Tackling illicit and informal alcohol
Illicit alcohol is a major public health issue across Africa. According to the World Health Organisation, about half of all the alcohol drunk in sub-Saharan Africa is produced illegally, with the “informal” brewing market believed to be three to five times the value of the beer market.
In East Africa we play a role in reducing the consumption of dangerous illicit brews by producing quality, affordable alternatives that also offer employment and economic benefit. Senator Keg, which was introduced to Kenya in 2004, demonstrates how we are doing this.
Senator Keg was developed to fight the consumption of illicit alcohol. This was done through a range of measures including a lower tax regime, which increased affordability, and special packaging to ensure that the beer was consumed where it was sold, that it would not be sold to minors and would not be sold above a set price.
Senator has become a flagship beer in Kenya, produced using locally sourced sorghum and employing local farmers while offering consumers a safe and affordable alternative to illicit alcohol.