Nigeria Breweries launches empowerment scheme to support artisans and small businesses

NIGERIA - Nigeria Breweries (NB), producer of Life Continental Lager Beer brand has launched the 2018 Life Beer empowerment scheme alongside US$82,834.02 with an aim to empower 100 artisans and small businesses, reports NAN. Deemed “Life Progress Booster 2018’’, the initiative aims to boost small ventures to the next level and make progress in seven states…

Carlton & United Breweries launches first non-alcoholic beer in Australia

AUSTRALIA - Anheuser-Busch InBev-owned Carlton & United Breweries, an Australian brewing company, has launched its first non-alcoholic beer in the brewery’s 180-year history. According to the company, Carlton Zero is for beer lovers who want more opportunities to enjoy beer responsibly, an option of a non-alcoholic beer that actually tastes like beer. The company added…

Nestlé and Starbucks successfully close deal for Nestlé’s rights to market Starbucks goods

SWITZERLAND - Nestlé and Starbucks Corporation have announced the closing of the deal granting Nestlé the perpetual rights to market Starbucks Consumer Packaged Goods and Foodservice products globally, outside of the company’s coffee shops. According to Nestle, the two companies will work closely together on the existing Starbucks range of roast and ground coffee, whole…

Fruit juice maker Manpasand Beverages invests US$25m in new Uttar Pradesh plant

ASIA - India’s fruit juice maker Manpasand Beverages Limited has invested US$25.69 million in a new manufacturing facility in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh it seeks to expand its product portfolio. The facility will lead to the capacity addition of 45,000 to 50,000 cases per day from its existing capacity of around 225,000 cases per day. Apart…

Zambia’s beverage firm Fairy Bottling invests US$50m in capacity expansion

ZAMBIA - Zambia’s bottling and beverage firm Fairy Bottling Zambia Limited has signed a deal worth US$50 million with the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) in the expansion project for the manufacturing of plastic containers and production of non-alcoholic beverages, reports Daily Mail Zambia. The initiative deemed Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA) will see cooperation…

Distell invests US$1.5m in waste water treatment and reuse to address shortage

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s leading producer of spirits, fine wines, ciders and ready-to-drinks (RTDs), Distell has invested US$1.54 million in waste water treatment and re-use programmes to check on supply shortages experienced especially during drought seasons. Business Day reports that the move further mitigates against further water supply risks seen in the drought-hit Western…

Distell’s revenue grows 10.4% on higher volumes in the full year

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa based multinational brewing and beverage company, Distell Group has managed strong EBITDA performance and revenue which rose 10.4% to US$1.69bn on 4.6% higher volumes despite a tough economic and competitor environment. EBITDA grew by 20.2% while normalised EBITDA, which excludes the impact of the impairments, the profit on sale of…

Coca-Cola Amatil considers sale of its struggling Australian cannery business, SPC

ASIA - Asia-Pacific’s soft drink giant Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has begun a strategic review of its Australian fruit and vegetable processor, SPC potentially through a sale or merger in a way to grow the struggling business. The review involves ways to grow the business through a change in ownership or a merger. Sunday Morning Herald…

International Breweries to commission new US$250mn Sagamu plant August 28

NIGERIA - AB InBev’s Nigerian unit, International Breweries Plc (IB Plc) will commission new US$250 million plant in Sagamu, its fourth brewery in Nigeria and the biggest in West Africa on August 28. According to the Guardian, the inauguration will be conducted by President Muhammadu Buhari and complements other brewing facilities in Ilesa, Onitsha, and Port-Harcourt.…

Serengeti Breweries to increase volume of cereals sourced locally by 2020

TANZANIA - Serengeti Breweries, a subsidiary of East African Breweries Ltd (EABL) has said it will increase the amount of barley, maize and sorghum it sources locally from 15,300 metric tonnes to over 17,000 tons by 2020, IPP media reports. At the time, the company is looking to increase beer production and a collaboration with…