Johnvents Industries Processes 5,000 Metric Tonnes of Cocoa in 6 Months
Barely six months after the launch of its multimillion-dollar factory in Ondo State, Johnvents Industries Limited, has announced that it has processed about 5,000 metric tonnes of cocoa for export, aimed at boosting Nigeria’s foreign exchange earnings.
The Managing Director of Johnvents Industries John Alamu, made this revelation during a stakeholder session on the company’s milestone achievements since its launch last December.
According to him, “Cocoa cake and cocoa butter are the two major derivatives of our cocoa processing business at Johnvents Industries, and since we launched last December, we have processed about 5,000 metric tonnes worth of products for export to countries in Europe, the US, and some part of southern Africa. We operate one of the largest cocoa processing factories in Nigeria and have invested over 3 billion naira to revamp and kickstart operation, we are proud to be the leading company in the processing of cocoa cake, butter, and powder.
“One of our goals at launch was to contribute our quota in helping to realise Nigeria’s cocoa export potential estimated to the tune of $4B – $5B. We are proud to say that in six months, we are well on our way to achieving this goal. Our production capacity utilization has moved from 20% in December 2021 to 66% in May 2022.”
Speaking on the company’s integration agenda, Manager, Business, Sales, and Operations, Johnvents Industries, Caroline Omotosho, revealed that Johnvents is very much eager to impact the global ecosystem with sustained value to the local value chain within a short time.
She noted: “As we have been able to achieve impressive growth in our production within a short window, we are excited about the audacity of our forward and backward integration plan and what it means for the industry. We have introduced our retail product, the Johnvents pure cocoa powder, into the local market.
Cocoa is of one nature’s greatest gifts to mankind packed with bountiful health and nutritional benefits. We believe it is not enough that we export cocoa cake and cocoa butter, we also want Nigerians to incorporate healthy meals in their diets and enjoy the benefits of Cocoa.”