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

Life Continental Lager sponsors ‘Hi-Life Fest’ in the South East

Life Continental Lager Beer, a brand from the stables of Nigerian Breweries Plc, has introduced “Hi-Life Music Fest”, a musical competition aimed at celebrating and promoting highlife music in South East, Nigeria.

The music competition which kicked-off with the first set of auditions in Owerri this month, held its first regional finals at Cubana Lounge. Auditions and regional finals will later hold in Port Harcourt, Enugu and Aba with the grand finale set to hold in Onitsha.

Speaking at the media launch, Mr. Emmanuel Agu, Portfolio Manager, Mainstream and Stout, Nigerian Breweries Plc., described the initiative as one of the various ways the brand seeks to ensure that its consumers live a progressive life filled with opportunities, and are conversant with the iconic sound of their environment.

‘You give her gonorrhea and you get HIV back’

Festus Odimegwu The former CEO of Heineken in Nigeria engaged sex workers to promote beer. The company benefited from its close relationship with the president. Excerpts from “Heineken in Africa”, a yet to be released book by Olivier van Beemen, a Dutch citizen, who takes a critical look on the business practices of the Dutch brewer in Africa, Odimegwu talks about his days and exploits at the helm of Nigerian Breweries Plc. The text was translated from Dutch to English using google traslate. Please pardon us for any lost translation.

Heineken accused of not doing enough to protect female sales agents from sexual abuse in Africa

Dutch brewer Heineken said it will do more to protect is sales agents in Africa after a Dutch newspaper, NRC published allegations of widespread sexual abuse of sales agents in 10 countries where the company operates.

According to the report, Heineken indirectly employs about 2,000 women as “promotional girls” in Africa out of a 15,000 women global sales force based on internal research done in 2007.

The sales agents job involve going around to bars, cafes and restaurants with promotional crates to persuade owners to stock the company’s brands.

CPC endorses FG’s move to increase excise duty on alcohol and tobacco

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC), on Tuesday put its weight behind the Federal Government’s decision to raise the excise duty rates on alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.

The agency’s Director-General, Mr Babatunde Irukera, said the increase would serve as a measure to reduce the risks of abuse and disease. Irukera said that though CPC protected the rights of all consumers and their prerogative to make personal lifestyle choices, it, however, encourages responsible consumption in all circumstances.

MAN opposes excise duty rate increase on alcohol, tobacco; seeks its reversal

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has called on the Federal Government to reverse the newly proposed excise duty rate increase on alcohol and tobacco products, saying that its implementation will lead to job losses and plant closures in the affected industries.

The President, MAN, Dr. Frank Jacobs, spoke on the issue in Lagos on Wednesday while addressing the media on the association’s position on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

AB InBev plans expansion in Tanzania; announces construction of new $100m brewery

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is moving quickly to expand its holdings in Africa. The world’s largest beer company announced on Monday following a meeting with the Office of the President of Tanzania, John Magufuli, to invest $100m in a new beer plant in Dodoma, the administrative capital of Tanzania. AB InBev is the majority shareholder in Tanzania Breweries Limited, the country’s largest brewer and one it inherited following its acquisition of SABMiller in 2016.

Hospitality industry reacts to ban of alcohol by Kwara State

The hospitality industry have called on the Kwara State Government to lift the ban on the sales, production and consumption of alcohol in the state.

They said the enforcement of such a law would have far reaching effect on the nation’s economy and the hospitality industry.

They spoke with newsmen in separate interviews on Friday in Lagos.

NUFBTE chides FG’s new excise duty on alcoholic beverages, tobacco

The National Union of Food Beverage and Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE) has criticised the Federal Government and threatened to go on a labour strike over the planned increase on the excise duty rates for alcoholic beverages and tobacco.

While speaking at a meeting by the organised labour, President of NUFBTE, Lateef Oyelekan, said that more than 20,000 workers are presently employed in the alcoholic and tobacco sector and may lose their jobs if the amendment takes effect.

AB InBev to divest seven of its beer brands to CCU in Argentina

AB InBev has agreed to transfer seven of its beer brands in Argentina to Compania Cervecerias Unidas S.A. (CCU) as part of a post-merger condition for its takeover of SABMiller in 2016, Argentina’ production ministry announced on Wednesday.

As part of the proposed divestment by AB InBev which received the blessing of the Argentine National Competition Defense Commission, the brewer will transfer seven of its brands, notably – Isenbeck, Dioasa, Norte, Iguana and Baltica beer brands, as well as the licenses to Warsteiner and Grolsch brands to CCU, a Chilean brewer with operations in Argentina.

AB InBev commits to affordable beer brands for Nigerian consumers

Beer giant AB InBev has said it will serve Nigerians with various beer brands at affordable prices.

The Marketing Manager of AB InBev, Mr. Arne Bruse disclosed this at a conference held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lagos. He said that consumers of beer will be able to buy some of the company’s beer brands at about ₦100 to ₦150.