ever used. The jollof rice seasoning is out of this world

  11. Chinyere

    January 29, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    AACE Foods Pepper Soup Spice Mix made my Xmas
    Great Job @ AACE Foods

  12. Moses O. Adewuyi

    April 14, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    AACE Foods is an agro-processing company in Nigeria aim to combat malnutrition and generate income to the household cluster farmers in the country.
    This is achievable by creativity and innovative ideas to yield the change that is needed.
    Long Life AACE FOODS!
    Long Life Nigeria!!.

  13. Obie

    April 27, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Makes perfect sense. Good Job AACE Foods.

  14. HABEEB ADEKUNLE QUADRI

    July 8, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    They said it all! Proud of you guys! Glad to be part of a wining team right in my backyard!

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