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…

Heineken invests US$145m to expand production at Qilinto Plant

ETHIOPIA - Heineken Ethiopia has invested US$145.98 million in an expansion project at its plant in Qilinto set to be inaugurated this month to increase its production capacity by a third of its previous output, reports Addis Fortune. The project which took 14 months came after Heineken received US$46.37 million letter-of-credit facilitation from the government…

Kenyan distributor firm Mohan inks deal to import Bulgarian Flirt Vodka brands

KENYA - Kenya’s wines and spirits distributor, Mohan’s Oysterbay Drinks Ltd has secured an exclusive deal with Bulgarian spirits producer VP Brands International to import and distribute the popular Flirt Vodka in the country. A Business Daily report indicates the partnership will allow the dealer distribute the brands both in Kenya and East Africa with…

RC Cola enters Nigerian beverage market with plans for a new plant in Agbara

NIGERIA - Royal Crown Cola (RC Cola) Company, the American beverage company and maker of a cola-flavored soft drink, RC Cola is entering the Nigerian beverage market and has invested in state-of-the art factory in Agbara, Ogun state, the Vanguard reports. The firm said it was ready for competition in the market dominated by Coca-Cola…

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…

Spirits company Edrington forms strategic partnership with Wyoming Whiskey

USA - Edrington, the international premium spirits company, has announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with Wyoming Whiskey, to expand its portfolio of premium spirits into the American Whiskey category. The company reported that effective immediately, Wyoming Whiskey will become part of Edrington Americas’ portfolio which includes many of the world’s most acclaimed…

UK water and soft drinks manufacturers to eliminate packaging wastes by 2030

UK - Several leading bottled water and soft drinks manufacturers have lodged a report to the UK House of Commons, which outlines their ambition to eliminate packaging waste in the bottled water and soft drinks value chain by 2030. The roadmap was developed with input from companies such as Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Danone Waters (UK…

PepsiCo announces ambitions to achieve 50% recycled plastics by 2030

EU - PepsiCo has announced ambitions to achieve 50% recycled plastic (rPET) in its bottles by 2030 across the European Union (EU), with an interim target of 45% by 2025. According to the company, the move will see the multinational food, snack and beverage giant more than triple the amount of recycled plastic it uses, equating…

PepsiCo to introduce start-up accelerator programme in the U.S. after Europe’s success

USA – PepsiCo, an American multinational food, snack, and beverage corporation, has announced that it will introduce its Nutrition Greenhouse start-up accelerator programme in the US, following the success of the scheme in Europe. According to FoodBev, the programme aims to find and support ten emerging brands in the food and beverage sector who have…