On a search for a more purposeful life, Chigozie Bashua embarked on a holiday trip to the United Kingdom in 2012 and one day, she went grocery shopping. Discovering healthy flours on the aisle, she wondered why the nuts grown in Nigeria was not given the amount of attention it deserved. She did a research on the nutritional benefits of several nuts and how it will change the lives of people who needed these healthy food products as part of their diet, people within the autistic spectrum, people diagnosed with several diseases and needed gluten-free and lactose-free food.
Recognizing that some of the problems faced in Nigeria were inefficient processing, lack of digital systems within the processing value chain and heavy dependence on imported nut based food products which led to increased food prices, she decided to be part of the agricultural food chain to contribute to resolving these issues.
The next day, she visited a medium sized processing company in Tottenham and got a crash course on nut processing. Returning back to Nigeria, The Nut Place was registered and that started the journey of nut processing.
The Nut Place became a Limited Liability Company in 2020.
Our Mission and Promise
According to research, inefficient processing is one of the factors resulting to post harvest food losses. Inadequate processing facilities and lack of digital systems are also contributory factors to heavy dependence on imported healthy food products which has a ripple effect on food prices leading to an extremely high cost in healthy food products.
The Nut Place is a sustainable food technology company utilizing technology to ensure smart systems are used for manufacturing of food products. Our products are gluten-free, available to grocery stores, diabetic patients and health conscious adults.
We are using technology to drive food security within the Agri-processing value chain. In-order to solve the problem of food insecurity, we aggregate food processors and farmers into a digital network to enable data collection. Data generated is used for proper processing and distribution to end users.
Our aim is to improve nutrition and promote healthy living by accessing quality and healthy food products while reducing post-harvest losses and food wastage in Africa. At The Nut Place, we are passionate about putting healthy food in the hands of more Africans because healthy food is one of the solutions to preventing terminal illnesses.
Our goals are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goal 2 which is aimed at ending hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture.
We supply nuts and healthy food products to leading supermarkets and manufacturers for the production of their ready meals and bakery goods.
In promoting not just a healthy lifestyle but a circular economy, The Nut Place improves the ecosystem by recycling any food waste generated from processing food. Her products are packaged with reusable packs.