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 »

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.

Nestle Nigeria lists initiatives taken to reduce plastic waste as it marks World Environment Day

Nestle said it has set a bold global ambition of making 100% of its packaging either recyclable or re-usable by 2025, as part of its pledge to play an active role in combating plastic pollution.

The company said it aims to help consumers dispose of used materials in the right way, while promoting a market for recycled plastics by continuing to increase the proportion of recycled plastics in its packaging.

Central Bank Gov pushes for better recycling of plastic waste

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, on Tuesday called for a better recycling of plastic waste in the country.

He made the proposal while speaking at an event to mark this year’s World Environment Day (WED) in Abuja.

This year’s theme for the World Environment Day is: ‘Beat plastic pollution’.

FrieslandCampina WAMCO celebrates World Environment Day, marks 2000 days LTA free

FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC, makers of Peak and Three Crowns milk has announced its safety feat of achieving 2000 days of Lost Time Accident (LTA) free operations.

Announcing this in Lagos, the Managing Director, Mr. Ben Langat, emphasized that the company attained five years plus 175 LTA-free days on World Environment Day, June 5, 2018.

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’.

Budweiser Nigeria makes audacious offer; free beer if Eagles make Quarter Finals

Budweiser Nigeria, a brand of International Breweries plc will be celebrating Nigeria’s Russia 2018 World Cup outing with the most daring offer. As part of its global campaign “Light Up the FIFA World Cup,” the brand is challenging the national team to make it to the world-cup quarter finals and the drinks would be on the house. Every Nigerian gets a free beer.

To be a part of this excitement, fans are asked to go to Budweiser Nigeria’s Twitter page @BudweiserNG and visit www.freebudforeverynigerian.com. Once on the site, you can register to get your unique QR code for redeeming your free beer at any Spar outlet nationwide.