Thierry Henry joins Guinness Nigeria for Lagos responsible drinking rally

AudioAge – Lagos, Nigeria – 18 December 2017 – In demonstration of its strong commitment to promoting the responsible consumption of alcohol, Nigeria’s only total beverage alcohol company, Guinness Nigeria Plc, has today concluded its “Ember months” Responsible Drinking Awareness Campaign, with a grand rally attended by International football icon and Guinness Made of Black ambassador, Thierry Henry at the Ojota Motor Park in Lagos.

Thierry Henry, who is in Nigeria as part of the Guinness’ Made of Black campaign, joined officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and other partners and road users at the event marking the end of the campaign. This year’s campaign which was flagged off at the Agege Park in Lagos has already had stops in Benin and Abuja so far.

Speaking at the final rally, Managing Director/CEO, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Peter Ndegwa said: “Through our ember month’s campaigns, we aim to play a part in helping consumers make the right choices. The message we deliver to consumers through our annual campaigns is consistent with our values at Guinness Nigeria. For this event, it is also great to have such a well-known and respected person as Thierry Henry who is an ambassador for our brand but also a great advocate for the responsible use of alcohol.”

“Consumers are at the heart of everything we do as an organization and they are the basis for our success. We are therefore genuinely interested in educating consumers on the dangers of alcohol misuse and increasing awareness of the positive role that alcohol can play in society and as part of a balanced lifestyle.” Ndegwa said.

Guinness Nigeria has been running the Ember month’s campaign in partnership with the Federal Road Safety Corps for 13 years and it has blossomed into an impactful platform, making it possible for both parties to jointly life-changing responsible drinking messages that annually reach millions of Nigerians.

Mr. Ndegwa also commended the FRSC for the critical role it plays in helping to reduce accidents on the nation’s highways. “I would like to specially thank the FRSC for their partnership through the years and for the good work they do every day to ensure the safety of road users in Nigeria. As a company, we are proud of the impact we have been able to make through our partnership with the FRSC and other stakeholders this season. I’m positive that our collective actions will help promote the culture of responsible drinking amongst Nigerians.” he enthused.

Thierry Henry, who has been in Lagos since Sunday 17th has already been meeting fans and hosted the winners of the Guinness ‘Be a front row fan’ promotion to watch the West Brom v Manchester United EPL game on Sunday night.

Henry popularly called “Igwe” by Nigerian fans noted that he is very impressed with how Guinness Nigeria has, via this campaign, provided a unique opportunity for engagement with hundreds of thousands of people on the facts about alcohol, educating and empowering consumers to make informed decisions around if, when and how to drink.

“The misuse of alcohol is a real and on-going concern and Guinness is winning in its strategy on how to tackle it and find more meaningful solutions,” said Henry.

Corporate Relations Director, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mrs. Viola Graham-Douglas, who also addressed journalists at the closing ceremony said: “As a leading manufacturer of alcoholic beverages, Guinness Nigeria Plc makes effort to promote responsible drinking and work with other stakeholders to combat alcohol misuse. Some of the principles that have defined our approach include the need to combat alcohol abuse, setting standards for responsible marketing and innovation; and promoting a shared understanding of what responsible drinking means in order to reduce alcohol-related harm.”

She added, “It is our desire that the continued partnership with FRSC will galvanize other corporate institutions and organizations to commit and partner with us in raising awareness around responsible consumption of alcohol which would address the issue of ‘drink driving’ in Nigeria.” Graham-Douglas said.

On his part, Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, commended Guinness Nigeria Plc for sustaining this giant stride for the past thirteen years, while taking into cognizance the fact that road safety is a shared responsibility.

“In Nigeria, the last four months of the year are often referred to as ‘ember months’ and have been greatly associated with increased incidence of road accidents and casualty. Due to the festivities in these months, particularly in December, there is an upsurge in movement of people travelling to various destinations, thus increasing the traffic on the roads. As we officially close this year’s ember months road safety responsible drinking campaign, I charge everyone to re-direct their minds toward good road use by obeying all rules and regulations. It is our collective responsibility to eradicate or reduce the ever-increasing volume of road crashes on our roads,” he stated.

The various events had representatives from the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers and members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in attendance.

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Guinness Nigeria, FRSC holds 13th annual ‘Ember Months’ anti-drink driving campaign rally

AudioAge – Lagos, Nigeria – 21 November 2017 – Leading manufacturer and Nigeria’s only total beverage company, Guinness Nigeria Plc, held its 13th annual Ember Months ‘Responsible Drinking’ public awareness rally in partnership with the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC), which is aimed at enlightening the public on the harmful consequences of alcohol abuse.

Speaking at the event, which took place at the Agege Motor Park in Lagos, Managing Director/CEO, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Peter Ndegwa, disclosed that the partnership with the FRSC has been a truly impactful one, making it possible to jointly deliver awareness campaigns reaching millions of Nigerians yearly.

“Through our ember months campaigns, we want to give our consumers the right information in order to help them make the right decisions around using alcohol as part of a balanced lifestyle. The message we deliver to consumers through our annual campaigns is consistent with our values at Guinness Nigeria. Consumers are at the heart of everything we do as an organisation and are the basis for our existence. We are therefore interested in using education and awareness as a way to curb instances of alcohol misuse and more specifically in this case drink driving,” Ndegwa said.

He also commended the FRSC for the critical role they play in helping to reduce accidents on the nation’s highways. “I would like to specially thank the FRSC for their partnership through the years and for the good work they do every day to ensure the safety of road users in Nigeria. As a company, we are proud of the impact we have been able to make through our partnership with the FRSC and other stakeholders. I’m positive that our collective actions will help promote the culture of responsible drinking and ensure the safety of those traveling on Nigerian roads,” he enthused.

“Whatever you do this season, please do NOT drink and drive. When you go out in a group to have fun, designate someone to drive and that person should not drink. If you are going out alone, arrange for taxi to take you home after you have had a drink. I urge everyone to drink responsibly and also act as ambassadors of responsible drinking during this season and beyond,” Ndegwa pleaded.

On his part, Corps Commander, Lagos Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Hyginus Omeje commended Guinness Nigeria Plc for sustaining this giant stride in the past thirteen years, while taking into cognizance the fact that road safety is a shared responsibility.

Speaking at the event, Omeje noted that driving under the influence was an underlying factor in some of the road traffic crashes recorded. Furthermore, he explained that the breathalyzers Guinness Nigeria donated to the FRSC in 2015 have been used to collate baseline data on driving under the influence (DUI) within the state.

 

“As we officially flag off this year’s ember months road safety responsible drinking campaign, I charge everyone to re-direct their minds toward good road use by obeying all rules and regulations. It is our collective responsibility to eradicate or reduce the ever-increasing volume of road crashes on our roads,” he warned.

The event had representatives from the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), National Automotive Technician Association (NATA), the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Union of Petroleum, Lagos Taxi Drivers Association and Natural Gas Workers and members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in attendance.

Guinness Nigeria has consistently demonstrated its strong commitment to promoting the responsible consumption of alcohol as part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle, through its various Responsible Drinking initiatives. These include DRINKiQ, Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, providing information, tools, and resources to help people better understand the role of alcohol as part of a balanced lifestyle and to make informed choices about drinking – or not drinking. Only recently, Guinness Nigeria entered into a partnership with the National Youth Service Corp to train corps members as ambassadors of responsible drinking in their various communities as part of their service to the nation.

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Guinness Nigeria Resolves Dispute With Nafdac

AudioAge – LAGOS,  Nigeria – 09  March  2016 –  Guinness Nigeria can now confirm that a Notice of Discontinuance of the court action instituted against the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Attorney General of the Federation has been filed. The action was started following the receipt by the company of a letter dated 9th November 2015 from NAFDAC which, among others, imposed administrative charges of one billion naira (N1billion) on the company.

The termination of the court action was predicated on the letter dated 15th February 2016 from NAFDAC to the company which was stated to “supercede the decisions contained in the Agency’s letter dated 9th November 2015”. As part of the resolution,NAFDAC would be present during the destruction of the expired raw materials in its rented warehouse and both parties agreed that this would be the procedure for the exercise in future. Guinness Nigeria also agreed to pay administrative and service charges to NAFDAC to cover the cost of the investigative inspection of raw materials carried out by the Agency as well as the supervision by NAFDAC of the destruction of the raw materials which would be carried out by Guinness Nigeria.

The administrative and service charges of approximately N11.4m has since been paid to NAFDAC.

Guinness Nigeria is home to some of the most iconic brands in Nigeria including Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. As part of the Diageo group of companies, Guinness Nigeria operates to the highest standard of quality in its production and processes, being guided not only by Nigerian but global best practices.

Guinness Nigeria acknowledges the support received from the Honourable Minister of Health and from the former Director-General and senior management of NAFDACtowards the amicable resolution of the matter and expresses its commitment to maintaining and fostering a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with NAFDAC.

Guinness reiterates quality credentials as shareholders meet to approve dividend

AudioAge – Lagos , Nigeria – 24  November 2015 – Guinness Nigeria Plc, a subsidiary of Diageo Plc, has reiterated that meeting the needs and expectations of its customers and stakeholders will remain a major imperative in the coming years.

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Peter Ndegwa, speaking at the company’s pre-annual general meeting press briefing in Lagos, stated that the future holds great promise for all stakeholders as the company continues to grow the business on the back of quality, innovation and technology.

“Our long-term sustainability is dependent on the consistent provision of quality products that do not only meet customers’ expectations but also create impressive returns to all stakeholders, be they shareholders, employees, trade partners, and suppliers. We are resolutely committed to these goals,” Ndegwa stated.

Describing the operating environment as challenging due to declining oil prices, tighter monetary policy measures, inflation, and pre-election slowdown in economic activities, Ndegwa said the company nonetheless posted an impressive performance in its full year results for the period ended 30th June 2015.

Ndegwa stated, “We delivered a 9% increase in net sales during the year in a tough trading environment largely driven by the growth in our Ready-To-Drink category and value beer segment. Our gross profit also grew by 9%. During the year, we continued to invest significantly behind our brands and our route to consumer expansion”. The overall results reflect strong volume growth on the back of year-on-year impressive performance of its innovation and value brands.

Mr. Ndegwa also reiterated the Company’s commitment to improving the percentage of Local Raw Materials used in its production. “In service of our focus to drive out cost in order to invest in growth, we have increased the proportion of our locally sourced raw materials from 27% to 43% and our intent is to continue to increase our LRM by empowering local suppliers – including farmers, SMEs supplying other inputs that can be locally sourced and other manufacturers or suppliers of other items by giving them secure contracts that can help them attract funding”, he noted.

The Board of Directors of the Company also recommended, subject to approval at the Annual General Meeting slated for 26thNovember 2015 in Abuja, a dividend of approximately N4.82 billion, translating to 320 kobo per 50 kobo ordinary share. The dividend recommended, if approved at the Annual General Meeting will be paid to shareholders on 27th November 2015.

Among resolutions slated for shareholders’ endorsement at the meeting include the re-election and confirmation of directors, approval of a dividend and election of members of the Audit Committee of the Company, appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers as the new auditors of the Company and remuneration of Directors.

Also speaking during the briefing, Corporate Relations Director, Sesan Sobowale, reiterated the company’s commitment to continuously deliver quality products through application of the highest standards of good manufacturing practice.”We take our responsibility to deliver quality products seriously. The meticulous and painstaking work, including rigorous quality assurance that precedes the final production of all our products, has a singular objective: to ensure that our consumers drink products that are healthy and comparable with similar products made by a Diageo facility anywhere else in the world.”

He said the Company’s conformity to the highest standards of quality have enabled the repeated re-certification of its products and procedures by some of the world’s leading certification organizations as the International Standards Organization (ISO) as well as the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON). The Company received the ISO 9002:1994 quality standard in 2001 becoming the first brewery in West Africa to be so honoured.

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Chairman, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Babatunde Savage (middle) with the Managing Director, Mr. Peter Ndegwa (left) and Corporate Relations Director, Mr. Sesan Sobolwale, at the company’s pre-annual general meeting conference in Lagos

Guinness Nigeria Plc announces 22bn net sales for first quarter of financial year

AudioAge – Lagos, Nigeria – 22 October 2015 – Guinness Nigeria Plc, Nigeria’s leading beverage manufacturer and a subsidiary of Diageo Plc, has announced its financial results for the first quarter ended 30 September 2015. The results showed a 3% increase in revenue year on year.

Commenting on the results, Mr. Peter Ndegwa, the company’s Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, stated:

“In the period under review, sales continued to grow despite a challenging trading environment, being 3% ahead of the same quarter last year. Despite the sales growth, gross profit declined by 12% versus the same period last year due to the impact of exchange rate devaluation, inflation, an increased share of value brands, together with the phasing of costs. Marketing, distribution, administrative and other expenses at N8bn were 2% ahead of the prior year. Reported operating profit at N1.4bn is 50% below the previous year but is significantly impacted by the phasing of costs which is expected to reverse during the rest of the year.”

Guinness Nigeria was established in 1962 with Nigeria being the first country to have a Guinness brewery built outside of the British Isles. Products from the brewer’s stables include Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Harp Lager Beer, Malta Guinness, Orijin Spirits Mixed Drink and Satzenbrau Lager.

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About Guinness Nigeria and Diageo
Guinness Nigeria Plc is a leading alcohol beverage manufacturer in Nigeria and one of the oldest companies in Nigeria. Listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1965, Guinness Nigeria is also one of the foremost quoted companies in Nigeria having built its first brewery in Ikeja in 1962, and currently has facilities in Ogba, Benin City and Aba.

Brands from the stables of Guinness Nigeria include Guinness, Foreign Extra Stout and Extra Smooth, Malta Guinness, Harp Lager, Dubic Lager, Snapp and Orijin.

Guinness Nigeria Plc is a member company of Diageo Plc; the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of brands such as Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Ciroc, J&B, Baileys, Cuervo, Tanquery and Captain Morgan amongst others.

For our global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit www.DRINKiQ.com. For more information please visit www.guinness-nigeria.com

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s, Windsor and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO). For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com.

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