Prices of soft drinks rise amid FX woes, inflationary pressure

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 »

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Category Archives: Wines & Spirits

Coca-Cola to sell alcohol spirits in Kenya

Crown Beverages Limited, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), the continental Coke bottler based in South Africa but with footprints in over a dozen African countries including Kenya announced it has signed a deal with Italy-based Gruppo Campari to distribute premium spirits brands in Kenya , heightening up competition in that market.

Labour union, Distillers Association, others reject FG’s proposed excise duty rate increase on alcohol at Senate hearing

Stakeholders in the alcohol beverage industry on Monday declared their opposition to the recent 500% increase in excise duty rates on alcohol by the Federal Government.

The stakeholders, which includes the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN), and the Association of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employers of Nigeria (AFBTE) expressed their displeasure over the rate hike to a Senate Committee on Finance at a public hearing on the matter.

FG to review tariff increase on locally produced alcohol – Labour Minister

The Federal Government will review the recent excise duty increase on locally produced alcohol, according to Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour.

In a statement signed by the ministry’s Director of Press, Samuel Olowokere on Friday in Abuja, while receiving members of the National Union of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Joint Employers and Workers Association on a Save Our Soul (SOS) mission, the minister said the Federal Government will review the newly introduced 500% excise duty on locally produced alcohol beverages.

“Adulteration is killing distilleries business,” says MD, Grand Oak Limited

The Managing Director of Grand Oak Limited, a marketing wines and spirits firm, Aare Fatai Odesile, has said that the spirits industry is being harmed by adulteration.

In a recent interview with the Marketing Edge Magazine, Odesile said that individuals are able to adulterate spirit brands due to the low barrier entry in the distillery sector.

Explaining further, he said that because recycled bottle business has become a booming business today, it makes it easy for some people “to sit at the corner of their houses, manually apply cork, used label and package fake gin and masquerade it as the original.”

Niger State Government issues blanket ban of sale and consumption of alcohol

The Niger State government has withdrawn licenses issued to liquor dealers in the state because of what it describes as the refusal of liquor dealers to follow guidelines set by the government for the sale of liquor.

The Niger State Liquor Licensing Board, the body that regulates sale and consumption of alcohol announced the outright ban in a statement signed by its chairman, Malam Muhammad Shafii.

AB InBev withdraws funding for alcohol study as industry’s influence is questioned

The world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) said it is withdrawing its financial support for a controversial study that will look into whether there are any health benefits to drinking alcohol in moderation.

The ten-year long clinical study which was announced last year had the financial support of the alcohol global heavyweights such as Diageo, Pernod Ricard, Heineken, Carlsberg and AB InBev.

According to the New York Times, the total amount so far raised by the drinks companies for the study is $66 million, of which AB InBev gave $15.4 million.

New excise duty rates not targeted at local manufacturers, says Finance Ministry

The Federal Ministry of Finance came out on Sunday to defend its newly enacted excise duty rates on alcohol and tobacco, saying that they are not targeted at local manufacturers.

In a statement released by the ministry’s Director of Information, Hassan Dodo, it said that contrary to claims in some quarters, the new excise duty rates, which came into effect from June 4, 2018, were not targeted at local manufacturers.

Brown-Forman hails full-year 2018 results as sales grow 8%

U.S.-based spirits firm Brown-Forman Corp said that sales for its full-year results ended April 30, 2018 grew by 8% to $3.2bn. The fourth quarter alone saw growth of 6% to $733m.

The firm best known for its whiskey and bourbon brands, Jack Daniel’s and old Forester said that the recent U.S. tax reform in the third quarter and the creation of a $70m charitable foundation in the fourth quarter had an adverse impact on 2018 earnings. It also notes that the phasing of expenses in the fourth quarter negatively impacted results, while full year net sales benefited by one percentage point from foreign exchange and one percentage point from estimated net changes in distributor inventories.

Alcohol manufacturers mull price increase as new excise tax takes effect

Alcohol manufacturers in the country are set to raise prices on their goods following the increase in excise duty by the Federal Government on the product which came into effect on Monday June 4, 2018.

According to a report on Friday by the Punch Newspaper, manufacturers said their price increase will take effect immediately and in tandem with the new excise duty regime ushered in by the government.

Distillers, MAN urge FG to reconsider new duty on alcohol, tobacco

The Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN) has appealed to the Federal government to suspend the implementation of the new excise duty increase on alcohol and tobacco, warning that its imposition could affect the industry’s fortunes and lead to massive job losses.

The association was speaking on Wednesday at a joint news conference held with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) at their Lagos office to protest the new excise duty increase on wines and spirits. The group vowed to resist what they described as “astronomical hike in the excise duty”, lamenting that it will endanger over 250,000 jobs and put at risk investments worth over ₦420bn.