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: Wines & Spirits

FG mulls tariff increase on alcohol, cigarettes

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun has recommended increasing tariff rates on alcohol and tobacco products with implications on their health effects as well as a means of raising revenue.

Adeosun added that her recommendation is in line with the implementation of the ECOWAS common External Tariff (CET), one of the instruments of harmonizing member states to strengthen its Common Market agreed upon on 25th October 2014.

Guinness Nigeria posts 19% rise in half-year sales

Guinness Nigeria Plc said on Tuesday that half-year sales for the 2017/18 financial year through 31 December 2017 grew 18.6% to ₦70.6bn from ₦60bn in the same period in 2016.

The company behind iconic brands Guinness Foreign Extra Stout and Harp Lager among others said that it recorded ₦2.1bn in profit for the period, from a loss of ₦4.7bn in the prior year. Guinness saw double-digit gains in its value beer segment, driven by Dubic Lager and a 22% sales boost from its mainstream spirits, driven by innovation launches and new formats.

Diageo hails its first-half results despite worries of potential year-end currency headwinds

Diageo Plc, reported its first-half results on Thursday for period ending 31 December 2017, with the drinks maker recording a 1.7% sales lift to £6.5bn ($9.3bn) from last year’s £6.4bn.

Net profits attributable to the company’s shareholders surged 36% to £2bn, helped by a combined effect of increased marketing spend of 7%, reduction in net finance charges and a broad-based organic growth across all regions

Rémy Cointreau nine months results bolstered by robust Cognac sales in Asia Pacific

Rémy Cointreau Group on Friday reported a 3% revenue growth for the first nine months of its 2017/18 financial year ending in December. Sales rose to €862.1 million from €836.7 million, helped by robust growth of its Rémy Martin cognac brand which posted a 7.9% growth to €576.6m, contributing 67% of the overall group’s sales.

The group benefitted from continued growth of the Rémy Martin cognac brands in the Asia Pacific region, despite a high basis of comparison in the third quarter and the late timing of 2018 Chinese New Year (sales delayed to the fourth quarter). The Chinese New Year starts on February 16 this year, delaying its positive impact on sales to Remy Cointreau’s fourth quarter.

Diageo to trademark ‘Jane Walker’

Diageo is keeping mum on reports that it is planning to unveil a new Scotch whisky under the ‘Jane Walker’ name.

According to a report by US celebrity news site TMZ, the Johnnie Walker maker “filed paperwork in early January to trademark the name Jane Walker for alcoholic beverages except beer”. A spokesperson for Diageo would not comment on the story except to say “If and when we have more to say – we’ll let you know.”

Rights Lawyer/Activist back FOBTOB; calls on AFBTE to meet workers’ demands

Human rights activist and labour lawyer, Mr. Femi Aborisade, has called on employers in the Food, Beverage and Tobacco sector, Association of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE) to accede to the demands of workers in the sector, (Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association) FOBTOB, by granting them the 20% pay rise they have sought and bring to an end the industrial strike.

Campari buys Distell’s Bisquit Cognac

Italy-based Gruppo Campari said it has signed an agreement to buy cognac brand Bisquit from South Africa’s Distell Group for €52.5m ($62m).

Commenting on the acquisition, Campari CEO Bob Kunze-Concewitz said, “We are very pleased to have acquired Bisquit Cognac, as it gives us the opportunity to expand our offering into the premium and growing cognac category.”

Striking workers in Food and Beverage sector suspend strike following mediation by Labour Ministry

Workers in the nation’s food and beverage sector called-off their strike on Wednesday following an intervention by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to mediate between the warring groups.

The strike which began on Monday when members of the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association (FOBTOB) downed their tools to protest their inability to reach a new collective agreement on wages and other fringe benefits with the employer’s association, the Association of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE). Members of FOBTOB were seeking among other things an upward review of their salaries by 20% instead of the 14% agreed to by AFBTE.

Trade Union Congress blames employers in food & beverage sector for strike as it enters day 2

Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) yesterday blamed the ongoing strike in the food and beverage sector on the employers under the aegis of Association of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE).

The strike which is in its second day has grounded activities in the food and beverage sector.

Food, Beverage and Tobacco workers to embark on Strike

Workers in the food, beverage and tobacco sector are set to begin a nationwide strike at the stroke of midnight Monday over what the workers say is a “failure by employer’s body to review salary.”

According to the President of the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association (FOBTOB), which is the umbrella organization for the workers, Mr. Quadri Olaleye and its General Secretary, Solomon Iji, said on Monday that they had signed a letter urging members in the multinational companies to embark on a nationwide strike to press home their demands.