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: Soft drinks

Coca-Cola “Score a Trip to Russia” Promo produces winners

Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC), bottlers of Coca-Cola products and Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited have presented World Cup tickets to two lucky winners in the ongoing “Score a Trip to Russia” Promo.

The winners who received their tickets earlier in the week at NBC head office, Iddo, Lagos were Fashola Moruf Adeyinka and Benjamin Muo.

CCBA gets new home in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), the continental beverage company based in Johannesburg, South Africa has relocated to a new headquarter in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

According to a statement from the company, the facility will house the largest Coca-Cola bottler in Africa, accounting for around 40% of all coke volumes on the continent.

Police raid illegal brewery in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday raided an illegal brewery in the Egbe-Afa, Igbobo area of Ikorodu, where counterfeit malt drinks and stout are produced.

A team of investigators from the Lagos State Police Command led by the Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal arrested five suspects.

UK launches sugar tax on sweetened beverages

The United Kingdom on Friday became the latest country to join a growing list of countries that have enacted ‘sugar tax’ laws on sweetened beverages as a way to fight obesity among children which is the leading cause of cardiovascular diseases later in life such as hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes among others.

The UK is said to have the highest level of obesity in Western Europe.

South Africa sugar tax comes into force

South Africa’s proposal to tax sugar sweetened beverages which was first announced in 2016 finally came into effect on Sunday 1st April 2018.

The new sugar tax called the ‘Sugary Beverages Levy” and a part of the “Health Promotion Levy” is set at 2.1 cents per gram of sugar content that exceeds 4g per 100ml. According to the new law, the first 4g per 100ml are levy free.

“Sugar” refers to intrinsic and added sugar and other sweetening matter. However, fruit juice is exempt.

Coca-Cola Nigeria launches “Win a Trip to Russia” Promo

Coca-Cola has unveiled a ‘Drink a Coke and Score a Trip to Russia’ Promo. The soft drinks giant said it will be taking 22 individuals from Nigeria to go watch the games at the FIFA World Cup Tournament in Russia later this year in the Coca-Cola “Win a Trip to Russia” Promo that is currently going on.

New study claims presence of micro plastics in bottled water

A new study released on Thursday by Orb Media, a non-profit journalism organization working with scientists from the State University of New York in Fredonia claims that 93% of sampled global bottled water tested show ‘some sign of micro-plastic contamination’.

The study examined 259 bottles from nine countries and 11 brands produced by transnational companies including Aquafina (PepsiCo), Dasani (Coca-Cola), Evian (Danone), Nestle Pure Life and San Pellegrino (Nestle).

House of Rep orders NBC, others to print expiry dates, warnings on their products

The House of Representatives on Wednesday directed the Nigeria Bottling Company (NBC) Limited, makers of Coca-Cola soft drinks, as well as other producers of carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks sold in Nigeria to as from January 2019, print expiry dates on all their products.

The bottling company was also directed to print labels on Fanta and Sprite drinks, warning that the products were harmful when consumed with ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).

SON convenes stakeholder’s meeting to review standards for beverages

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has stressed the need for Nigeria to generate her own data on Benzene level in soft drinks in order to arrive at the safe maximum level of benzoic acid or opt for alternative preservatives.

Mr. Osita Aboloma, the Director General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), stated this at the Technical Committee meeting on water, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks held in Abuja.

FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour wraps-up in Lagos amidst excitement and festivities

Lagosians came out in droves of excitement on Saturday to celebrate the arrival of the FIFA World Cup Trophy in the city and get a view of the coveted World Cup.

The Trophy which arrived Nigeria on Wednesday, courtesy of Coca-Cola, and was received by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, after which it continued on the second leg of its two-city tour of Nigeria, landing in Lagos on Friday.