Mr Robert Ahomka-Lindsay, a Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, says 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, subsidisation percentage for investments and a duty-free on raw materials for manufacturers with had difficulty in acquiring them under the One District One Factory initiative.
Mr Ahomka-Lindsay, at the Third Ghana Beverage Awards, said those small and medium beverage companies contributed significantly to the country’s development.
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.
The Third Edition was on the theme: “Drink Ghana, Inspiring Excellence in Ghana’s Beverage Industry.”
Kasapreko Company Limited’s Storm Energy Drink emerged the Product of the Year, with the Bitters of the Year going to Alomo Bitters and Manufacturer of the Year (Kasapreko).
Guinness was adjudged the Beer of the Year while Blue Skies took the Fruit Juice of the Year.
“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.
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.