In a move aimed at reducing the import dependent profile of the Nigerian economy, creating more jobs and boosting the local sourcing of raw materials, manufacturer of alcoholic beverage, Guinness Nigeria Plc, has commissioned a new production line for spirit brands in Nigeria.
Some of the brands to be manufactured locally include Smirnoff X1 intense chocolate vodka, Smirnoff Extra Smooth Vodka, Gordon’s Dry Gin, Moringa Citrus Blend, McDowell’s No. 1 Reserved Whisky, McDowell’s VSOP and Royal Challenge Finest Premium Whisky.
The production line, with a design capacity of 1.2 million cases, is located within the Guinness Brewery, Ikpoba Hill, Benin City. It was commissioned by the Executive Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, amidst pomp, fanfare and commendation.
Obaseki, who nostalgically recalled his long personal relationship with the brand as a stockbroker, commended the board and management of Guinness Nigeria for this feat, and urged other companies to see the current economic recession as an opportunity for backward integration and expansion of their business horizons.
“This is a company I am very close to and very fond of, and so, I am quite excited that one of my first official corporate functions as governor is to commission the new spirit line for the company.
We are very pleased that Guinness is part of the landscape of Benin and Edo State, and has been so since 1974. “And so, for us, you are a partner, and as a state, we will take our partnership very seriously