Year of investment
Number of breweries
Number of sorghum breweries
Number of bottling plants
Total size of beer market (hl 000)
Beer consumption per capita (litres)
Nile Breweries Limited (NBL) is established in 1951 as an unlisted public company.
The Muljibhai Madhvani group of companies takes majority ownership and management control. Although nationalised in 1972, the brewery was repossessed by NBL in 1992.
SABMiller is invited to take a 40% share and joint management.
SABMiller purchases the remaining Madhvani shares and makes an offer to the remaining minorities. This offer has been taken up by all but a few per cent to date.
NBL obtains an excise rebate that encourages the local production of sorghum and brewing a clear sorghum beer – Eagle Lager. This innovation has been responsible for making beer more affordable and attracting new consumers.
Nile Special and Club Pilsener are converted to the 500ml long neck Gold Euro bottle – a first for the Ugandan market.
In August NBL opened its US$29 million brewery extension doubling production capacity from 90 to 180 million litres of beer per year.
Following the success of its initiative to convert locally grown barley into brewing malt, SABMiller plc announces construction of a $16 million maltings plant in Uganda.
Acquisition of Rwenzori.
US$90m investment programme to fund capacity expansion in the Mbarara greenfield.
Bringing benefit to communities and farmers
Nile Breweries Limited in Uganda supports local farmers and communities through a range of projects including investment in boreholes and financial support for the education of underprivileged students.
Encouraging responsible consumption across the value chain
Alcohol abuse – particularly the consumption of illicit alcohol – is a problem among some rural farmers in Uganda. In response, Nile Breweries has developed an innovative programme to communicate alcohol responsibility messages to a largely illiterate group of farmers in an easy-to-understand and engaging way.