CCIFG focuses on agro- processing transformation

CCIF members at the just-ended conference

CCIF members at the just-ended conference

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana (CCIFG) has organised an Agro-processing conference in Accra as part of its focus on industrial transformation in the agro industry in Ghana.

 

The conference was attended by 60 business executives in the agro and affiliated fields who benefitted from insightful information from leading experts and facilitators to the event, Cocoa Touton Processing Company Limited, Blue Skies, Kasapreko Company Ltd and Nurevas Food Ghana.

 

The new President of the CCIFG, Mr Celestino Alvarez Neira, speaking on the relevance of the event stated that processing industries have had a prominent participating role in the industrialisation of large developed countries like France, and as such, with Ghana being a developing nation, the importance this growing industry could bring is indispensable.

 

John Drakes, General Manager of Nurevas Food Ghana, elaborated on the equipment used by Nurevas saying the acquisition of the Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) demands a high standard in their production processes as the certification provides a framework for effectively managing food safety and quality responsibility.

 

He added that, the company tries to source packaging and raw material (oils) locally for local brands.

 

Paul Ayeh, General Manager of Operations at Touton took stage to give a presentation on the theme “local added value on the cocoa value chain.”

 

Mr Ayeh discussed the processing, trading and tolling and sustainable initiatives through the introduction of Touton’s stat- of-the-art factory with the production stages of cocoa liquor which is also used in butter and cake.

 

He also touched on the cocoa processing stages giving a clear distinction of the Red zone (cleaning and winnowing stages) and the white zone (processing stages).

 

Mr Clarence Amenyah, International Business Development Director at Kasapreko Company in his presentation, talked about the sustainable production of herbal beverages through the use of solar energy.

 

He told  participants that the company continuously researches the use of natural herbs, fruit extracts to produce and develop products to meet the needs of consumers.

 

He also elaborated on the technologies used in its manufacturing and bottling processes including company’s high speed production lines that enables the packaging of 135,000 bottles of products/hour.

 

Alistair Djimatey, the PR and Foundation Manager, Blue Skies, explained to participants the process undertaken at the company from processing of various fruits including pineapple, mango, pomegranate among others to export to over 15 major European retailers including Coop, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Monoprix, Aldi and Carrefour.

 

He also touched on the importance of attracting new investments through quality products, targeting new markets and producing new products.

By Kingsley Asare

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