Prices of soft drinks rise amid FX woes, inflationary pressure

Prices of soft drinks are on the rise as the industry continues to grapple with the fallout from macroeconomic headwinds induced by the drop in oil price. Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), the More »

How brewers are selling beer with folklore

As Nigeria’s recession deepens and consumers pockets are squeezed, majority of those still drinking have shifted their beer preferences to value or low cost brands. Nigerian Breweries Plc, the country’s leading brewer More »

Category Archives: Beer

Rumours swirl over Brown-Forman, Constellation Brands tie-up

U.S. spirits firm Brown-Forman Corp has declined to comment on a story first reported by CNBC late on Tuesday, that “people with knowledge of the matter” said that Constellation Brands “has made an approach to acquire” Brown-Forman.

However, a spokesperson for Brown-Forman said, “As a matter of corporate policy, we don’t comment on market rumours or speculation.

Diageo’s – Capital Markets Day 2017 Wrap-up

Diageo held its Capital Markets Day (CMD) on 9th May 2017. The company’s Africa President, John O’Keeffe spoke with analysts on various issues covering the group’s business operations in Africa and Nigeria.

Beverage Industry News (NG) recaps some of the highlights of the day and the spirit firm’s strategy for Africa in 2017 and beyond.

AB InBev to pour $2bn into U.S. breweries through 2020

Anheuser-Busch InBev on Monday announced an ambitious programme to spend $2bn in investment in its U.S. operations over the next four years to increase brewing capabilities.

The world’s largest brewer said it will spend $500m each year for the next four years – describing it as one of the biggest ever capital investment programmes in the U.S. brewing history.

Beam Suntory boosts Q1 profits despite flat sales

Beam Suntory Inc, the wine, beer and spirits arm of Japanese conglomerate, Suntory Holdings Limited said that its first quarter revenue for 2017 fell flat, recording 0.15% decrease in sales to ¥217bn ($1.93bn).

However, the maker of Courvoisier cognac and Basil Hayden’s bourbon among others noted that its spirits segment posted sales growth in the low single-digits, helped by strong growth in brands such as Jim Beam bourbon, Maker’s Mark whiskey and other Super-Premium bourbon brands.

Nigerian Breweries appoints Johan Doyer as Interim Managing Director

Nigerian Breweries Plc (“NB”) Board of Directors have moved quickly to appoint a new Managing Director to replace the departing Mr. Nicolaas Vervelde, who resigned last week having completed his tenure at the firm. His last day on the job would be on the 16th of June 2017.

In a statement released by the company on Tuesday, it said that the appointment of Mr. Johan Doyer will take effect on 16th June 2017 and would be on an interim basis pending the appointment of a substantive Managing Director/CEO for the company.

AB InBev weighs ramping up production in Nigeria

Beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev is considering increasing capacity in Nigeria to keep up with demand, according to the company’s CEO Carlos Brito.

While speaking to analysts late last week following the brewer’s first quarter 2017 results, Brito said that the group was struggling to keep up with demand in Nigeria as the company continues to grow “double digits” in both volumes and sales terms. AB InBev reported double-digit volume gains in Nigeria, as well as increased capacity and further market penetration in Q1.

Nigerian Breweries Managing Director, Nicolaas Vervelde to leave post in June

Mr. Nicolaas-Vervelde

Nigerian Breweries Plc, announced on Thursday that its long-serving Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Nicolaas Vervelde, will leave his post on 16th June 2017 to take up a new role within the HEINEKEN Group outside Nigeria.

Mr. Vervelde, who has been serving as the company’s MD for nearly 7-years, was formerly a non-Executive Director of the company before rejoining the board on 1st August 2010 as Managing Director/CEO.

In a statement released by the company, it said that “The Company has recorded several laudable milestones with Mr. Vervelde at the helm of affairs including the expansion of its operations through acquisition of additional Breweries.

AB InBev posts impressive first quarter results amid struggles in U.S., Brazil

Anheuser-Busch InBev on Thursday reported a 3.7% revenue growth in the first quarter of 2017 (Jan – Mar) to $12.92bn.The growth was helped by increased volume sales activity in Latin America and Asia as well as revenue management and premiumization initiatives throughout its markets.

Champion Breweries suffers profit decline in Q1 despite sales growth

Champion Breweries Plc, said on Thursday that first quarter revenue (Jan – Mar 2017) grew 27% to N1.1bn, up from N872m in 2016.

Despite the sales growth, the firm which is Heineken controlled said that net profit fell 31% to nearly N40bn due to higher production costs caused by inflation and a weakened naira.

Cost of sales rose 46.2% in the period to N886m, from N606m in the previous year.

Guinness Nigeria stung by currency woes as firm declares fourth consecutive loss

Guinness Nigeria Plc on Wednesday reported a strong revenue growth of 29% to ₦90bn in the 9-months to 31 March 2017, up from ₦70bn in the previous year.

However, the company was stung by an inflationary environment and continuing currency devaluation which drove up the cost of goods sold by 47% to ₦60bn. A higher net finance cost that rose 177% to ₦6.7bn due to unrealized foreign exchange loss added to the brewer’s woes