“33” Export Lager beer, a premium brand from the portfolio of Nigerian Breweries Plc, celebrated World Friendship Day at the ‘City of Friends’ in Lagos. The event brought together friends and consumers of the brand including celebrities such as Timi Dakolo, A’rese Emokpae, Wale Ojo and many others. The occasion which kicked-off on 28th July through 30th July took place at the beachfront behind Landmark Centre, Oniru, Lagos and featured top Nigerian entertainers such as Femi Kuti, Flavour N’abania, MI Abaga, Cynthia Morgan, Seyi Shay and many more as well as consumers of the brand. Gideon Okeke officiated the event. Portfolio Manager Mainstream Lager and Stout, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Emmanuel Agu, said: “We are here to celebrate the essence and values of real friendship”. The City of Frien
Roland Ebelt is the Managing Director of The La Casera Company Plc. Though he has been in Nigeria for the past 16 years, he joined the Carbonated Soft Drink company last year. In this interview with Brand Communicator’s Abutu Agada and Tolulope Olasunkanmi, he bares his mind on the recent relaunch of La Casera, the challenges in the market and other sundry issues in the CSD industry. Excerpts: Assessing the CSD Market in Nigeria The beverage market in Nigeria has been growing very fast. This is because the beverage and food market is very much linked to what happens to national income – GDP. GDP to Nigeria as you all know has been growing quite nicely since the outset of democratic rule under President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999. Since that time, the beverage market has been growing consist
An International Drinks Festival is set to hold in Lagos this December. At the unveiling of the pre-event last Thursday at the Federal Palace Hotel and Casinos, Victoria Island, Lagos, the event organisers, Balmoral Events Solution Company, said that the event will take place between 1st and 3rd December 2017 at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel and Casino, Victoria Island, Lagos. The organisers added that the event will attract brand owners, retailers and holiday fun seekers to the single largest gathering of stakeholders in the drinks business ever witnessed in Nigeria. The chief executive officer, Balmoral Events Solution Company, Ezekiel Adamu, noted that the event would give various drink professionals, summits and others opportunities to ask questions and interact ...
Nutri-Milk beverage, a brand of CWAY Foods and Beverages Nigeria Limited marked its 10th Year Anniversary recently in Lagos, as the brand unveiled a new logo. At the event, the General Manager, CWAY Foods and Beverages Nigeria Limited, Figo Zheng, said the decade anniversary celebration was quite important for the company because it offered the management the opportunity to appreciate loyal customers who had stood with the company through thick and thin. “This anniversary is to say thank you, Nigeria. Since 2007, we have been producing and supplying Nigerian households with water, beverages and foods, and I will say the acceptability among the Nigerian populace has been quite great. What I can say has sustained customers’ loyalty this far is the quality of products being dished out by the
Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Company, said it wants to reach out to the scientific community to find a “naturally sourced, safe, low- or no-calorie compound that creates the taste sensation of sugar when used in beverages and foods.” The grand prize is $1 million. The other is the “sweet story challenge” that invites people around the world to “submit written anecdotes and videos about their favorite, tried-and-true methods of naturally sweetening foods or beverages in their cultures, communities or families.” Up to five individual or team winners will vie for $100,000 in total prize money. The project is being led by Coca-Cola’s External Technology Acquisition Team, which Coke says explores and invests in emerging ingredients, packaging materials, beverage production technologies and more. Rob
Guinness Nigeria Plc, said it plans to broaden its participation in the value segment of the beer market as part of its strategy to return to profitability. The maker of Guinness Extra Stout made this known in a rights Issue prospectus it released to shareholders in July. The company is seeking to raise N39.7bn ($109m) to enable it optimize its capital structure and reduce outstanding debt. The firm expects subscription to the rights issue and payment of debt obligation will be completed by the fourth quarter of 2017. The brewer has seen its financial performance decline over the last year, with a N2 billion net loss in fiscal 2016 and a further N4.7bn loss for the six months ended 31 December 2016. To return to profitability, the firm said it has increased local sourcing of raw materials ...
Chellarams Plc, said on Friday that revenue for its combined packaged dairy business known as FMCG and its bulk milk ingredients business fell 44.5% to N4.5bn for the full-year ended 31 March, down from N8.1bn in the previous year. The FMCG business alone which includes packaged Oldenburger, Regal and Real milk brands, as well as its Real Active malted food drink declined 39% to N3.8bn. The firm recorded N6.3bn in sales in 2016. The ingredient business which includes bulk branded milk sales to other manufacturers and processors fared worse with sales falling 63% to N693m from N1.88bn. Chellarams which is a diversified conglomerate involved in the importation and sale of dairy goods, industrial chemicals and turnkey equipment for the foam and mattress industry announced in late June that i
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. Champagne volumes grew 8%, with Moët and Chandon performing well in the U.S. and China. Cognac volumes rose 16%, from €39.4m to €45.7m, with the company maintaining market leadership across all of its product qualities. Glenmorangie and Ardberg continued to pursue their expansion plans with their whiskies, while Belvedere continued to grow internationally and reinforcing its position at nightlife venues. Profit for the
Beta Glass Plc, on Friday reported sales of N8.8bn for the first six months of 2017, a 13% increase from the previous year’s revenue of N7.8bn. The company which makes glass bottles and metal crowns for the beverage industry and others said that operating profit rose 212% to N1.6bn, helped by lower cost of sales which grew marginally by 1.49% to N6.7bn, from N6.6bn. Beta Glass said it gained N536m in net finance income. Net profit for the six months to the end of June fell1.28% to N1.43bn compared to N1.45bn in the previous year. Beta Glass Plc is a manufacturer of glass bottles, metal crowns and containers for the soft drinks, breweries, wine and spirits and others. It has manufacturing plants in Agbara, Ogun State and in Ughelli, Delta state and also exports its products to other African
Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc (“SBC”), the bottler of PepsiCo brands of soft drinks in the country, on Friday reported a net loss of N2.5bn for the first quarter of its 2017/2018 financial year (Apr – Jun) despite recording nearly 20% sales growth of N31bn from N27bn in the previous year. The loss adds to the company’s woes which had reported a N10.7bn loss in June for the 2016/2017 financial year. The company cited skyrocketing net finance cost as the reason for the first quarter loss. Finance charges rose a record 85% to N1.8bn, from N961m in the same period a year ago. The firm has seen its fortunes erode due to higher input costs, driven by foreign currency headwinds which have made cost of imported raw materials expensive. Naira devaluation and inflation also weighed on the company’s