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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Kenya Breweries unveils US$9.2m fund to boost local sourcing of raw materials, Diageo SA offers post-riots support

KENYA – Leading alcohol manufacturer Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL), has unveiled a KSh1 billion (US$9.2 million) fund to promote commercial production of a traditional sorghum variety. The new variety is set to be a suitable alternative for brewing its Senator Keg brand, as the sorghum is resistant to pests and birds and is expected to give farmers a good return. It was developed over a two-year period by crossbreeding with other varieties, reports Business Daily. Under the initiative, the Nairobi Securities Exchange-listed company is targeting to recruit more than 15,000…

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SAB quenches thirst of South African beer lovers with launch of first double malt drink

SOUTH AFRICA – Raising a glass to 126 years of exceptional beer making under its leading brand Castle, South African Breweries has launched the country’s first double malt beer dubbed Castle Double Malt. The new offering joins the Castle family comprising of Castle Lager, Castle alcohol free Lager, Castle Lite and Castle Milk Stout. Making a bold statement of its pride of the local heritage, Castle Double Malt brings a perfect union of flavour and refreshment by combining two carefully selected malts from Caledon and Alrode, giving rise to a…

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Heineken posts 109% profit growth in H1 but full year optimism falls as commodity costs rise

NETHERLANDS – Dutch brewing company Heineken has more than doubled its first-half operating profit mainly driven by beer volume growth and a strong Heineken brand.  The maker of Heineken, Tiger, and Sol, said operating profit before one-offs surged 109% on an organic basis to 1.63 billion euros ($1.93 billion).   This is an impressive feat for a company that reported a first-half net loss of €297m (US$352m) in 2020 and was forced to introduce a raft of measures including 8,000 job cuts across its global portfolio.  The company’s net revenue jumped 14.1% on an organic basis…

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Heineken expands global footprint with addition of India’s United Breweries

INDIA – Dutch multinational brewing company Heineken has added India’s United Breweries Limited (UBL) to its expansive portfolio of brewing companies.   The announcement by Heineken follows a recent annual general meeting where the company notified shareholders that it had obtained control of UBL after taking its shareholding from 46.5% to 61.5%.  UBL has a proud history dating back more than a century in India’s beer industry and is currently the undisputed market leader in the country with a population of more than 1 billion people.   The company has a strong network of breweries across…

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Heineken unveils new sustainable bar concept in effort to make the world “a little greener every day”

UK – Dutch multinational brewing giant Heineken has launched Greener Bar, a completely new entertainment experience designed to reduce waste, water, emissions and energy usage in the company’s event bars.  Heineken said that every element of the Heineken Greener Bar- from the uniforms of the staff to the soil and plant ballasts weighing the bar down – has had a life before or will have a life long after the bar is gone.  “From the coasters made from the spent grain of the barley used during the brewing process, through to the use of reusable and recyclable cups, everything is designed…

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Nile Breweries eases COVID-19 burden on Uganda’s health system, donates 300 oxygen cylinders

UGANDA – Nile Breweries Limited (NBL), the Ugandan subsidiary of AB InBev, has donated 300 oxygen cylinders worth Ush 333 million (US$93,800) to major referral hospitals, spread across 17 districts in the country. The donation is timely as over the past few weeks, Uganda has registered a rise in COVID-19 infections which has tested the capacity of its healthcare system. Handing over the donations at the Office of the Prime Minister, Nile Breweries Legal & Corporate Affairs Director Onapito Ekomoloit said, “As Nile Breweries, Uganda’s beer market leader, we believe…

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SAB stops beer production amid extended liquor sales ban, damages from unrest

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African Breweries (SAB), subsidiary of AB InBev has halted its production activities following the extension of the government’s alcohol sales ban as part of lockdown regulations. Government instituted the ban at the end of June as South Africa was hit by a deadly third Covid-19 wave in order to keep hospital beds available for Covid-19 patients and free of alcohol-related trauma cases. The ban was extended on 10 July. “As SAB goes into a sales ban, it implements an orderly wind-down process by which the…

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Kenyan based brewer Keroche cashes in on growing appetite for high alcohol content drinks with launch of X Beer

KENYA – Keroche Breweries Limited, an alcoholic beverage manufacturer in Kenya has yet again introduced another strong beer in the market under the brand name X Beer. The new drink targets the high-end market as it is sugar-free and has an alcohol by volume content of 8.8%. The launch by Kenya’s second largest brewer comes a few months after its unveiling of the Vienna Ice Strong Lager with an alcohol strength of 10% in April. Keroche notes that the launch of the two products is in a bid to meet…

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