TGI 2018 Food Safety Week and World Quality Day

For the past four years, TGI Group across all its operations has observed the Food Safety Week wrapped up with the World Quality Day. This year was no different. he 2018 TGI Food Safety Week was held November 12 – 15, 2018, followed by the World Quality Day on November 23rd, 2018.


Themed: Procure no defect; Produce no defect; Pass-on no defect, the World Quality Day event was well attended both members of staff and management. Gracing the occassion was the Chairman of TGI Group, Mr. Cornelis G. Vink, TGI Group Managing Director, Mr. Rahul Savara, Group Executive Director, Mr. Jerome Shogbon, and other members of the executive management team across the Group’s businesses.

Featuring messages from all and sundry on the importance of quality to the business in all areas, the key message as stated by the GMD, Mr. Rahul Savara in his opening remark was that “Quality is a culture which must be imbibed in every facet of the business’. This was reiterated by all the speakers as well.


The Chief Quality Officer for the Group, Mr. Mohammed Mustafa, recanted the reasons for the theme, stating that for the organization to achieve the 3Ps, it will take teamwork. In his words, “it is the policy of the Group to ensure that the businesses consistently deliver products and services to customers, which totally meet Quality, Food Safety, Efficacy and Regulatory requirements”.

The event wrapped up with the recitation and signing of the quality pledge, led by GED, Mr. J.O. Shogbon.


Meanwhile, staff across the Group celebrated the Food Safety Week with activities  such as: Quality Policy Recitation, Cleaning and Sanitation among others.



2019 TGI Management Trainee Program (LEAP)

We are seeking to hire top talents who are academically brilliant, hands-on and ready to explore unique career opportunities through our Management Trainee Program (LEAP).  

The objective of the program is to develop top graduates into world class Managers, to ensure a steady supply of well-trained managerial talent for TGI’s current and future business needs. The program is for one calendar year and is designed to be cross-functional

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Our 2018 MTP set at LBS on a training as part of their program

Function Areas: Finance, Engineering, Sales, Human Resources, Agriculture/Agri-business, Strategy & Business Development, Production, Legal, HSE, Regulatory, Corporate Communication and Supply Chain

Job description

  • To understudy line managers to acquire knowledge of methods, procedures, and standards required for the performance of departmental duties
  • To train in functions and operations of related departments – Apply skills and energy to proactive learning and timely process/project completion
  • To create value- provide support and solution based on departmental objectives, including reporting, presentation creation, strategic planning, data-entry etc.
  • To implement assigned projects and also take up own projects that provides solutions/interventions in line with organizational business objectives.

Key competencies and attributes:

Candidates must have

  • High integrity
  • Effective communication skills (oral and written)
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Sales skills
  • Strategy formulation and business awareness
  • Computer appreciation skills
  • Relationship management skills
  • Good work ethics

Geographical mobility: Candidate must be flexible and work in different business areas and locations across Nigeria when required

Application Requirements (Qualification): MBA/MSc/MA or 1st Class BSc with NYSC Discharge Certificate. Applicants must not be older than thirty (30) years by December 2018.

  • How to Apply: Interested and qualified candidates should forward their Application with an updated CV to with the subject ‘LEAP’ and indicate their function areas based on list provided above.
  • Assessment details: Assessment would be in Abuja and Lagos in December 2018.
  • Location:   Nigeria

CHI Farms Partners Zoetis to Improve Livestock Health in Nigeria


Chi Farms Limited is partnering with ZOETIS, a global animal health care company and representative of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Africa to establish an ultra-modern veterinary centre in Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria, called “City Laboratory”.

The world class veterinary centre which will execute scientific research programmes, deliver quality diagnostic products, medicines and vaccines as well as carry out genetic tests, biodevices and a range of other animal care services was built under ZOETIS’s African Livestock Productivity and Health Advancement initiative (A.L.P.H.A.).

Supported by the ZOETIS/ALPHA Initiative, CHI Farm’s City Laboratory is being established with the purpose of improving livestock health in Nigeria through quality medical supplies and veterinary consultations to local farmers.

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According to the General Manager of CHI Farms Limited, Dr. Tunji Olaitan, the laboratory will provide world class veterinary services, diagnosis and medicines for Nigerian farmers at affordable rates.

He further revealed that its partner, ZOETIS, will also support local farmers with all technical expertise as well as materials and equipment needed for education and training to help increase productivity.

“Access to the right medicines, diagnostics laboratory facilities and education nationwide will help farmers raise healthier animals and secure more sustainable revenues, which is critical to the health and economic development of the country. Only healthy animals can produce healthy food and that is what City Laboratory is all about” he said.

Everything about CHI Retail stores and where to find them

retail logoChi Retail is the TGI subsidiary that owns and manages our retail stores called CHI SHOPPE. We strive to serve the Nigerian consumer with the freshest possible food products in a modern, hygienic and amiable environment. The stores offer a variety of products ranging from all food, beverages and other product brands from the TGI Group companies.

From our juices, milk, yoghurt, and snacks from CHI, to Rice from WACOT, to hand wash, dishwashing liquid, cold water starch and spray starch from CORMART, to fresh-frozen shrimps and fish from ORC, to fresh-frozen chicken and smoked chicken from CHI Farms, among many others, we make these products available regularly.

For us, it is an avenue to see, meet and hear from our customers directly. This way, we are able to gain insights which we can then translate into product development, innovation and improvements.

Despite our background, we still pride ourselves in our focus on customer satisfaction even in the retail environment. Right now, CHI Retail has stores across Lagos, and plans to spread to other areas of the country are underway.

Oh, by the way, if you’ve been living in (not under a rock ;)) or paying attention to Nigeria  at all in the last one year, then you must have heard something about WACOT’s Big Bull rice. The good news is that it’s now available in Chi Retail stores (see locations below).

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Store Locations

  • Ajao – No 5, Lambert Emasuen drive, Ajao Estate
  • Ago – No 116/118, Ago Palace way (Egg Head Plaza)
  • Ajah – km 22 Lagos-Epe expressway, beside Oando filling station, Ilaje b/stop, Ajah
  • Apapa – No 7, Ado Avenue, behind Goodies
  • FESTAC – House no 24, 2nd Avenue, FESTAC Town
  • Gbagada – No 50, Diya street, Ifako, Gbagada
  • Ikeja – No 23, Opebi road, Pentagon Plaza
  • Ikoyi – No 97, Awolowo road, Ikoyi
  • Lekki – No 25, Admiralty way, Lekki Phase 1
  • Ogudu – No, 118, Ojota road, Ogudu
  • Surulere – No 80, Adeniran Ogunsanya Road (Kings Plaza)

CHI Foundation Commissions Water Treatment Plants in 2 Communities in Lagos

MARCH 13, 2018: As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), TGI Group, through its CSR arm, CHI Foundation, has commissioned two ultramodern water treatment plants in Isolo and Ejigbo Local Government Areas of Lagos State.
CHI Foundation is the Corporate Social Responsibility vehicle of Tropical General Investment (TGI) Group, the parent company of CHI Limited, WACOT and other affiliate companies, manufacturers of products such as Chivita, Hollandia, Big Bull Rice, Renew starch etc.
Members of the benefiting communities could not hide their joy as they turned out in droves for the handover ceremonies which took place at Awoyemi Street, NNPC Road, Ejibgo and Agedegudu Street, Mushin Road, Isolo respectively.
According to the Chairman of CHI Foundation, Rt. Rev. Oluranti Odubogun, the donation of the facilities is part of the Foundation’s bid to impact on the lives of the people and also fulfill the corporate social responsibility of the organisation.
Rev. Oluranti revealed that several projects have been carried out by the Foundation since inception all over the country.
“Since the inauguration of this Foundation, several impactful projects have been launched while several communities and people have benefited from these corporate initiatives of our brand”
“The Foundation’s vision of improving the quality of life of Nigerians is not confined to Lagos where the TGI Group has its corporate head office. Rather, the Foundation has provided state of the art borehole facilities to other states of the country like Oyo, Osun and Ekiti states”.
He encouraged the benefiting communities to take ownership of the projects and urged them to take all reasonable measures to protect them against misuse and vandalism. The Foundation promised to maintain the facilities for the next two years during which it will also undertake other projects that will make life more comfortable for them.
Speaking during the commissioning, the Chairman of Ejigbo LCDA, Hon. Alhaji Bello Monsuru Obe expressed delight at the project which he described as timely and thanked the management of TGI Group and CHI Foundation.
“I want to thank the management of TGI Group and CHI Foundation for this initiative and for coming to the rescue of Ejigbo people. This is the kind of CSR project I have been praying for” He said.
Also speaking the Chairman of Isolo Local Government Area, Honourable Samsudeen Abiodun Olaleye said “When I learnt that TGI Group’s CHI Foundation is behind this project, I was not surprised because they are known for good CSR initiatives. I want to show my gratitude to them and also urge our people to make good use of this facility”.
Commenting on behalf of Isolo community, Alhaji F.A Abisiga, Chairman Isolo Community Development Committee (CDC) appreciated CHI Foundation for the project and assured that the facility will be judiciously utilized.
Also commenting, Mr. Mudashiru Rabiu Oke, a community representative of Ejigbo LCDA said, he was delighted when he heard of the intention of CHI Foundation to establish a water project in Ejigbo and that he is more pleased now that the project has been completed and commissioned for use.
Mr. Oke added that the water project will go a long way in reducing the suffering of the people of Ejigbo who have to walk long distances every day to get access to clean water.

CHI Limited bags Guardian, MAN Awards… unveils new Limited Edition juice packs

Chi Limited has emerged winner of the Guardian Manufacturing Excellence Award 2017 for its commitment to excellence driven by consumer focus, creativity, superior product innovation and strategic marketing. The company clinched the Beverage Manufacturing Company of the Year Award. According to the Guardian Newspaper Manufacturing Excellence Awards committee, “despite the prevailing economic circumstances, Chi Limited, through its admired fruit juice brands, was able to spot opportunities and maintain excellence by putting in more effort and resources to further engage the dynamic Nigerian market, address competition, adopt cost-saving measures and step up their drive for innovation and capacity building in order to have done extraordinarily in 2016″.


Chi Limited was again honoured at the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria’s (MAN) 50th Annual General Meeting and Awards. The company was announced as first place winner for adopting best workplace production practices and processes among competing multinational companies in Nigeria. The award was in recognition of the company’s passion for excellence and commitment to sustainable development exemplified by its significant investment in manufacturing and other related infrastructural projects. MAN’s selection committee comprising of regulatory bodies, both at the federal and state levels, noted that Chi took first place because of its world class manufacturing facilities and processes.


Meanwhile, the company has unveiled the new Limited Edition Packs of one its renowned brand, Chivita 100%, featuring football stars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Anthony Martial as part of its ‘Breakfast with the Stars’ campaign to provide football loving Nigerians an opportunity to enjoy and share healthy and complete breakfast moments.

10 interesting facts about TGI Group (…that you may not know)

First Published: Jan. 29, 2018

What you (probably) already know:

Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group is a global conglomerate with a majority of its investments based in emerging markets. Across markets (globally), TGI Group owns over a hundred leading brands in Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Agricultural Inputs, Industrial Chemicals, Homecare Products and Pharmaceuticals.

What you may not know:

  1. TGI Group was founded four decades ago and has been headquartered in Nigeria since.
  2. The Chairman of TGI Group, Mr. Cornelis G. Vink (MFR) was decorated with National Honors as the Member of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the late President Musa Yar’adua.
  3. TGI Group has subsidiaries in the following sectors:
    • Food (rice, vegetable oils, frozen foods, etc.)
    • Agriculture (cash crops, inputs and implements)
    • Agriculture (poultry, livestock and aquaculture)
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Chemicals (industrial and consumer/homecare)
    • Fish Trawling
    • Shipping and Marine Services
    • Oil and Gas (specialized oil field services)
    • Real Estate
    • Trading
  4. Most of the businesses have evolved from the model of importation and distribution of finished goods to backward integration through local origination, processing, branding, distribution and in some cases, exportation.
  5. CHI Limited – one of our founding companies was in February 2019, fully acquired by The Coca Cola Company.
  6. WACOT Rice Mill -in Argungu, Kebbi State- is the largest parboiled rice mill in Africa.
  7. TGI Group’s CORMART is one of foremost and largest manufacturers of Styrene-Acrylic in Nigeria – a key raw material for the paint industry.
  8. CHI Farms is one of the largest suppliers of ‘Day-Old Chicks’ in Nigeria.
  9. CHI Pharamceuticals is the youngest pharmaceutical company in West Africa to obtain the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification. Only eight pharmaceutical companies have the certification in the region.
  10. FLUDOR Benin has the largest Cashew processing plant in the Republic of Benin, employing over 1000 women, who make up 85% of the entire workforce.

  11. Yes, we said ten, but who doesn’t like a freebie? We have a big announcement coming soon!