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 »

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Nestle to close DRC factory

Swiss food giant Nestle SA announced on Sunday that it would close its factory in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a potential market of 80 million but one plagued by poverty and political instability.

“We will close our factory and offices by the end of January and continue developing our economic distribution model through third parties,” a company spokeswoman said.

Heineken expands into Mozambique; to build $100m brewery

Dutch brewer Heineken N.V. announced on Monday the laying of foundation stone for its first brewery in Mozambique.

The company said that the new brewery which will open in the first-half of 2019 will be located in the province of Maputo, cost $100 million (€85m) to build and have a production capacity of 0.8 million hectoliters a year.

AB InBev Mexican unit to build world’s second largest brewery

Grupo Modelo, Mexico’s largest brewer and a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev has announced plans to construct a new brewery considered the world’s second largest at a cost of 14 billion Mexican pesos ($755 million). The brewery will be located in the city of Alpan, Hidalgo in central Mexico.

The construction of the brewery is expected to be completed by March 2019 and will have the capacity to produce nine million bottles of beer per day, according to Grupo Modelo Chief Executive, Mauricio Leyva.

Grupo Modelo, which produces beer brands such as Corona Extra, Pacifico, Modelo and Victoria among others, said that the construction of the brewery will create 3,000 jobs and “more than 1,200 direct permanent jobs during the operation phase.”

Nigerian Breweries mulls major changes to its Board as beer war looms

Nigerian Breweries Plc has scheduled a meeting for Friday, 8th December to consider making major changes to the composition of its Board of Directors.

In a letter sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday, the company said that “One of the items on the agenda is a proposal for changes in the composition of the Board of Directors (“Board”) of the company.”

Sona Group seeks Government’s ban or tariff increase on Sorghum, Barley

Sona Group of Industries said it is seeking the Federal Government’s intervention to ban the importation of sorghum, barley and biscuits into the country as Nigeria produces enough to meet local needs.

The call was made by the company’s Group Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Ashok Manghnani, in Ota, Ogun State, at the unveiling of the firm’s new production line by the Minister of State for Commerce, Industry and Trade, Aisha Abubakar.

AB InBev restates commitment to Nigeria as it confirms construction of a new brewery

Global beer behemoth Anheuser-Busch InBev has said it is committed to a long-term investment in Nigeria. This was as the firm announced in a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday, the construction of a new brewery in the country, located in Sagamu, Ogun State, at a cost of over $250 million. The company noted that the new brewery which is expected to be completed in 2018 would be its second largest in Africa and a testament to its long-term view of the country.

AB InBev replaces North American operation head as US beer sales continue to fall

Anheuser-Busch InBev announced on Monday the appointment of a new North American head, Michel Donkeris to replace João Castro Neves, a 20-year veteran of the Belgian/Brazilian brewer as beer sales in the U.S., the company’s most important market continue to lag.

The company said in a statement that Mr. Neves who had been in charge of the North American division for two years would be leaving the company “to pursue other opportunities” and thanked him for his 22-years “distinguished career” at the firm.

Sona Group to unveil ethanol plant in January 2018

Barring any unforeseen hiccups, Sona Group, a diversified conglomerate with interests in the beverage industry, biscuits, food and allied products among others said it has set a January 2018 date for the completion of a N3 billion ethanol plant it is constructing.

The group hopes to meet local demand of ethanol with a daily production capacity of 120,000 litres, which translates to 43.8 million litres per year.

Heineken launches Premium beer Amstel into the Kenyan Market

Heineken East Africa on Wednesday introduced Amstel beer into the Kenyan market.

Speaking at the event to unveil the brand in Nairobi, Heineken East Africa General Manager, Uche Unigwe said, “The introduction of Amstel was informed by the growing demand by Kenyans for a different brand of quality beer in the market.

International Breweries narrows loss in half-year

Ilesha-based International Breweries Plc said its losses in the first-half of the year (Apr – Sept) narrowed to N52m, from ₦1.9bn in the previous year.

The brewer blamed the loss on unrealized foreign exchange loss which skyrocketed 894% in the six months to ₦983m ($2.7 million). The maker of Trophy lager said it had a particularly difficult second quarter as much of the FX loss came from this period, rising 4,238% to ₦945m ($2.6 million). The net loss in Q2 was even far much greater, at ₦1.2bn, from ₦216m.