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 »

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa sells stake in Appletiser to black empowerment firms

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), the South African unit of the newly formed Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) said on Monday it has sold 21.5% of its shareholdings in Appletiser brand to group of investors and employees.

Nigerian Breweries appoints Johan Doyer as Interim Managing Director

Nigerian Breweries Plc (“NB”) Board of Directors have moved quickly to appoint a new Managing Director to replace the departing Mr. Nicolaas Vervelde, who resigned last week having completed his tenure at the firm. His last day on the job would be on the 16th of June 2017.

In a statement released by the company on Tuesday, it said that the appointment of Mr. Johan Doyer will take effect on 16th June 2017 and would be on an interim basis pending the appointment of a substantive Managing Director/CEO for the company.

AB InBev weighs ramping up production in Nigeria

Beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev is considering increasing capacity in Nigeria to keep up with demand, according to the company’s CEO Carlos Brito.

While speaking to analysts late last week following the brewer’s first quarter 2017 results, Brito said that the group was struggling to keep up with demand in Nigeria as the company continues to grow “double digits” in both volumes and sales terms. AB InBev reported double-digit volume gains in Nigeria, as well as increased capacity and further market penetration in Q1.

La Casera relaunches its famous Apple drink

The La Casera Company, a leading soft drinks firm in the country has relaunched its eponymous Apple drink – La Casera Apple drink, a favourite among the youths.

The reintroduction of the brand received endorsements from the regulatory agencies including the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), as well as from the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), distributors and consumers at the event which held at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on Friday.

Cadbury Nigeria’s CEO urges manufacturers to innovate to survive

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Cadbury Nigeria Plc, has advised colleagues in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods sector (FMCGs) to adopt flexibility to survive in the current economic climate in Nigeria.

Speaking at the April ‘Members’ evening of the Institute of Directors in Lagos, he advised manufacturers to embrace innovation.

In his speech titled ‘Proffering Solutions to the Challenges of the FMCG/Manufacturing Sector of the Nigerian economy’, the MD emphasized that manufacturers should not be frustrated at the various challenges facing them. Instead, they should be flexible to adopt new ways of doing things in the current economic condition.

Nigerian Breweries Managing Director, Nicolaas Vervelde to leave post in June

Mr. Nicolaas-Vervelde

Nigerian Breweries Plc, announced on Thursday that its long-serving Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Nicolaas Vervelde, will leave his post on 16th June 2017 to take up a new role within the HEINEKEN Group outside Nigeria.

Mr. Vervelde, who has been serving as the company’s MD for nearly 7-years, was formerly a non-Executive Director of the company before rejoining the board on 1st August 2010 as Managing Director/CEO.

In a statement released by the company, it said that “The Company has recorded several laudable milestones with Mr. Vervelde at the helm of affairs including the expansion of its operations through acquisition of additional Breweries.

AB InBev posts impressive first quarter results amid struggles in U.S., Brazil

Anheuser-Busch InBev on Thursday reported a 3.7% revenue growth in the first quarter of 2017 (Jan – Mar) to $12.92bn.The growth was helped by increased volume sales activity in Latin America and Asia as well as revenue management and premiumization initiatives throughout its markets.

Coca-Cola Nigeria wins most Innovative Multinational Company Award

Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited has emerged as Nigeria’s most innovative multinational company at the recently concluded BussinessDay Top 25 Most Innovative Companies & Institutions Awards 2017.

The award which was organized by BusinessDay Media, a leading business publication in the country was held at Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island Lagos on Friday 28 April 2017.

Beta Glass first quarter profit surges as revenue growth fuels strong start to 2017

Beta Glass Plc, on Friday reported its first quarter results for the 2017 financial year, with the glass bottle and metal crowns company posting a profit after tax of N800m, up from N62m declared in the same period in 2016.

The company which has sustained strong sales and profit growth in the last three quarters said that revenue in the first quarter grew 44% to N4.4bn bolstered by a surge in local demand as foreign exchange headwinds force a drop in imports.

NBC thanks consumers, other stakeholders as CPC report confirms Fanta, Sprite compliant with regulatory standards

The Nigerian Bottling Company (“NBC”) said it has received the report of investigation conducted by the Consumer Protection Council (“CPC”) to determine the levels of benzoic acid contained in its soft drinks.

The bottler of coca-Cola products in Nigeria said it was pleased with the CPC investigation as the laboratory analysis proved that the benzoic acid levels in its products meet permissible limits prescribed under the Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) and with the International Food Safety limit set by the Codex Alimentarius Commission.