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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Sugar tax threatens thousands of jobs, says South African beverage industry

South African beverage industry has come out to oppose the proposed sugar-tax on sweetened beverages in the country, which the government announced earlier in the year and that is expected to come into effect on April 1, 2017. The group said the tax will lead to thousands of industry-wide job loss if implemented.

Currency headwinds dent Suntory’s half-year profits

Suntory Beverage & Food Limited, the Japanese parent of the newly acquired GSK Consumer Nigerian Plc unit, said on Friday that half-year profits fell 4.8% to ¥17.9bn yen ($177m).

The beverage company which derived 38% of its half-year sales from overseas markets said that a stronger yen affected earnings growth. Net income would have risen 3.1% if it wasn’t for currency volatility, the company said. Suntory is forecasting further decline in profits for the rest of the year, with ¥40.5 billion yen forecasted for the 12-month period.

GSK Consumer Nigeria declares N3.7bn net loss in half-year as currency devaluation bites

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc (“GSK Consumer Nigeria”) on Friday reported a net loss of N3.7bn for the first-half of 2016, down from N297m in the same period last year.

The company which recently sold its drinks business (Ribena and Lucozade brands) to Suntory Beverage & Foods Nigeria Limited so it can focus on healthcare and pharmaceuticals said that revenue for the period fell 9.6% to N13bn, down from N15bn last year.

South Africa mulls sugar tax on sweetened drinks; Makes details of proposal available for public comments

The South African Treasury made public on Friday details of a proposal to apply a 20% tax on sugary drinks to stem the tide of obesity and its effects on the population such as diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and others.

According to Treasury data, 55% of South Africans (42% women and 13% men) are overweight.

GSK Nigeria shareholders vote to sell beverage business to Suntory

Ribena and Lucozade brands

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc (“GSK Consumer Nigeria”) said on Monday that shareholders of the company have approved the sale of its beverage unit to Suntory Beverage & Food Nigeria Limited.

GSK Nigeria dispels rumours of pending lay-offs after sale of beverage business

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc (GSK Nigeria) has put to rest fears of planned lay-offs post sale of its beverage business to Suntory.

Speaking to journalists in Lagos, GSK’s company Secretary, Mr. Uchenna Uwechia, said that the company’s Board of Directors has accepted Suntory Beverage & Food Limited offer to buy its beverage bottling and distribution business.

He noted that the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has been informed of its proposed plan to sell its beverage business as part of a post listing requirement of the exchange.

Coca-Cola HBC set to launch Monster Energy drink in Nigeria

monster Energy drink

Coca-Cola HBC, the bottler of Coca-Cola products in Nigeria has said it will introduce Monster Energy brand in Nigeria in the second-half of this year.

Speaking to analysts at the company’s Q1 trading update, CEO Dimitris Lois, said Monster would launch in “late Q3, early Q4”.

GSK Consumer Nigeria posts 37% profit decline in the latest quarter

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc, the company behind beverage brands Lucozade and Ribena, among others, said on Thursday that its net income for the period January – March 31 2016 declined 37% to N188m, from N297m in the same quarter a year earlier.

GSK Consumer Nigeria gets dragged down by tough macro-economic environment, as profits decline 48.3% in Full Year

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc (GSK), makers of beverage brands – Ribena, Lucozade; and Wellness and Oral healthcare products has released its full year 2015 financials, showing a 48.3% net profit decline to N954m, from N1.84bn in the previous year.

Health concerns, Innovation, drive global Sports and Energy drinks market

Global Sports and Energy drinks market is forecasted to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11.19% and 9.97% in volume from 2015 – 2019, according to a new report by Technavio.

The growth drivers in this segment is the use of natural ingredients in new products as health concerns associated with consumption of energy drinks are prompting manufacturers to re-invent and address the issues.