Craft beer market in Europe has doubled up by 178% since 2013, surpassing N. America

EUROPE - North America, since 2013, has dominated the global craft beer market, accounting for 52% of all craft beer launches, but now another continent has taken the lead. According to data from Mintel, the number of craft beer launches in Europe has more than doubled since 2013 (up 178%) making it a global leader…

Japanese brewer Sapporo to form partnership with AB InBev to improve distribution

JAPAN - Japanese brewer Sapporo will resume its exports to China through a distribution partnership with AB InBev, as it aims to target the premium beer segment. According to FoodBev, China is the world’s largest beer market and Sapporo drew attention to the premium segment, including imported beer brands, which it says is exhibiting “dramatic…

Grand Oak Limited’s CEO, Aare Fatai Odesile to step down end of September

NIGERIA - Grand Oak Limited (GOL), a leading marketer of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks in Nigeria has announced that the company chief executive, Aare Fatai Odesile will step down from his position effective end of September. A Beverage Industry News article reported that his resignation comes after 27 years of experience in the food and…

South Africa’s liqueur firm KWV unveils Wild Africa Cream Liqueur in Nigeria

NIGERIA - KWV Holdings, South African wines, spirits and liqueur producer has launched the Wild Africa Cream Liqueur in Nigeria to effectively compete in the wine market. ThisDay Nigeria reports that KWV’s investment seeks to satisfy the classy yearnings of consumers and celebrate Nigeria as it expands its reach to other countries on the continent.…

Nigerian Breweries to expand premium lager leadership while driving malt growth

NIGERIA - Nigerian Breweries (NB Plc) aims to expand its leadership in premium lager, build scale in mainstream segment and drive malt growth as new strategies to drive both volumes and sales. According to Beverage Industry News, the strategy helps NB Plc, the country’s largest brewer to counter stiff competition from rivals such as International…

AB InBev UK launches Michelob Ultra beer as no and low alcohol beer sales rise

UK - Sales of no and low alcohol beer are rising on the trend among British consumers for balanced lifestyles and a social shift towards drinking in moderation. No-alcohol and low-alcohol beer sales increased 20% year-on-year in 2018, according to industry data of sales in supermarkets and other off-trade locations prepared for AB InBev UK…

Nigerian Breweries’ beer brand Life Continental unveils ‘Progress Booster 2018’

NIGERIA - Heineken’s Nigerian unit Nigerian Breweries (NB Plc) has launched the fourth edition of its “Life Progress Booster” promo for its Life Continental Lager Beer brand, Beverage Industry News reports. The programme is part of NB Plc’s commitment to supporting small and medium scale entrepreneurs in South-East Nigeria covering states of Abia, Anambra, Enugu,…

Guinness Nigeria appoints Yemisi Ayeni as a Non-Executive Director

NIGERIA - The Orijin beer brand maker Guinness Nigeria Plc has announced the appointment of Mrs Yemisi Ayeni as a new Non-Executive Director and member of the company’s board of directors effective 1 September 2018. Ayeni takes the place of Prof. Joe Irukwu who has retired from the company as Non-Executive Director with effect from…

EABL increases its stake in Tanzania’s Serengeti Breweries by 21.5%

TANZANIA - East African Breweries Limited (EABL), Diageo’s operating unit has raised its stake in Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL) by 21.5% to build on its investment as a majority shareholder in the company. According to the Nation, the East African brewing giant has converted US$151.98 million loan into equity to the Tanzanian subsidiary that was…

Carlsberg replaces plastic pack rings with recyclable glue to tackle plastic waste

DENMARK - The Danish brewer Carlsberg has unveiled innovative solutions to reduce plastic waste including the launch of ‘Snap Pack’, which it says will reduce plastic waste globally by more than 1200 tonnes (an equivalent of 60 million plastic bags) a year. Carlsberg becomes the first in the beer industry to eliminate pack rings, plastic…