BrandArena: Encomium As Nigerian Breweries Reward Outstanding Distributors’

Monday 16 March 2015

Encomium As Nigerian Breweries Reward Outstanding Distributors’

Nigeria’s foremost brewing giant, Nigerian Breweries Plc has restated its commitment to continuously reward productivity and business partnership. This was clearly demonstrated at the elaborate distributors’ award night where the company rewarded outstanding distributors and transporters who excelled in the year 2014.
Ifeoma Chukwuka Nigeria limited, having sold the highest number of Nigerian Breweries products, emerged the best distributor back to back having won the same award last year in the National Champions Award category. The company also put Nigeria boldly on the global map by breaking the African record as No 1 volume distributor for Heineken by selling 4 million cases of total company products.Just last year, Ken Maduakor Nigeria Limited is the first runner up while Magulf Global Enterprises Nigeria Limited clinched the second runner up position. 
(L-R) Sales Director Nigerian Breweries Plc, Hubert Eze, Managing Director, Nicolaas Vervelde,  National Champion of the Distributors Award 2015, Dem Joy Igwe,  Sir Gabriel Igwe, of Ifeoma Chukwuka Nigeria Limited, and the  Nigerian Breweries Managing Director' Wife, Clementine Vervelde at the Distributors' Award presentation tagged Partnering for Greatness in Lagos.
For their commendable performances and efforts, Ifeoma Chukwuka went home with a trophy and a brand new Mercedes Diesel Truck to further enhance her business. Ken Maduakor and Magulf Enterprises went home with a Mitsubishi Canter Truck and trophies each. The companies won the award at the ceremony held at Eko Hotel and Suites Hotel in Lagos.
The brewing giant gave out over 150 awards in various categories which include: National Volume Champion and Regional Volume Champions, Regional Volume Champions who attained minimum of 2 million cases, Regional Volume Champion who attained less than 2 million cases, District Champions who achieved minimum of 2 million cases, District Champions who achieved 1 Million – 2 Million cases, District Champions who achieved 1 Million cases, Millionaire Club (SKDs who achieved above 1 million cases), CFAO Award for Non-alcoholic, Brand Champions in all the brands, Isuzu Award and Key transporters Awards among others.
Other prizes won included Mitsubishi L300 double cabin; Toyota Hilux 4x4 including 14 Pirelli tyres, Sound proof generating Sets; cash rewards and several free crates of Nigerian Breweries Products.
Speaking at the event, Sales Director of Nigerian Breweries, Mr. Hubert Eze, affirmed that partnership with key distributors and transporters is a major factor in the company’s success story which has also contributed to growth in sales volume. He stated that the merger with Consolidated Breweries Limited has further strengthened the company’s business.
(L-R) Nigerian Breweries Plc, Managing Director' Wife, Clementine Vervelde, Managing Director, Nicolaas Vervelde, National Key Transporter Champion, Emmanuel Usiakpor of Joza Global Logistic and the  National Champion of the Distributors Award 2015, Dem Joy Igwe , of Ifeoma Chukwuka Nigeria Limited at the Distributors' Award presentation.
“The theme of this year’s distributors’ award is ‘Partnering for Progress.’ We are in it together – for a long time and not just to make profit. Despite the challenges in 2014, we recorded a growth in volume rolling out new brands and re-launching existing brands. We thank our key distributors for their support and all that have worked together for the success of the company.”
Mr. Eze motivated the distributors to continue to stock and the sell NB products as the company continue to expand its portfolio with products that consumers crave.
The Managing Director, Mr. Nicolaas Vervelde, who gave the overall scorecard of the company in 2014, appreciated the key distributors and transporters for their undaunted partnership during thick and thin. “In second half of 2014, the market was tougher but our partnership with key distributors made it possible that NB maintained its leadership position.”
He reminded the strategic partners that Nigerian Breweries Plc merged with Consolidated Breweries Plc in December 2014. Following this merger, the new Nigerian Breweries has become an enlarged company with extensive supply chain footprint and distribution infrastructure across the country. “We now have 11 breweries spread across the country, 19 brands and 56 SKUs covering more consumer segments in our market. The combination of brands, customers, staff and products as well as the exchange of best practice would create opportunities for higher revenue growth for our company and your businesses.”
By this action, he stressed that the company believes in investment, not only in new products but also in our existing ones. “Our business success continues to be driven by marketing innovations. In 2014, we introduced Star Lite, Nigeria’s first crisp, truly refreshing and less filling lager beer; Star was also introduced in 45cl bottle and 50cl can; Gulder, your Ultimate Beer was relaunched in a brand new bottle. Ace Passion and Star Radler were also added to our portfolio. Fayrouz and Maltina were also introduced in PET Bottles while Goldberg added 50cl Can to its winning SKUs.”
At the dazzling night, Managing Director of Ifeoma Ckukwuka Nigeria Limited,Dame Joy Igwe -who also won six other awards that same night - revealed the secret behind the success of her sales: “I feel so happy to have won seven awards especially the National award. Focus and determination is the secret. For us, winning is a lifestyle and we will continue to work hard. I will also like to Commend Nigerian Breweries Plc for their support and encouragement always.
“I make bold to say they are the best company to work with in Nigeria because they provide everything you need to succeed. So with such a company behind you, why won’t you succeed? They encourage us to do more every year and we hope to win again next year. We are growing as Nigerian Breweries is growing. We thank God for that.”
On their partnership with Nigerian Breweries Plc, Ken Maduakor said it has been a successful partnership that has seen his business grow over the years, he described NB as “a company that knows what the consumer wants and seek out the right set of partners to ensure the products get to their hands at all times.”
(L-R) Managing Director Nigerian Breweries Plc, Nicolaas Vervelde, National Key Transporter Champion, Emmanuel Usiakpor of Joza Global Logistic  Nigerian Breweries Plc, Managing Director' Wife, Clementine Vervelde
Mr. Paul Okene of Magulf Enterprises - who relocated from the United States of America to take over the business after his Mother’s death - said the company has been distributing NB products for close to two years and NB is always there “encouraging and giving a helping hand always, they ensure you have all you need - including POS and other materials - to succeed.”
Celebrated singing sensation, Tuface Idibia and legendary Juju musician, King Sunny Ade gave exciting performances to entertain the distinguished guests at the elaborate event.
Nigeria Breweries Plc, the pioneer and largest brewing company in Nigeria was incorporated in 1946 and recorded a landmark when the first bottle of Star Lager beer rolled off the bottling lines in its Lagos Brewery in June 1949.

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