Monthly Archives: December 2015

Kasapreko launches $70m modern factory as Alomo bitters gets a new look

Kasapreko Company Limited, Ghanaian firm known for its famous Alomo Bitters has unveiled a new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Ghana at a cost of $70m.

The new factory is said to be equipped with modern machinery that would enable the company migrate to a total beverage enterprise. It is said to be equipped with high speed spirit production lines that can produce 70,000 glass and PET bottles per hour and two additional installed lines capable of producing 40,000 bottles of water and non-alcoholic drinks per hour.

Guinness reinvents as it rolls out a non-alcoholic variant of its famous stout in Indonesia

Diageo, the world’s largest spirit company is scrambling to reinvent itself as its famous Guinness Stout faces opposition in a largely Muslim Indonesia. The government placed a ban on alcohol sales in mini-markets and convenience stores in April. To counter the ban, the company launched a new alcohol-free Guinness made exclusively for Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest market.

Recent tide towards conservatism in Indonesia, a majority Muslim country and concerns about underage drinking caused the government to ban sales of alcohol in certain stores.

Coca-Cola Nigeria launches ‘Share-a-Feeling’ Campaign

Yes, remember the ‘Share-a-Coke’ campaign? Coca-Cola is back with an even more exciting version of the Share-a-Coke campaign that thrilled Nigerians earlier in the year by putting personalized names on Coca-Cola bottles and cans.

Well, the new campaign version tagged ‘Share-a-feeling’ also includes fun smileys that convey diverse emotions and messages on Coca-Cola and Coke Zero packs. The smileys include popular Nigerian phrases that connect with everyone across boundaries giving consumers a way to share their feelings with friends, family and even strangers.

Guinness Nigeria sues NAFDAC over N1bn fine

Guinness Nigeria Plc has filed a suit against the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) at the Igbosere High Court in Lagos, over the N1bn fine imposed on it by the agency.

The company urged the court to bar NAFDAC from publicly discussing, analyzing or providing any information to the media, whether print, electronic or in any other manner,” to suggest that the decision to sanction it was lawful.

South African Competition Commission gives conditional blessing to formation of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa

The formation of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa is one step closer to becoming a reality as South Africa’s Competition Commission has given their conditional approval to the merger.

The transaction, which was announced in November 2014, will involve the coming together of SABMiller’s Soft drinks operations in Africa, Coca-Cola SABCO, which is 80 percent owned by Gutsche Family Investments (GFI) and the Coca-Cola Company.

Coca-Cola Enterprises sees exchange rate constraints impacting 2015 profits, forecast slight growth for 2016

Coca-Cola Enterprises, the anchor bottler of the newly formed Coca-Cola European Partners has warned that a “difficult operating environment” will affect 2015 and 2016 full-year performances. It said that currency translation is expected to hurt 2015 per-share numbers by about 18 percent.

In October, the company reported a 15 percent drop in net sales for the first nine months of 2015 and announced a few days ago that net sales in the 12 months of 2015 will be “slightly negative”. However, it is forecasting slightly higher net sales for 2016 full-year.

Eastern Distilleries unveils Almondia Brandy


Eastern Distilleries and Food Industries Limited, Onitsha based maker of premium spirits has unveiled the latest addition to its portfolio, Almondia Brandy.

Speaking recently to the media at the product launch in Ikeja Sheraton Hotels, the Managing Director of Eastern Distilleries, Mr. Chris Chidume, said that Almondia is a product of years of research and pragmatic partnership between highly focused individuals and organization with clear and verifiable unique selling points and competitive advantages over its competitors and contemporaries.

Guinness Nigeria donates N5 million to LUTH Eye Centre

To help improve and sustain quality eye care in the country, Guinness Nigeria Plc has donated the sum of N5 million to the Eye Centre at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

Speaking at the handing over of the money to the hospital administrators, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of LUTH, Professor Christopher Bode, said that he was thrilled with the brewer’s association with the sustenance of the eye centre for over 50 years. He added that the centre would continue to deliver quality eye care to patients in the years to come.

Moderate alcohol consumption could reduce risk of death for people in early stages of dementia, says new study


Moderate consumption of alcohol could reduce the risk of death for people in the early stages of dementia, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

The study showed that drinking two or three units of alcohol a day was associated with a 77 percent decrease of death from dementia, when compared to patients who drank one or less units per day.

Champion Breweries appoints Aigbedo, Umanah as new Directors

Champion Breweries Plc has announced the appointments of two new directors of the company, Mr. Samson Aigbedo and Mrs. Helen Umanah. The appointments are to take effect on 3rd December 15, 2015.

Mr. Samson Aigbedo holds a degree in Biochemistry from University of IIorin, Nigeria. He started his professional career with Nigerian Breweries Plc, Ibadan in 1993 as a Brewer in charge of Bottling and has spent over twenty years in the same company occupying various positions. He was the Head of Brewery Operations at the Company’s headquarters in Lagos before this appointment.