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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.

Heineken posts slight volume increase in Q1 amid continued macroeconomic challenges

Heineken N.V reported its first quarter 2017 results on Wednesday, posting a slight beer volume increase of 0.6% due to strong sales in Asia and Europe.

The world’s second largest brewer which reported €293m in profit in the first three months of 2017 compared to €265m a year earlier saw its sharpest beer volume increase in Asia Pacific region, with a 5.4% growth led by Cambodia, and a modest increase of 0.5% in Europe, driven by improvements in France, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy and Austria.

Heineken officially commissions Ivory Coast brewery

Heineken officially opened its Ivorian brewery, Brassivoire, a joint-venture partnership between the Dutch brewer and CFAO.

The event was graced by top Ivorian government officials, including the Vice President, Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan and the Prime Minister, Mr. Amadou Gon Coulibaly. Also in attendance were the CEO of Heineken, Mr. Jean-Francois van Boxmeer and representatives of CFAO, among others.

Heineken full-year results lifted by strong growth in Mexico, Vietnam

Heineken N.V. on Wednesday reported a 1.4% rise in revenue for the 2016 financial year (Jan – Dec) to €20.8bn ($21.94bn) compared to €20.5bn in 2015. The company said its revenue was bolstered by strong sales in Vietnam and Mexico. It noted that it sold 3% more beer in 2016 with the biggest increase coming from Asia.

The Dutch brewer said that sales also rose in Europe, especially in France, Italy, Poland, Spain and Mexico, which offset declines in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Russia, where it has been battling macroeconomic headwinds.

Heineken in talks to buy Japanese brewer Kirin’s Brazil operation

Dutch brewer Heineken N.V. said it is in discussion with Japanese brewer Kirin Holdings to acquire the company’s unprofitable Brazilian business. The Nikkei Newspaper reported on Friday, a price of $870m, a fraction of the $3.9bn Kirin paid for the business.

An acquisition of Kirin’s lossmaking business in Brazil would give Heineken 19% market share in a country where it currently has only 7% share of the market to Kirin’s 12%. But more importantly, it would enable the Dutch brewer pose a stronger challenge to AB InBev, which dominates the market with 67% market share.

Heineken unveils Ivoire in new Ivory Coast brewery

Heineken N.V on Monday unveiled the first beer brewed in its new Brassivoire brewery in Ivory Coast even though the plant won’t open until 2017.

The Dutch brewer partnered with French trading firm CFAO to build a new brewery in Abidjan at a cost of 100 billion CFA francs ($172m). The deal was first announced last year with Heineken holding 51% stake in the joint-venture to CFAOs 49%.

Heineken to reappoint its CEO to fourth term

Amsterdam-based Heineken N.V announced in October that it would seek a rare fourth, four-year term for its Chief Executive Officer, Jean-Francois van Boxmeer at the company’s next Annual General Meeting set to be held in April 2017.

Mr. van Boxmeer, who started working for Heineken in 1984, would be the second CEO in the company’s history to have had such a long tenure. Only the late Freddy Heineken, the grandson of the company’s founder had a longer tenure.

Champion Breweries earnings decline 38% in Q3 despite strong growth

Champion Breweries Plc, the Akwa Ibom-based brewer said on Tuesday that net income fell 38% in the third quarter ending 30th September, due to higher production costs and a spike in selling and distribution expenses. Cost of sales rose 30% in the third quarter to N636m, from N489m in the same period last year.

Heineken reports lower profit in 9-months despite 2% volume growth

Heineken N.V. said on Wednesday that net profit for the 9-months to the end of September fell 30% to €1.239bn, from €1.776bn it made in the preceding year. The decline was as a result of a one-time book gain of €379m it made from the sale of EMPAQUE, a Mexican packaging operation which boosted 2015 sales.

Challenges ahead for AB InBev as it debuts in Nigeria

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is set to make its debut on Tuesday 11th October as a unified company, after closing on the deal to acquire SABMiller a day earlier.

There will be high anxiety and anticipation among investors, market watchers, competitors and beer drinkers around the world to see if this global beer behemoth which will control almost 30% of the world’s beer volumes and nearly half of its profits will succeed. Stakes will be high here in Nigeria also where both the new player and the incumbents have to fight for market share amid a worsening economy and what effect this would have on all participants.