Golden Guinea Breweries set to reopen soon

Umuahia-based Golden Guinea Breweries Plc, which has been closed for 13 years is set to reopen for business in July, according to Abia State Governor’s office.

Golden Guinea Breweries, a once pride of the Eastern states and which founding dates back to 1960 by the then Premier of the defunct Eastern Region, Dr. Michael Okpara, is set to make a comeback. According to the state government, installation of modern equipment at the site is nearing completion.

The State Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, who has been spearheading the resuscitation of the brewery visited the site recently to inspect work being done. Golden Guinea went silent in 2003 after a fire outbreak at the facility. Before then, there had also been allegations of mismanagement, fraud and insolvency by the management. Successive state governments made efforts to resuscitate the once pride of Umuahia. The previous administration of Governor T.A. Orji set up a committee to look into how to bring back the brewery to life. Work to revamp the facility started in his administration.

The new equipment has an installed capacity of producing 48,000 bottles per hour, twice the capacity of the old equipment which produced 24,000 bottles, and more than double that at Nigerian Breweries’ Ama, Enugu plant and SABMiller’s Intafact Beverages in Onitsha.

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At the height of its operations over a decade ago, Golden Guinea Breweries employed about 5,000 direct and indirect labour. It is said that the staff strength will double this time with strong assurances from the management that 70% of its staff will come from the local community. When the brewer starts production, everything will be positively affected from distribution to support services of food vendors, plumbers and others.

Golden Guinea Breweries produces and markets Golden Guinea Lager beer, Eagle Stout, Bergedorf Premium Lager and Bergedorf Malta, under a licensing agreement with Holsten Brauerei AG of Hamburg, Germany.

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One Response to Golden Guinea Breweries set to reopen soon

  1. kelechi paul o says:

    This is a welcome development to The state. I thank our dear governor Dr Okezie Ikpazu for his sage mindedness . God bless Abia State.

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