TINK Africa Gathers Experts to Discuss 'Future of Food in Africa'

EVERYTHING HAS A FUTURE INCLUDING FOOD. HERE'S WHY PEOPLE IN THE BUSINESS OF FOOD GATHERED AT TINK AFRICA FOR A BRAINSTORMING SESSION ON WHERE FOOD IS HEADED. READ THE STORY BELOW TO HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT WENT DOWN JUST LAST WEEKEND.

It was a gathering of thought leaders in the food industry, experts, bloggers, cooks, chefs, foodies, food enthusiasts, foodpreneurs and anyone who eats at the Food Meetup themed “The Future of Food in Africa” which was organised by TINK Africa, a trends intelligence brand on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the TINK Space in Ogudu, Lagos.

This event is the maiden edition of TINK Africa’s monthly trend theme which will focus on the different sectors of the economy for each month.

This chop and chat session included a panel of discussion session where these influencers, experts and anyone in the food business gathered to talk about the future of food in the continent. These contributors included the likes of Ozoz Sokoh, Food blogger and founder, Kitchen Butterfly, Tunde Badmus, CEO Food Africana, Stella Naiye, Founder Chillis Kitchen, Itorro Effiong-Bright, Founder Ibom Soups, with representatives of Naija Butcher, Café Neo, Splash Greens among others.

Meme Osuocha, Business Experience Manager, TINK Africa said that it is important that we know where we are coming from and where we are headed especially as it concerns the food industry. This event is important especially to those in the business of food because at the end of the event a report will be collated and made available for them to be guided as to where the food industry is headed. The smart ones should be able to key into these trends and use them to improve their businesses.

Tunde Badmus Founder, Food Africana commented that their brand would continue to export local content. People who are not in the continent should enjoy indigenous cuisines. He says.

Ozoz Sokoh, Founder Kitchen Butterfly who commented on how much the culture of food has changed in Nigeria said there is more outside of the home eating habit and more focus on indigenous cuisines thanks to social media who has helped more Nigerians embrace more indigenous dishes.

For Itoro Effiong-Bright, Founder Ibom Soups, food is becoming more than just from mouth to stomach, it will get to be a unifying factor in the sense that a lady from one culture learns how to make delicacy of another culture because she likes it.

In an appeal to food bloggers Ozoz said that good food media will help the perception of food both home abroad. These bloggers and media should write and present our local dishes in such a way that it looks visually appealing because now people eat first with their eyes.

As regards making other cultures aware of the Nigerian food, Kunle Shokunbi, Founder Naija Butcher urged indigenous chefs to travel to other countries to showcase our foods because food tourism will help get Nigerian food recognised overseas.

In a closing remark Meme charged entrepreneurs to study trends in whatever industry they find themselves in as trends show a little of the future.

The general from all in attendance was for the Government to look into and invest in the food industry.

To cap the trend meet up, TINK Africa will be producing a comprehensive Food Trend Report for the year 2017 with focus on Nigeria and the continent Africa. This report promises to take you through an exploration of man’s number one need and will cover every length and breadth of food, from planting to harvest, processing, packaging, preservation, sale and delivery. It will be made available and can be downloaded for free on here. 

The panelist discussing The Future of Food.

Audience participation,. questions and suggestions

Real time Practical sessions and Exhibition

The Food report will be made available and can be downloaded for free on here.  

Jumia Food: One more Food App to Get you Out of Hunger

JUMIA FOOD APP MAY JUST BE STANDING OUT IN AFRICA WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD DELIVERY, EVEN RIGHT HERE IN NIGERIA. 

Though fintech and online retail stores are flourishing in Nigeria, one cannot say same for food tech in the country. With a handful gathering of food apps in the country, many Nigerian are not adopting the culture yet. However, a slow but gradual success is being recorded in the industry and there seems to be an actual future for food tech in Nigeria.

That said, I doubt any food delivery account in Nigeria be complete without mentioning JumiaFood. Why? Well here is why, JumiaFood with an impressive and Characteristic Jumia type marketing, has gained all the right publicity in Lagos, spreading into Abuja, Port Harcourt and other parts of Nigeria, in a away most other apps have not. By buying over HelloFood, this company "took hold" of the food delivery world in Nigeria>

The JumiaFood Nigeria app lets consumers find and order food from restaurants around them. The app today stands among the leading food delivery apps in Nigeria (if not the leading), with a friendly interface and an easy to use platform. The app lets the users estimate delivery time, preorder and filter restaurants and also the platforms notifies users when restaurants are running deals, basically what every other food app would offer. But Over the years, JumiaFood has gained popularity in Nigeria like it has around other major African countries. Buying over the successful food tech company, HelloFood was a huge highlight for Jumiafood.

Wanna try it out? Download the Jumiafood app Here on andrioid and HERE on iOS.

Building up to the release of our comprehensive report on “The Future of Food in Africa”, TINK Africa is focusing on Food and Drink in Nigeria, Africa and the World. From new technologies in the food industry to new packaging ideas to New 21 Century African kitchen. Stay with us to get the full report here on our website.

Almost Every Nigerian Food Recipe You Need is on this App

THERE IS A NIGERIAN APP OFFERING USERS LOCAL AND INDIGENOUS FOOD RECIPES IN AN EASY, SIMPLE AND EXCITING WAY. CHECK IT OUT

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So your Mom wants you to sit with her in Kitchen, the Kitchen is hot and as advised by the old saying “If you can’t take the heat in the Kitchen, you get out”, you stand and leave. But how then do you learn how to make those delicious indigenous soups like Mom?

Well an app is here to save you, the Nigerian Food Recipes app. Yep, the name of the app may not reflect so much “creativity or deep thought” but the app comes in very handy for the 21st century kitchen. As the name implies, the application with its simple design guides users through easy step by step procedures for preparing Nigerian foods. Fully equipped with numerous indigenous Nigerian meals, the NFR app is filling the gap many young Nigerians are craving and in the most amazing way.

Though Nigerian food blogs are springing up left, right and center, there is still a huge gap in passing the rich food local food culture to the new Nigerian generation. The Nigerian Recipes App serves as a pool of  recipes. Available on playstore, the app has about 50,000 - 100,000 downloads with lots of positive reviews.

Interested? Download the app HERE.

Building up to the release of our comprehensive report on “The Future of Food in Africa”, TINK Africa is focusing on Food and Drink in Nigeria, Africa and the World. From new technologies in the food industry to new packaging ideas to New 21 Century African kitchen. Stay with us to get the full report here on our tinkafrica.