Irish food group Glanbia has formed a 50/50 joint venture company with UK-based maker of Cussons soap to build an evaporated milk and milk powder unit in Nigeria.

The companies will build and jointly fund a new $20m facility to process powdered milk sourced primarily from Ireland for the Nigerian market.

Glanbia will have full responsibility for operations, while Cussons will market and distribute the product through its existing Nigerian subsidiary.