Nile Breweries, Jumia champion smart drinking behavior: hydrating, eating while indulging in alcohol

UGANDA – Uganda’s leading beer manufacturer and subsidiary of AB InBev, Nile Breweries Limited (NBL, has partnered with delivery service provider Jumia to commemorate the Global Smart Drinking Week (GSDW). The GSDW 2021 aimed to curb the harmful use of alcohol will run from September 13–17 and aligns with the first week of the United Nations General Assembly. According to the brewer, it will celebrate GSDW 2021, along its sister breweries around the world, championing the many specific behaviours and social norms that encompass smart drinking and aim to make…

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AB InBev’s unit in Lesotho partners with technology giant Siemens to automate brewery

LESOTHO – Maluti Mountain Brewery, AB InBev’s subsidiary in Lesotho has partnered with Siemens South Africa, a technology powerhouse to automate brewing systems in a bid to improve flexibility and customization in reducing beer loss. As part of the technological upgrade, Siemens has migrated the brewery from an old automation system to a central control and monitoring station which will combine the Brewhouse and Cellars. Using Siemen’s Braumat system, the software has fostered virtualization capability, recipe control and management, trend and alarm management, batch reporting and controlled access. This will…

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Ugandan beer producers partner with research institution NARO to enhance quality of locally sourced raw materials

UGANDA – Nile Breweries Limited (NBL), the Ugandan subsidiary of AB InBev has inked a 5-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), aimed to boost commercial cassava production in the country. The partnership seeks to address the need to improve the quality and quantity of cassava produced, whose demand is expected to increase as the brewer mulls on turning it into one of its major raw materials. Theunis Coetzee, Agricultural Services Manager at NBL, revealed that they have decided to start beer production from cassava…

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AB InBev’s sales exceed pre-pandemic levels, but inflation eats into Q2 profits

BELGIUM – World’s largest brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev has reported top-line growth of 3.2% in quarter 2 2021, ahead of the same quarter in 2019.   The brewer of Budweiser, Stella Artois, and Corona, produced second-quarter sales of US$13.5bn, a 27.6 percent jump on an organic basis, which strips out the impact of currency movements, acquisitions, and divestitures, from the same period in the previous year.  In Q2, 2021, total volumes for the world’s largest brewer grew 20.8%, compared to the same quarter in 2020 while total volumes for the first half of the year grew 17%.  Revenues for…

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Brendan Whitworth takes charge of Anheuser-Busch as strategy beyond beer intensifies

USA – World’s largest brewing company AB InBev has appointed Brendan Whitworth as president of its North America operations and CEO of its Anheuser-Busch division, effective July 1.  Whitworth’s succeeds Michel Doukeris, who has moved to AB InBev headquaters in Belgium to assume his new role as global CEO of the group.  Prior to his appointment, Whitworth was the company’s U.S. chief sales officer and has held various commercial leadership positions in the U.S. for the last 8 years.   Prior to joining AB InBev, Whitworth held a series of leadership roles at…

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Tanzania Breweries Limited eliminates use of PET packaging in production lines, shifts to aluminium cans

TANZANIA – Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL), a subsidiary of AB InBev, has completely eliminated the use of polyethylene terephthalate plastic (PET) bottles in packaging of its non-alcoholic malt beverage Grand Malt, to exclusively use aluminium cans. The new packaging is in line with the company’s shift from the use of polyethylene terephthalate plastic (PET) bottles in its production lines, keeping with its commitment to promoting sustainable and circular packaging. This change also takes the parent company one step closer to achieving its 2025 Sustainability Goal of having 100% of its…

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South African Breweries rekindles hope for SA market, plans to invest US$147m in plant upgrades

SOUTH AFRICA – South African Breweries (SAB), subsidiary of AB InBev, has now walked back on its investment plans in the South African economy, announcing it has allocated R2 billion (US$147m) for its home operations. This comes months after the maker of Castle Lager beer was forced to pull the plug on billions of Rands in planned operational investments in the country. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in August 2020, the brewer withdrew a R2.5bn (US$164m) capital and infrastructure upgrade expenditure for the year, and later on in…

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AB InBev transfers Jose Moran to be Tanzania Breweries’ Country Director from Zambian Breweries

ZAMBIA – Zambian Breweries Plc, a subsidiary of AB InBev, has made changes in its leadership team with the appointment of Michelle Kilpin, who is currently Innovation Director – Africa Zone for AB InBev, to be its new Country Director. Ms. Kilpin replaces Jose Moran who has held the position since September 2017 and will be leaving the business to take up a new appointment at the same capacity in the brewer’s sister company, Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL). The new appointee has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University…

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Anheuser-Busch signs new agreement with Canteen Spirits RTD cocktails to expand beyond beer portfolio

US – Anheuser-Busch, a subsidiary of the world’s largest beer company AB InBev, has signed a distribution deal with Ready-to-drink cocktail company Canteen Spirits, expanding its Beyond Beer portfolio. Anheuser-Busch’s parent company is also reported to have invested an undisclosed sum in the ready-to-drink cocktail company through its investment and innovation arm ZX Ventures. Following the deal, Canteen Spirits will join Anheuser-Busch’s Beyond Beer portfolio, which launched in 2018 to capitalize on the growing seltzer, wine, spirits and malt-based beverages segment. Canteen Spirits makes a vodka-based cocktail called Canteen with…

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AB InBev names new CEO to succeed Carlos Brito, reports 17.2% rise in Q1 revenues

BELGIUM – Michel Doukeris, president of the AB InBev’s North America business, has been unveiled as the CEO designate, to take over from Carlos Brito who has been at the helm of the company for 15 years. Carlos Brito has been credited as the man behind Anheuser-Busch InBev transformation into the world’s largest brewer through a series of high-profile deals. Brito, a 60-year-old Brazilian, has worked with AB InBev for over 32 years and he oversaw the integration of U.S. brewer Anheuser-Busch with the Belgian-Brazilian conglomerate InBev. More recently, he…

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