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Category Archives: Wines & Spirits

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.

Guinness Nigeria wins multiple awards at International Spirits contest

Guinness Nigeria Plc has won several medals at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC).

The competition was the biggest in its history, with over 2,200 entries. Guinness Nigeria slugged it out with over 2,200 international brands to clinch the award.

An SFWSC medal has become a recognized affirmation of high quality and one of the most reliable and universal indications of spirits excellence.

AFBTE, NUFBTE call on FG to rescind new excise duty rate increase on alcohol, tobacco set for June

Stakeholders in the food, beverage and tobacco sub-sector have called on the Federal Government to suspend its proposed increase on excise duty rates on alcoholic beverages and tobacco products which is set to go into effect on June 4, 2018.

The group said that it was with deep regret that the government was making plans to raise the excise duty rates at a time industry producers were experiencing declining volumes and contracting margins, noting that the effect of absorbing the cost of the new excise duty regime would be over-whelming on industry players.

Senate seeks suspension of proposed excise duty rate increase on locally produced alcoholic beverages

The Senate, on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to suspend the planned excise duty increase on locally produced alcoholic beverages set to go into effect on June 4th. The Upper Chamber of the National Assembly said that the increase which would raise the excise duty rate on alcoholic beverages from the current rate of 20% to 67% represents a 300% increase and should be suspended until there is a better understanding of the new policy by all stakeholders in the interest of the national economy.

Guinness Nigeria sustains nine months growth as profits surge

Guinness Nigeria Plc, on Friday reported results for the first nine months of its financial year through March 2018, with revenue rising 17.39% to ₦105bn from ₦90bn in the previous year, sustaining a growth momentum begun in June ending 2017, when the firm regained profitability.

Nigeria to adopt African Standards on Sugar, Glucose

Nigeria is set to harmonize its standards with other African countries by adopting the African Standards on sugar and sugar products as well as develop Nigeria Industrial Standards for Glucose and Sucrose.

A technical committee chaired by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) met recently at its Lagos office to consider adoption of some African Standards under the aegis of African Organisation for Standardization (ARSO) and the development of other Nigeria Industrial Standards.

Non-profit group seeks ways to improve Nigeria’s low cassava yield

A non-profit international alliance of 45 organisations known as The Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP 21) is set to meet in June in Benin Republic to seek ways on how to help Nigerian farmers boost low cassava yield and create wealth for themselves as well as food security for the nation.

Cassava is the main source of carbohydrates in Nigeria and other West African countries, replacing some traditional staples such as millet and yam.