Nigeria is looking to expand its wine industry. The upcoming Nigeria International Wine & Spirits Fair, a trade and consumer event set for November 2013, will include more than 30 exhibitors from over 14 countries.
This is the third year for the fair, which will be held in Lagos. Fair organizers says exhibitors from Spain, South Africa, United States, Argentina, Chile, Italy and France are expected to be featured at the three-day trade fair.
This year’s theme is ‘Toast to Life’ and will feature an array of variety of wine, spirits and other beverages, along with wine accessories, equipment and related services and training including other luxury products. Business Day reports there will be daily Wine Tastings, Wine Master Class Training, Mixology Room, VIP Cocktail Lounge and Valet Parking arrangement with live jazz music, outdoor games and other side attractions.
“The remarkable development and tremendous potential of Nigeria’s wine and spirit market has drawn much business attention in recent years,” Aderonke Sobodu, managing director, Spronks Creations Limited, organisers of the fair, told journalists during a press conference. “We are optimistic that the market will grow in value and volume in the coming years. This belief necessitated the organisatzion of the Nigeria International Wine and Spirit Fair to cater for the booming demand for wine and spirits in the country and also to create a trade platform for wine and spirit producers who seek expansion.”
A major addition to this year’s edition, Aderonke said, is the Fund Raising Gala and Awards Night to promote ‘Don’t Drink & Drive’ campaign and to celebrate industry professionals. ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ campaign is a CSR initiative aimed at promoting social responsibility in the industry.