South Africa liquor company DGB digitizes operations, taps clouds solution

SOUTH AFRICA – DGB, one of South Africa’s largest independent wine and spirit producers and distributors, has adopted the use of clouds solutions to streamline operations and bolster sales. The cellar owner chose the SAP Sales Cloud Retail Execution (ReX) solution and worked with implementation partner Consnet to design and introduce the technology into the business. Pieter Steyn, Commercial Manager at DGB highlights that the system was essential to integrate all business functions and processes in real time to help manage the large team of salespeople effectively, reports Africa Business…

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Heineken South Africa announces retirement of current CEO, yet to find successor

SOUTH AFRICA – Heineken South Africa has announced the retirement of its Managing Director, Gerrit van Loo, almost three years after he took over the helm of the company. According to reports by Fin24, Van Loo is set to take an early retirement to spend time on personal pursuits and with his family. “We would like to thank Gerrit for strong tenure at the business, during which he has kept the company on a growth path through a tumultuous time for the liquor industry and while facing numerous operational challenges…

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From Kenya to the World: Traditional alcoholic beverage Muratina hits UK market

KENYA – A traditional Kenyan alcoholic beverage, Muratina, has made its way into major retail outlets in the United Kingdom. Muratina Limited, an England and Wales registered company has launched the drink in the overseas market under the brand name Muratelia. According to the company, the signature name is a combination of the traditional name Muratina and the scientific name of the fruit used to traditionally brew the drink known as Kigelia Africana or popularly referred to as “Sausage tree”. This was revealed by Kenya’s High Commissioner to the United…

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Serengeti Breweries delivers solar water pumps to Tanzanian residents availing safe water

TANZANIA – Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL), a subsidiary of East African Breweries Ltd (EABL) has launched a Tsh.220m water project in Mara Region, in a bid to avail safe and clean water to the residents. The project launched under its Water of Life initiative, comprises of a borehole, a solar water pump that can produce 7,500 litres of water per hour and a water tank. According to reports by Daily News Tanzania, over 12,000 people will benefit from the project, especially girls and women who spend a lot of time…

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Nigerian Breweries reports 26.9% Q1 revenue jump triggering impressive bottom-line growth

NIGERIA – Nigerian Breweries, subsidiary of Heineken International, has reported a 38.59% year-on-year growth in profit to N7.66 billion (US$18.7m) for the first quarter of 2021, up from the N5.53 billion (US$13.5m) reported in the corresponding quarter of 2020. The impressive bottom-line growth can be directly linked to the 26.98% increase in net revenue, buoyed by the increase in sales during the quarter. Its net revenue in q1 2021 was N105.68 billion (US$258.3m), up from the N83 billion (US$203.04m) it made from sales in the corresponding period of 2020. According…

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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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UBL, National Agricultural Research Organisation partner to boost local raw material sourcing

UGANDA – Uganda Breweries Limited, subsidiary of Diageo through East African Breweries Limited (EABL), has inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), to advance agricultural productivity in a bid to boost its local raw materials sourcing. The beer maker currently manufactures 96% of its brands locally and works with over 20,000 farmers countrywide who supply it with raw materials, investing over Ush. 45 billion (US$12.6m) in farming communities annually. This is undertaken through its local raw materials program which targets to source 100% of the…

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SA’s wine maker Nederburg hands over its cellar’s keys to Samuel Viljoen

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s leading and most celebrated wineries, Nederburg has announced the appointment of Samuel Viljoen as its new cellar-master. The seasoned wine maker takes over the reins from Lizelle Gerber, who has left to pursue other interests. In his new role, Viljoen will oversees the production of the Paarl cellar’s multi-tiered range, distributed across more than 80 countries worldwide. Prior to the appointment, he was a fully-fledged winemaker at the company and has been part of the legendary winery boosting of over 200 years of existence, since…

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Zambian Breweries embarks on long-awaited US$18m expansion plan to meet local demand

ZAMBIA – Zambian Breweries is determined to grow the country’s manufacturing sector despite the harsh economic conditions by investing in projects that stir production and boost the local value chain. The country’s largest brewery has launched a multi-million-dollar expansion project to address growing demand and improve quality, further stamping its dominance in the local alcohol industry. The subsidiary of the world’s largest brewing company, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), seeks to upgrade its Lusaka and Ndola plants with cutting-edge technology, to increase its annual brewing capacity by a third and address…

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Guinness Ghana goes green with installation of solar power plant, Diageo’s West African units exhibit stellar performance

WEST AFRICA – Guinness Ghana Breweries has commissioned a solar photovoltaic system on the roof of its brewery in Accra, shifting to use of clean energy in its operations. The 1,095 kWp solar power plant was installed by CrossBoundary Energy, renewable energy expert in the region, reports Afrik21. The solar plant will provide up to 19% of the electricity consumed by the subsidiary of the British Diageo Group, supply 1,500 MWh per year, while avoiding 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. CrossBoundary Energy has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with…

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