Otumfuo Osei Tutu II holding a bottle of Star Beer

Peter Ndegwa, Managing Director of Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL), has led a delegation of senior executives from Diageo PLC, the world?s leading premium drinks producer and parent company of GGBL, to pay a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.

The delegation, made up of Nick Blazquez, President of Diageo Africa, Turkey, Russia, Central and Eastern Europe Andy Fennell, President and Chief Operating Officer, Diageo Africa, Ekwunife Okoli, Managing Director, African Regional Markets, Peter Ndegwa, Managing Director of GGBL and Preba Greenstreet, Corporate Relations Director of GGBL presented a portfolio of Diageo?s Reserve brands, Gilbey?s Gin (GGBL?s first locally manufactured spirit beverage), and the new labelled Star Lager beer as part of a regular business update to Otumfuo.

Dr. Blazquez said ?as home to our headquarters in Ghana, the business is committed to continue investing in our operations in Kumasi. Last year, we invested GHC90 million in ultra-modern equipment to increase production.  We will continue to impact the communities in which we operate through the employment opportunities we provide directly and indirectly, our innovative use of local raw materials which creates value and improves livelihood for farmers, and our Water of Life projects across the country.?

He also expressed gratitude to Otumfuo for his support to GGBL throughout the years.

On his part, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II commended GGBL for the investments and impact they are making in the Ashanti Region and Ghana as a whole and reiterated his continued support to the business.

The Asantehene was particularly pleased to receive the new label Star Lager beer which gave credence to the continued brewing and packaging of Star beer in Kumasi, and welcomed the addition of Gilbey?s Gin to GGBL?s portfolio of products.

He concluded by encouraging the business to continue to expand its use of locally sourced raw materials to drive development for farmers and Ghana as a whole.

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