Farm Pride is a Nigerian fresh Fruit and Yoghurt beverage brand owned by Niyya Farm Group Limited (NFGL), a Nigerian Fruit and Yoghurt agro-processor based in Kaduna.
NFGL owns one of the largest fruit farms in Kaduna, occupying approximately 3,000 hectares growing Oranges, Mango, Guava, Passion Fruit and Pineapple, with the capacity to grow Grapes and Avocado.
In our Puree Plant we process a wide cross-section of Nigerian fruits, while in season. These include Mango, Orange, Guava, Pineapple and Passion Fruit. In this facility, the fresh fruit juice is extracted. The process of extracting the juice varies according to the type of fruit. Once the juice has been extracted it is either standardized and used immediately in our blending facility, or stored under controlled conditions in our cold rooms.
Our Juice Plant consists of a fresh fruit-packing house, a puree plant and a juice blending and bottling plant as well as a refrigerated distribution system.
Fresh Fruit Packing House
The fresh fruit packing house prepares fresh fruits for juicing and puree. In this facility, fresh fruits are inspected, sorted, weighed, washed and prepared for pulp extraction.
Blending and Bottling
In our blending facility the puree extracted from the fresh raw fruits are blended in specific amounts in accordance with our recipes to make each juice flavour. All ingredients and puree are first approved by our Quality Control Team (QCT) before being used. The Juice is than passed through a homogenizer & pasteurizer before it is sent to the filling plant for packaging.
Our Juices are then packaged in PET bottles using high-speed fillers. Our product sizes range from 500ml and 1L. For traceability and to inform our consumers, all bottle caps contain a manufacturing date, batch code and expiry date. After filling, the product is nicely shrink wrapped to form a carton and conveyed to the staging area, where it is palletized and then transported to the storage facility for stocking and distribution.
We have a fully automatic yoghurt processing plant which can process 5 million litres of yoghurt annually. The yoghurt is manufactured with fresh milk/ milk powder and best quality ingredients like cultures and stabilizers are used. The milk is pasteurized and stored in holding tanks where cultures are added to the milk and left for about 8 hours to inoculate under controlled conditions.
The yoghurt in the inoculation tanks is passed through the chiller to reduce the temperature before it is sent to the filling plant. We have a state of the art fully automatic filling plant which has a capacity to pack about 10 million litres of yoghurt per annum. The yoghurt is packed in 500 ml & 1L PET bottles and shrink wrapped and sent to the cold rooms for dispatch to the market.
Refrigerated Distribution System
Our Yoghurt products are required to be kept chilled throughout their life-cycle, so to ensure product integrity NFGL has invested in a “state of the art” chilled distribution system. This begins with our 2,000 square foot cold room at our farm and we distribute to 7 depots in Kaduna, Kano, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Onitsha, Ibadan and Lagos with our fleet of over 30 refrigerated trucks for secondary distribution. Every depot has a dry and cold storage to keep the quality of the product intact.
Farm Pride Juice and Yoghurts are registered with the National Food Drug Administration and Control (NFDAC) – NAFDAC Registration number B1 – 1020; and Farm Pride Juice and Yoghurts are certified by Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) and Standards of Nigeria (SON).
Health Benefits of Natural Fruit Juices
Fruits help in the formation of red blood cells. Red blood cells are vital to the health and wellbeing of the body, carrying oxygen to cells throughout the body and carbon dioxide away so that it can be expelled.
Fruits have also been proven to reduce the risk of stroke and heart diseases. Orange juice for example, is high in vitamin C, which has been linked with a lower risk of heart disease.
Beyond the vitamins and minerals contained in fruits which are good for the body, the phytonutrients, antioxidants, fibers, oils and acids in fruits, responsible for their various flavours and colours, are also responsible for their many health, healing and immune-modulating properties.
Fruits have been proven to help significantly in weight loss and in maintaining a slim healthy profile. Even though they contain sugar, they have a low energy density and the fiber helps prevent the sugar from being released too quickly into the bloodstream.
Juices from fruits are a major source of Vitamin C and energy due to their high calorie content. Fruit contains fructose, which is a simple sugar. Each gram of fructose consumed provides about 4 calories of energy.