Guinness Nigeria Milestones
Guinness is a truly successful company with a rich heritage and a great track record of growth and strong performance. Guinness Nigeria is not only regarded as an iconic African company, but is also renowned internationally for its brands of unmatched quality. Here is a list of Guinness Nigeria’s major achievements since the 19th century.
19th- Century Guinness Stout first imported into Nigeria.
1950s- Trading company for Guinness established in Nigeria.
1962- First Guinness brewery outside of Ireland and Great Britain built in Lagos.
1962- Guinness Eye Hospital built in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
1965 –Guinness Nigeria is quoted on Nigeria Stock Exchange with 1,200 investors.
1974- 2nd ultra-modern brewery built in Benin to produce Harp Lager..
1978 –3rd brewery built at Benin to produce Guinness Stout.
1982- 4th brewery built in Ogba to produce Harp Lager, and later Guinness Stout.
1986- Guinness Nigeria invests in farming of maize and sorghum to replace imported barley.
1990- Malta Guinness launched into the Nigerian market.
1990- Guinness Nigeria invests N1.6billion (£45 million) in upgrading its breweries.
1991 –Another Guinness Eye Hospital built in Onitsha.
1997- Guinness Nigeria becomes a subsidiary of Diageo Plc, thus gaining access to Diageo’s range of global brands and technical support.
1997 –1st Water of Life mini-water works commissioned at Oregbeni/Benin, Edo State.
2001- Guinness Nigeria records over 60,000 investors, share capital value of N354million (£2.1 million) with shareholders’ funds of N14,158million (£84.95m)
2001- Gordon Spark, an exotic ready-to-drink product is launched into the Nigeria market.
2003- 1st Corporate Citizenship Report launched to highlight the company’s contributions to the society.
2004- Guinness Nigeria commissions another brewery in Aba, Abia State.
2004- Commissions the 2nd Water of Life mini-water works project in Aba, Abia State.
2005 –Commissions the 3rd Water of Life mini-water works project in Badia Lagos.
2005 –Guinness Extra Smooth is launched in the Nigerian market.
2006 –Smirnoff Ice launched into the Nigerian market.
2007 –Guinness Nigeria becomes the 1st brewery in West Africa to be ISO 14000:2004 certified – the highest certification available for clean environmental standards globally.
2007- Guinness Nigeria provides water to an additional 500,000 people in Nigeria under the Water of Life scheme with mini-water works located in Lagos, Anambra, Ogun, Imo, Rivers, Nassarawa, Niger, Ekiti, Kwara and Edo states respectively.
2007- Guinness Nigeria becomes the 1st manufacturing company to become ISO 22000 certified for food safety standards.
2007- The International Institute for Quality Selection, Bruxelles, endorses Foreign Extra Stout and Guinness Extra Smooth with Grand Gold Medals. Harp Lager and Satzenbrau awarded Gold Medals for surpassing international quality standards.
2008- Ogba Brewery emerges as Africa’s best in the Guinness League of Excellence.
2008- Guinness Nigeria goes live on SAP.
2008- The International Institute for Quality Selection, Bruxelles endorses all Guinness Nigeria brands with Grand Gold Awards at the Monde’s 47th International Awards for surpassing international standards.
2009- Brand Guinness celebrates 250 years of iconic existence globally.
2010- Guinness Nigeria celebrates its 60 years of brewing excellence in Nigeria.
2011- Guinness Nigeria signs into the Convention of Business Integrity (CBi).
2011- Harp Lime, a cool new flavoured Harp Beer is launched into the Nigerian market.
2012- Dubic Extra Lager, a beer with a great Nigerian heritage, is launched in Aba and Ibadan simultaneously.
2012- The 1st solar-powered Water of Life mini-water works is commissioned in Awba Ofemili, Anambra State.
2012- Guinness Nigeria wins the Best Place To Work in Nigeria and the Best Multinational Company in Nigeria Awards.
2012- Malta Guinness Low Sugar, a new low-sugar Malta variant filled with top-of-the-world goodness and vitality is launched into the Nigerian Market. in the same year, SNAPP was also launched targeted at women.
2014- Guinness Nigeria launches Orijin Ready to Drink (RTD), an alcoholic drink with the bitter-sweet taste of African herbs and fruits, which went on to become the fastest growing innovation brand in Diageo history.
2015- Guinness Nigeria launches Guinness Africa Special, the first innovation for Guinness in Africa in over 10 years.
2016- Guinness Nigeria launches Orijin Zero, a non-alcoholic variant of the popular Orijin RTD, targeted at consumers who want to enjoy the bitter-sweet taste of Orijin but without the alcohol.
2016- Guinness Nigeria is named the third best place to work in Nigeria and named the best in Excellence in Wellness by the Great Place To Work Institute.