Togo: Chinese firm wants to set a tomato plant in Lomé
- François-Xavier Branthôme
International trade firm, Zhejiang Native Produce & Animal By-Products I/E Group Co. (“ZJNAC”), plans to set a tomato processing plant in Togo to serve the ECOWAS region. Due to the high costs incurred by its product and international trade chain, the Chinese firm wants to strengthen its footprint in West Africa (Togo, Benin, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso) where it already exports food products.
First, the Hangzhou-based company intends to set a small packaging unit in Togo and progressively move to a bigger infrastructure. It will then transfer its whole production chain for the West African region to the country.
“We export mostly tomato paste to West Africa. First, we will proceed to packaging on site. Later, if things go well, we will directly process fresh tomatoes, into purée sold in tins or sachets,” Franck Qian, Head of the group’s Market Development Division, declared. “We will…later, think about the possibility to start production from scratch to end-product,” he added. In the long run, Togo could become the group’s supply station for the raw materials.
Established in 1975, Zhejiang Native Produce & Animal By-Products I/E Group Co exports food and rich textile to more than 100 countries around the world. In the first half of this year, the group’s import-export transactions were valued at USD 411 million, up 5% compared to the same period the year before.