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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Euro Global nears completion of N3bn ethanol plant

Euro Global Foods & Distilleries Limited, said on Monday that it was nearing the completion of a N3bn ethanol plant, with 90% of the work already done.

The firm which is a unit of Sona Group of Companies said that the plant would enable it boost production once complete.

Suntory Holdings wants its obese workers to lose weight

Japanese food and beverage firm, Suntory Holdings wants its obese employees to get into shape. The company has offered its employees a chance to go to a weight lose camp where they will learn how to eat and drink in moderation at social events and how to exercise.

Suntory’s personnel department said that the company has more ‘obese-leaning employees’ than a typical company. Therefore it has devised a means to improve the health of its employees.

Aggressive marketing, Cost improvements help Suntory Food & Beverage lift sales

Suntory Holdings, the group company that owns Suntory Food and Beverage Limited, said that group revenue fell 0.23% to ¥1.97 trillion yen (approx. $18.7bn) in the first nine months of 2016. However, operating income rose 14.1% to ¥149bn yen ($1.4bn).

Suntory Food and Beverage segment boosted sales 4.4% to ¥1.06 trillion yen ($10bn) in the nine months to September, helped by a strengthening of its brands, creation of new demand for its products, bolstering profitability by reforming its cost structure and improving product quality based on insights from other group companies.

Cadbury Nigeria posts 9-months loss of N842m

Cadbury Nigeria Plc, said on Thursday it recorded a net loss of N842m in the first nine months of 2016 ending 30 September. In the same period in 2015, the company made N29m in profit.

The maker of Bournvita has come under pressure on multiple fronts in a slowing economy that has seen inflation spike to 17.9% as of September, made worse by the June 20 naira devaluation which has made borrowing costs more expensive, reflected in higher cost of goods sold. And as with most FMCG companies in the country, obtaining foreign exchange to buy needed raw materials continues to pose a challenge. Compounding the problem for the firm is a weakened consumer purchasing power and competition from rivals in the market. The losses reached N1bn in the third quarter (July – September).

GSK Consumer Nigeria completes sale of drinks business to Suntory

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc (“GSK Consumer Nigeria Plc”) announced on Friday, 30 September that it had completed the divestment of its drinks business including bottling and distribution to Suntory Beverage & Food Nigeria Limited.

The transaction was originally expected to close on 31 August 2016, but GSK requested for additional time to enable both parties to comply with the terms of the Asset Purchase Agreement entered into on 31st March 2016.

Nestle Nigeria appoints Mauricio Alarcon as new Managing Director

Nestle Nigeria Plc has announced the appointment of Mr. Mauricio Alarcon as the new Managing Director of Nestle Nigeria Plc with effect from 1 October 2016. Mr. Alarcon replaces Mr. Dharnesh Gordhon, who has taken up a new position at Nestle Indonesia.

Mr. Alarcon joined Nestle Mexico in 1999 as an Area Sales Manager in the company’s Ice Cream business. From there, he moved up the ranks to Marketing Advisor at Nestlé’s Strategic Business Unit in Switzerland; then Marketing Manager for Nestlé’s Ice cream business in Australia; Business Executive Manager at Nestlé’s Ice Cream in Egypt. Under his leadership, the ice cream business turnover in Egypt more than doubled and the profitability improved in a challenging environment.

Guinness Nigeria losses widen amid market challenges, FX headwinds

Guinness Nigeria Plc, said on Tuesday it recorded a net loss of N2bn for the full-year ending in June 2016, down from N8bn profit it made in the previous year. The brewer blamed the loss on weak economic environment and foreign exchange headwinds.

Kenya Breweries eyes the youth with introduction of Smirnoff Ice Electric Ginseng

Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL), a Diageo company has introduced Smirnoff Ice Electric Ginseng into the Kenyan market targeting the youths.

KBL said on Monday Smirnoff Ice Electric Ginseng will be marketed to the youth who make up 54% of the total alcohol market volume in the country. It adds that there would be a focus on male consumers who have not been drawn to existing RTDs segment.

FX shortages hampering business operations, Nestle Nigeria CEO says

Nestle Nigeria Plc said on Wednesday that a shortage of foreign exchange in the country was hampering business operations and ability to import equipment.

While speaking at an event organized by the Nigerian Stock Exchange and Bloomberg in Lagos, Mr. Dharnesh Gordhon, Chief Executive Officer of Nestle Nigeria, said:

GSK Consumer Nigeria extends deal closure date

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc (“GSK Consumer Nigeria Plc”) said on Tuesday it has shifted the closure date to sell its drinks business to Suntory Beverage & Food Nigeria Ltd to 30th September 2016. The transaction was initially expected to close on 31st August 2016.