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Category Archives: Soft drinks

Coca-Cola to roll out new “Spiral” Fanta PET bottle design

The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) is set to roll out a new “spiral” Fanta PET bottle.

The new PET bottle which was designed by packaging firm Sidel is already available in some European markets but will be rolled out to other markets in the coming months, according to the packaging firm.

Court sets date for shareholder vote on Seven-Up acquisition bid

Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc announced on Friday that it would hold a court appointed shareholder’s meeting in January to approve a bid by majority shareholder Affelka S.A. to acquire the remaining shares of minority shareholders it does not already own in a deal worth N19.33bn ($60m).

Coca-Cola HBC picks long-serving veteran, Bogdanovic as new CEO

Coca-Cola HBC, on Thursday announced the appointment of Zoran Bogdanovic as its new chief executive officer (CEO), succeeding Dimitris Lois who passed away in October after a brief illness.

According to the company, Mr. Bogdanovic will also be nominated as an executive director of the firm at the company’s next General Meeting of Shareholders.

Coca-Cola unveils three new variants of Five Alive juice

Coca-Cola launched three new variants of its popular Five Alive Fruit Juice in Lagos on Tuesday. The soft drinks and juice maker advised Nigerians to reduce their sugar consumption and adhere to a healthy lifestyle.

While introducing the new variants to the media, Coca-Cola Marketing Manager, Stills and Flavours, Gbolahan Sanni, said that consuming more fruits daily either by eating or drinking makes one healthy. Consequently, Coca-Cola Ltd has introduced drinks with more natural content to the market.

Seven-Up minority shareholders kick against acquisition bid

Minority shareholders of Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc have railed against the move by the firm’s majority shareholder, Affelka S.A. to acquire the remaining shares of the minority shareholders it does not already own.

Seven-Up announced on Thursday that its board had received an offer from Affelka S.A. (“Affelka”) to acquire the remaining shares of minority shareholders at a cost of ₦112.70 per share for the 171.54 million ordinary shares at ₦0.50 kobo each held by the minority shareholders, which translates to ₦19.33bn ($60 million). The bid price represents 15% premium on the last trade share price of the company on 9th August 2017, the last day prior to the date of the proposal was received from Affelka and 21.8% premium on the trading price as at close of trading on 28th November 2017.

Seven-Up receives buyout offer from majority shareholder, seeks to go private

Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc, the bottler of PepsiCo brands of soft drinks in Nigeria announced on Thursday that its board has received an offer from Affelka S.A. (“Affelka”) to acquire the remaining shares of minority shareholders it does not already own at a cost of ₦19.33bn ($60 million).

Coca-Cola to launch Stevia sweetened soft drinks in 2018

Coca-Cola has announced it will pilot a new Coca-Cola drink sweetened with Stevia instead of sugar next year.

The beverage giant made the announcement recently during its Investor Day Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

According to the company, Coca-Cola Stevia No Sugar will be 100% sweetened with Stevia, a plant-based sweetener that has zero calories and does not have an aftertaste, a problem the company has faced with previous formulations such as Diet Coke and Coca-Cola Zero.

Coca-Cola Nigeria unveils 50cl Eva Twist Bottle

Coca-Cola Nigeria has announced the launch of a 50cl Eva Twist Bottled Water as it seeks to bolster its presence in the market.

The soft drinks maker noted that the new bottle uses 18% less plastic which is in furtherance of its commitment to secure a friendly environment as well as serving consumers better. All up till now, Coca-Cola Eva bottled water only came in 75cl plastic bottles.

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.

Malta Guinness Herbs Lite wins innovation and creativity award

Malta Guinness Herbs Lite, a malt brand from the stables of Guinness Nigeria Plc has won the ‘Fair Competition and Creativity Nigeria Awards’ (FCCNA) for its innovation and creativity. The award ceremony which took place on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry was organized by the Consumer Rights Awareness Advancement and Advocacy Initiative (CRAAI).

The Fair Competition and Creativity Nigeria Award (FCCNA) aims to encourage and reward companies and organizations that use innovation and creativity as tools to continually deliver superior products and services in the market place despite environmental challenges.