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 »

How brewers are selling beer with folklore

As Nigeria’s recession deepens and consumers pockets are squeezed, majority of those still drinking have shifted their beer preferences to value or low cost brands. Nigerian Breweries Plc, the country’s leading brewer More »

Category Archives: Wines & Spirits

Update on the fire incident at Guinness Nigeria factory in Aba

Guinness Nigeria Plc suffered a fire outbreak at its facility in Aba, Abia State on Friday, 18th January. However, after several hours of battling the flames, it was brought under control by the Aba Fire Service, with the material assistance and support from nearby companies.

In a released statement on Saturday, Guinness Nigeria had this to say: “On the 18th of January 2018, there was a fire outbreak at the Aba premises of Guinness Nigeria Plc located in Osisioma Industrial Layout. The fire which did not affect any of the buildings on site was swiftly contained and put under control by men of the Aba Fire Service Department with assistance from neighbouring companies.

Guinness Nigeria Aba brewery engulfed in flames

Flames engulfed parts of Guinness Nigeria Plc Aba brewery on Friday as fire fighters from the Aba and Umuahia Fire Service and nearby companies fought hard to contain the fire from spreading.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the fire started at about 11am on Friday and wasn’t contained until 6:46pm.

The Aba Fire Service said they met some challenges at the scene, which included inadequate water to fight the flames. They reached out to the Umuahia Fire Service, which sent back-up. They also received support from nearby companies as well as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which provided a foaming agent that helped contain the fire.

CWAY branches out into alcoholic beverage line with Cheers Cocktail

CWAY Foods and Beverages Nigeria Limited, a company best known for its wide array of fruit-flavoured milk drinks such as Nutri-Milk and the recently launched Nutri-Yo, a drinking yoghurt, as well as drinking water and dispensers has recently branched out into the alcoholic Ready-to-drink (RTDs) or mixed spirit drinks segment with the launch of “Cheers Cocktail.”

The company said their target markets are adults as they wind down after work or on a night out with friends in party and events.

Recycling critical to environmental preservation, jobs – FBRA

The Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) has emphasised waste recycling, especially those of food and beverage packaging, as vital in environmental preservation.

According to FBRA, the value chain in the recycling process leads to job and wealth creation.

Police arrest owner of adulterated wine, spirits and juice factory in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday raided the site of where unwholesome wines, fruit juices and spirits are produced in the Oke Odo area of Lagos.

The police said they arrested a 48-year old man, Uju Daniel Ughanzi, who they identified as the owner of the illegal factory.

Discovered in the one-storey uncompleted building, which also serves as Mr Ughanzi’s family residence were assortment of fake wines, fruit juices and empty bottles.

New Cocoa processing plant in Cross River set to go into operation

A new cocoa processing plant in Ikom, Cross River State is set to become operational by the end of December.

The new factory being constructed by Senator Ben Ayade administration will process 50,0000 tons of cocoa beans from the state and neigbouring West African countries such as Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea for export.

Pernod Ricard buys stake in Africa’s online retailer Jumia

French spirits Group Pernod Ricard announced on Tuesday, 18th December, it had acquired an unspecified stake in African online e-commerce retailer, Jumia.

The move follows Pernod Ricard’s collaboration with the firm to launch a one hour alcohol delivery service in Ghana and Kenya through an app called “Jumia Party”.

Guinness Nigeria outlines strategy for growth

Guinness Nigeria Plc said it has adopted a strategy to broaden its portfolio base to enable it serve a wider range of consumers both from price and segment point of view as it awaits a full recovery of the economy.

In a wide ranging interview with FEYISAYO POPOOLA of the Punch Newspapers, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr Baker Magunda, said that the economic recovery has been very fragile. He lists some of the challenges manufacturers still face.

FIIRO develops technology to commercially extract Thaumatin, a natural sweetener

The Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO), Oshodi, Lagos, said it has developed a technology that can aid in the commercial extraction and optimization of high-grade Thaumatin, a low-calorie sweetener and flavor modifier.

The Director-General of FIIRO, Gloria Elemo, made this known at the International Conference on Alternative Sweeteners which held in Lagos recently,themed: “Harnessing of the Economic Potential of Thaumatin (Thaumatococcus danielli) in Africa”.

FG, UNITAR, Guinness renew partnership to reduce accidents, deaths

The Federal Government, yesterday, renewed the three-year partnership agreement with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, UNITAR and Diageo, parent company of Guinness Nigeria, aimed at reducing deaths and injuries through accidents in Nigeria.

The agreement was signed on behalf of Nigeria by the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, while Mr. Baker Magunda, Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria and Mr. Nikil Seth, Executive Director, UNITAR, signed for the various organizations.