Incorporated in August 2001, Best Foods commenced operations in November of the same year with the initial intention of providing hygienically packed meat products to households only. Before long, the quality of the Company’s products became widely sought after by the market players. This led to an astronomical growth in demand, particularly with big buyers from the retail and hospitality industry. This led to the rapid development of production and processing facilities primarily from funds provided by the shareholders.
With an ever-expanding scope in the agricultural industry, Best Foods has established interests in agricultural servicing and consulting, and the consumable goods trade. The Company ventured into crop farming in 2010 with the vehicle “Best Foods Fresh Farms.”
The company has about 350 Hectare farm situated at Igbodu in Epe, Lagos State where it cultivates fruits and vegetables such as, tomatoes, cucumber, chili pepper, green pepper, lettuce, spring onions, watermelon, plantain and several other crops.
Best Foods Fresh Farms is also in the process of diversifying into the growing of hibiscus flower leaves popularly known as ‘zobo’ leaves for pharmaceutical industries and export to Germany and Ghana based on trade agreements.
Currently, the farm owns and operates tractors and bulldozers which is leased out to other farms and plantations in the region to generate additional income.
The main purpose of establishing the farm was to establish a profitable state-of-the-art functional structure in the centre of the West African commercial capital by providing simple innovative and effective farming methods to produce and supply high quality, fresh produce not just to our outlets, but to the broader market.
Best Foods Fresh Farms is in partnership with Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperative through Franchise of Eko Farmers Market, which is aimed at bridging the gap between the Farmers and Consumers. We also have strategic alliances with other farms across the country and beyond, where we get some produce such as carrots, potatoes etc.
Best Foods Group has three subsidiaries namely; Best Foods Fresh Farms, Best Foods Multi Concepts and Best Foods Poultry & Livestock.
The Company’s Board of Directors, which is made up of highly experienced and eminent personalities, makes broad policies for the smooth running of the company.
THE CHAIRMAN – EMMANUEL IJEWERE
Emmanuel is one of Nigeria’s most eminent businessmen with extensive experience and interests across the banking, finance and agricultural spectrums. He is a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), the Institute of Directors (IOD), and the Nigerian Red Cross.
Emmanuel was born in 1946 and his education took him from Lagos to Ijebu Ode, Cameroon and the UK. He started his accounting career in 1965 with Coopers & Lybrand and set up his a chartered accountancy firm in Nigeria in 1979. Ijewere & co. has since established itself as one of the most respected indigenous accountancy firms and tax consultants in the country.
His Chairmanships and Directorships are numerous: Best Foods Group, Emson, Nigeria Agribusiness Group, Drum Resources Nigeria Limited, Apel Capital & Trust Limited, Countrywide Direct Mortgage Company, Kerildbert Holdings, Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) and Gemini Pharmaceuticals. He was past Chairman of Longman Nigeria PLC, Petra Microfinance Bank, Salus Health Trust Management and CSN Investment Concepts Limited being just a few.
His National Assignments have included Chairmanships of the Agriculture and Food Security Commission and the Modified Value Added Tax Committee. He is a member of the National Economic Forum, the International Investment Council (HIIC), Agricultural Transformation Implementation Council (ATIC), Technical Committee on the Privatisation of Federal Government Companies and Parastatals (BPE).
DIRECTOR - MRS. JAYNE AFUAH IJEWERE
Mrs. Ijewere is a Director in Best Foods and one of its pioneer staff. She has received extensive management training from the Lagos Business School.
Before joining Best Foods, Mrs. Ijewere was a pioneer staff member of Ijewere and Co. She served on the management team of Luck Farms and was involved in the production of Sunshine Juice, a product that created over 1000 jobs in the south south area of Nigeria; she also has extensive experience in snail production and fish farming.
She currently serves as a director in Jayne’s Cravings Nigeria Ltd, and is the Managing Director of Best Foods Aquaculture
DIRECTOR – MR. ROBERT O. IJEWERE
Robert O. Ijewere is an entrepreneur with over ten years of professional experience primarily in private equity and investment management in Nigeria. He has served on the boards of many companies in a variety of sectors from IT, Trade, Agriculture, Food Servicing and Real Estate. Robert is the Managing director of Emson (Group) Nigeria, a private equity company that currently holds controlling interests in 9 distinct Nigerian companies as well as minority shareholdings across several varying industries.
Robert has worked and traveled extensively across Africa, the America’s and Europe. After graduating with a law degree from the University of Richmond in Virginia, he joined The Cochran Firm, one of the premiere law firms in Washington D.C. as legal counsel in their contracts division. He then went into Real Estate, working with Foxtons of London.
Following this, he joined JD Capital, a Private Equity/Venture Capitalist firm in Nigeria where as the VP of business development, he focused on investment opportunities in the marine, oil and gas as well as real estate sectors in West Africa before finally joining Emson in 2008.
Robert’s directorships include: Best Foods Group, Drum Resources (Nigeria) Limited, Hexagon Suchex (Nigeria) Limited, Anchoria Investment and Securities Limited and Smokehouse Restaurants (Nigeria) Limited.
DIRECTOR - DR. NURAIN FUNSHO
Dr Funsho is a veterinarian by training and is very well respected in his field with years of extensive experience.
Dr Funsho is the past Vice-Chairman of Iru /Victoria Island Local Government, and currently serves as the Senior Special Advisor to the Governor of Lagos State on Agriculture.
MRS. ODIRI ENECHUKWU
Mrs. Enechukwu is one of the prominent staff. She had worked with United Bank for Africa (UBA) and Bank PHB (now Keystone Bank) before joining Best Foods in 2012.
She had attended Leadership and management trainings while still with the bank. In Best Foods, she pioneered/spearheaded the unit that deals on the supply of well packaged products (Vegetables and fruits) to Supermarkets, Schools, Restaurants, Eateries etc.
The management team is made up of the Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. Enechukwu Odiri with four other highly experienced senior managers who head its four departmental structure that include Farm Operations, Production, Marketing, Finance and Administration.
The company has staff strength of 50 permanent staff with 24 other external contractors in its planting and harvesting operations.