Cold Room Business in Nigeria: How to Get Started

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Cold room business in Nigeria is one of the multi-billion naira, silent businesses. Right here from where I am sitting, I can count up to five multi-millionaires that I know made their money from cold room/ food preservation business.

What does cold room business entail?

It involves selling of pre-packaged and preserved food items in Nigeria. When you say cold room business in Nigeria, what readily comes to mind is Frozen Fish or poultry products like chicken and turkey but it goes far beyond that.

There are other products that are sold by cold room operators including frozen yoghurt, Ice Cream, Ice Block, Soya Milk, Prawns and basically, any food item that needs refrigeration as a means of preservation.

Starting a card room business in Nigeria involves taking the following steps-:

Location

First, you have to look for a very good warehouse which you can use as your cold room. The place needs to be spacious and well ventilated in order to guarantee adequate preservation of your products.

Determine Your Scale of Business

There are different scales of cold room business in Nigeria. You can either go for the small scale cold room business which would only entail selling to immediate customers or go full scale, which would involve manufacturing/packaging or importing your products yourself.

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For people who want to engage in small-scale cold room business, all you need is a good shop, refrigerators or a min-cold room, constant power supply and of course, access to cheap supply of products.

Registration with NAFDAC

Since you would be dealing in consumable food items and may also be importing some of your products, it is necessary to register with NAFDAC. You can visit their website, www.nafdac.com for more information on this. However, this is only required for large scale businesses.

Determine Products to Sell

You should look around you and do a proper research on the most lucrative items to sell. I could tell you that Frozen Fish and Chicken are some of the fastest selling products but what if it doesn’t sell in your location due to stiff competition? The onus therefore rests on you to determine what products would sell faster and better in your location.

Construct a Cold Room

You need to hire someone to construct a cold room for you if you cannot afford already-made ones. If you are running your business on a large scale, refrigerators alone might not be sufficient.

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Constant Electricity Supply

PHCN is not your friend in this business; they would mess you up. So get yourself a good, strong stand-by generator to provide constant access to electricity. This is extremely important in order to avoid goods going bad due to absence of electricity.

Determine Source of Supply

Where would you get your goods from? This is a very important decision to make. If you are venturing into frozen fish, meat or turkey business, it is possible for you to process and package your products yourself.

You could have a farm where you would raise live chickens or livestock and then have them slaughtered and processed for sale upon maturity. You can also process and package other products yourself. This would guarantee you more profit than when you import products.

Other things you would need for this business include packaging supplies, measuring scales, tables, polythene bags or cartons, bowls, knives and support staff.

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  1. Oluseye Ajayi

    I love to go into this cold room business but what does it cost to start a profitable one. Av already had a contact and promising support of a company that import fishes into Nigeria

  2. Bankole Faluyi

    I like this platform,I want to go into cold room business soonest.

  3. clarice.

    l am interested in having a cold room in Lokoja can you enlighten me detail cost to get started. Need your involvement in the materials needed and the construction.

  4. Samuel Oladapo

    Thank you for this eye opener. Please, I need a consultant to enable me avoid sloppy path

  5. MUSBAUDEEN IBRAHIM

    PLEASE HOW CAN SOMEONE GET INVESTORS TO FUND THE BUSINESS.BECAUSE AM INTERESTED.AND I HAVE NO MONEY TO FUND START THE BUSINESS.

  6. unwana

    please drop your number let’s talk coz I want to start the business

  7. david

    What are the products of a cold room business

  8. CHIAZORNIM

    PLEASE, I WOULD LIKE TO START UP A COLD ROOM BUSINESS @ ASABA & AGBOR DELTA STATE @ MEDIUM SCALE LEVEL. CAN U PLEASE HELP ME WITH AN APPROXIMATE INITIAL COST OUTLAY & SOME OF THE BASIC THINGS I WOULD NEED FOR THE TIME BEEN!

  9. Ralph

    I Have a 26footer cold room for sale. its Tokunbo, very clean going for 3.7M Call me on 0809 182 2290 if you are interested

  10. Onibokun

    I need the contact of someone already in the business and that of an engineer that can build a cold room pls

    1. matthew

      call 08036320881

    2. Tina

      hi Sir ,
      I’m Tina from Moon referigeration. We provide one-stop custom service.
      We also have engineers can go abroad,
      if you want ,I can show you our factory in ten minutes.
      Wish we have a nice talk, nice to meet you!nice day!

      Thanks&best regards
      Tina Qi

  11. olabode

    I want to start a cool room business in Nigeria,Lagos to be precisely. I will like to know if you will drop me your number to be able to talk to you asap.

    1. Onibokun

      Hello bro..
      Can I have your number so we can talk?
      I want to start same in ilorin kwara state..
      08167305493

  12. solomon

    I want to start cold room business in uyo. I need a starter pack of medium scale.

    1. Anietie

      hey bro, i want to start one too in uyo. can we meet.

  13. Cossy

    I me abt wholesale prices of frozen foods

  14. Cossy

    Please I’m interested in starting up a small scale cold room business, please I need links of frozen foods suppliers, my shop is at Ikeja airforce base, I need a contact of someone who can be supplying the products at a very cheap retailed price.

  15. desmond

    I’m engineer

  16. omon

    Pls can you help with a link of how to get a midum new or fearly used cold room. The cost and how to get.

    1. phummy

      I have a cold room to sell for 400,000 working perfectly call 09085299968

      1. olabode

        were the location.

      2. mojisola Abimbola Dankuwo

        GOOD DAY WHAT IS THE SIZE HAVE YOU BEING USING IT WHAT IS THE CAPACITY OF GENERATOR THAT CAN OF THE COLD ROOM / DO YOU HAVE A RELIABLE ENGINNER HOW MANY YEAR WARRANTY IS THE PRICE NEGOTIABLE AND WHERE ARE YOU BASED IF I BUY IT CAN I START USING IT IMMEDATELY OR I NEED TO SERVICE IT IF YES HOW LONG WILL THE SERVICING TAKE

  17. Olawoyin Jide Samuel

    Did you have Any Branches in Nigeria?

  18. Olawoyin Jide Samuel

    Hello, pls can you direct me where i can get already made New or Fearly used mini cold room for cold room business

    1. desmond

      Sir I’m an engineer if u need any size, I will do it for u

      1. Victor

        post your contact details so we can reach you on it.

      2. Fadahunsi Christiana Mrs

        I am interested in getting a cold room from your construction, please call me on 08050292728

        1. ONAJI shedrack

          Am interested in a cold
          room in kogi state
          …i need a link of an engineer..

          My contact 07035777218

      3. mojisola Abimbola Dankuwo

        I NEED YOUR DETAIL SO THAT WE CAN NEGOTIATION,MR DESMOND

  19. heir

    Please I need this urgently

  20. Godwin

    Please I need starter pack for Cold business based on the following;
    Introduction of the cold room
    viability of cold room
    cost outlay
    assets require

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