Canada’s Growpacker gets backing to launch cannabis brand incubator program

CANADA – Canadian contract manufacturer of THC & CBD infused consumable liquids, dry goods, and health & wellness products, Growpacker has launched a new incubator programme to fast-track cannabis brands. Also participating in the programme is Ceria Brewing Company, the Colorado craft brewery and the maker of Blue Moon beer. The brand incubator and accelerator…

Coca-Cola launches new lemon-lime flavored Sprite Lymonade in the US

USA – The Coca-Cola Company has added a new variant to its Sprite range with the launch of a new lemon-line flavored soft drink, Sprite Lymonade in the United States. The new variant which will be available nationwide this month is made with 1% of real lemon juice in combination with lemon-lime taste of Sprite…

Nigeria’s agro-allied conglomerate SONA opens new water treatment plant

NIGERIA – SONA Group of industries, a Nigerian and diversified conglomerate has inaugurated effluent treatment plants to serve its food and beverage divisions, reports Beverage Industry News. The treatment plants were inaugurated in four of its subsidiary units including: Euro Global Foods and Distilleries Limited, SONA Agro Allied Foods Limited, Food, Agro and Allied Industries…

Nigeria’s International Breweries appoints Richard Rivett-Carnac as Director

NIGERIA - International Breweries Plc, the Nigerian subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has announced the appointment of Mr Richard Rivett-Carnac to its Board as a Non-Executive Director. Mr. Rivett-Carnac replaces Phillip Redman who recently resigned his appointment as a Non-Executive Director of the company, reports Beverage Industry News. In a statement, the company said…

South Africa’s wine exports records 4% growth as revenues hit US$700m

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa posted a 4% increase in wine exports in 2018 generating US$700 million (R9.6 billion) despite declined production by wineries following the low yielding harvests due to regional drought, reports Business Day. According to Wines of SA Chief Executive Officer, Siobhan Thompson, the increase in the value of exports arose from…

South Africa’s Distell mulls down-sizing in new restructuring strategy

SOUTH AFRICA – Distell Group Limited, multinational brewing and beverage company rooted in South Africa, said it could retrench about 100 employees as part of the restructuring of its supply chain network,reports Business Day. According to Distell supply chain director, Johan van Zyl, the restructuring strategy will also involve closure of some of its operations…

Nigerian government to increase excise duty on alcohol, tobacco

NIGERIA – the Nigerian government has unveiled its Strategic Revenue Growth Initiative (SRGI) which will see an increase in excise duty rates from the current 5% on alcohol, carbonated soft drinks, tobacco and other goods. Speaking during the launch of the SRGI, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, said the implementation of the initiative…

Nigerian Bottling Co converts plant into logistics hub to improve efficiency

NIGERIA - The Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), the Nigerian subsidiary of Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company has converted one of its bottling operations plant into a hub for material handling and logistics for the region, reports Beverage Industry News. NBC said that this decision has been motivated by its ambitions of delivering better value to its…

Ghana’s Kasapreko to open new beverage plant under 1D1F scheme

GHANA - Kasapreko Company Limited, a Ghanaian manufacturer and producer of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, is set to open a new factory under the government’s One district, One factory flagship programme. Construction of the factory, which is underway, is expected to be completed by June after which equipment installation and production are expected to begin…

Rwanda’s Skol brewery partners AFC to increase brand’s support

RWANDA - SKOL Brewery Ltd Rwanda has announced a signed partnership with UK-based renowned football team, Arsenal FC, saying it will use the recently launched brand ‘Skol Select’ in promotional activities to grow support for both Skol and Arsenal brands. The brewer says they will use the recently launched brand, SKOL Select, as the partner beer…