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In a bid to increase its presence in West Africa, Firmenich has entered into a five-year deal with Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) in Lagos, Nigeria. Through the partnership, Firmenich will build a flavor laboratory at Yabatech and give three students in their final year scholarships covering tuition and expenses.
"The partnership with Yaba College of Technology demonstrates our commitment to developing a direct presence in Nigeria to ensure an understanding of consumers’ taste and be closer to local food and beverage manufacturers," said Emmanuel Frenck, Firmenich's vice president, Sub-Saharan Africa. "Our close partnership with and presence within this prestigious institution offers great potential to capture ideas and create technical solutions for our local customers through the expertise of our Yaba Food Technology partners."