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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.

Coalition of NGO Business Groups seek FGs reversal of new excise duty on alcohol, tobacco

The Federal Government has been urged to reconsider its decision to raise excise duty on locally produced alcohol and tobacco as the new policy risks threatening the over N420bn in investments so far made in the wine and spirits industry.

The call was made by a coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) made up of the Business Renaissance Group and Sustained Development Collective while speaking with journalists in Abuja.

Diageo’s EABL to start producing spirits locally as demand in Nigeria, Kenya grows

Kenya-based East African Breweries Limited (EABL), a subsidiary of Diageo Plc has announced plans to start producing spirits in its local market as demand for its products surge in Kenya and Nigeria.

The company which is known for its Tusker Lager said it will invest $13.88 million (approx. 1.4bn Kenyan shillings) to fund a 20,000 bottles per hour spirits line, which will double its production capacity at a plant in the outskirts of Nairobi.

The firm said it will start producing Captain Morgan locally to cut costs and make high-end offerings more widely accessible to both domestic consumers and for export.

CPC endorses FG’s move to increase excise duty on alcohol and tobacco

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC), on Tuesday put its weight behind the Federal Government’s decision to raise the excise duty rates on alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.

The agency’s Director-General, Mr Babatunde Irukera, said the increase would serve as a measure to reduce the risks of abuse and disease. Irukera said that though CPC protected the rights of all consumers and their prerogative to make personal lifestyle choices, it, however, encourages responsible consumption in all circumstances.

MAN opposes excise duty rate increase on alcohol, tobacco; seeks its reversal

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has called on the Federal Government to reverse the newly proposed excise duty rate increase on alcohol and tobacco products, saying that its implementation will lead to job losses and plant closures in the affected industries.

The President, MAN, Dr. Frank Jacobs, spoke on the issue in Lagos on Wednesday while addressing the media on the association’s position on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

NUFBTE chides FG’s new excise duty on alcoholic beverages, tobacco

The National Union of Food Beverage and Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE) has criticised the Federal Government and threatened to go on a labour strike over the planned increase on the excise duty rates for alcoholic beverages and tobacco.

While speaking at a meeting by the organised labour, President of NUFBTE, Lateef Oyelekan, said that more than 20,000 workers are presently employed in the alcoholic and tobacco sector and may lose their jobs if the amendment takes effect.

New excise duty rates on alcohol, tobacco too low – IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that the recently implemented excise duty rates for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products by the Federal Government of Nigeria were too low and instead should be higher to act as “a fail-proof revenue raising strategy.”

The World body is recommending a 100% increase in excise duty be slapped on the affected products to conform to global norms.

Moët Hennessy Year-to-date sales slump on third quarter supply constraints

Moët Hennessy, the wines & spirits division of French luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH), said on Tuesday that revenue for the first nine months to the end of September grew 7% to €3.5bn, from €3.2bn in the previous year.

The company which makes high-end luxury goods such as perfumes & cosmetics, fashion & leather goods, watches & jewelry noted that despite a 7% growth in the wines & spirits business group, it trailed all other business categories that recorded double-digit growth.

Moët Hennessy half-year result boosted by growth in U.S., China

Moët Hennessy, the wines & spirits arm of French luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) reported 12% revenue growth in the first-half of the year ended June 30.

Sales rose to €2.3bn from €2bn in the previous year, driven by volume increase in the United States and a robust upward momentum in China. Europe also had a strong start to the year, the company said.

Mexico readies for a fight with Heineken over alleged misuse of protected name ‘Tequila’

Mexico’s Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) is preparing for a drawn-out legal battle against Heineken N.V. over what it alleges is the Dutch brewer’s use of the word “Tequila”, a protected name on its Desperados Lager beer when the brew does not contain the spirit.

We cannot permit someone unscrupulously to affect tequila’s prestige,” said Ramon Gonzalez, CRT Director-General.

Either they take the word tequila off it, or they put some tequila in”. If they refuse, “we’ll have no choice but to fight this in court,” he said.