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Category Archives: Wines & Spirits

Niger State Government issues blanket ban of sale and consumption of alcohol

The Niger State government has withdrawn licenses issued to liquor dealers in the state because of what it describes as the refusal of liquor dealers to follow guidelines set by the government for the sale of liquor.

The Niger State Liquor Licensing Board, the body that regulates sale and consumption of alcohol announced the outright ban in a statement signed by its chairman, Malam Muhammad Shafii.

AB InBev withdraws funding for alcohol study as industry’s influence is questioned

The world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) said it is withdrawing its financial support for a controversial study that will look into whether there are any health benefits to drinking alcohol in moderation.

The ten-year long clinical study which was announced last year had the financial support of the alcohol global heavyweights such as Diageo, Pernod Ricard, Heineken, Carlsberg and AB InBev.

According to the New York Times, the total amount so far raised by the drinks companies for the study is $66 million, of which AB InBev gave $15.4 million.

New excise duty rates not targeted at local manufacturers, says Finance Ministry

The Federal Ministry of Finance came out on Sunday to defend its newly enacted excise duty rates on alcohol and tobacco, saying that they are not targeted at local manufacturers.

In a statement released by the ministry’s Director of Information, Hassan Dodo, it said that contrary to claims in some quarters, the new excise duty rates, which came into effect from June 4, 2018, were not targeted at local manufacturers.

Brown-Forman hails full-year 2018 results as sales grow 8%

U.S.-based spirits firm Brown-Forman Corp said that sales for its full-year results ended April 30, 2018 grew by 8% to $3.2bn. The fourth quarter alone saw growth of 6% to $733m.

The firm best known for its whiskey and bourbon brands, Jack Daniel’s and old Forester said that the recent U.S. tax reform in the third quarter and the creation of a $70m charitable foundation in the fourth quarter had an adverse impact on 2018 earnings. It also notes that the phasing of expenses in the fourth quarter negatively impacted results, while full year net sales benefited by one percentage point from foreign exchange and one percentage point from estimated net changes in distributor inventories.

Alcohol manufacturers mull price increase as new excise tax takes effect

Alcohol manufacturers in the country are set to raise prices on their goods following the increase in excise duty by the Federal Government on the product which came into effect on Monday June 4, 2018.

According to a report on Friday by the Punch Newspaper, manufacturers said their price increase will take effect immediately and in tandem with the new excise duty regime ushered in by the government.

Distillers, MAN urge FG to reconsider new duty on alcohol, tobacco

The Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN) has appealed to the Federal government to suspend the implementation of the new excise duty increase on alcohol and tobacco, warning that its imposition could affect the industry’s fortunes and lead to massive job losses.

The association was speaking on Wednesday at a joint news conference held with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) at their Lagos office to protest the new excise duty increase on wines and spirits. The group vowed to resist what they described as “astronomical hike in the excise duty”, lamenting that it will endanger over 250,000 jobs and put at risk investments worth over ₦420bn.

Group takes FG to court over new excise duty rates increase on alcohol, tobacco

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the Business Renaissance Group (BRG) has dragged the Federal Government to court to prevent it from implementing the new excise duty rate increase on alcohol and tobacco which went into effect earlier on Monday.

The suit was brought to court by Christian Hon, from the Law firm of J-K Gadzama (SAN), on behalf of the group.

BRG had in in May staged a protest at the National Assembly, calling the new excise duty rate increase, ‘Killer Taxes on alcohol and beverages’.

New Excise Duty rates for alcohol, tobacco comes into effect

The Federal Government’s new excise duty rate on alcohol and tobacco came into effect on Monday, June 4, 2018.

Speaking in Abuja on Sunday, the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun explained that the new excise duty rates which was first announced in March was spread over a three-year period from 2018 to 2020 in order to moderate the impact on prices of the products.

The minister further said that the 90-day grace period given by the president to all manufacturers before the commencement of the new excise duty regime ended on Sunday.

Coca-Cola introduces its first alcoholic drinks in Japan

Coca-Cola for the first time has deviated from its popular soda drinks to launch a lemon flavoured alcopop, a spirits-based beverage that is mixed with fruit juices in Japan.

The beverage giant announced in March it would start making the drinks in Japan as it tries to tap into new markets and consumers.

NGO group seeking reversal of pending excise duty rate increase on alcohol, tobacco take protest to NASS

A coalition of Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs) seeking to reverse a proposed excise duty rate increase by the Federal Government due to take effect on June 4, 2018 have called on the National Assembly to urgently intervene on the matter.

Business Renaissance Group (BRG) and Sustained Development Collective (SDC), two of the groups leading the protest at the National Assembly said that the excise duty rate increase would cripple the sector if not reviewed and reversed.