NIGERIA – Rite Foods Limited, Nigeria’s leading manufacturer of carbonated soft drinks, premium table water, energy drink and sausage rolls, has been certified by the Halal Certification Authority.
Halal Certification Authority is a faith-based products certification body that develops Halal product standards and conducts inspection in accordance with Islamic Law that is Internationally accepted and reliable for both domestic and foreign consumers.
The certification ratifies that all thirteen variants of Nigeria’s favourite carbonated soft drink, Bigi drinks, Bigi premium water, Fearless Energy Drink, Rite and Bigi sausages complies with Halal requirement.
Going forward, all products of Rite Foods Limited will carry the Halal mark, assuring consumers globally that the products served are hygienic, healthy and follows Halal procedures.
This has opened doors for the company’s products aimed at about 1.8 billion consumers globally, to be traded in 117 countries that require products to be Halal certified.
Speaking at the certificate presentation, Director, Compliance and Regulation, Halal Certification Authority, Nigeria, Mr. Abdulazeez Ajala stated that the authority found the brand worthy of the certification after subjecting its products to all kinds of test and research.
He said, “Having done all research, we have found that all Rite Foods products are acceptable, healthy, pure and edible to be taken by consumers anywhere in the world, having met all food safety requirements in accordance with the Halal regulations.”
Also present at the ceremony, Secretary-General, Halal Certification Authority, Dr. Ajani Abidemi reiterated that Halal Certification was synonymous with quality, hence its identification with Rite Foods products which have passed all quality tests in accordance with Halal regulations.
He added, “This is backed by all required evidence used by the authorization body during the certification process.
“In the area of wholesomeness and purity, the products stand out in quality which expands its penetration globally, thereby making it fit for consumption by consumers, not just within the shores of Nigeria but globally.
“Going forward, all products of the brand will carry the Halal mark, assuring consumers globally that the products are hygienic, healthy and follows halal procedures.”
Seleem Adegunwa, Managing Director, Rite Foods Limited reaffirmed his company’s commitment to operating in a truly world class standard by meeting the needs of consumers globally.
“This certification is a confirmation of our operation as a truly world class company, committed to giving our consumers the highest quality products globally,” he said.
Rite Foods, which has been in existence for ten years now, commissioned its N100 billion (US$257m) fully automated and state-of-the-art processing plant in 2012.