Guinness Nigeria

Guinness Nigeria has a rich heritage and a great track record of growth and strong performance.

Guinness Nigeria is an iconic African company, renowned across the continent and internationally for our high quality brands. We also believe in enriching the communities in which we operate through investment and positive, active participation. Guinness Nigeria is not only regarded as an iconic African company, renowned internationally for its high quality brands, but also as a company that believes in enriching the communities within which it operates, through investment and active participation in the positive evolution of society.

At a glance

Guinness Nigeria Plc, a public limited liability company quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange was incorporated 29 April 1950 as a trading company importing Guinness Stout from Dublin.  The Company has since transformed into a manufacturing operation and its principal activities continue to be brewing, packaging, marketing and selling of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Guinness Extra Smooth, Malta Guinness, Malta Guinness Herbs Lite, Harp Lager, Smirnoff Ice, Satzenbrau Lager, Dubic Malt, Snapp, Master’s Choice, Orijin Spirit Mixed Drink, Orijin Bitters, Smirnoff Ice Double Black with Guarana, Guinness Africa Special, Orijin Zero, Tappers and Royal Kingdom Lager. 

Following the approval of the Board of Directors (the Board), Guinness Nigeria Plc acquired the rights to import, market, distribute and sell in Nigeria the International Premium Spirit brands of Diageo plc (“Diageo”), its parent company with effect from 1st January 2016. The Company now has exclusive distribution rights to Diageo’s iconic brands in Nigeria including Baileys, Smirnoff, Gordon's, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray, Ciroc and the Johnnie Walker range. Guinness Nigeria Plc installed Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) production lines and commenced production and sale of products in PET format in the 2018 financial year. It currently produces Malta Guinness, Orijin Zero and Dubic Malt in PET formats.  

Guinness Nigeria Plc also acquired the right to manufacture locally some of the most successful mainstream spirits brands in Nigeria that are part of Diageo brands including Smirnoff Vodka and Gordon's Gin. Our relationship with Diageo has also enabled us acquire the right to import, market, sell as well as the right to produce locally MrDowell’s and Royal Challenge whiskey in Nigeria. This exciting new portfolio of fantastic brands makes Guinness Nigeria Plc the only Total Beverage Alcohol (TBA) business in Nigeria with the experience and capacity to cater for the needs of all consumer segments.

Heritage

Guinness Nigeria Plc is home of the first Guinness brewery outside of the British Isles. The first bottle of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout in Nigeria was brewed on the 30th of November 1963, three years after Nigeria’s independence - opening up opportunities for the overseas Guinness Foreign Extra Stout brewing in other parts of the world. Two years later, in 1965, Guinness Nigeria was listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. We are proud to be the world's second-largest market for Guinness, and a major part of the inspiring long history of brand Guinness.

Innovation

Currently, we are proud to be the only Total Beverage Alcohol Company in Nigeria. This means we are the only company currently    with a wide portfolio of brands catering to alcohol and non-alcohol drinkers, with Spirits, Lager & Beers, and Non-Alcoholic drinks.

In 2007, Guinness Nigeria provides water to an additional 500,000 people in Nigeria under the Water of Life scheme with mini-water works located in Lagos, Anambra, Ogun, Imo, Rivers, Nassarawa, Niger, Ekiti, Kwara and Edo states respectively.

In 2012, The 1st solar-powered Water of Life mini-water works is commissioned in Awka Ofemili, Anambra State.

In 2018, Guinness Nigeria expanded the Ogba Brewery by adding a PET Line

Leadership in alcohol in society

At Guinness Nigeria, we recognize that, when consumed moderately and responsibly by adults who choose to drink, alcohol can be part of a balanced lifestyle and play a positive role in social occasions and celebrations.

Sustainability development

Guinness Nigeria’s sustainability efforts are focused on those areas of society where its business has the greatest impact, such as social responsibility and alcohol, the environment and our social and economic impact in the communities where we operate.

To ensure our efforts in community investment can be as effective as possible, we concentrate on the following areas:

  • Responsible Drinking
  • Education
  • Health
  • Water of Life
  • Skills for Life

Our sustainability strategy is fully aligned with Diageo’s global strategy and is underpinned by three main pillars: Leadership in alcohol in society, Building thriving communities and Reducing our environmental impact. Other areas of social and environmental impact include the Guinness Eye Hospitals, our Undergraduate Scholarship schemes and our flagship Water of Life initiative.

Our brands

Beers are brewed using four key ingredients: water, hops, yeast and a cereal such as barley, maize, sorghum or wheat. Guinness Nigeria produces several different styles of beer, including the famous Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Guinness Africa Special and Harp Lager beer.

Our brands include Harp, Guinness, Johnnie Walker, Baileys, Smirnoff, Gordon’s Dry Gin, Satzenbrau, Dubic Malt, Malta Guinness, Orijin Non-alcoholic Zero, Orijin and MrDowell’s.

Brands and status

  1. Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
  2. Malta Guinness
  3. Orijin
  4. Harp Lager beer
  5. Baileys
  6. Johnny Walker