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Category Archives: Water

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.

Table water producers threaten to leave Lagos State over multiple levies

Producers of table water in Lagos State are threatening to leave the state en masse for neigbouring Ogun and Oyo states if Lagos does not take steps to harmonise its tax collection system.

“Our members are poised to relocate to Ogun and Oyo. We have 2,600 members, with each employing at least 20 workers,” Clementina Ativie, president, Association of Table Water Producers of Nigeria (ATAWAP), Lagos State chapter, said in Lagos.

FBRA urges sectoral partnership to advance industrial waste recycling

The Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) has called on stakeholders in different industries to help set up sector specific alliances to assist with the recovery and recycling of waste items in their respective packaging streams.

According to FBRA, it will ensure the success of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy of the Federal Government.

No tariff increase on food items, luxury goods as earlier reported – FG

The Federal Ministry of Finance, on Friday, clarified that import duties on luxury goods and food items have not been raised, as was earlier reported.

In a statement issued by the Director of Information, Salisu Dambatta, the ministry said that contrary to some media reports that tariffs on such items have been raised, the government had no such plans at this critical period.

Dambatta further said that instead of increasing import duties, what the government did was to reduce most of the items based on the fiscal measures for 2016.

Sachet water producers’ balk at illegal fees

Producers of sachet water, also known as ‘Pure water’ in Lagos State are presently embroiled with the Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission (LSWRC) over a newly introduced collection of all water related fees by the agency.

A spokesperson for the Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP) in the state accused the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr. Ahmed Abdullahi of allegedly diverting hundreds of millions of naira paid to the state into a private account owned by ‘Expanse Resources Consulting Limited’.

Nestle Nigeria marks 150 years Anniversary of company’s founding with factory tour

Nestle Nigeria Plc on Friday celebrated the 150th year anniversary of the company’s founding with a factory tour of its Agbara, Ogun State plant, with key stakeholders, in what the company described as “good nutrition”.

The tour which took place where the company manufactures Cerelac and Maggi Seasoning cubes gave Nestle an opportunity to discuss how its commitment to Creating Shared Values (CSV) meets some of the main societal nutrition and health needs of people in Nigeria.

Dansa Foods embarks on lay-offs, suspends juice production as recession takes its toll

Dansa Foods, a unit of Dangote Industries Plc, one of Nigeria’s largest conglomerates and private employer is reported to have sacked half of its workforce amid dwindling sales, tight liquidity and high cost of production attributed to the high foreign exchange costs in the country.

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.

NUFBTE commissions second phase of Food Union Hotels amid pomp

The National Union of Food Beverage and Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE) celebrated the commissioning of the second phase of the Food Union Hotels and Suites, on August 12, 2016 in Ojodu-Berger, Lagos State.

The project which was conceived by NUFBTE was officially commissioned by Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, alongside the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Dr. Ayuba Wabba.