Our history

Guinness Nigeria Plc is home of the first Guinness brewery outside of the British Isles. The first bottle of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout in Nigeria was brewed on the 30th of November 1963, three years after Nigeria’s independence - opening up opportunities for the overseas Guinness Foreign Extra Stout brewing in other parts of the world. Two years later, in 1965, Guinness Nigeria was listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. We are proud to be the world's second-largest market for Guinness, and a major part of the inspiring long history of brand Guinness.

Steady growth in markets for Guinness Stout and Harp Lager during the next 30 years prompted the building of three more major breweries in Nigeria. In 1974, the company built a second brewery in Benin, where it produced Harp lager beer. This facility was later expanded to accommodate a second stout brewery, commissioned in 1978. In 1982, a fourth Guinness brewery was built in Ogba, Lagos to brew Harp Premium Lager beer. This site too, was expanded to include Guinness Stout. In 2011, the Benin and Ogba breweries were expanded to further increase capacity and meet the growing demand for Guinness Nigeria products which include the acclaimed brands: Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Guinness Extra Smooth, Malta Guinness, and Harp Lager beer. Other brands include Gordon’s Spark, Smirnoff Ice, Armstrong Dark Ale, Satzenbrau Pilsner, Top Malt, Harp Lime, Dubic Extra Lager and most recently, Malta Guinness Low Sugar.

Currently, we are proud to be the only Total Beverage Alcohol Company in Nigeria. This means we are the only company currently with a wide portfolio of brands catering to alcohol and non-alcohol drinkers, with Spirits, Lager & Beers, and Non-Alcoholic drinks.

guinness - History


Guinness Nigeria: Through the Years


History -  Moments

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
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
2001 Gordon Spark, an exotic ready-to-drink product is launched into the Nigeria
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
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
2008 Ogba Brewery emerges as Africa's best in the Guinness League of
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
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.
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.
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.
2018 Expanded the Ogba Brewery by adding a PET Line