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Frequently Asked Questions
How are your Ready to Eat Meals produced?
The main stages involved are as follows:
Collection & Storage of Raw Materials
High-quality raw materials are received at our factory from approved suppliers throughout Nigeria. We have access to premium quality tomatoes, onions, peppers, and many other ingredients that contribute to the finished product you consume. They are received in optimum conditions and ready to be used.
Inspection & Sorting
Inspection takes place to pick out the most suitable produce of the bunch, ensuring that only the highest quality raw materials are eventually used. Then comes the sorting, in which the inedible parts of these ingredients are taken off. This could include removing the stalk of peppers, peeling the outer layers of onions, and similar activities to make the ingredients ready for use.
At this stage, the ingredients/raw materials are washed rigorously for an extended period. They undergo several washing cycles, alongside washed using treated water.
At this stage, the ingredients are blended to a consistency in which it can be cooked with the highest efficiency.
This is the main part of the entire process. The cooking follows basically the same processes as your home-made meals, except that this is done on an industrial scale. During the cooking, conditions including temperature, relative density alongside many others are controlled in order to get the best possible results. There’s a strict adherence to international hygiene standards and industry best practices during this process.
Hot Filling & Sealing
After cooking, the cooked meals are held at a certain high temperature during filling into the sachet that becomes the final packaging material. This process is called hot filling, and it’s done in order to sterilize the product before it’s ready to be packaged.
It’s also worth noting that after filling, the meals are sealed immediately. This is done to nullify micro-organisms that could cause spoilage in food, and also to prevent oxygen from entering into the product (this is a leading cause of spoilage).
Once the products are sealed, it is blast cooled rapidly. Coding information is subsequently added to the products as is the standard practice. The products are then quarantined for a short period of time, which marks the final phase of its production. After this, your Ready to Eat Meals are fit for consumption by members of the public.
The processes above are the reasons why our Ready to Eat Meals maintains an incredible homemade taste, and needs no artificial preservatives to keep it shelf stable. We trust this has been an insightful look into the production process of our products.
Is it healthy to consume Ready to Eat Meals?
Yes, eating our Ready to Eat Meals is a healthy choice. It’s because the product is made using local fresh ingredients and no preservatives whatsoever; this is certified by NAFDAC.
Are our Ready to Eat Meals made in Nigeria or imported from outside the country?
Our Ready to Eat Meals are made in Nigeria by Nigerians with no external intervention involved. It is made from locally sourced raw materials, which are then processed at our factory. The processing, cooking and packaging takes place at our factory in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.
Does our Ready to Eat Meals contain preservatives?
No, Our Ready to Eat Meals doesn’t contain any preservatives.
How is our Ready to Eat Meals able to do without preservatives?
Our Ready to Eat Meals are packaged using hot filling technology which sterilizes the product. Alongside that, it’s packaged in a vacuum; this nullifies the presence of micro organisms that normally cause spoilage of food. Therefore, there’s no need for preservatives.
How do I preserve it for personal use?
It should be stored at room temperature, out of the reach of insects/rodents.
As far as the seal is closed and not tampered with, it’s unnecessary to put in the freezer (to avoid freezer burn). Refrigerating is recommended when the seal is broken, as its shelf life reduces greatly when the seal is open.
What is its shelf life/ how long does it take before it goes bad?
It has a shelf life of 12 months. As far as the seal is closed and not tampered with, it’s unnecessary to put in the freezer (to avoid freezer burn). Refrigerating is recommended when the seal is broken, as its shelf life reduces greatly when the seal is open.
Where can I buy Classic Naija Meals Ready to Eat packs?
Our products are available in major supermarkets and retailers
nationwide. You can also buy from our online store navinaindltd.com/shop
How do I become a distributor?
You can find details of how to become our distributor @ https://navinaindltd.com/distributors-requirement/