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Ebonyi State bans serving of Coca-Cola branded Soft drinks at State functions

The Ebonyi State Government has become the first State in Nigeria to restrict the consumption of Coca-Cola products in the state.

Concerned with the recent ruling by a Lagos State High Court against the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) on the alleged health effects of consuming Fanta and Sprite, Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi on Tuesday issued an order, banning the serving and consumption of Coke, Sprite and Fanta at government functions in the state.

Suntory defends integrity of its brands – Lucozade

Suntory Beverage & Food Nigeria Limited, makers of Lucozade has guaranteed its customers that Lucozade does not contain benzoic acid as stated in a recent laboratory report by the Consumer Protection Council (CPC). The company went on to say that its products are safe and healthy for human consumption.

The beverage giant, which took control of Lucozade and Ribena brands from GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc (“GSK Nigeria Plc”) last year said it became necessary to clarify the contents of its drink after media reports claimed that laboratory analysis conducted by the CPC showed high levels of benzoic acid in Lucozade, above the Nigerian Industrial Standard (NIS) which is 250mg per kg.

CPC calls for review of levels of additives in soft drinks

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) on Tuesday released its results of findings on the level of benzoic acid and sunset yellow found in Fanta and Sprite as well as other soft drink brands bottled in the country.

The Council said it was compelled to launch an investigation following the public outcry after a Lagos High Court ruled in the case of Fijabi Adebo and his firm Fijabi Adebo Holdings Limited against the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC).

Suntory to reduce sugar content in Lucozade and Ribena by 50%

Lucozade and Ribena, two famous brands of Japanese Food and Beverage Company, Suntory said it will cut 50% of the sugar content in its drinks in the UK and Ireland by next summer. The announcement comes ahead of a proposed sugar tax on sweetened beverages set to go into effect in both countries in 2018.

The company said it would reformulate all its drinks to contain less than 4.5g of total sugar per 100ml – the equivalent of one teaspoon. Currently, the drinks contain 13g and 10g of sugar per 100ml serving respectively.

Aggressive marketing, Cost improvements help Suntory Food & Beverage lift sales

Suntory Holdings, the group company that owns Suntory Food and Beverage Limited, said that group revenue fell 0.23% to ¥1.97 trillion yen (approx. $18.7bn) in the first nine months of 2016. However, operating income rose 14.1% to ¥149bn yen ($1.4bn).

Suntory Food and Beverage segment boosted sales 4.4% to ¥1.06 trillion yen ($10bn) in the nine months to September, helped by a strengthening of its brands, creation of new demand for its products, bolstering profitability by reforming its cost structure and improving product quality based on insights from other group companies.

Suntory officially takes over Lucozade and Ribena brands

Suntory Beverage & Food Nigeria Limited announced on Tuesday its plans to expand its presence in the Nigerian food and beverage market as the new owners of the beverage brands, Lucozade and Ribena.

The announcement came after the completion of the sale of the drinks, bottling and distribution business by GSK Consumer Nigeria Plc to Japanese global beverage company, Suntory Beverage & Food.

GSK Consumer Nigeria declares N3.7bn net loss in half-year as currency devaluation bites

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc (“GSK Consumer Nigeria”) on Friday reported a net loss of N3.7bn for the first-half of 2016, down from N297m in the same period last year.

The company which recently sold its drinks business (Ribena and Lucozade brands) to Suntory Beverage & Foods Nigeria Limited so it can focus on healthcare and pharmaceuticals said that revenue for the period fell 9.6% to N13bn, down from N15bn last year.

GSK Nigeria in negotiations with Suntory to sell beverage business

Ribena and Lucozade brands

GSK Consumer Nigeria Plc, maker of Ribena and Lucozade brands has confirmed that it has received a non-binding offer from Suntory Beverage & Food Limited (SBF) for their beverage business consisting of the bottling and distribution of Ribena, Lucozade and part of their Agbara manufacturing plant.