Nigerian Breweries Milestones

Written by Posted on 07 28, 2016
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Nigerian Breweries Milestones

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1946- UAC and Heineken sign a contract for incorporation of Nigerian Brewery limited in Lagos

1949- First bottle of Star Lager beer rolls off the bottling line

1951- Nigerian Breweries introduces the cartoon character, ‘Sammy Sparkle’.

1955- Work commences on the Aba Brewery.

1957-  First bottle of Star lager rolls off the Aba plant.

1957- Nigerian Brewery Limited becomes Nigerian Breweries Limited.

1960- Expansion work on Lagos Brewery is completed.

1962- Nigerian Breweries voluntarily offers 10 per cent of its shares to Nigerians

1964- Nigerian Breweries obtains a franchise from Schweppes International to bottle its wide range of products.

1964- Kaduna Brewery is commissioned.

1966- Another Franchise is obtained at L. Rose & co limited to produce a range of squash drinks in Nigeria.

1967- Nigerian Breweries sets up a public relations unit to project a positive image of the company.

1970- Gulder is born.

1971- Nigerian Breweries’ Training School is established in Iganmu, Lagos.

1976- Maltina is born.

1977- The importation of Heineken beer is stopped.

1981- The Company registers the sales of Green Sands Shandy.

1982- Ibadan Brewery is commissioned.

1983- Nigerian Breweries enters into an agreement with Guinness (Nigeria) to promote the search for the cultivation of barley around Lake Chad basin.

1985- Rex Beer is introduced.

1990- Star news and NBL News, both company magazines, are changed respectively to Nibrew News after the company becomes Nigerian Breweries Plc.
1992- Legend Extra stout is born.
1994- Amstel Malta is born.
1996- Maltina Fruity Variants (Strawberry and Exotic Fruits) officially launched.
1997- Crush orange drink is added to the company’s stable.
1998- Nigerian Breweries wins the Diamond Award for Excellence in recognition of the outstanding performance in the bottling and marketing of the Schweppes range of carbonated soft drinks in Nigeria.
1999- Heineken introduces the Information System for Heineken Africa (ISHA), a high-speed upgrade of the existing Lotus Notes, predicated on a Wide Area Network (WAN) infrastructure.
1999- Nigerian Breweries enters into a joint venture partnership with the French company, Perrier Vittel MT. (November).
2000- Nigerian Breweries becomes a subsidiary of Heineken.

2000-Heineken takes over control of Nigerian Breweries.

2000- Maltina with Pineapple is launched (July); Wins for the second time, the Africa Beer Award.

2000- Foundation stone of Ama Brewery is laid by Governor Chimaroke nnamani, in Umuzeani Vilage, Udi Local Governement Area of Enugu State.

2001 -Nigerian Breweries sells its Schweppes franchise to the Nigerian Bottling Company.

2001 –Wins for the second time, the PEARL (Performance, Earnings and Returns Leadership) Award.

2001 –Named ‘Quoted Company of the Year’ by the Nigerian Stock Exchange

2001-Wins Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Merit Award; Leadership Watch Achievement Award.

2001-Wins Nigerian Conservation Award; the Company bids farewell to soft drinks Business.

2002 -The new bottling line at Ibadan Brewery is commissioned.

2002- Nigerian Breweries team wins the Heineken World’s Business Challenge Award.

2003- President Obasanjo commissions Ama Brewery.

2004- Ama brewery produces its first Heineken beer in small 33cl. Bottles.

2004- The large Heineken 60cl. Bottle is introduced.

2004- Amstel Malta Box Office reality show is introduced.

2005-  Nigerian Breweries wins the trophy for Best Cost-Saving Company in the Heineken Group. Maltina Sip-It is launched.

2006- Enters into an agreement with the management of the National Arts Theatre in Lagos to refurbish part of its facilities.
2006- Gulder Max is introduced.

2006- Gulder Draught is introduced.


2006-Nigerian Breweries clocks 60.


2007- The Company started producing some of its brands in Cans.


2011- Sona Breweries was acquired bringing brand portfolio to 11.


2014- Nigerian Breweries merges with Consolidated Breweries; bringing brand portfolio to 19 brands and  SKU’s to 59.


2014- Ace Passion launched.


2015- Ace Roots launched.



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