Top FMCG Companies in Nigeria; A Complete List

Top FMCG Companies in Nigeria
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Looking for the top FMCG companies in Nigeria? This article covers all you need to know about Nigeria’s FMCG companies.

FMCG Companies in Nigeria – An Introduction

Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FCMG) companies sell nondurable goods with high turnover rates, i.e., goods that sellers sell quickly and at relatively low costs. Some examples of FCMG products are food and beverages, groceries, detergents, beauty items, over-the-counter medicines, etc.

The FCMG industry in Nigeria has evolved to produce packaged goods with longer shelf lives and better quality, reducing the reliance on the importation of these goods. The major players in the FCMG industry are the Dangote Group, Unilever, Nestle, PZ Group, Procter & Gamble, etc. According to Wigmore Trading, the Nigerian FCMG industry is worth $20 billion and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 10.9% between 2019 and 2024.

The article covers the following;

  • FMCG Companies in Nigeria
  • Highest-paying FMCG Companies
  • Multinational FMCG Companies in Nigeria
  • Frequently asked questions and
  • More

Let’s get to it.

Top 10 FMCG Companies in Nigeria

The following list includes the top 10 FMCG Companies operating in Nigeria and their products:

1. Dangote Group

The Dangote Group is a popular FMCG company in Nigeria owned by popular Nigerian entrepreneur Aliko Dangote. It is arguably Africa’s most diversified manufacturing conglomerate, with FCMG products like sugar, flour, salt, pasta, noodles, tomatoes, etc., to its name. The brand also produces non-FCMG products like cement and, most recently, refined crude oil products.

The Dangote Group headquarters occupies a 24,000 metres square area at Alfred Rewane Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria.

2. Unilever Nigeria Plc

Unilever is not just one of the biggest FCMG companies in Nigeria but also one of the best. The company centers its productions around nutrition, hygiene, and personal care products with the goal of helping people feel good, look good, and get more out of life. The most popular Unilever products include Vaseline, Dove, Rexona, Omo, Royco, ice cream, Hellmann’s, etc. These products come under different brand names, as Unilever is a global company with around 140 brands.

The Unilever company has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom. And the Unilever Nigerian head office is at Billings way, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos.

3. Nigerian Breweries

Nigerian Breweries is the pioneer and largest brewing company in Nigeria. The company has dominated the Nigerian beverage industry and expanded to many African countries. The most popular drinks you see around are produced by Nigerian Breweries. Examples include Heineken, Malt, 33 Lager Beer, Star, Desperados, Gulder, etc.

The Nigerian Breweries have its headquarters in Iganmu, Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria.

4. Nestle Nigeria Plc

Nestle is a Swiss multinational food and drinks processing conglomerate and, of course, one of the biggest FCMG companies in Nigeria. The company is a household name in the world’s food and beverage industry, as its products are used in almost every country. It is almost impossible to claim not to have used any Nestle product in their life as products like Cerelac, Golden Morn, Kitkat, Nescafe, Maggi cubes, Milo, etc., form our daily nutrition from birth to adulthood.

The headquarters of Nestle is in Vevey, Switzerland, while its Nigerian head office is at Ilupeju, Lagos, Nigeria.

5. Chi Limited

Chi Limited is a market leader in the Nigerian food and beverage industry. It’s impossible to list the top FCMG companies in Nigeria without mentioning Chi Limited. The company was incorporated in 1980 and has since introduced Nigerians to the best juices, fruit drinks, yogurts, and other dairy beverages. If you have ever taken a Hollandia, Chivita, or Chi Exotic, you’ve been one of Chi Limited’s customers. The company also produces snacks like meat pies, snack rolls, etc., which complement its beverages.

Chi Limited has its head office at Oshodi-Isolo, Lagos, Nigeria.

6. Flour Mill of Nigeria

Founded in 1960, Flour Mills of Nigeria is one of Nigeria’s oldest and leading FCMG companies. It is one of the few FCMG companies offering Nigerians food and agricultural products and services. The product line of Flour Mills includes flour, pasta, noodles, cereals, margarine, vegetable oil, and sugar. Fertilizers and other agricultural products make up its agro-business line.

Flour Mills of Nigeria is headquartered at Wharf Road, Apapa, Nigeria.

7. PZ Cussons

PZ Cussons is a major manufacturer of personal care products and consumer goods. Though it’s a British company, PZ Cussons has become a household name in the Nigerian FCMG industry. Its products like the Zip detergent, morning fresh, imperial leather and premier soaps, and Kings and Mamador oils are sought after in Nigeria.

The national head office of PZ Cussons is at Ilupeju, Lagos, Nigeria, while the global headquarters is in Manchester, UK.

8. Vital Products

Vital Products Plc is another major player in the Nigerian FCMG industry with its awesome food and beverage products. The company majors in producing non-alcoholic beverages, fruit juice, and tomato pastes. Other key items in its product portfolio are margarine, mayonnaise, and food seasonings.

The head office of Vital Products Plc is at Plot 12 ACME Road, Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

9. Friesland Campina Wamco Nigeria Plc

Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria Plc is among the top dairy companies in Nigeria, and their bestselling products are Peak, Frisco, and Three Crowns. Other popular dairy foods like the Olympic and Nunu milk are also products of Friesland Campina.

The company has its head office at Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

10. Beloxxi Group

Makers of one of the best crunchy, creamy biscuits in the country (the cream crackers), Beloxxi Group is a popular food manufacturer in Nigeria. Though it was established in 1994, the company has established itself in the Nigerian FCMG industry. They have a few tastefully appealing biscuit products, like cream crackers, duchess, fine tea, melky, and mini crackers.

Beloxxi Group has its head office at Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos.

Other FCMG companies in Nigeria are:

11. Dansa Foods Limited: Beverages and drinks manufacturing company

12. Sona Agro Allied Foods Limited: The company is one of the key manufacturers of biscuits, cereals, tomato pastes, etc., in Nigeria.

13. Yale Foods Limited: This company is famous for its biscuits and wafers.

14. La Casera: A leading beverage company in Nigeria popular for its carbonated soft drink – La Casera.

15. OK Foods: They make great quality biscuits, chocolates, and drinks.

16. Rites Food Ltd: They are popular for sausage rolls and carbonated drinks.

17. Honeyland Foods: Specializes in the production of fresh, natural juices and other healthy drinks

Also read: Top 10 Food and Beverage Companies in Nigeria

Highest Paying FMCG Companies in Nigeria

FMCG companies aren’t considered the highest-paying companies in Nigeria, but some pay higher than others.

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If your field of study is related to FMCG, then knowing the salary brackets in these companies will benefit you.

Here’s our list of the highest-paying FMCG companies in Nigeria.

FMCG Company Average Basic Salary (in Naira)
Nigerian Bottling CompanyN175,000
Dangote GroupN150,000
Guinness NigeriaN150,000
Nigerian BreweriesN145,000
PZ CussonsN145,000
Chi LimitedN130,000
Flour Mills of NigeriaN110,000

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Multinational FMCG Companies in Nigeria

While many FMCG companies operate only in Nigeria, many others operate on the multinational level. Many multinational FMCG companies are operating in Nigeria. Similarly, many indigenous Nigerian FMCG companies like the Dangote Group, the Nigeria Bottling Company, CHI Limited, etc., operate multinational.

Top multinational FMCGs Operating in Nigeria include;

  • Coca-Cola
  • Guinness
  • Friesland Campina
  • Unilever
  • Procter and Gamble
  • Nestle
  • Pepsico

Related: Complete List of Top Multinational Companies in Nigeria

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on FMCG Companies in Nigeria

What is the biggest FMCG Company?

It is difficult to state which FMCG Company is the biggest factually.

If we had to choose which Company is the biggest in the FMCG industry, we would say it’s Nigerian Breweries.

We picked Nigerian Brewery because it is the largest brewing company in the country. And since its goods qualify as FMCG, it can easily take the title of the biggest FMCG company in Nigeria.

However, on a global level, Nestle, Pepsico, and Procter & Gamble are the biggest FMCG Companies.

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What is the meaning of FMCG?

FMCG is an acronym for Fast Moving Consumer Goods.

These are products that sell quickly at relatively affordable prices.

They have a short shelf-life because they are usually high in demand or perishable.

What are the multinational companies in Nigeria?

Here’s our list of a few multinational companies in Nigeria:

  • Nestle
  • Unilever
  • Guinness
  • Procter & Gamble
  • British American Tobacco
  • Google
  • Coca-Cola

How many types of FMCG are there?

There is no fixed answer to the types of FMCGs that exist since any product with a short life span can be categorized as an FMCG.

However, we went ahead to list some of the categories FMCGs may fall under:

  • Processed foods – dairy products, cereals, etc
  • Prepared meals – ready-to-eat meals
  • Baked goods – confectionaries
  • Beverages – water, soda, coffee, etc
  • Fresh, frozen, and dried foods – meat, fish, etc
  • Medicine – pain relievers, cough medicine, etc
  • Cleaning products – glass cleaners, antiseptics, etc
  • Cosmetics and toiletries – hair care products, toothbrush, soap, etc
  • Office supplies – stationery

How do FMCG companies work?

FMCG companies are companies that produce fast-moving consumer goods.

They operate alongside FMCG Distribution companies to transport their goods and services to the final consumer.

Sometimes the movement is not so direct, as there are times when the goods must pass through several channels before getting to the final consumer.

How can I start an FMCG business?

Before you can start an FMCG company, there are 4 things to take into consideration:

  • Product – FMCGs comprises several products, so you have to choose what product to sell before venturing into business.
  • Business plan – Business plans are the foundation of any successful business. A good business plan will help you manage your business properly.
  • Licensing registration – Do not downplay the importance of legally registering your company and obtaining your license.
  • Location – Location is another important factor to consider when considering starting an FMCG business.

Is coffee an FMCG?

Yes, it is.

Coffee is considered an FMCG because it meets all the requirements of an FMCG.

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Are clothes an FMCG?

Yes, they are.

Clothes fall under shopping goods, which we explained earlier is a type of consumer goods. And they can further be categorized as durable goods because they last over 3 years.

What are the 4 types of consumer goods?

The four types of consumer goods are:

  • Convenience goods – goods that require little effort to purchase, e.g., food and drink
  • Specialty goods – products bought less frequently and are not so easy to purchase, e.g., furniture, clothing.
  • Shopping goods – the decision-making time spent on these products is short because they are rare, e.g., designer clothing, antiques.
  • Unsought goods – these products that consumers do not necessarily want to buy. They usually have little to no benefit at the time of purchase. E.g., insurance

Are cigarettes FMCG?

Yes, they are.

Tobacco can be considered an FMCG because they meet all the requirements of an FMCG.

Is Tesco an FMCG company?

Yes, it is. Tesco is a retail company specializing in merchandise and groceries, which we have already established as fast-moving consumer goods. This automatically makes Tesco an FMCG company.

Final Words on FMCG Companies in Nigeria

After reading this article, it’s safe to say you’ve learned everything you should know about FMCGs and FMCG companies in Nigeria.

FMCG companies are mainly responsible for providing us with the commodities we need to get by each day without hassle.  

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