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Thursday, 24 November 2011

NBC Bags SGS FSSC 22000 Certification To Mark 60th Anniversary

Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) has recorded another milestone in the history of food and beverage industry in Nigeria, as it becomes the first ever Nigerian company to win the Societe Generale Du Surveillance (SGS) Food Safety System Certification audit (FSSC 22000). This achievement comes in the heels of the Company’s 60th anniversary of bottling Coca-Cola products in Nigeria.

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. It is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. It employs more than 67,000 people and operates a network of over 1,250 offices and laboratories around the world.
L-R: Managing Director, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Mr Kelven Balogun, Director General , NESREA, Dr. (Mrs.) Ngeri Benebo, Managing Director, Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, Ag. Director NAFDAC, Mrs. Ugochukwu Mainasara and others, during the presentation of the Food Safety Systems Certification (FSSC) to NBC Plc on the Celebration of its 60th Anniversary of NBC, at Apapa Plant Lagos.

The event which took place at the pioneer plant in Apapa had the Managing Director NBC, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya; Managing Director of Coca-Cola Nigeria, Mr. Kelvin Balogun; General Manager, Training and Certification, SGS, Mr. Peter Obiazu; Director General, NESREA, Dr. (Mrs.) Ngeri Benebo; Director Regulatory Affairs, NAFDAC, Mrs. Ugochukwu Manasara; a representative from Consumer Protection Council (CPC) as well as top management team and staff of NBC witnessed the historic presentation.

Speaking at the presentation, the Managing Director NBC stated that, “we are all aware of the track record of the company’s investments in the area of quality, customer satisfaction regulatory compliance as well as maintained benchmark in producing good products. Today’s presentation is a reward for hardwork and high quality compliance. We are enthralled as the first Nigerian company to win this historic FSSC 22000 certification.”

General Manager, Training and Certification SGS, Mr. Peter Obiazu, disclosed that, “NBC has been a responsible company and a benchmark for quality in Nigeria. It is not a surprise that it’s the first Nigerian company to be FSSC 22000 certified. We are happy to identify with the premium bottler.”

The Director General, Consumer Protection Council, Mrs. Ify Umenyi, commended the efforts of Nigerian Bottling Company on development and in ensuring the quality standards of production which has earned the company FSSC 22000 certification.

NBC was incorporated in November 1951 and is a member of Coca-Cola Hellenic S.A, an anchor bottler with the franchise to bottle products of The Coca-Cola Company in 28 countries in North, Central and South Europe, Asia and Africa with over 560 million consumers in these markets.

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