Sunday, 29 September 2013



Finally, my first listing of a local African food store in Africa. I feel like this site has come full circle.

Spicy Delites
1a City Way Shopping Complex
Yaba, Nigeria (Yaba bus- stop opposite Yaba Presbyterian church)
Tel: +234(01)8712088, +2348035364400
We sell and supply foodstuff and spices. Our products are naturally processed and packaged in clean and hygienic environment. Our prices are very affordable. Our products include shrimps (could be ground), hot pepper, cameron pepper, melon seeds (egusi), pepper soup, spices, suya spices, ogbono, achi, garri, ijebu, urah, plaintain flour, elubo (white or brown), groundnuts, groundnut sauce, snails, smoked fish, dried vegetables such as ukazi and pumpkin, scent leaves such as nchawu, ugu, utazi and bitterleaf. Fresh vegetables are also available on request.

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Kumusha African Food and Gifts
2100 Logan Road, Upper Mount Gravatt
Brisbane, Australia, 4114
Phone: 07 3420 3422
Our goal is to bring all the popular foods from Kumusha to Australia and provide a friendly, family based store with great pricing and a central location.

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British Markets
22 Plumstead Road
SE18 7BZ
Telephone: 0208 309 8202
Fax: 0208 854 7279
Mobile: 07943 47456
This is a family run shop which sells all kinds of West African food, especially Nigerian, Ghanian and Cameroonian. Some of their products are Ugo, scented leaf, bitter leaf and other vegetables, with a choice of fresh, frozen or dried. They also sell Nigerian and Ghanaian Milo, Nido, Peak, Indomie noodles, akam, custard, bournvita, and tolly boy rice.

Linal Food Store
Unit 2, 8 Roumelia Lane
Boscome, Bournemouth
Dorset, England
phone: 07920405275
We are a family business, newly started in the South of England. We provide both wholesale and retail of African and Caribbean foodstuffs. Our products include pounded yam flour, smoked fish, egusi, ogbono, ogi, ukazi leaves, ugwu, utazi, ackee, saltfish, callaloo, hot pepper sauces, jerk sauces and more.

Woolwich Market
Beresford Square
London SE18
69 Austen Close
SE28 8AY
Specialises in wholesale and retail african raw foods, like gari, ijebu, elubo, palm oil, snails, agbo for different ailments, obi, orogbo, ogi and others.

Savannah-African Food Stores Ltd.
17 Church Road
Lawrence Hill, Redfield, Bristol
07776324388 / 07950584569
A new African foods retail shop, the first in Bristol, selling all West, East and South African foods.

Zambezi Foods
Birmingham Store: Limpopo Foods, Birmingham, Great Britain
Phone: 0121 434 5253
Luton Store: Zambezi Foods, 76 Hightown Road, Luton, LU2 0BW, Great Britain
Phone: 01528 419 284
Zambezi Foods is Britains leading household name for Southern African soul food, beverages and memorilibia. Through consistently valuing our customers needs and demands we are now online delivering Africa`s finest foods straight to your doorstep.
Canadian Markets
Eat-Sum-More, Inc
7700 Bathurst Street, Unit #6
Thornhill, Ontario
L4J 7Y3
Located in Toronto, Canada, we are ex South Africans who help other ex South Africans who have a craving for their favourite South African foods fulfill their cravings.

Serengeti Specialty Foods
Serengeti Trading Outlet Northern BC
1840-1st Avenue
Prince George, BC
V2L 2Y9
Phone:250-277-8051 Fax: 250-562-2782
This market supplies top grade biltong, boerewors, dry sausages and other South African specialty foods to the Canadian market.
United States Markets

Africanese LLC
226 18th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 324-7880

Choi's Oriental Food and Gifts
402 Jordan Lane
Huntsville, AL 35805
(256) 533-9118
A good selection of West African foods, including stock fish and bitter leaf.
Ako International Market
1400 S. McClintock Dr. Ste.14
Tempe, AZ, USA
(480) 317-9000
We sell lots of african groceries, authentic clothing, arts + crafts, black cosmetics and beauty care, pre-paid phone cards,african movies on vhs, dvd and vcd,african music cd's. Including the following; kenkey(dokono), yams, fufu flour, rice flour, corndough, cassava dough, stockfish, fried fish, smoked fish, semolina, farina, maggi cube, spices, shito(black pepper sauce), plantains, palmoil, egusi, ogbono, ukazi, plantain chips, frozen snails, gari, dry shrimp, crayflish, ginger beer, malta, shea butter, dermovate, lemovate, black soap, mercy cream, wigs and Auntie Lizzie hair extensions.
African Hut
27601 Forbes Rd. Suite 20
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949)582-9546 Fax (949)582-5616
African Hut sells Southern African foods including beers, beverages, cereals, samosas, jams, wines and sweets. You can order online.

Brookside Grocery (Afrimart)
2085 23rd Street
San Pablo California 94606
This is an ethnic shop selling African and Caribbean foods.

Motherland African Foods Market
80 West Grand Ave. Suite 124
Corona, CA 92882
(951) 280-0222
This market is recommended by a patron. They sell all sorts of African foods including yams, palm oil, chin-chin, egusi and more. The owner's wife also has a hair and makeup business and does African styles and head-wraps (gele).

Tropical Foods African Market
(web site may be still under construction)
4511 Orange Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807
(562) 492-1129
A wholesale and retail store of all African food items, imported from Africa. The items include Ukazi, bitterleaf, egusi, colanuts (goro & Igbo), bitter cola, Ugu (okongobong), crayfish, roasted peanuts, smoked fish, nzu (kalaba chalk), natural african black soap, Snails, stock fish, and various other products are available. We also carry Nigeria, Ghana, etc Movie & Music CDs.

We Yone Foods Convenience Market
251 E. Baseline Road
Rialto, Ca 92376
(909) 879-0242
Specialize in all African, Caribbean and Central American foods. Come find us-we'll find whatever you are looking for.

Yinkus African and Caribbean Market
869 E. Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 798-5212
This market run by a Liberian woman offers many selections of African foods.
Kristodia Market
818 First Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516
This beautiful, well organised, well stocked African/Caribbean Market comes recommended by a patron.
Africa On The Bay
1908 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 374-9614
We are a wholesome African marketplace, providing a variety of products and services to the African and Caribbean communities in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. Products include African and Caribbean food and grocery items such as meat, seafood and poultry, fresh produce from the farmer's market, latest African movies and music, health and beauty products, African attire and materials, African arts, and services such as money transfer, airline tickets and shipping services.
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Meal in a Pie - South African Groceries and Food
4440 NE 20th Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33308
(954) 202-9178

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Broadway Tropical Foods
3565 Austell Rd
Marietta, GA 30008
Broadway Tropical Foods is an Afro/Caribbean grocery store located in Austell/Marietta in Atlanta area. We provide you with fresh and best raw food directly from African and the Caribbeans. We also have original African movies as well as cosmetics.

Chez Nou Market
4015 Holcomb Bridge Road #640
Norcross, Georgia 30092
(770) 449-4114
We are certified C.A.M and UNI-Transfer wire agents. We add minutes to cell phones in the Caribbean by the carrier 'Viola'. We sell West African food, beauty products and cooked food in a separate section in the store. Chelie (the owner) is from the Island of Haiti, her husband is from Mali and all our friends are a mixture of Ghanaians, Senegalese to Gambian. We enjoy every minute of serving the African community.

Sheba Foods
3420D East Ponce De Leon Ave.
(770) 982-1000
Sheba Foods is the first and only company with ready to eat African cuisine in major supermarkets, for example, Wal Mart and Whole Foods Market. Visit their gourmet store at the Georgia location listed above.
Aboasa International Market
221 South Green Bay Road
Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: (888)205-4868 OR (847)596-2032
Fax: (847)599-1632
Aboasa International Market is an authentic African store dealing in various African and Caribbean groceries, clothing & crafts. We also sell various electronics products including GMS phones for Africa and Europe at competitive prices. Visit our web site for more information. We ship throughout continental United States at reasonable prices.

Chika International Food Market
522 E Boughton Rd
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Phone: 630-739-7799
The store is well stocked with a variety of African food products and hard to find African Cosmetics. It has the largest line of Ghana products in Chicago. Also does money transfer to most African countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory coast and Sierra Leone.
Hours:Monday: 5pm-8pm, Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 8pm, Saturday: 10am to 7pm, Sunday: 11am to 5pm

Devine Food market, Inc.
4445 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 600640
(773) 334-7906 Fax: (773) 334-7917
We carry all African, Caribbean, Mexican and Jamaican food products. We are the source of hard-to-find African food products such as fresh kola nuts, bitter kola, alligator pepper, etc. We sell retail and wholesale.

Flo Tropical Foods
1652 Sibley Blvd.
Calumet City, IL 60409

La Fruteria, Inc.
8909 S. Commercial Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60617
(773) 768-4969 Fax: (773) 768-0734
La Fruteria brings you the very best imported products for delicious tasting Caribbean, African, and Mexican foods. Experience real cooking with our imported authentic food ingredients-hundreds of products ready for your table.

Old World Market
5129 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 989-4440
Specializing in fresh, frozen, canned and dry West African and Carribean foods.

Riteprice African Food Market
2227 West Schaumburg road
Schaumburg, IL. 60194
Phone: (847)352-4951
Serving African descendants in the heart of the northwest suburb of Chicago. They offer all types of African foods, both in retail and wholesales prices.
African Tropical Market
901 N 7th Street
Kansas City, KS 66101
This market is owned by Paul Abanishe, a Nigerian. Mr. Abanishe carries a large selection of East, Central and West African foods. He is fluent in Spanish and carries many Central and South American and Caribbean products. Mail orders shipped within 48 hours. Mr. Abanishe has been serving the Kansas City area since 1998.
ValuMarket Iroquois
5301 Mitscher Ave
Louisville, Kentucky 40214
This is an international grocery store with over 200 authentic West African products.
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Tropical Foods
2101 Washington St.
Roxbury, MA 02119
(617) 442-7439
This large market in Boston sells Caribbean, Spanish, West Indian and a number of African products. Here you can get your gari and egusi and do the rest of your weekly shopping as well. They carry palm oil, meats, fresh tropical produce, cosmetics and more. They plan to do online sales in their upcoming web site.
Ijaw Smoke Fish and Meats
51 Sunrise Lane
Silver City, MS 39166
We provide smoked fish to all of the African Stores around the United States. We sell all kinds of meats and fish, smoked just the way you want it. You set the smoke quality and we deliver great taste. All product are smoked slowly with the finest oak wood available. Call to order.

Phamega African Caribbean Market
4253 Robinson Road, Suite 102
Jackson, MS 39209
(601) 923-8787
We specialize in African and Caribbean groceries, international money transfer, African clothing, calling cards, beauty supplies, current African movies.
African Depot
9944 West Florissant Ave (near the corner of Chambers Rd and W. Florissant)
St Louis MO 63136-1432
phone: (314) 868-9555 fax: (314) 867-2330
cell (314) 249-3176
Best source for African food items, art and clothing

Global Foods Market
Fine Imported Products from Around the World
421 N. Kirkwood Rd.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Phone: (314) 835-1112 Fax: (314) 835-1113
This shop is open 7 days a week. It offers a good variety of international foods organized by country, with each section marked by that country's flag. Reports say this store is superclean and an exciting place to shop. It includes an American section.

Jay International Food Co.
3172 S. Grand Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63118
Retail: (314)772-2552 Wholesale: (314)772-9393
This market is an excellent source of several kinds of West African and other exotic foods.
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WorldWide International Foods & African Market
8430 Olive Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63132
(314) 994-0229
This store sells African and Jamaican foods, phone cards, cosmetics, skin care, braiding supplies, African movies and more.
New Hampshire
Tropical Markets
58 Chestnut Street
Nashua, New Hampshire 03060
(603) 880-0270
This Spanish grocery carries many tropical foods such as yams, plantains, fruits, all sorts of dried peppers, dried shrimp, frozen tropical fruit purees, frozen yams (peeled and cut in chunks), banana leaves, and more.

Spanish and American Grocery Store
50 Whitney Street
Nashua, NH 03064
(603) 881-9531
Some of the tropical foods you'll find in this Spanish store are yams, plantains, chorizo, guava paste wrapped in banana leaves, and canned whole guavas in syrup.
New Jersey
3J's African Food Market
350 Route 33
Farmingdale, NJ 07727
(732) 807-4750
We specialize in African and tropical food products at affordable prices, all under one roof. We sell pounded yam, fresh yam, parboiled & basmati rice, garri, white & brown beans, smoked chicken, dry fish, fresh fish, blue fish, bitter leaves, melon seed (egunsi), Nido, Milo, British Heinz Baked Beans, original African & Christian DVDs, Tura Soap & Cream and Alafia bitters.

Ade International African Market
590 Central Ave
East Orange, NJ 07018
(973)674-3031 Fax: (973)674-2653
Herbs, medicine, food products, clothes, jewelry, shea butter, black soap, haitian products, religious articles and outfits, catering. They have some great Nigerian palm juice!

45 Edison Place
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 643-7828 You can get just about any West African foods from this shop, including daddawa!

Makola African Market Imports
375 Lyons Ave. (Exeter Plaza)
Newark, NJ 07112
(973)926-3919 fax:(973)926-2520

U Save International foods, The African Market
266 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ
You can buy your egusi, stockfish and bitter leaves here, for a propa African meal that will make you remember your Mma's cooking.
New York
African Heritage Foods
D.B.A. Country Cottage Savories
PO Box 497
Jefferson Valley, NY 10535
(914) 228-1584

Almacenes Shango
661 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10029
(212) 722-4275

Osa Adolor African Market
774 Lenox Road
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 363-2148
Osa Adolor sells authentic African food supplies and ingredients, such as stock fish, cray fish, gari, ogbono, yam, kola nuts, bitter leaves, palm oil and more. They also sell African artwork, materal and clothing.
North Carolina
Eki African and Caribbean Market
1705 Ramsey St
Fayetteville, NC 28301
(910) 484-4278
Health and beauty products, Nigerian movies and music and an outstanding selection of African food.

Motherland Cuisine & Market
6024A The Plaza
Charlotte, N.C 28215
(704) 532-4279 cell (704) 236-5999
This combination market/restaurant is newly opened by the previous owners of Flapper International Market in Charlotte. They carry mostly African groceries and serve authentic African (West African) and continental dishes. They also claim to make the best CHIN-CHIN in U.S.A.! I think they might be right about this. I have had their chin-chin, and it's delicious. See the photo of their chin-chin to the right, and a description on my

Sankofa International Market, Inc.
3209 Yanceyville Street
Greensboro, NC 27405
(336) 375-4111 Fax: (336) 375-6699
This local market carries African and Caribbean food, arts and crafts.

The South African Food Shop
11229 East Independence Blvd.
Matthews, NC 28105, USA
(704) 849-2660
Retailers of traditional South African foods and grocery products in the USA.
North Dakota
African Market
1230 23rd St.
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 298-7909
Products include bottled red palm oil, powdered yams, and REAL fresh yams from Ghana.

R.K. Supermarket, Inc.
2328 N. MacArthur
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
Phone: (405) 946-1996 Fax: (405) 942-6916
This African market sells wholesale and retail products.
African Food Market
1910 N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217-4437
(503) 283-8585

ACI Market
79 North Progress Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17109
(717)540-1449 Fax: (717)540-1688
This market sells african foods and meats, clothings and treasures. They also help convert video to either ntsc or pal, and sell african movies.

The African Market
121 1/2 E. Beaver Ave
State College PA 16801
(814) 238-1938
Newly opened in November 2007, this market carries african groceries, fair trade art & decor, fabrics and movie rentals.

International Market
328 S. Allen Street
State College, PA 16801
This Chinese market run by Clara Wang has a little African corner where you can find foods such as dried fish, palm oil, egusi or ground pepper.

Royal International Food Market
1132 N George street
York, PA 17404
(717) 848-1764
This African and Caribean food market sells african foods and meats, clothing and treasures. We also rent and sell african movies.
South Carolina
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FHG African and International Foods
3160 Hwy 21N Suite 104
PMB #16, Fort Mill, SC 29715
(803)810-0505 or (803)389-8940
This store sells a wide variety of West African foods. See a list of products on their Facebook page. Great tasting food starts here!

Tropical Foods & Convenience Store
467 Bell Road
Nashville, TN 37013
(615) 366-3978
We provide the best services in town, with products ranging from bitter kola to dried fish/stockfish. We take pride in our cosmetic products, luggages, and movies straight from Nigeria. We also ship containments from here to Nigeria. Please come by during our hours from Mon- Sat 10-7pm , Sun 11-5pm.

Austin International Market
502 Pampa Drive
Austin, Texas 78752
Supplies food mostly from Africa. Has fresh Kola Nuts almost all the time. Proprietor is from Nigeria. Directions: Pampa Drive is located just off Airport drive. From hwy 183 go south on Lamar. Take a right onto airport just before you get to the rail crossing. Pampa intersects airport from the left, just before a car dealership, and about 2 to 3 streets down. If you get to a shopping center on the left that has some oriental type shops you have gone about a block to far.

Classic Taste Harrisa
Trade Mart Kitchen
2100 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
(800) 553-3784

Feista Mart
This large grocery chain sells palm oil, guavas, yams, plantains and other tropical foods.

Indo-European Market
Intersection of Park Row and Cooper in South Arlington
Lebanese and Indian foods, tropical fruits and vegetables.

Hong Kong Market
Visit them in Dallas or Arlington!
1816 East Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, TX 76010
(817)265-1488 Fax: (817)459-2345

9780 Walnut St. Suite 360
Dallas, TX. 75243
(972)437-9888 Fax: (972)231-9818

This Oriental market has an aisle dedicated to African foods. You can find egusi, bitter leaves, yams, tropical fruits, cassava, pounded yam mix and drinks.
Buck's Fifth Avenue
Olympia, Washington 98501
360-352-9301 (Please leave message slowly.)
This market carries all nationalities of spices, ethnic cooking tools etc. Open since 1973, they will find and sell every imaginable spice.

Oriental Market
3919 E. Trent
Spokane, WA 99202
phone: (509) 535-3936
Afro/Caribbean foods, as well as Asian, Indian and Mediterranean groceries and sundries.

Valley Harvest International Market (2 locations)
23636 104th Ave. S.
Kent, WA 98031
Phone: (253) 856-9117

28855 Military Rd. S.
Federal Way, WA 98003
Phone: (253) 839-4570

These markets specialize in fresh produce and ethnic foods of all types. They have recently begun selling African and Jamaican products.

Virginia / Washington DC
There are no listings right now for Virginia or Washington DC.
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AfroFusion Cuisine
241 N Broadway (in the Broadway Gallery Building)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53202
AfroFusion offers an exclusive line of gluten free, organic, African spices and sauces. The owner, Yollande, also offers African cooking classes at her store, and you can buy her products and other African inspired home furnishings and fashions at her store or online.

30 hottest products that you can export to US duty free from the 6,400 product under AGOA

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which was signed into Law on May 18, 2000, by President Bill Clinton.. The aim of the Bill is to promote increase in trade and investment between the USA and the sub-Saharan African countries by providing eligible African countries with unrestricted liberal access to the U.S. market, The AGOA bill also "promotes economic development and reforms in sub-Saharan African, moving across a wide range of industries and granting tangible benefits to entrepreneurs, farmers and families and seeks to promote increased access and opportunities for U.S. investors and businesses in sub-Saharan African.". Nigerian products can enter the American market relatively cheaper than their counter-parts from non-beneficiary countries and, thus, increase profit for the wise importers."
Requirements: You will need to register you company and make sure you get NAFDAC registration. Your product should be packaged to meet the international standard to explore the foreign markets. Your product would be send to Ghana for the second test which is the AGOA’s West Africa Trade Hub, if your products pass the test, then you will be connected to buyers in US.
About the West Africa trade Hub: The Hub works with West African business operators to export internationally, acting as an honest broker between the region and global markets. They work with export-ready businesses and increase their opportunity to grow and compete in the international marketplace, and as a result boosts local and regional economies. This trade Hub is located in Ghana
To get the full list of AGOA’s 6,400 products
Explore the local market: Package any of these products in a sealed Nylon bag, carton, bottle, tin, then get NAFDAC approval then start selling to Nigerians, before you start the processing of exploring the international market. You will be surprised to discover that that there is a lot of opportunities in the local markets, you can target busy office executives, professionals, high net worth individuals, caterers, food vendors and other food service providers. You can also supply supermarkets, shops, restaurants, canteens, eateries, etc.
Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind in exploring the U.S. market as less-endowed countries have successfully penetrated the U.S. market. Here are the 30 hottest products out of the 6,400 that can be exported to the US market duty free under AGOA
Access BOI finance: Bank of Industry (BOI) will assist Nigerian entrepreneurs with funds after they have passed through the AGOA test, to be part of this opportunity you need to focus on your mission. Explain the reason behind your business, how it is different from the competition and why it will succeed. Their office is at 23 Bank of industry building at Marina in Lagos.
Ofada rice: Ofada’ is a generic name used to describe all rice produced and processed in the rice producing clusters of South-West Nigeria. Named after Ofada, a small rural community in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State. UK Department for International Development programme, has revealed that a massive potential exists for the export of Ofada rice to Europe and the USA. There are about 340 000 Nigerians living in the UK and a potential demand for 120 tonnes of Ofada rice.The fast food companies in Nigeria are hungry for Ofada. The market in the US, however, seems to have an even greater potential for growth than the one in the UK. You can package it in 1kg or 2kg bag like the old Uncle Bens rice
Groundnut: Groundnuts are a small erect or trailing herbaceous legume, about 15 to 60 cm high. The fruit is a pod with one to five seeds that develops underground within a needle-like structure called a peg. The seeds are rich in oil (38-50%), protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamins. Groundnuts have also considerable medicinal value. With proper packaging you can explore the international market
Kolanut: Nigeria is the principal producer of kola nuts. Latest figures show an annual production of approximately 150,000 tons. While a few hundred tons are exported to the United States for use as alternate medicine, the bulk of the crop is consumed in Nigeria and surrounding countries. Packaging is based on the buyer’s requirement. , you can also explore the local market
Cassava flakes (Gari): Gari is a popular West African granular, starchy food traditionally made from fermented, gelatinized fresh cassava tubers. There are different types of Gari, they are, Ijebu Gari, Red Gari, White Gari and Ghana Gari. It can be packaged into 1Kg or 2kg bag. You can package this Gari in Ikg or 2kg and start to explore the local and foreign markets
Ginger: Ginger is the one of the non –oil export market next to oil and Nigeria has remained one of the largest exporters of ginger in the world. Found in almost all the local markets across the country, the plant, commonly used as spice, is also being consumed for healing and relief effect.There is a lot of buyers in US, UK, Japan, and China
Gemstone: A gemstone or gem (also called a precious or semi-precious stone) is a piece of attractive mineral, which—when cut and polished—is used to make jewelry or other adornments. The precious stones are diamond, ruby, emerald and sapphire, with all other gemstones being semi-precious. On a small scale, you can start with N15,000 to N20,000
Ogbono: The Ogbono also called ogbolo or etima seed, when ground and combined with vegetables and spices and cooked with fish and or meat, is used to make the popular ogbono soup The seed is ground dried and when used as a soup thickener, produces a thick slippery gelatinous mixture, with a "very rich very earthly" unique flavor also rich in protein. in Nigeria, Ghana, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone.
You can package ogbono seed in whole or grounded in a 1kg or 2kg bag
Palm Oil: The primary unit of production of the palm oil industry is the farm where the oil palm tree is cultivated to produce palm fruits. The farm’s production of fruits may be processed by the farmer, using the traditional method of palm oil extraction, or sold to other processors. You can packaged it in bottle, then you are ready for the international market
Catfish: Nigeria is endowed with good weather, space, water and population and therefore enjoys comparative advantage over many countries in Africa to produce catfish in abundance. You will need to remove the bone, dried before you can export it
 Nigeria is currently the largest aquaculture producing country in Africa
African Fabrics and Textiles: The U.S. market is valued at over $12 trillion, of which apparel represents over $70 billion. "In the textile and apparel category, Nigeria was the first country to be granted the Category 9 certification by the U.S. which allows us to export our African prints and other folklore and hand loomed fabrics to the U.S. This means that native Nigerian wares like adire, ankara, buba, kaftan, agbada and the likes can enter duty free to the U.S. market.". Human Capital Development Center/AGOA Training School  was set up by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council to train Nigerians in the process of commercial garment production. Nigeria who are interested in T-shirt designs are now trained free of charge.
Beads and accessories: A bead is a small, decorative object that is pierced for threading or stringing. Beads range in size from under a millimeter to over a centimeter in diameter. The largest variety and quantity of beads made and traded can be found in Africa. The equipment to start up the business include, cutter, strings and hooks of various colours and types among others Chinese beads is not acceptable in the US markets because it contains leads, even it gets to the US they will reject it,  so if you are buying you beads, make sure you don’t buy China beads
Beans flour: Beans flour is made from beans, which has been cleaned, peeled and milled to fine flour. Used for the preparation of dishes such as moi-moi and akara.Moimoi is a rich steamed beans cake eaten all over Nigeria and beyond. It is often served with ogi or custard, can be eaten with jolloff rice or on its own. It is truly a delicious combination with most meals. Rich in protein, it is the perfect weight loosing meal with good filling effect.
Sesame seed: Sesame, also locally known as “Beniseed”, is highly appreciated today in the country and large quantity of it is now being produced not just for consumption but for export purposes. The seeds need to be harvested as dry as possible and stored at 6 percent moisture or less. You can package in 1 kg or 2 kg bag
Chilli Pepper: Nigeria is known to be one of the major producers of pepper in the world. The shipping out of processed pepper can also be on either small or large scale through Post office, DHL or Sea Port according to the capital at hand to UK, US, Germany, Greece etc. A bag of 10kg is sold for N5,000, 40kg bag is sold for N15,000 depending on the type of pepper and source of buying. While a kilo is sold for 23 US Dollar (processed) on the export market
Snails: There is a flourishing international trade of snails in Europe and North America. In France the annual requirement is about 5 million kg, over 60% of which is imported. The estimated annual consumption in Italy is 306 million snails. You may need to smoke it, spiced it before you can export it. You can start breeding this snail from your backyard
Honey: Honey is primarily composed of fructose, glucose and water. It also contains other sugars as well trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids. Honey is "manufactured" in one of the world's most efficient factories, the beehive. Honey is currently priced between US$ 10.00 AND US$12.00 per kilogram at international market. At the Nigerian market genuine pure natural honey cost between N1000-N1, 500 litre. If you can package in bottles, you are export ready for the international market.
Shrimps:. Having a production capacity of 12, 000 .metric tons (MT) per year,
The major markets for the Nigerian shrimp in Europe are Belgium, Portugal, Spain, France and the USA.. All are usually packaged in 2.2-kg packets into master cartons. More that 80 per cent of the shrimp caught in Nigeria’s territorial waters is exported
Leather: The raw materials for leather and its products are mainly from livestock, and Nigeria is endowed with the third largest livestock population in Africa. You can start producing footwear and hand bag for the international markets, you may not necessarily be the designer, you can commission someone else to design for you while you do the exportation. Presently the world footwear and leather products sector is moving from high-cost industrialized countries to developing countries (Nigeria inclusive).
Plantain Flour:. The preparation method consists of peeling of the fruits with the hands, then cutting the pulp into small pieces, and air drying them for few days. The dried pulp is then ground in a wooden mortar or a corn grinder. The flour produced is mixed with boiling water to prepare an elastic pastry. Packed in plastic sachets can be kept for many months without deterioration of its qualities.
Shea butter: Shea butter or Shea nut butter is a slightly yellowish or ivory-colored natural fat extracted from fruit of the shea tree by crushing and boiling. Shea butter is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer and an emollient. Shea butter is also edible. It is used as cooking oil in West Africa, as well as sometimes being used in the chocolate industry as a substitute for cocoa butter
Cashew: The majority of export quality nuts come from the Western and Eastern parts of the country. • Packaging Nigerian cashews are packed in 80kg jute bags, or in polypropylene bags.. Processed nuts are exported in metal tins or cartons. The tins are infused with carbon dioxide and vacuum sealed, to safeguard against contamination and deterioration during shipment. By far, the U.S is the largest buyer of cashew kernels, followed by The Netherlands.
Pounded yam flour: Pounded yam is a staple food, which is consumed by almost every tribe in Nigeria; Instant Pounded Yam Flour (IPYF) brings succour to pounded yam lovers as the drudgery of pounding is eliminated. The production process consists of simple operations, which have been mechanized The machinery and equipment needed to process yam flour are Yam peeler, Milling machine, Boiler, Scale, Dryer, sealing machine, Packing machine. All the above machines and process technology are source able locally. Some Nigerians local producers like  Oluiyan and Poundo yam already penetrated the local and international markets and cannot meet the demand that is why this sector is still open to would be investors, you can package it in 1kg or 2kg bag
Fruit Juice: Nigeria's fruit juice market has grown 60 percent over the last five years and this growth is due to increasing incomes of Nigerian consumers, an expanding middle class, and greater health-consciousness of consumers. The federal government on the 29th January 2003 announced the total ban of importation of fruit Juice (either in bottled or packaged form). However investors can import such in big drums or containers as raw materials in their industries, for repacking or rebottling in Nigeria.
Cocoa beans: Cocoa beans are the seeds found in cocoa pods, which grow on trees, the beans are trodden and shuffled about (often using bare human feet) and sometimes, during this process, red clay mixed with water is sprinkled over the beans to obtain a finer color, polish, and protection against molds during shipment to factories in the United States, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and other countries. Drying in the sun is preferable to drying by artificial means, as no extraneous flavors such as smoke or oil are introduced which might otherwise taint the flavor. They are package to buyer’s specification
Remember this AGOA programmme was created to help the developing Countries, if you can package your product to meet the international standard you are not only set for the American markets but you can also export to other Countries
Now is the time to take the action, all you need to contact the farmers who are producers of some of these products, I know some large scale farmers that are looking for people who will come to their farm and buy from them in bulk, all you need to do is to contact these farmers, buy from them, with the right packaging you are set for the local and international market
Tunji Afuwape
Small business and SME Finance expert
Tel: 08033224392

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Nigerians small scale entrepreneurs -Benefiting from the foodstuff export market irrespective of the challenges
The Demand for African foodstuff in Europe and America is rising due to the increasing number of Africans, particularly Nigerians who sojourn to these Countries for better life. There are many small exporters of foodstuff in the sub-region who depend on middlemen to export foodstuff in small quantities and sell them directly to consumers or retailers running ethnic shops in the United States of American or Europe. The volume of Nigerian export of foodstuff to these countries is still on a very small scale considering the estimation of  20 million people of Nigerian descent reside outside Nigeria, with the majority living in the United Kingdom and the United States. This is a great opportunity to sell to this category of people. The few exporters of African foodstuff cannot meet with the demand of Nigerians which populations are increasing everyday in US and UK.
The exportable foodstuffs to the foreign Countries are Smoked fish, Gari, Beans Flour, Melon seed (Egusi Ground), Ogbono,Cassava Flour, Bitterleaf, Dried Ugu leaf:, Palmwine, Butter production. Coconut processing,Pepper,Tomato paste, Hibiscus flower, Yoghurt,Pap (Ogi), Ukazi leaf
Others are, Hot Chilli Pepper – Ground, Kolanut, Potato, Semolina, Ginger beer, Kilishi, Soybean, Groundnut, Okra, Cassava, Yam, Honey, Snail, Bitter Kola, Ofada rice, Catfish, Shrimps, Pounded Yam Flour, Poultry, Fruit juice, Cashew, Plantain Flour, Palm Oil
Product Sourcing:  Every exporter is strongly advised for their best financial interest to select foodstuffs which they intend to export based on accessibility and availability.
Starting foodstuff business on a small scale:  Company registration is optional since you are doing it on a small scale, which means you are sending the foodstuffs through an individual, the start up capital is between N150,000 to N200,000 an e-mail, a mobile phone and an account with a reputable bank here in Nigeria, however having a domiciliary account will be better, You don’t need previous experience in the field but you should have a “GOOD HEAD” for organizing. You can get support from an organization called Association of Micro-Entrepreneurs of Nigeria (AMEN) it will allow you to get NAFDAC number You can also make use of their factory site which will enable you operate the business successfully. You can package any of these products into Bottles or Small Nylon bag of 1kg and 2kg, you can penetrate the local market and Sell to busy office executives, professionals, high-net worth individual, and supermarkets. The NAFDAC number on your product will give your food product more credibility in African foodstuff market in US and UK when you are finally set for the international market.
Opportunity for small investors: As a small investor you can send this product through the NIPOST, or send it by air, NIPOST have a ready a made cartons that can take up to 30kg which is cost N40,593.00. Perishable products are no allowed through the NIPOST because it takes up to five to seven working days before the products get to the UK and US receptively. But you can send perishable items by air because it takes only 8hours to get there. It is important that you send the foodstuff to an individual because if you use a company address you may need to answer a lot of questions.
Prepare a massive mail campaign to every prospective buyer, write a letter introducing your companies, goods and quality specification, that you will package according to their requirements and don’t fail to quote the selling price and Payment terms acceptable.
How new entrants can get buyers: You can get buyers by advertising your product on line, you can have a websites where you will display your product. Make use of social site like facebook or twitter, you can also register with some trade sites like Alibaba, ,tradekey and so on. You can advertise your product as a free member. It will also give you a privilege to chart with foodstuff buyers abroad.
 How to identify genuine buyers:  You will receive mails from intending new buyers but you will need to ask them some relevance questions like their Company registration details, phone numbers, and office address, ask them if they have an office or a relative here in Nigeria that you can deal with, you will also need to ask them to give you the list of their customers here in Nigeria, this will allow you to know how genuine and reputable they are in the foodstuff importation industry .However you need to agree on a particular payment pattern.
How to deal with responses:  A lot of response will be coming from some Nigerians and Africans that operates African shops in foreign Counties, because some of them are looking for  foodstuffs distributors you may need to send free samples to some of them, while you make them chose the right packaging pattern for the product you are sending.
Opportunity for Nigerians who have friends and relatives in US and UK:  You can send the foodstuff to friends and relatives in US and UK, they will help you sell the foodstuff and pay the money into your account in Nigeria. You don’t need to go through the rigorous of cross checking who is genuine or not, they know the terrain and they will help you sell directly to African foodstuff importers and African food stores abroad.
Nigeria will remain a mono-culture economy since it has failed to tap into the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) launched by the United States since year 2000.The concept of AGOA introduced by the Clinton administration was to encourage African countries to increase their exports in non-traditional products to the US, thus adding value to raw material from developing economies. Nigeria ranks only high in the energy-related products sector. The country has failed woefully in the foodstuff exportation category while a company like Ghana has support from their presidency that is why you will see some branded foodstuffs in African restaurant in UK and US “made in Ghana” and it will surprise you to discover that some of the raw materials are exporter from Nigeria to Ghana by the Nigerians Manufactures who has set up such company in Ghana. Nigerians small scale entrepreneurs who does not have enough funds to set up such businesses has decided to remain in the Country and send such foods through an individual making 100 to 400% return on investment.
AGOA is a window of export opportunities which can also serve as a catalyst towards achieving Nigeria’s vision 2020 in terms of foreign earnings, boosting production and capacity utilization and generating hundreds of thousands of gainful employments through foodstuff exportation. Foodstuff exportation business can generate employment if the federal Government can establish cold storage facilities and agricultural trade support infrastructure at designated points
Challenges being faced by Nigeria in foodstuff exportation sector includes, Stringent Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) requirements, High transportation cost and poor trade facilitation system, Difficulty in accessing finance and credit facilities by manufacturers and exporters, especially the SMEs, Lack of adequate training and modern equipment in processing value -added agricultural products, Unwillingness of our business people to take risks associated with foodstuff export business, Lack of basic information about doing business in the US market and most importantly Packaging and labeling. Nigerians who are ready to start this business should keep themselves informed few Nigerians who currently in foodstuff exportation  sector cannot meet the demand of Millions of yearning Africans in US and UK. This is a special invitation to the Nigeria multibillion naira foodstuff exportation industry.
Tunji Afuwape CEO 21st Strategies
Small business and SME finance expert
Tel: 08033224392,