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Category Archives: Ready-to-drink

Chi launches Hollandia Choco Malt 3-in-1 Ready-to-Drink

Chi Limited, a leading Nigerian juice and dairy maker has unveiled a new product called Hollandia Choco Malt, a ready-to-drink chocolate, milk and malt drink to the market.

The product also referred to as “3-in-1 Yo” is said to appeal to a youthful consumer segment and is an innovative blend of chocolate, milk and malt that comes in trendy pack sizes of 135ml and 315ml. It can be consumed immediately after opening and delivers instant nutrition to consumers.

According to the company, Hollandia ChocoMalt drink is rich in vitamins and minerals, takes away the hassles and inconvenience involved in preparing Choco-based beverage drink the traditional way.

Cost savings and product quality enhancements boost Suntory Beverages half-year results

Japanese beverage firm, Suntory Beverage & Food Limited said on Tuesday that half-year sales and profit for 2017 was lifted by focus on strengthening its brands and creating new demand as well as managing cost structure and product quality improvements.

The company which makes Lucozade and Ribena said that revenue for its non-alcoholic beverages and foods grew 1.7% in the half-year through end of June to ¥685.7bn yen ($6.2bn), from ¥674.4bn ($6.09bn) in the same period in 2016.

Cadbury Nigeria slides to record N766m half-year loss

Cadbury Nigeria Plc, the bournvita maker on Wednesday reported a half-year loss of N766m for the period ended June 30. In the same period a year ago, the company recorded a profit of N147m.

Despite growth in revenue of 16.9%, rising cost of sales which grew 33% in the period to N13bn, from N9.8bn, driven by inflation and higher foreign exchange rates had an adverse impact on gross profit, and on net finance cost, leaping 348% to N274m.

Nigerian Breweries unveils Ace Desire RTD

Nigerian Breweries Plc, on Thursday unveiled its newest creation – Ace Desire, a Zobo-flavoured alcoholic ready-to-drink (RTD) to the Nigerian market.

The company’s Marketing Director, Franco Maria Maggi, said that “Ace Desire” is a sophisticated blend of spirit, natural Hibiscus or Zobo extract, being the traditional beverage produced from hibiscus leaves.

Guinness Nigeria gets approval for new share sale

Guinness Nigeria Plc, announced on Tuesday it had received clearance from the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) to issue new shares.

The funds raised from the share sale, the company said will go to implementing its strategy in the context of ongoing external economic challenges.

Cost savings and product quality initiatives help lift Suntory Beverage & Food first Quarter profit

Japanese Beverage and Food Company Suntory Beverages & Food Limited reported flat sales of -0.1% in its first quarter 2017. Total revenue for the three months ending in March fell to ¥308.9bn ($2.7bn).

However, the company said that it was able to boost profit by focusing on strengthening its brands, creating new demand, reforming its cost structure and improving product quality.

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 that 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 a profit of N29m.

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).