We have invested in building a consumer franchise and distribution infrastructure in many African markets. The foundation for this downstream activity is based on our knowledge and capabilities related to the management of food supply chains and the common distribution pipeline that we have built for related commodity products in West Africa.
Our Packaged Foods Business division manufactures, markets and sells a range of branded packaged food products to consumers across multiple African markets. This business started with the launch of tomato paste products in Nigeria and has since expanded across 10 countries in South and West Africa marketing a basket of 8 products under 6 well established brand names.
We have also embarked on a fertiliser manufacturing and distribution business through a joint venture with the Government of The Republic of Gabon and Tata Chemicals. We will leverage our relationships with growers and farmers together with our direct upstream plantation and farming investments as a source of fertiliser demand.