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A hamster is the latest victim in the row over emotional-support animals

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THE roster of emotional-support animals that are and are not allowed onto flights in America can sound, at times, like a retelling of the story of Noah’s Ark. Although the number allowed on for nothing has grown in recent years, airlines—which believe that the loophole is being abused by those not wanting to pay to transport their pets—are fighting back. Only last month a peacock was barred from a United Airlines flight for bending the rules, and for not even being the right size for a normal plane seat. But the debate has now taken a deadly twist. The victim is a hamster.Belen Aldecosea, a college student, booked a flight on Spirit Airlines, a low-cost carrier, from Baltimore to her home in Florida in November for medical treatment, according to the Miami Herald, a local paper. Concern ab

Pepsi to step-up marketing campaign in 2018

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Pepsi, a major brand under the care of the 7Up Bottling Company Nigeria, has said it is going to leverage technology to drive its aggressive marketing this year, with the hope of increasing its share of the Nigerian market. The brand said its unique marketing in 2017 gave it an edge over its competitors, citing the ‘NoShakinCarryGo’ campaign, which was launched at the Lekki Tollgate on 11 August, 2017. A few weeks before then, the brand had announced that Pepsi 50cl PET bottle price was been reduced to N100 with the #NoShakinCarryGo campaign (in Lagos and Ibadan). “In what looked like a Christmas day bonanza, consumers who drove by between 5pm and 6pm on that day, were pleasantly surprised as they enjoyed a rare toll free passage, along with chilled 50cl plastic bottles of Pepsi,” the comp

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

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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. The VP urged other multinational corporations to domicile their factories in Nigeria as the country remained the preferred destination for investment in Africa. “We are grateful to Nestlé for these significant investments, particularly for locating its factories in rural communities and sourcing its raw materials from local farmers, contributing to the sustainable development of Nigeria,’’ he said. He added that the Federal government was committed to creating an enabling enviro

NFF, Nigerian Breweries officially seal partnership deal for the Super Eagles

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Nigerian Breweries Plc, makers of Star Lager and Amstel Malta among others have officially signed a partnership deal with the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF). The deal which was signed on Friday in Lagos is for five years and worth N2.2bn. In addition, it would see Star Lager become the official alcoholic drink of the Super Eagles, while Amstel Malta, the official malt drink of the NFF and the National teams including to this year’s FIFA World Cup – bound Super Eagles. The two brands will provide refreshments to players and coaching staff, as well as premium satisfaction to over 180 million passionate fans that will be cheering for the home team and other national teams before, during and after their international matches. At the signing ceremony were officials from the NFF including i

Guinness Nigeria appoints Stanley Wanyaoike Njoroge as new Finance Director

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Guinness Nigeria Plc, announced on Friday the appointment of Mr. Stanley Wanyaoike Njoroge as its new Finance and Strategy Director as well as a member of its Executive Board with effect from 1st March 2018. He takes the place of Mr. Ronald Plumridge who resigned as Finance Director and a member of the Executive Board on 31st October 2017. According to a profile statement released by the company, Mr. Njoroge is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Institute of Certified Accountant of Kenya (ICPAK). He is an alumnus of both the University of Nairobi and Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya. Stanley’s initial experiences was in tax advisory with Deloitte & Touche, East Africa, providing tax consultancy services and managing tax clients in Kenya and Uganda. He also led several

FG mulls tariff increase on alcohol, cigarettes

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The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun has recommended increasing tariff rates on alcohol and tobacco products with implications on their health effects as well as a means of raising revenue. Adeosun added that her recommendation is in line with the implementation of the ECOWAS common External Tariff (CET), one of the instruments of harmonizing member states to strengthen its Common Market agreed upon on 25th October 2014. In a memo sent to President Muhammadu Buhari and seen by TheCable, a local news source, the Finance Minister laid-out a proposal for a two-part tariff to be levied on tobacco products. A two-part levy imposes two types of import levies on the same product. Adeosun recommended a 20% “ad valorem” tariff and a N1 per stick tariff to be placed on cigarettes and tobacco p

Heineken drives brand equity in Nigeria, other African markets

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Heineken says it has gained more brand equity in Nigeria and is looking to achieve same in 15 other African markets through investments in the brand. The company said it had also increased its share of the beer market following the launch of a new commercial- Villager. The 58 seconds commercial featured Jidenna Mobisson, the Nigerian born international act. The commercial is the brand’s first glocalized commercial and first Nigerian campaign. The company said in a statement that it is in the process of rolling out the same commercial in 15 other African markets where it has presence. Heineken had wanted a commercial to recruit and retain younger drinkers between ages 18-24 and regain five percent of the lapsed drinkers that represent the 25-34 age group after recording declining sales last

Promasidor Nigeria joins the evaporated milk segment, launches Cowbell Evap Milk

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Promasidor Nigeria Limited, the maker of Cowbell Milk, Onga seasoning and other products has unveiled a new addition to the Cowbell family, Cowbell Evaporated Milk. The company said it is part of its quest for the wellbeing of Nigerians and to reinforce its flagship proposition as well as drive awareness initiatives for complete healthy breakfast. Unveiled via its social media twitter handle to newsmen in Lagos, the company said that its customers deserve the best. According to the firm, Cowbell Evap is fortified with the goodness of VitaRich, our unique blend of Vitamins A, C, D, E and K. The new product is said to be available in 160g Tin. The company noted that children and adults can enjoy this nutritious Cowbell Evaporated Milk in a variety of ways. It can be taken as a chilled or war...

Nigeria’s Bobsled Team to the Winter Olympics gets a major sponsor from Star Lager

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Star Lager, a beer brand of Nigerian Breweries Plc, has signed-on to be a major sponsor for Nigeria’s history making women’s Bobsled and skeleton teams who qualified for the first time for the Winter Olympics which is scheduled to take place this month from 9th February to 25th February in Pyeongchang, South Korea. In the nearly 100-year history of the winter games, Nigeria has never been represented in any sport. The Nigerian Bobsled team is comprised of three women – Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere, while the country’s Skeleton athlete, Simidele Adeagbo, would all be flying the country’s national flag at the winter games. Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Franco Maria Maggi, praised the professional manner the Bobsled federation has conducted Nigeria’s plans for t

CHI Limited clinches MAN Award for Best kept Industrial Premises

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Chi Limited, a leading juice, dairy and snacks maker in Nigeria has won the first place for adopting best workplace production practices and processes among other competing multinational companies in the country. The award was handed out to the company at the 50th Annual General Meeting of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) in Lagos, recently. The award was in recognition of the company’s continued passion for excellence and commitment to sustainable development exemplified by the company’s significant investment in manufacturing and other related infrastructural projects. The company’s investment in modern production infrastructure has been a critical enabler for competitiveness, research and development and productivity growth. Chi Limited, an ISO 22000 certified company, wit