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Arla Foods Restates Commitment to Safe, Affordable food …Launches Arla Foods Global Innovation Centre

Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 No comments
L-R: Minister of Environment and Food for Denmark, Mr. Esben Lunde Larsen; Chief Executive Officer, Arla, Mr. Peder Tuborgh and Nigeria’s Minister of State for Agriculture, Hon. Heineken Lokpobiri at the official opening of the Arla Global Innovation Centre in Aarhus, Denmark recently

Leading global dairy company, Arla Foods has restated its commitment to addressing the growing need of people around the world, including Nigerians, for nutritious, tasty, safe and affordable food products. The company also pledged to continuously participate in finding solutions for the global challenges related to obesity, under-nutrition, environment and climate. 

The company made the pledge during a recent visit by the Nigerian Minister of State for Agriculture, Hon. Heineken Lokpobiri and other officials of the ministry to its headquarters in Denmark for the official opening of the Arla Foods Global Innovation Centre. 

The centre is located in Skejby, the heart of the Danish food cluster and the cluster of innovation excellence across Denmark. It was created and designed to facilitate cutting-edge innovation in food processing by bringing all the key players into play: consumers, customers, small and medium-sized enterprises, universities and their students, suppliers, technical institutions, professional associations, among others. 

Giving reasons for the setting up of the centre, the Chief Executive Officer, Arla Foods, Peder Tuborgh said the centre was conceived as part of the company’s vision to create the future of dairy to bring health and inspiration to the world, naturally. 

“To be at the very forefront of the industry, it will require investments in research and innovation and our new Arla Foods Global Innovation Centre aims to bring not only innovation in Arla, but to bring the global dairy industry into a new era,” he said. 

He pointed out that with the population estimated to hit the nine billion mark in 2050, there should be concerns over food security. “When you think about the growing world population, you can either worry about it – or you can start acting to respond to the expected increase, and that is what we are doing at Arla Foods with our new Global Innovation Centre,” he added. 

The centre is expected to function through proactive partnerships with universities, private partners and research institutions and supported by public funding, with its research supporting the development of healthy, tasty, and safe dairy products. 

Such research, the company said, will in the long term focus on major scientific and technical challenges faced by the dairy industry like health and nutrition, improving the nutritional profile of dairy products, increasing the shelf life of products to enable them to travel across geographies, securing the food safety to ensure top quality products despite long distances, high temperatures and various types of transportation. 

The centre will be a major contributor to making advancement in science and technology around health and nutrition of dairy products, and will also ensure the short term application and technology transfer of knowledge to enable new products to be introduced in markets and resolving problems in its manufacturing sites. 

The Arla Foods Global Innovation Centre, Tuborgh disclosed, will be open to the public and will enable new ways of cooperating and bringing expertise together for win-win partnerships. Students will be trained to use first-rate equipment and facilities to develop and grow their skills and expertise before entering the job market. Arla staff will also benefit from continuous training programmes provided through collaboration with the best researchers and professors in the country. 

“There is still a lot more to understand about milk’s role in fighting global challenges such as lifestyle diseases and under-nourishment – and we aim to gain and promote this knowledge. Also there is still more to learn about sustainable production and packaging of dairy. Despite an increased production, we have been able to continuously reduce our impact on climate. Arla’s dairy products can therefore form an important part of a sustainable diet, as defined by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO),” he said. 

The Nigerian delegation included the Director, Animal Husbandry, Mr John Taiwo; Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry, Mrs Winnie Lai-Solarin and the Technical Assistant on Quality Control & Standardization to the Minister, Mrs. Heather R. Akanni. 

TAMS Nigeria Supports to Host CFA's Startups Hangout

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Just less than two weeks for the June edition of CFA's Startup Hangout to kick off, TAMS Nigeria has already ventured into a partnership with as part of its support to add value to startups.

The leading global provider of biometric, RFID readers for access control and time and attendance applications will offer free access to its software exclusively to startups SMEs that will attend the June edition of CFA's Startups Hangout.

Added to this, startups at the end of the year, stand the chance of becoming TAMS Ambassadors, usually celebrated at the annual TAMS Summit.

Speaking about the partnership, Founder of TAMS Nigeria, Biodun Afolabi eulogized the efforts by the CFA Team to have a well thought out initiative like the CFA'S Startups Hangout.

"As part of our efforts too, to support this effort we will offer our application to startup SMEs that will attend the hangout and also offer a free training on how to use this application," Afolabi said via a telephone call.

He explained that the TAMS application was borne out of the need to solve particular problems ranging from human resources to time management.

"As an entrepreneur, I knew about all these problems which lots of startup SMEs faces today. However, if an initiative like the CFA's Startups Hangout were known during our time, most of the problems would have been averted then," he added.

"The free software will help startups to manage their employees from recruitment to retirement," says Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, (CFA), the Founder of

"Besides, the TAMS modules include; Payroll for Salaries and Tax Remittance, Staff Database Appraisal, Loan Manager, Attendance, etc.

He explained that is looking forward to the active support of more brands for subsequent monthly editions of this selfless mission to help many Nigerian Startups to learn, grow and sustain their businesses for the development of the Nigerian Entrepreneurial ecosystem and the Nigerian economy in general.

Nadu Denloye Ph.D. and Deepankar Rustagi will feature as key speakers for the June Edition of CFA's Startups Hangout.

CFA said the hangout would have in attendance, two of the most successful serial Entrepreneurs in Nigeria to provide insights to startup entrepreneurs.

Nadu, is the Co-Founder of Telnet and Director, CDNet, Deepankar, the Co-founder,, a company he founded in 2010.

Past editions of the hangout had featured prominent Nigerian successful Entrepreneurs, such as Adeoye Abodunrin, ED, Xpos Technologies, Simeon Ononobi, Co-Founder, MyAdsGlobal, Helen Anatogu, CEO and Founder, iDea Nigeria, and Yele Okeremi Founder of Precise Financial Systems and others.

The CFA's Startups Hangout serves as a strategic avenue for Startups to meet and learn from successful Entrepreneurs that grace each edition of the Startups Hangout, through divulging nuggets that will assist them to grow their various Startups as well as network and synergize among one another.

The media partners for the CFA's Startups Hangout are Guardian Tech, CommunicationsWeek, and

The June Edition of CFA's Startups Hangout holds on June 23, 2017, at Adna Hotel, Ikeja GRA, Lagos, and registration is compulsory anybody,

Please, visit to register for the event.

iDea Nigeria and to Host a Product Development Workshop

Posted on Thursday, June 8, 2017 No comments
Bouyed by the alarming rate at which most Startups fail in Nigeria, especially, in this tough economic climate, Information Technology Developers Entrepreneurship Accelerator, iDea Nigeria, in partnership with, will host a “Product Development Workshop” on Monday, June 12, 2017, at Adna Hotel, GRA, Ikeja between 3:00pm and 6:00pm.

The workshop themed “Create a Product that Customers Love” will provide among others, practical insights on how to stop scaling before finding product-market fit and problem-solution fit.

It is germane for Startups and entrepreneurs in the ecosystem to understand the process of developing products and services which the customers need.

Speaking about the workshop in partnership with, Helen Anatogu, CEO, iDea Nigeria said that the workshop will provide participants with the framework, tools, techniques and perspectives to craft customer value proposition and effectiveness in the development of products.

She added that, the workshop will also provide insights, such as, understanding the importance of problem-solution fit; developing your customer value proposition; product roadmap and planning; developing the minimum viable product; as well as tips and resources to build quick prototypes.

One of the most successful entrepreneurs in Nigeria and beyond, Adekunle Ajiboye, who is based in Canada, will feature as the facilitator at the workshop, which is already attracting many registrants.

Adekunle Ajiboye is an expert in embedded systems, the entire eHealthsphere, ICT tools and applications for commerce and entrepreneurial consulting.

He is heavily involved in the entrepreneurship landscape in North America and Nigeria with experiential success.

In his view, Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. CFA), Founder of expressed confidence and elation over the partnership with iDea Nigeria to host Adekunle Ajiboye who will share his expertise with Nigerian Startups.

“Adekunle Ajiboye will be on hand to share his expertise and wealth of knowledge with Startups and for us at CFAtech, it is another opportunity for our Startups to access important resources to enable them up the ante in their entrepreneurial quest” CFA said.

He explained that partnership is all about adding value and hosting a product development workshop for Nigerian Startups is one of them.

To participate at the workshop, click here to register

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