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Govt pledges support for beverage industry

BY: Daily Graphic
Mr Robert Ahomka-Lindsay
Mr Robert Ahomka-Lindsay

A Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Robert Ahomka-Lindsay, has said the government is committed to supporting small and medium beverage enterprises with incentives to boost their operations.

He said such incentives include zero duty on all equipment for manufacturing beverages, duty-free on raw materials imports for manufacturers who had difficulty in acquiring them under the One-District, One-Factory initiative among many other things.

Mr Ahomka-Lindsay, who was speaking at the Third Ghana Beverage Awards held in Accra last Friday, said those small and medium beverage companies contributed significantly to the country's development.

“They can do a lot for Ghana by offering wealth and job opportunities locally and internationally. Everything starts with a first step,” Mr Ahomka-Lindsey added.

The awards

The awards, organised by the Global Media Alliance, seeks to celebrate, honour and inspire the beverage industry in Ghana.

It is targeted at producers, stakeholders in the industry and consumers.

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The Third Edition was on the theme: "Drink Ghana, Inspiring Excellence in Ghana's Beverage Industry”.

Major winners

Storm Energy Drink by Kasapreko Company Limited, emerged the Product of the Year, while the Bitters of the Year went to Alomo Bitters with the Manufacturer of the Year awards also going to Kasapreko.

Guinness was adjudged the Beer of the Year while Blue Skies took the Fruit Juice of the Year.

Jameson took the lnternational Spirit of the Year, while the Liqueur of the Year was Kpoo Keke, the Spirit of the Year went to Castle Bridge, with Ciders/RTD of the Year going to Orijin Beer.

Vitamilk was adjudged the Cocoa/Chocolate/Dairy product of the Year.

The rest were Water of the Year - BelAqua, CSR Company of the Year - Twellium Industries and the International Beer of the Year - Heineken. — GNA