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

Diageo’s Africa President John O’Keeffe sheds light on the group’s activities in Africa and outlook

Diageo Plc, the world’s largest spirits maker with big footprints in Africa in both beer and spirits segment said recently it has a strong positive outlook for its business on the continent. The group’s Africa president John O’Keeffe last week spoke with analysts on a wide range of issues pertaining to the group’s activities and strategy on the continent.

Excitement as Nigerians look forward to the first beer festival

Beer lovers are set to experience a weekend of diverse, all-inclusive beer adventure plus a weekend to indulge in a lifestyle where their biggest decision will be how they pick which activity to attend. This is as Nigeria’s first ever Beer festival is billed to hold in Lagos.

The Lagos Beer Festival holds April 22-23, 2017 at the National Stadium Surulere-Lagos and promises to be the largest annual gathering of beer enthusiasts, connoisseurs, celebrities, bar crawlers and those just wanting to learn more about beer.

NAFDAC raids counterfeiter’s lair in Lagos, Abuja; impounds wines and spirits worth millions

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Friday raided a shop at the popular Oke-Arin market, Balogun, Lagos State and arrested a trader who allegedly manufactures and bottles counterfeit wines and spirits.

The agency said that they acted on a tip-off about some individuals who deal on counterfeit wines and spirits of popular brands.

The enforcement team of NAFDAC said they discovered labeling materials, corks, funnel, filters and empty bottles of registered liquor brands in a shop on Isa Williams Street, Oke-Arin Market, Balogun.

SON seals warehouses belonging to wines and general merchandise importer for selling expired products

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) said it has sealed the warehouses of Jouf Ventures Nigeria Limited, a major importer of wines, cosmetics and distributor of general household merchandise, for selling expired products as new.

FG rolls-out Economic Recovery plan, to raise VAT on Champagne, alcoholic beverages, others

The Federal Government on Tuesday unveiled its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan after consultations with stakeholders from both the public and private sectors of the economy.

The plan includes raising the Value Added TAX (VAT) rate on luxury items from current 5% to 15%. The Government is projecting raising N350bn through the increase in VAT rate on luxury items and improvement in company’s income tax, which would commence in 2018.

FX headwinds continue to be a drag on Brown-Forman’s earnings in Q3

American spirits maker Brown-Forman Corp, on Tuesday reported a 4% drop in third quarter net income to $182m, continuing a downward trend that has been going on since the first quarter.

The maker of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey said that its profit was dragged down by lost revenue from the sale two brands – Southern Comfort and Tuaca in January 2016. The company also cites unfavourable foreign exchange translations in emerging markets as a reason for the poor earnings. The company makes 60% of its revenue from overseas markets.

Beam Suntory spirits line deliver strong results despite drop in segment revenue

Beam Suntory, the spirits arm of Japanese group Suntory Holdings, said that revenue in 2016 financial year grew in the mid-single digit.

However, net sales for the alcoholic beverages segment which includes wine, beer and spirits declined 3.6% to ¥988.7bn yen ($8.69bn) year-on-year. The company noted that the spirits division performed strongly, driven by robust growth for brands such as Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Hornitos tequila, Japanese ready-to-drink products and premium and scotch whiskies.

Angostura appoints Genevieve Jodhan new CEO

Trinidad & Tobago-based Angostura Holdings, known for its world acclaimed bitters and rums has confirmed the elevation of its acting CEO Genevieve Jodhan to a permanent CEO role.

Ms. Jodhan assumed the role of acting CEO since September after the company placed its CEO Robert Wong on administrative leave following a local press report that allegedly claimed the company’s rum production was being “audited”.

U.S. demand for Irish whiskey and Cognac growth in China help lift Pernod Ricard’s sales and profit in first-half

French wine and spirits group Pernod Ricard said on Thursday that half-year sales for 2016/2017 financial year rose 2% to €5.06bn ($5.40bn), driven by continued success of its flagship Jameson Irish whiskey in the United States and a return to sales growth in China, helped by its Martell cognac.

Avon Crowncaps posts loss despite strong revenue growth in Q3

Avon Crowncaps & Containers Nigeria Plc, makers of screw caps and metal containers for the beverage industry and others said that revenue for the third quarter (Oct – Dec) rose 67% to N6.4bn, from N3.8bn in the prior period.

However, a higher cost of sales of N5.8bn, an 87% increase from the prior year’s N3.1bn left little gain in the form of operating profit to cover expenses.