NIGERIA – Flour brands of Flour Mills of Nigeria (FMN) – Golden Penny Prime Flour and Classic All-Purpose Flour – have won the ‘Top 5 tier Award for achieving Food Fortification Excellence’ at the 2023 Micronutrient Fortification Index (MFI) Annual Awards.
The celebrated award followed Nigeria’s MFI Awards ceremony which involved the ranking of 31 participants drawn from the edible oil, wheat flour, and sugar sectors in Nigeria
According to the statement, the ceremony highlighted the continued commitment of Nigeria’s leading food brands to combating malnutrition.
Launched in 2021, MFI employs current industry data to rank food processing companies’ performances and provide consumers with important information about the brands they purchase.
Consequently, the data allows the companies to demonstrate their commitment to meeting quality standards for fortifying their products with essential vitamins and minerals.
For MFI 2023, the award held during the opening ceremony of Nigeria AgroFood 2023 by FairTrade, saw Flour Mills of Nigeria brand Golden Penny Classic Flour take home the top prize, and nine additional brands were also recognized.
The ceremony was hosted by the international nonprofit TechnoServe in partnership with the Aliko Dangote Foundation and Lagos Business School, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
According to the statement, Joining Golden Penny Classic Flour among the top five performers were Golden Penny Prime Flour, also of Flour Mills of Nigeria; Power Oil of Raffles Oil LFTZ Enterprises, a subsidiary of Dufil Foods; and Devon King’s Oil and Mamador Oil of PZ Wilmar.
Also, Golden Oil Industries Limited and Sunola Foods Limited were given recognition as emerging winners of the top trend awards for their consistent improvement.
Announcing the winner, Larry Umunna, TechnoServe’s regional director for West Africa said that FMN has demonstrated that the nutrition status of their consumers truly matters to them.
In addition, Larry acknowledged that the company also recognizes the link between nutrition and economic development.
Dr. Jeremie Zoungrana, director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, added his praise as well. “You truly serve as a remarkable example of how food processors can effectively come together in inclusive transparency in uplifting the wellbeing of Nigerians.”
In response, the FMI Group showed excitement about the award on the company’s LinkedIn page stating that;
“This Award is a testament to the Group’s dedication, passion, and excellence in the field of food fortification, a clear demonstration of our commitment to providing nutritious food options for Nigerians”.
For over six decades, FMN has been sustainably Feeding the Nation with nutritious quality products and a source of livelihood for millions of Nigerian families
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