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NUFBTE chides FG’s new excise duty on alcoholic beverages, tobacco

The National Union of Food Beverage and Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE) has criticised the Federal Government and threatened to go on a labour strike over the planned increase on the excise duty rates for alcoholic beverages and tobacco.

While speaking at a meeting by the organised labour, President of NUFBTE, Lateef Oyelekan, said that more than 20,000 workers are presently employed in the alcoholic and tobacco sector and may lose their jobs if the amendment takes effect.

New excise duty rates on alcohol, tobacco too low – IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that the recently implemented excise duty rates for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products by the Federal Government of Nigeria were too low and instead should be higher to act as “a fail-proof revenue raising strategy.”

The World body is recommending a 100% increase in excise duty be slapped on the affected products to conform to global norms.

Moët Hennessy Year-to-date sales slump on third quarter supply constraints

Moët Hennessy, the wines & spirits division of French luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH), said on Tuesday that revenue for the first nine months to the end of September grew 7% to €3.5bn, from €3.2bn in the previous year.

The company which makes high-end luxury goods such as perfumes & cosmetics, fashion & leather goods, watches & jewelry noted that despite a 7% growth in the wines & spirits business group, it trailed all other business categories that recorded double-digit growth.

Moët Hennessy half-year result boosted by growth in U.S., China

Moët Hennessy, the wines & spirits arm of French luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) reported 12% revenue growth in the first-half of the year ended June 30.

Sales rose to €2.3bn from €2bn in the previous year, driven by volume increase in the United States and a robust upward momentum in China. Europe also had a strong start to the year, the company said.

Mexico readies for a fight with Heineken over alleged misuse of protected name ‘Tequila’

Mexico’s Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) is preparing for a drawn-out legal battle against Heineken N.V. over what it alleges is the Dutch brewer’s use of the word “Tequila”, a protected name on its Desperados Lager beer when the brew does not contain the spirit.

We cannot permit someone unscrupulously to affect tequila’s prestige,” said Ramon Gonzalez, CRT Director-General.

Either they take the word tequila off it, or they put some tequila in”. If they refuse, “we’ll have no choice but to fight this in court,” he said.

Strong growth in the US and Europe lift Pernod Ricard’s YTD sales

Pernod Ricard, the world’s second-biggest spirits maker on Thursday reported a revenue growth of 3% for the first 9-months of its 2016/17 financial year.

The company behind such brands as Absolut vodka, Jameson Irish Whisky and Martell cognac said that sales for the 9-months ending March 31 reached €7.04bn, from €6.8bn in the same period last year. The third quarter alone saw a 3% rise in sales to €1.987bn ($2.13bn). The spirits maker said that sales were driven by a 7% growth in the Americas, with the United States accounting for 5% of the growth. Brands such as Jameson Irish Whisky, Martell cognac and Altos tequila recorded double-digit sales growth, although, it notes that its Absolut vodka brand was in decline in the United States but there was a strong reception for Absolut Lime in that country.

Moët Hennessy begins year with strong momentum

Moët Hennessy, the wine and spirits arm of French luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) reported its first quarter 2017 results on Monday, with the unit posting a 16% rise in revenue to €1.2bn euros, surpassing all other units in the group. The unit saw a 13% organic growth in the period.

NAFDAC raids counterfeiter’s lair in Lagos, Abuja; impounds wines and spirits worth millions

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Friday raided a shop at the popular Oke-Arin market, Balogun, Lagos State and arrested a trader who allegedly manufactures and bottles counterfeit wines and spirits.

The agency said that they acted on a tip-off about some individuals who deal on counterfeit wines and spirits of popular brands.

The enforcement team of NAFDAC said they discovered labeling materials, corks, funnel, filters and empty bottles of registered liquor brands in a shop on Isa Williams Street, Oke-Arin Market, Balogun.

FG rolls-out Economic Recovery plan, to raise VAT on Champagne, alcoholic beverages, others

The Federal Government on Tuesday unveiled its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan after consultations with stakeholders from both the public and private sectors of the economy.

The plan includes raising the Value Added TAX (VAT) rate on luxury items from current 5% to 15%. The Government is projecting raising N350bn through the increase in VAT rate on luxury items and improvement in company’s income tax, which would commence in 2018.

FG to raise VAT on luxury goods, including Champagne, others

The Federal Government on Wednesday unveiled a revised National Tax Policy which is meant to provide for an efficient tax system and address the low tax-to-GDP ratio.

Addressing the media on the revised tax system after the conclusion of the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said that the cabinet, which was presided over by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has approved the revised National Tax Policy which will see the Value Added Tax (VAT) on luxury items, like champagne, among others raised from the current 5%.