3.5.1 Nigeria Food Suppliers


Generally, all food categories are available, but variety choices can be limited, and food is manufactured to local taste, particularly popular ready-to-eat foods such as noodles and pasta. International brands are not well represented, locally sourced cereals, meat, sugar and poultry dominate supply.  

There are no large manufacturing/production/importing wholesalers that supply food for procurement at a national level. There are many relatively small-scale traders who will ’aggregate’ stock and redistribute it to downstream, smaller retailers (sometimes referred to as business to business (B2B) trade). They generally only trade in a few basic food commodities and there is often no strong long-term trading relationship formed as cash on the spot is preferred.  

Kano, the second largest city in Nigeria and the state capital of Kano State in North West Nigeria, is the major source of food redistribution to Northern Nigeria where the larger retailers are not widely represented. Basic locally produced commodities such as salt, sorghum, millet, maize, beans and rice are readily available.  

Dawano market in Kano is the epicentre of the sourcing of cereals and pulses. Vegetable oil is imported in bulk and repackaged by manufacturers and distributers. Production is mainly limited by raw material availability. Salt is mainly produced by Dangote who has a chain of distributors. Rice production is carried by rice associated farmers. Due to high price of fertilizers the price of rice is very high and discourages it to be considered for purchase. 

Quality is another challenging aspect to be considered, as the majority of vendors do not have adequate infrastructures to assure production of commodities with the standard.

Main Growing Areas: Below is the map of main Nigeria crops. As can be seen in the map, sorghum, millet, maize and beans are produced mainly in the northern belt. Maize and beans are produced mainly in Niger, Kaduna and Plateau states. Borno State which produces a lot of sorghum and millet is currently affected by insurgency. 

Harvest/Crop Calendar: Below is the calendar for Northern Nigeria crops. As can be seen in the chart below, harvests of the sorghum, millet, maize, and beans happen between October and January, with an off-season between April and June, and then lean season between July and September.  

USAID Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET):

For more information on food supplier contact details, please see the following link:4.10 Nigeria Supplier Contact List

Retail Sector 

Global retail chains are generally not present, and the market is dominated by small and medium owner operated businesses. Larger, established retailers have been present for some time. The retail sector does not normally offer credit, however, they may do so to recognised organisations by prior arrangement.   

Types of Retailers Available 

Type of Retailer 

Rank (1-5) 

Supermarket concentrates mainly in supplying a range of food, beverage, cleaning and sanitation products; have significant purchasing power; are often part of national/regional/global chains. 


Convenience Store/Mini Market medium sized shop; offers a more limited range of products than supermarkets; usually has good/stable purchasing power; may be part of chain or cooperative. 


Permanent shop with strong supply capacity individually/family owned store; usually offers fewer commodities and a limited selection of brands; good storage and reliable supply options. 

Permanent shop with limited supply capacity individually/family owned store; offers fewer commodities and a limited selection of brands; limited storage and unstable supply options. 

Mobile Shop/Market Stand individually/family owned store; usually offers fewer commodities and a limited selection of brands; may be found at outdoor markets, camps or unstable environments. 

Wholesale Market Overview 

As previously discussed, there is an absence of large food wholesalers in the Nigerian market. One of the few and Nigeria’s largest producer is Dangote, however even this company often does not always have a traditional wholesaler ‘direct to end of supply chain retailer’ relationship. In many cases there will be other intermediaries that will purchase and then resell to other, smaller retailers.  

Wholesale – Dangote 

Dangote Group is one of Nigeria’s most diversified business conglomerates with annual turnover in excess of $3 billion. 

Supplier Overview 

Company Name 

Dangote Group  


Union Marble House, 1 Alfred Rewane Road, Ikoyi, Lagos 

Does the supplier have its own production / manufacturing capacity? 


Does the supplier have its own retail capacity? 


Does the supplier have its own transport capacity? 


Does the supplier have its own storage facilities? 


Approximate Turnover in MT 


Payment Methods Accepted 

Bank Transfer. Credit by prior application 

Other Comments or Key Information 



Other Locations 


Service Location(s) 

Across Nigeria  

Across Nigeria 

In many ECOWAS and neighbouring countries 



Primary Goods / Commodities Available 

Commodities by Type** (SITC Rev 4 Division Code - Title) 


00 - Live animals (other than fish, crustaceans, molluscs, etc.) 



01 - Meat and meat preparations 



02 - Dairy products and birds’ eggs 



03 - Fish (not marine mammals), crustaceans, molluscs 



04 - Cereals and cereal preparations 

Flour & Semolina 


Dangote Flour mills 7300 MT / day across mills in Lagos, Kano, Ilorin, Calabar and Ikorodu. It is the largest flour milling company in Africa and among the largest in the world. 

05 - Vegetables and fruit 



06 - Sugars, sugar preparations and honey 


Dangote Sugar Refinery has a 1.44 MMTPA capacity, making it the second largest sugar refinery in the world. 

07 - Coffee, tea, cocoa, spices and manufactures thereof 


NASCON Allied Industries PLC produces of edible and industrial salts, marketed under the brand name ‘Dangote Salt’ 

09 - Miscellaneous edible products and preparations 

Bottled water and juices. 

Food Seasoning 

Vegetable Oil   

Tomato Paste 

Dansa Foods Limited, an associated group company 

Production & Distribution of stock seasoning cubes 

Refining & Distribution 

Manufacturing & Distribution 

41 - Animal oils and fats 



42/43 - Fixed vegetable fats and oils, crude, refined or fractionated 



**For non-FOOD products please see section 3.5.2 Additional Suppliers, and for FUEL/PETROLEUM products please see section 3.1 Fuel. 

Disclaimer: Inclusion of company information in the LCA does not imply any business relationship between the supplier and WFP / Logistics Cluster, and is used solely as a determinant of services, and capacities.  

Please note: WFP / Logistics Cluster maintain complete impartiality and are not in a position to endorse, comment on any company's suitability as a reputable service provider. 

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