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Nigerian Breweries' Enugu Plant produces at full capacity, employs 1000 staff

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Ama Greenfield Brewery, Enugu, built in 2003 with an estimated 220 million Euros, equal to N30 billion with 30MHL capacity, is producing at full capacity and meeting the expectation of its owners, the company said at its 10 years anniversary tour of the company.

It has also created employment for over 1,000 workers, both full time employees, contractors and outsourced.

Commissioned on October 24 2003 by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the facility described by some as “the jewel in the crown of Heineken NV (Nigerian Breweries’ parent company)” was until recently Africa’s biggest brewery and is reputed to be one of the most modern breweries in the world and the first of its kind in Africa.

It is the Company’s sixth brewery and the second to be established in the eastern heartland, following Aba brewery, also owned by Nigerian Breweries.

Kufre Ekanem, Corporate Affairs Adviser of Nigerian Brewery said: “At a time like the 10th Anniversary of Ama Breweries, the company is still top-notch because of its world-Class facility and this is why we have decided to celebrate the milestone with our media partners and friends.”

John Richardson, Brewery Manager informed said the milestone is a direct result of Nigerian Breweries plc’s relentless effort to consolidate its leadership position in the beer market.

“For Ama Brewery, the past 10 years in the Nigerian market has been a success story. The decision to establish the facility here in Enugu was a very good business decision because it has resulted in 10 years of very strong business and community relationships. This success story is made possible by Heineken and the indigenous communities here in Enugu.”

He stressed that the company has maintained its high standard by concentrating on the development of its workforce: “Nigerian Breweries has been in the Nigerian market since 1946 and has trained and retrained hundreds of thousands of workers in the process. For the last 10 years Ama has also created valuable employment for young and enterprising youths in Nigeria. By our sheer size we are able to employ people full time and have other adjuncts like contractors, loaders and others. We are here for the long haul”.

The first brew was made on March 22, 2003 while the first bottle of Star Lager rolled off the bottling line at exactly 12.15 p.m. on Thursday April 24, 2003.

In addition to opening up the communities to commerce and modernisation, Enugu State has also benefited from increased revenue and the building of international confidence for investment. This multi-billion naira investment, as expected, has translated into enhanced employment, as well as opening a floodgate of business activities and opportunities in the economy.

Article Credit: Business Day Newspaper

Updated 5 Years ago

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