The Vinks (TGI) – Inside the Investment Portfolios of Top10 Int’l Family Investors in Nigeria

Mr. C.G. Vink is chairman, Tropical General Investment (TGI) conglomerate – that has diverse business interests in food, healthcare, agriculture, engineering and other industries.  TGI Group is an international investment and holding company with diversified interest in Nigeria and other countries of the world.

The group interests cover poultry and fish farming, processing and marketing of frozen foods, manufacturing of food juice, the popular Chivita brand, Dairy beverages and Vegetable cooking oil. Others are Cotton ginning, Fish trawling and specialized oil field services, importation and distribution of industrial and agro chemicals and tractors and implements. The group operates with business subsidiaries such as Cormart, Chi Limited Romson Oil Field Services Limited, ORC Fishing and Food Processing Limited, Master Marine Service Limited and WACOT. Others are Fludor, Tropical General Investment Nigeria Limited, Chi Rentals Tropical Industries International Pvt Limited and Chi Farms.  Of its Subsidiaries, Chi Limited is the most popular among Nigerians because of its popular Chivita Juice Brand.

CHI Limited was incorporated in 1980 primarily to cater for the consumer needs of health conscious Nigerians in the food and beverages market.

The company offers products in fruit drinks, dairy products and snacks categories. Its brands include the chivita range of fruit drinks including Capri-sonne, Hollandia range of dairy products and a range of snack foods.

CHI Limited has a number of depot operations across the nation as well as across the African continent with products that compete favourably with brands from the rest of the world. Its employment generating capacity is estimated at over 2,500 direct jobs and indirect employment of about 50,000 people throughout its value chain.

The company said the high quality of its products reflects substantial resources committed to research and development to ensure the products are enriched with essential vitamins and nutrients that ensure healthy living. It continues to add extensions and variants to its brands, providing new options for consumers in the marketplace. This is in line with its marketing strategy, which is to have a product to offer everyone across all major demographic segments.

The company speaks of its significant investments in manufacturing and other related infrastructure projects that have created adequate capacity to serve Nigeria’s large and growing market. It points to its state of the art manufacturing facility that deploys the most advanced processing and packaging technology available anywhere in the world.