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Cadbury Nigeria returns to profit in full year 2017

Cadbury Nigeria Plc, reported its full year 2017 results on Monday, with the Bournvita maker posting a net profit of ₦300m ($826,000). In the same period in 2016, the company recorded a net loss of ₦296m.

The positive performance was driven by a 10% growth in sales to ₦33bn ($90 million) from ₦29.9bn. The firm also benefited from cost savings initiatives which saw selling & distribution costs as well as administrative costs decline by 7% and 23% respectively.

SON convenes stakeholder’s meeting to review standards for beverages

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has stressed the need for Nigeria to generate her own data on Benzene level in soft drinks in order to arrive at the safe maximum level of benzoic acid or opt for alternative preservatives.

Mr. Osita Aboloma, the Director General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), stated this at the Technical Committee meeting on water, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks held in Abuja.

Coca-Cola to venture into alcoholic drinks

Coca-Cola has announced it would start making alcopops in Japan.

Alcopops are a special type of alcoholic beverages that mixes flavoured or real fruits such as apples, citrus, lemon and others with spirits like vodka, rum, etc.

Nestle Nigeria sustains growth at full year 2017

Nestle Nigeria Plc, said on Friday that revenue for the full year 2017 grew by 34% to ₦244bn ($674 million). In the previous year, the food and beverage giant posted ₦182bn in sales.

Net profit in the period under review jumped 326% to ₦33.7bn ($91 million), thanks to a 46% rise in Operating Profit and a nearly 50% reduction in net finance cost to ₦8.9bn ($24.5m) from ₦16.6bn.

Nestle opens new N4.1bn Milo RTD factory in Ogun

Nestle Nigeria Plc on Thursday opened its new Milo Ready-to-drink (RTD) factory in Agbara Industrial Area, Ogun State.

The new factory is said to have cost N4.1bn.

The Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo commissioned the new plant which is part of the company’s existing factory at Agbara for the past 37 years.

Malta Guinness to launch Pan-African TV game show, ‘maltavator’ challenge

Malta Guinness, a malt brand from the stables of Guinness Nigeria Plc, is set to launch a pan-African TV show tagged the ‘Maltavator’ challenge that will see home-grown Nigerian talents compete against contestants from Ethiopia, Ghana and Ivory Coast.

According to a statement from the beverage maker, the Maltavator challenge will comprise 40 contestants and will challenge consumers physically and mentally through an assortment of games and obstacles, with twist and turns that will keep participants on the edge.

Rights Lawyer/Activist back FOBTOB; calls on AFBTE to meet workers’ demands

Human rights activist and labour lawyer, Mr. Femi Aborisade, has called on employers in the Food, Beverage and Tobacco sector, Association of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE) to accede to the demands of workers in the sector, (Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association) FOBTOB, by granting them the 20% pay rise they have sought and bring to an end the industrial strike.

Food, Beverage and Tobacco workers to embark on Strike

Workers in the food, beverage and tobacco sector are set to begin a nationwide strike at the stroke of midnight Monday over what the workers say is a “failure by employer’s body to review salary.”

According to the President of the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association (FOBTOB), which is the umbrella organization for the workers, Mr. Quadri Olaleye and its General Secretary, Solomon Iji, said on Monday that they had signed a letter urging members in the multinational companies to embark on a nationwide strike to press home their demands.

Chi launches ‘Chapman Happy Hour by Chivita’ to spice up the party scene

Chi Limited has unveiled a new variant of its ‘Happy Hour by Chivita’ into the juice market. The new creation called ‘Chapman Happy Hour by Chivita’ joins other popular variants from the brands stable such as Splashing Apple Peach Pear, Groovy Kiwi Mint Lime, Peach Pop, Totally Tropical and Guava Cheer to offer consumers more choices for refreshment.

According to the firm, the new Chapman Happy Hour by Chivita contains a blend of fruits and is poised to gain huge acceptance by Nigerians because it infuses our culture and style in a refreshing mix.

Sona Group to unveil ethanol plant in January 2018

Barring any unforeseen hiccups, Sona Group, a diversified conglomerate with interests in the beverage industry, biscuits, food and allied products among others said it has set a January 2018 date for the completion of a N3 billion ethanol plant it is constructing.

The group hopes to meet local demand of ethanol with a daily production capacity of 120,000 litres, which translates to 43.8 million litres per year.