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Food West Africa 2018: glass food packaging takes centre stage

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frica has begun its three-day momentous exhibition on Tuesday, May 8, 2017 at Landmark Events Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The brilliant minds behind the annual exhibition, Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, promised earlier, that this year’s event would be one to remember, and they have delivered on their promise.

The third edition of FWA drew in hundreds of exhibitors from over 20 different countries on its first day – all gathered to relish mouth-watering delicacies from a range of assorted beverages.

FWA is an avenue to source a wide variety of services and product available in the market, and this year’s event raked in an impressive number of exhibitors across globe, as well as notable speakers who took turns to deliver brief lectures on important issues as it affects feeding.

Speaking on the benefits of glass packaging for food, the Managing Director Beta Glass PLC., Darren Bennet – Voci advocated for the use of glass packaging, which he described as cost-effective and healthy for food packaging.

“It has unlimited potential in Nigeria. It is a market that almost no one is operating today.”

“People are not aware that glass is produced in Nigeria, it is not imported,” he added.

He noted that glass food packaging is the future in Nigeria and urged participants to embrace it.

Voci said that the first glass food package occurred 3000bc, adding that if it worked back then – then we as humans in today’s world should emulate it and build on it.

On the use of glass, the managing director stressed that glass is a good medium for food packaging and encouraged people to adopt its use.

He noted:  “Male fertility has reduced in some parts of the world which is due to the number of plastics consumed by sea animals.”

He said the only risk associated with the use of glass bottle is its inability to stand in whole when it slips to the ground.

He however, called on stakeholders to assist in recycling used glasses, adding that there are communities that gather up used glasses, but their efforts are not enough as several other glasses go to waste on daily basis.

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