Milestones

19th Century Guinness Stout first imported into Nigeria.

1950s Trading company for Guinness established in Nigeria.

1962 First Guinness brewery outside of Ireland and Great Britain built in Lagos.

1962 Guinness Eye Hospital built in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

1965 Guinness Nigeria is quoted on Nigeria Stock Exchange with 1,200 investors.

1974 2nd ultra-modern brewery built in Benin to produce Harp Lager..

1978 3rd brewery built at Benin to produce Guinness Stout.

1982 4th brewery built in Ogba to produce Harp Lager, and later Guinness Stout.

1986 Guinness Nigeria invests in farming of maize and sorghum to replace imported barley.

1990 Malta Guinness launched into the Nigerian market.

1990 Guinness Nigeria invests N1.6billion (£45 million) in upgrading its breweries.

1991 Another Guinness Eye Hospital built in Onitsha.

1997 Guinness Nigeria becomes a subsidiary of Diageo Plc, thus gaining access to Diageo's range of global brands and technical support.

1997 1st Water of Life mini-water works commissioned at Oregbeni/Benin, Edo State.

2001 Guinness Nigeria records over 60,000 investors, share capital value of N354million (£2.1 million) with shareholders’ funds of N14,158million (£84.95m)

2001 Gordon Spark, an exotic ready-to-drink product is launched into the Nigeria market.

2003 1st Corporate Citizenship Report launched to highlight the company's contributions to the society.

2004 Guinness Nigeria commissions another brewery in Aba, Abia State.

2004 Commissions the 2nd Water of Life mini-water works project in Aba, Abia State.

2005 Commissions the 3rd Water of Life mini-water works project in Badia Lagos.

2005 Guinness Extra Smooth is launched in the Nigerian market.

2006 Smirnoff Ice launched into the Nigerian market.

2007 Guinness Nigeria becomes the 1st brewery in West Africa to be ISO 14000:2004 certified - the highest certification available for clean environmental standards globally.

2007 Guinness Nigeria provides water to an additional 500,000 people in Nigeria under the Water of Life scheme with mini-water works located in Lagos, Anambra, Ogun, Imo, Rivers, Nassarawa, Niger, Ekiti, Kwara and Edo states respectively.

2007 Guinness Nigeria becomes the 1st manufacturing company to become ISO 22000 certified for food safety standards.

2007 The International Institute for Quality Selection, Bruxelles, endorses Foreign Extra Stout and Guinness Extra Smooth with Grand Gold Medals. Harp Lager and Satzenbrau awarded Gold Medals for surpassing international quality standards.

2008 Ogba Brewery emerges as Africa's best in the Guinness League of Excellence.

2008 Guinness Nigeria goes live on SAP.

2008 The International Institute for Quality Selection, Bruxelles endorses all Guinness Nigeria brands with Grand Gold Awards at the Monde's 47th International Awards for surpassing international standards.

2009 Brand Guinness celebrates 250 years of iconic existence globally.

2010 Guinness Nigeria celebrates its 60 years of brewing excellence in Nigeria.

2011 Guinness Nigeria signs into the Convention of Business Integrity (CBi).

2011 Harp Lime, a cool new flavoured Harp Beer is launched into the Nigerian market.

2012 Dubic Extra Lager, a beer with a great Nigerian heritage, is launched in Aba and Ibadan simultaneously.

2012 The 1st solar-powered Water of Life mini-water works is commissioned in Awba Ofemili, Anambra State.

2012 Guinness Nigeria wins the Best Place To Work in Nigeria and the Best Multinational Company in Nigeria Awards.

2012 Malta Guinness Low Sugar, a new low-sugar Malta variant filled with top-of-the-world goodness and vitality is launched into the Nigerian Market. in the same year, SNAPP was also launched targeted at women.

2014 Guinness Nigeria launches Orijin Ready to Drink (RTD), an alcoholic drink with the bitter-sweet taste of African herbs and fruits, which went on to become the fastest growing innovation brand in Diageo history.

2015 Guinness Nigeria launches Guinness Africa Special, the first innovation for Guinness in Africa in over 10 years.

2016 Guinness Nigeria launches Orijin Zero, a non-alcoholic variant of the popular Orijin RTD, targeted at consumers who want to enjoy the bitter-sweet taste of Orijin but without the alcohol.

2016 Guinness Nigeria is named the third best place to work in Nigeria and named the best in Excellence in Wellness by the Great Place To Work Institute.