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In the hierarchy of human needs, food is high on the scale of priorities. The business of food is therefore, a very important sector of the economy, with many providers serving those with limited disposable income. It goes without saying that affordability is a major decision factor for consumers.
    The caterers, food vendors, canteens and ‘bukkas’ who serve this segment, do
not always get the support they need to provide nutritious, healthy and
affordable meals to their ‘customers.’ Nestlé Nigeria’s Out of Home business
arm, Nestlé Professional Business, recently collaborated with the Association of Caterers and Food Vendors in Ibadan, Oyo State to deliver a food education
workshop for over 200 canteen and food vendors.: Participants with gift items given by Nestlé Professional.
       The engagement themed -The Business of Food – was organized to educate the participants and provide tips on how to grow their food service business. They were also shown how to cook tasty meals that will delight their customers. Outstanding cooks were celebrated and rewarded with relevant tools and MAGGI products to cook Nigeria’s favorite dishes.
     Speaking at the event, Mrs. Funmi Osineye, Manager, Nestlé Professional
Nigeria, said, “The collaboration with the Association of Caterers and Food
Vendors provides the opportunity for Nestlé to share her expertise in Nutrition,
Health and Wellness developed over 150 years with members of the association
here today, and going forward.
     We are also delighted to use this occasion to introduce the new, affordable and pocket friendly Maggi 100g powder in Chicken and Star Seasoning variants for
small food business owners. Nestlé Professional will continue to build this
partnership with caterers and food vendors to offer better services to the
industry.”
    The Business of Food event kicked off with a Cooking Masterclass, where
experts shared knowledge and techniques for managing the complexities of food
systems. Topics included ‘food-preneur,’ food styling and food plating.
Following the Masterclass, was the Cooking Demo, where celebrity chef Shine
demonstrated the preparation of a vegetable soup mixt of MAGGI Chicken and Star Seasoning powders.
Chef Shine also educated caterers on meal tasting and gave a step-by-step
guide on how to cook affordable nutritious meals with a consistent taste for their
customers.

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