Nigerian Breweries Plc, the pioneer and largest brewing Company in Nigeria was incorporated in 1946 as "Nigerian Brewery Limited". In June 1949, the Company recorded a landmark when the first bottle of STAR lager beer rolled out of its Lagos Brewery bottling lines.
In 1957,the company commissioned its second brewery in Aba and the name became "Nigerian Breweries Limited". This was followed by Kaduna Brewery in 1963 and lbadan Brewery in 1982. Following the coming into effect of the Companies and Allied Matters Act in 1990,the name of the company was changed to "Nigerian Breweries Plc" to reflect its public limited liability status.
In 1993, the Company acquired its fifth brewery in Enugu and in 2003, a sixth brewery (Ama Brewery), sited at Amaeke Ngwo in Enugu State was commissioned. Operations in the old Enugu Brewery were discontinued in 2004 following the completion of Ama Brewery. An ultramodern malting plant was acquired in Aba in 2008.
In October 2011, the Company acquired majority equity interests in two companies, Sona Systems Associates Business Management Limited ("Sona Systems"), with two breweries in Ota and Kudenda, Kaduna, and Life Breweries Company Limited ("Life Breweries") with a brewery in Onitsha. Another malting plant (located in the Kudenda, Kaduna Brewery) was acquired as part of the Sona Systems acquisition. Sona Systems and Life Breweries were merged with the Company in the middle of 2012. At the end of 2014, an enlarged Nigerian Breweries Plc emerged from a merger with Consolidated Breweries Plc. Three breweries at lmagbon, near ljebu-Ode, Awo-Omamma, near Owerri and Makurdi were added to the existing eight breweries as a result of the merger. The Onitsha and Makurdi locations were subsequently developed into Distribution Centres.
Thus, from a humble beginning in 1946,the Company now has nine fully operational breweries from which its high quality products are produced and distributed to all parts of Nigeria, in addition to the two malting plants in Aba and Kaduna. It also has Sales Offices and Distribution Centres across the country.
Nigerian Breweries Plc has a rich portfolio of high quality brands: Star lager beer was launched in 1949, followed by Guider lager beer in 1970. Maltina, the nourishing malt drink, was introduced in 1976, followed by legend Extra Stout in 1992 and another malt drink, Amstel Malta in 1994. Heineken lager beer was re-launched into the Nigerian market in 1998. Fayrouz, the premium non alcoholic soft drink, was launched in 2006 while Climax herbal energy drink was launched in 2010. Following the acquisition of Sona Systems and Life Breweries in 2011, Goldberg lager, Malta Gold malt drink and life Continental lager, were added to the brand portfolio. The Company increased its portfolio of brands in 2014 with the addition of two line extensions of the Star brand- Star lite and Star Radler. Also in 2014, as a result of the merger with Consolidated Breweries Plc, "33" Export lager beer, Williams dark ale, Turbo King dark ale, More lager beer and a malt drink, Hi Malt, became part of the Company's product offering. The Ace brand in the Ready-to-Drink (RtD) category was launched in 2015 while Tiger lager beer, an international premium brand was added to the portfolio of brands in 2018.
The Company has an export business which dates back to 1986. The current export destinations are the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, United States of America, Canada, some parts of Africa and parts of the Middle East and Asia.
As a major brewing company, Nigerian Breweries Plc encourages, and continues to play major roles in, the establishment of ancillary businesses. These include manufacturers of bottles, cans, crown corks, labels, cartons and plastic crates as well as service providers including those in the hospitality sector, distribution, transport, event management, advertising and marketing communication.
The Company was listed on the floor of The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in 1973.As at 31"t December, 2019, it had a market capitalisation of approximately N 472 billion, making it one of the largest companies in Nigeria by market capitalisation. It has received several awards in the capital market including, The NSE President's Merit Award in the Brewery Sector, The NSE Quoted Company of the Year Award, The NSE CEO's Distinguished Award for Compliance and The NSE CEO's award as the Most Compliant Listed Company on The Nigerian Stock Exchange. In 2019, the Company was a recipient of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSAN) Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance (Corporate Category) as well as the Institute of Directors' Nigeria Corporate Governance Award, 2019. These awards are a reflection of the Company's continued commitment to excellence in corporate governance matters.
Nigerian Breweries is also a recipient of several awards and recognitions in other areas of its operations including product quality, marketing excellence, productivity and innovation, health and safety, corporate social responsibility and sustainability.
Our Mission"To be the leading beverage company in Nigeria, marketing high quality brands to deliver superior customer satisfaction in an environmentally friendly way”.
Our VisionWow Nigerians with our great brands, passionate people and world class performance ”.
Our Core Values
RespectFor individuals, the society and the environment.
PerformanceA culture of high performance to deliver outstanding value to our stakeholders.
Passion for QualityNot just for our products but also in everything we do.
EnjoymentWe bring enjoyment to people through our high quality products, communications and sponsorship activities.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Nigerian Breweries Plc is a socially responsible corporate organization with a good track record of corporate social initiatives.
Over the years, Nigerian Breweries has been very active in supporting the national developmental aspirations of Nigeria. This is in line with our commitment of “Winning with Nigeria” and drives our Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.
We have continued to identify and respond to major challenges confronting our nation through our huge corporate social investments especially in the areas of education, the environment, water, youth empowerment, talent development and sports, amongst others.
The company in 1994 established an Education Trust Fund with a take-off grant of N100 million to take more active part in the funding of educational and research activities in institutions of higher learning in an effort to encourage academic excellence in Nigeria. This is in addition to its secondary and university scholarship programs for children of employees.
Nigerian Breweries Plc. is the foremost sponsor of sports in the country with sponsorship covering football, athletics, tennis, cycling, chess, golf, squash, dart, Sailing and Ayo, among others. The aim is to develop Nigerian sportsmen and women to participate in national and international sports, and boost the sports profile of the country.
We have a sound track record in social investments in communities across Nigeria.
We have built several solar powered boreholes, commissioned independent street lights and constructed bus shelters across Nigeria. This is because we believe that our communities should grow as our business grows.
The company is also involved in the development of leadership, musical and movie talents, through various programmes. Some of these activities are captured in the company’s Social and Environmental Report.
In recognition of its vast CSR footprints across the country, Nigerian Breweries was named the Most Socially Responsible Company in Nigeria at the 2014 edition of the Social Enterprise and Report Awards - SERAs, Nigeria’s critically acclaimed CSR Awards.
Our Brand Portfolio
Nigerian Breweries Plc has a rich portfolio of high quality brands: Star Lager Beer, the first in its portfolio, was launched in 1949; this was followed by Gulder lager beer in 1970; Maltina, the nourishing malt drink,was introduced in 1976, followed by Legend Extra Stout in 1992.
Amstel Malta was launched in 1994 while Heineken lager Beer was relaunched into the Nigerian market in 1998. Maltina Sip-it, packaged in Tetrapaks was launched in 2005, while Fayrouz was launched in 2006.
2007: The Company introduced Star, Heineken and Amstel Malta in Cans.
2011: The Company sold a total of 29 Stock Keeping Units (SKU’s) including Gulder Can, Legend Can, Heineken Magnum, Maltina Can, Fayrouz Cans, Fayrouz P.E.T, Climax Energy drink as well as Goldberg Lager, Malta Gold and Life Continental Lager which became part of the family in October 2011 as a result of the acquisition of Sona Systems and Life Breweries Company Limited.
2014: Nigerian Breweries merged with Consolidated Breweries; this brought our brand portfolio to 19 brands and our SKU’s to 59. The additional brands include 33 Export Beer, Turbo King, Hi-Malt, Maltex, Williams Dark Ale, More Beer, and Breezer.
We have partnered with and supported the establishment and growth of several ancillary industries which provide our raw and packaging materials. These include Sorghum farmers and manufacturers of bottles, cans, labels, crown corks, PET resins, cartons, shrink wrappers etc. as well as other service providers such as Hotels/Clubs, Distributors, Transporters, Event Managers, Advertising, PR and Marketing Communication agencies.
In 2014, a socio-economic impact assessment of Nigerian Breweries Plc was carried out based on our 2013 performance. The report revealed that NB had a significant presence in Nigeria with 8 breweries and 2 malting plants. Consumption of NB products at market prices created a value adding impact of NGN406 billion representing 57% of the formal beer sector.
In 2013, our operations supported the following:
› NGN292 billion economy wide value added representing 0.4% of Nigeria’s rebased GDP.
› NGN110 billion economy wide tax income representing 4.6% of Nigeria’s non-oil tax revenue
› 279,000 jobs representing 0.3% of Nigeria’s total labour force.
› High quality workforce of around 3,200 persons with a value added per job of NGN 30 million.
In addition, by using sorghum as a main ingredient Nigerian Breweries supports NGN8.8 billion in value added representing 0.05% of agricultural GDP and 50,000 jobs (0.12% of the agricultural labour force) throughout the sorghum value chain. Due to higher productivity this is an increase of 66% for value added and a 5% decrease in employment since 2011.