Kenya’s leading alcohol producer EABL hikes prices on back of tough operating environment

KENYA – Kenyan alcohol lovers will be forced to dig deeper into their pockets to purchase some of their favourite brands from the East African Breweries Limited’s (EABL), after the alcohol producer revised some of its prices upwards. According to report by The Nation, EABL has made a price increase of between Ksh. 10 (US$0.093) and Ksh. 500 (US$4.64) depending on the type of drink and quantities. The price revision affects beers brands such as Whitecap Light, Tusker Lite, Cider and Malt, Guinness (regular), Whitecap Lager, Balozi and Hop House…

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Guinness Ghana Limited honors sorghum farmers as Kenya Breweries Limited promotes gender equality

GHANA – Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited, a subsidiary of Diageo Plc has honoured deserving sorghum farmers from the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, and North East Regions of Ghana, at the Sorghum Farmers Recognition Awards. According to the brewery, 18 deserving sorghum farmers, collectors and groups were recognized and took home an assortment of prizes including motorized tricycles, motorcycles, tarpaulins, and products from the company. The initiative forms part of its Local Raw Material (LRM) intervention, which started in 2012 and seeks to use local raw materials in the production…

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Kenya Breweries Limited to cash in on rising spirit demand, invests US$9.2m in new processing line

KENYA – Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL), subsidiary of Diageo through the East African Breweries Limited, is set to inject Ksh1 billion (US$9.2m) in the establishment of a new spirit processing line, in a bid to meet the high demand witnessed in the segment. According to reports by Business Daily, the investment will be used to acquire new line machinery and expand storage capacity at KBL’s sister company, UDV Kenya. This will enable KBL to begin local production of new international spirit brands, while ramping up volumes of those already being…

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Kenya Breweries Limited raises a Tusker to being Kenyan, launches second phase of US$3m recovery program

KENYA – The Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL), subsidiary of East Africa Breweries Limited, is set to launch the second phase of the US$3m “Raise the Bar” program aimed to support the hospitality industry recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The brewer launched the initiative last year and so far it has seen over 2,273 bars & eateries and 3,800 people receive the much-needed support of bartender training on Covid-19 protocols, equipment & products. KBL now plans to expand the program by doubling the number of outlets it will…

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Kenya Breweries Limited expands gin portfolio launching Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla

Company name: Kenya Breweries Limited Product type: Gin Innovation: New product variant Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL), subsidiary of East African Breweries Limited (EABL) has expanded its spirit category with launch of a new gin in the Kenyan market dubbed Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla. The new gin with a 41.3% Alcohol by Volume (ABV) is characterized with zesty oranges and pink grapefruit aroma, with an underlying juniper and coriander notes. It is a premium offering, targeting consumers that appreciate authenticity, sophistication and the enduring quality and style of gin from the…

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Kenya Breweries Limited unveils academy to impart trade skills on 10,000 bartenders

KENYA – In order to impart bartenders with competitive industry skills, Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) has launched a capability training programme dubbed Diageo Bartenders Academy whose aim is to upscale, build capacity and foster trade engagement. According to reports by Africa Business Communities, the academy intends to train 10,000 bartenders in the country over the next four months.  The academy will bring practical knowledge to Kenyan bartenders who want to better their skills and inspire them to take their jobs as valid career options.  “We want to build a very…

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EABL’s subsidiaries back mental health awareness campaign in Kenya, COVID-19 fight in Uganda

KENYA – The Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) through its DRINKiQ platform has donated Ksh 2 million (US$18,250) to the National Youth Council in Kenya to support mental health awareness campaign. Diageo uses its branded responsible drinking platform DRINKiQ, to engage, inform and educate people on responsible alcohol consumption. According the subsidiary of East African Breweries Limited (EABL), the campaign aims to champion responsible drinking and moderation while discouraging harmful consumption of alcohol. KBL’s contribution is timely as the Kenya’s Ministry of Health estimates that one in every 10 people suffer…

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Nearly half of targeted bars, restaurants apply for KBL’s raising the bar program as deadline nears

KENYA – The Kenya Breweries Limited has so far received 470 applications from restaurants and bar operator in the country for the US$3 million ‘Raise the Bar’ fund aimed to help the hospitality industry recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline inches closer and the subsidiary of East Africa Breweries Limited (EABL) expects the number of applications for the initiative to rise and has assured applicants of transparency in the process, reports KBC. “We expect the number of applications to increase as the deadline nears. So far,…

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COVID-19 disruptions, tax provisions nearly halved EABL’s profit in six months ended December 2020

KENYA – The East African Breweries Limited (EABL) has reported a 47.3 per cent dip in profit for the half year ended December 2020 to Ksh.3.8 billion (US$34.5m) from Ksh.7.2 billion (US$65.3m) registered in the same period in 2019. The alcohol manufacturer attributes the sharp decline to one-off tax provision, excise duty increases, general price inflation and additional costs related to digital tax stamp implementation in Uganda which impacted profitability. Also, trade restrictions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic continued to hamper the company’s performance especially in Kenya. During the period…

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Two subsidiaries of East African Breweries Limited in Kenya seek power generation licence

KENYA – Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) and East Africa Maltings Limited (EAML), subsidiaries of East African Breweries Limited (EABL) are seeking regulatory approval for self-electricity generation to backup supply from the national grid, Kenya Power. In a notice to the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), the two sister companies have indicated that the move was necessitated by the regular power disruptions it experiences leading to stalling of their operations. “The purpose of the electric power generation is for own use as backup during power outages from the national electricity…

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