Nigerian Breweries

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Nigerian Breweries Plc[1]
Traded as NSE: NB
Industry Alcoholic beverage
Predecessor Nigerian Breweries Limited
Founded 16 November 1946 (as Nigerian Brewery Limited)
Headquarters Iganmu House, Abebe Village Road, Iganmu, Surulere, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Area served
West Africa
Key people
Chief Kolawole B. Jamodu, OFR (Chairman)
Products Beer, brewing, marketing and selling of alcoholic and Non-alcoholic beverages (lager, stout, malt and soft drinks)

Heineken Brouwerijen B.V (37.73%)
Distilled Trading International BV(16.36%)
Stanbic Nominees Nigeria Limited (15.53%)

Other individuals & institutions (30.38%)[2]
Number of employees
3 195 [2]
Footnotes / references

Nigerian Breweries Plc, is the pioneer and largest brewing company in Nigeria. It serves the Nigerian market and exports to other parts of West Africa.


Incorporated in 1946, its first bottle of beer, STAR Lager, rolled off the bottling lines of its Lagos brewery in June 1949. Other breweries were subsequently commissioned by the company, including Aba Brewery in 1957, Kaduna Brewery in 1963, and Ibadan Brewery in 1982. In September 1993, the company acquired its fifth brewery in Enugu, and in October 2003, its sixth brewery, sited at Ameke in Enugu. Ama Brewery began brewing on the 22 March 2003 and at 3 million hectolitres is the largest brewery in Nigeria.[3] Operations at Enugu brewery were discontinued in 2004, while the company acquired a malting Plant in Aba in 2008.

In October 2011, Nigerian Breweries acquired majority equity interests in Sona Systems Associates Business Management Limited, (Sona Systems) and Life Breweries Limited from Heineken N.V. This followed Heineken’s acquisition of controlling interests in five breweries in Nigeria from Sona Group in January 2011.

Sona Systems’ two breweries in Ota and Kaduna, and Life Breweries in Onitsha have now become part of Nigerian Breweries Plc, together with the three brands: Goldberg lager, Malta Gold and Life Continental lager.

In December 31st 2014, Nigerian Breweries Plc completed the merger with Consolidated Breweries Plc which added the three breweries in Ijebu-ode, Awo-Omama and Makurdi to the company and also with the brands 33 Export Lager, Williams Dark Ale, Turbo King Stout, More Lager, Breezer, Himalt and Maltex(the first Nigerian malt drink).

In November 2015, Nigerian Breweries launched the international brand Strongbow cider which makes it the first in Nigeria to produce and bottle the cider category beverage.

Nigerian Breweries Plc now has ten operational breweries from which its products are distributed to all parts of Nigeria, in addition to the malting plants in Aba and Kaduna. Nigerian Breweries also supports operations in Champion Breweries Plc, Uyo.


The company has a portfolio of high-quality brands, including

  • Star Lager (launched in 1949) Pale Lager
  • Gulder lager beer (1970) Pale Lager
  • Legend Extra Stout (1992) 7.5% ABV Extra Stout
  • Heineken Lager (June 1998) Premium Lager
  • Goldberg Lager (October 2011)
  • Life Continental Lager (October 2011)
  • Star Lite Lager (February 2014) Pale Lager
  • Ace Passion Apple Spark (December 2014)
  • 33 Export Lager (January 2015)
  • Williams Dark Ale (January 2015)
  • Turbo King Stout (January 2015)
  • More Lager (January 2015)
  • Breezer (January 2015), in three varieties of fruit-flavoured bacardi drink
  • Ace Roots (April 2015)
  • Star Radler (July 2015)
  • Ace Rhythm (September 2015)
  • Star TripleX (September 2015)
  • Strongbow Cider (November 2015)

Alcohol-free drinks

  • Maltina (1976), in three varieties, namely Maltina Classic, Maltina Strawberry, and Maltina Pineapple; Maltina Sip-it (2005), in Tetrapak;
  • Amstel Malta (1994).
  • Fayrouz, in pear, pineapple and exotic flavour (2006)
  • Climax Energy drink
  • Malta Gold (October 2011)
  • Himalt (January 2015)
  • Maltex (January 2015)

Most of the products are packed in returnable bottles and all products are now available in cans. Fayrouz, Maltina and Amstel Malta are also produced in P.E.T Bottles

The company's head offices are located in Lagos.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Listed Securities Company Details - NIGERIAN BREW. PLC. (NB)". The Nigerian Stock Exchange. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Nigerian Breweries Plc Audited Results Dec 2013" (PDF). 12 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Nigerian Breweries' Enugu Plant produces at full capacity, employs 1000 staff". Retrieved 22 April 2015. 

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