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Our History

A Walk Down Memory Lane!

In 1946, when the idea that birthed our company was formed, we made a promise to make a mark so bold, history will forever remember us. Over seven decades later, we are certain that we have not broken that promise. We take pride in how far we have come and our immeasurable achievements and consistency over the years.

Incorporation of Nigerian Brewery ltd.

  • November, 1946

UAC and Heineken sign a contract for incorporation of Nigerian Brewery limited in Lagos.

November, 1946
June, 1949
Launch of Star Lager beer.

Launch of Star Lager beer.

  • June, 1949

The first bottle of Star Lager beer rolls off the bottling line in June.

Commencement of the Aba Brewery construction

Commencement of the Aba Brewery construction

  • May, 1955

In May of 1955, work commences on the Aba Brewery.

May, 1955
May, 1957

Change of Name

  • May, 1957

Nigerian Brewery Limited becomes Nigerian Breweries Limited

Brewery Commissioning

Brewery Commissioning

  • 1964

Kaduna Brewery is commissioned.

Brand Launch

Brand Launch

  • 1970

Gulder, the extra mature lager beer is born.

Establishment of a training school.

Establishment of a training school.

  • 1971

Nigerian Breweries’ Training School is established in Iganmu, Lagos.


Brand Launch

  • 1976

Nigeria’s number one malt brand, Maltina is Born

Brewery Commissioning

Brewery Commissioning

  • 1982

Ibadan Brewery is commissioned.

June, 1992
Brand Launch

Brand Launch

  • June, 1992

The extra dark, extra bitter, Legend Extra Stout is born.

Brewery Commissioning

Brewery Commissioning

  • 1993

Our 5th brewery in Enugu was commissioned.

November, 1994

Brand Launch

  • November, 1994

Amstel Malta is introduced.

Change of Management

Change of Management

  • 2000

Heineken takes over control of Nigerian Breweries.


New bottling line Commissioning

  • 2002

The new bottling line at Ibadan Brewery is commissioned.

Brewery Commissioning

Brewery Commissioning

  • October, 2003

President Obasanjo commissions Ama Brewery.

October, 2003
Brand Launch

Brand Launch

  • 2006

Fayrouz, the premium non-­ alcoholic soft drink was launched.

Brand Launch

Brand Launch

  • 2010

Climax herbal energy drink was launched.


Acquisition of Sona Breweries.

  • 2011

Sona Breweries was acquired bringing brand portfolio to 11.

Merger with Consolidated Breweries

  • 2014

Nigerian Breweries merged with Consolidated Breweries; bringing brand portfolio to 19 brands and our SKUs to 59.


Brand Launch

  • 2015

The spirits brand, Ace Roots was launched.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2019

Nigerian Breweries received the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSAN) Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance (Corporate Category) as well as the Institute of Directors' Nigeria Corporate Governance Award.


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