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Prices of soft drinks are on the rise as the industry continues to grapple with the fallout from macroeconomic headwinds induced by the drop in oil price. Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), the More »

How brewers are selling beer with folklore

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GSK weighs selling Horlicks

Global food and beverage giants are scrambling to outbid each other for GlaxoSmithKline’s Horlick health nutrition business amid a review announced by the UK-based company, including options to sell some nutrition brands such as Horlicks.

Coca-Cola, Nestle and Kraft Heinz are said to be among the companies bidding for the 145 year old brand, with Coca-Cola said to be the front runner with a £3bn (US$4bn) offer.

According to a report by Reuters in March, the most enticing asset up for sale is GSK’s 72.5% stake in its Indian subsidiary GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. The sources said the stake was worth $3.1 billion at current market prices but GSK wanted a premium in any sale.

Coca-Cola introduces its first alcoholic drinks in Japan

Coca-Cola for the first time has deviated from its popular soda drinks to launch a lemon flavoured alcopop, a spirits-based beverage that is mixed with fruit juices in Japan.

The beverage giant announced in March it would start making the drinks in Japan as it tries to tap into new markets and consumers.

Lucozade unveils ‘Lucozade Under-the-Cap Airtime National Promotion’

In line with its commitment to reward and appreciate loyal consumers, Suntory Beverage and Food Nigeria Limited (SBFN), makers of Lucozade, has set aside ₦200million worth of Instant Airtime to reward consumers in the 3rd edition of its “Lucozade Under-the-Cap Airtime National Promotion”.

At the media launch of the promotion in Lagos, the Managing Director, SBFN, Mr. Chinedum Okereke, announced the kick-off of the 2018 Lucozade Airtime promotion during his opening address. “We are proud to announce the return of the successful Lucozade Airtime Promotion for the third time since its launch in 2016. The promotion is an avenue for us to attain nationwide reach as far as rewarding our consumers is concerned, and the modality of the promotion gives us a great opportunity to target millions of consumers.”

Suntory Nigeria seeks to boost sales with new product launches, expanding distribution

Suntory Beverage & Food Nigeria Limited, said it is seeking to double its revenue over the next five years by introducing new products and expanding its distribution network.

The Nigerian unit of Japanese food and beverage company, Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd, said it planned to increase sales to ₦40bn ($111 million) from about ₦20bn, the company’s Managing Director, Chinedum Okereke said on a Monday interview with Bloomberg in Lagos. The boost in sales will increase the local unit’s contribution to its parent company’s sales in Africa, Middle East and the Caribbean by as much as 65%, he said.

Soaring finance charge takes shine off Cadbury Nigeria’s profit

Cadbury Nigeria Plc, said if it wasn’t for soaring net finance charges, shareholders would have found more to cheer about in its first quarter results.

The Bournvita maker said that revenue grew 2% in the first three months of 2018 to ₦8.2bn, from ₦8bn in the previous year.

Guinness Nigeria sustains nine months growth as profits surge

Guinness Nigeria Plc, on Friday reported results for the first nine months of its financial year through March 2018, with revenue rising 17.39% to ₦105bn from ₦90bn in the previous year, sustaining a growth momentum begun in June ending 2017, when the firm regained profitability.

Nigeria to adopt African Standards on Sugar, Glucose

Nigeria is set to harmonize its standards with other African countries by adopting the African Standards on sugar and sugar products as well as develop Nigeria Industrial Standards for Glucose and Sucrose.

A technical committee chaired by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) met recently at its Lagos office to consider adoption of some African Standards under the aegis of African Organisation for Standardization (ARSO) and the development of other Nigeria Industrial Standards.

Nestle Nigeria restates its commitment to Ogun State

Nestle Nigeria Plc, has reaffirmed its resolve to the development of Ogun State, host of two of its three factories in Nigeria.

The consumer goods and beverage company restated its commitment while marking the 4th Edition of Ogun State Investors Forum, which is a collaborative effort between the company and the host government.

Sweet Nutrition introduces ‘Choco Love’ into the Chocolate drinks market

Sweet Nutrition Limited, a consumer goods company based in Ogun State and formerly known as Bayswater Industries Limited, has relaunched its chocolate malt drink, “Choco Love” into the market.

This unveil was marked with three landmark launch events in three different states around the country starting from Abuja to Port Harcourt, and finally Lagos. These events were masterfully organized to communicate the new brand’s presence to all stakeholders involved, as well as brand aspirations and a promise of quality.

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.