East African Breweries

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East African Breweries Limited, commonly referred to as EABL, is a Kenyan-based holding company that manufactures branded beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages.

East African Breweries Limited
IndustryAlcoholic beverage
Founded8 November 1922; 97 years ago (1922-11-08)
RevenueIncrease Usd: 699.8 million (2014)
Decrease Usd: 118.7 million (2014)
Nairobi Stock Exchange
Number of employees
1,653 (2014)


The group's headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, with subsidiaries in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan. The group has distribution partners in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.


The EABL logo prior to the 2012 rebranding

1920 - 1949Edit

East African Breweries Limited was founded in 1922, as Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL), by two white settlers, George and Charles Hurst. The company was owned by the Dodd family of Kenya.

KBL acquired Tanganyika based Tanganyika Breweries in 1935 and 1936 these two companies were merged leading to the creation of the East African Breweries Limited (EABL).[1] The group continued expanding locally through the opening of more breweries such as Mombasa brewery.

1950 - 1999Edit

In 1954, EABL got listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. This was among the first listings in the region's oldest stock exchange. As a group, EABL expanded to Uganda through the acquisition of Uganda Breweries in 1959.[2]

In 1964, the group's subsidiary name in present-day Tanzania was changed from Tanganyika Breweries Limited to Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) following the political unification of Tanganyika and the People's Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba to form the United Republic of Tanzania. This led to increased market for the group through the creation of union. However, in 1979 the Government of Tanzania nationalized TBL as part of the Arusha Declaration.[3] The group officially opened 1987 Central Glass Industries Limited (CGI), as a producer of glass containers and bottles therefor leading to internal sourcing.

By 1990, the Dodd family had reduced their shareholding and most of the shareholders were Kenyan and the company was very successful.

2000 - 2010Edit

In 2000, Diageo acquired majority control of EABL and in the following year the group cross-listed its share on the Uganda Securities Exchange.[2] EABL is a constituent company of the NSE 20 Share Index.[4]

The beer warsEdit

In the late 1990s to the early 2000s was a period of beer wars in East Africa involving South African Breweries International (Now SABMiller) and EABL.

These wars ended in 2002 when EABL signed license agreements with South African Breweries International and agreed to terms for share swap in their subsidiaries: Kenya Breweries Limited and Tanzania Breweries Limited (now an SABI subsidiary).[2]

In share exchange EABL acquired a 20% equity stake in TBL and agreed to issue SABI a similar share Kenya Breweries Limited.

And SABI exited the Kenyan market while EABL exited the Tanzanian market by handing over its Kibo subsidiary to TBL. This partnership gave TBL 98% share of the Tanzanian market as of 2004.[5]

In the same year, EABL acquired 100% of shares in International Distillers Uganda Limited and 46.32% of the issued shares of UDV Kenya Limited.

The partnership between EABL and SAB Miller in Tanzania went through turbulence in 2009, with EABL claiming breach of contract by Tanzania Breweries (TBL), a subsidiary of SAB Miller, accusing it of manufacture of low quality EABL products under a previously agreed arrangement and at the same time restricting access to the Tanzanian market of some of Diageo/EABL products.

This led to EABL's acquisition of 51% of Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL)[2] and exit from TBL's shareholder structure through a $71.5 million successful secondary offer on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange in 2011.[6] SAB Miller sold it stake Kenya Breweries to East African Breweries.

2010 - To dateEdit

In 2013, EABL commenced operations in South Sudan through the establishment of East African Beverages South Sudan Limited (EABSS) as a depot in Juba in order to reduce over reliance on third party distributors’ logistical arrangements that led to periodic stock outs.[2]


The subsidiaries of EABL include:[7]

Current group companiesEdit

  • Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) Nairobi, Kenya- 100% Shareholding -Established in Kenya in 1922. The company's core business is brewing of Beer and bottling of non-alcoholic malt beverages.[8]
  • Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL)Port Bell, Uganda - 98.2% Shareholding - UBL has been a brewer in Uganda since 1946.[9]
  • United Distillers Vintners (Kenya) Limited (UDV) – Nairobi, Kenya - 46.32% Shareholding - UDV was established in 1962. UDV Kenya Limited is majority owned by Diageo PLC, which holds 53.68% shares. EABL manages the company on behalf of Diageo. Its core business is the manufacture, marketing and sales of spirit based alcoholic beverages. It also imports and distributes premium spirit brands from the parent company.[10]
  • International Distillers Uganda Limited (IDU) – Port Bell, Uganda - 100% Shareholding - Acquired in June 2012 from Selviac Nederland, is a subsidiary of Guinness UDV.[11] The company manufactures, markets and sales of spirits in Uganda.
  • East African Maltings (Kenya) Limited – Nairobi, Kenya - 100% Shareholding - EAML-Kenya plays a vital role of supplying quality brewing raw materials in the form of Malt, Barley and Sorghum to the brewing units of the EABL group in Kenya.
  • East African Maltings (Uganda) Limited - Kampala, Uganda - 100% Shareholding - EAML-Uganda plays a vital role of supplying quality brewing raw materials in the form of Malt, Barley and Sorghum to the brewing units of the EABL group in Uganda.
  • EABL International Limited – Nairobi, Kenya - 100% Shareholding - EABLi (formerly EABL Venture) was set up in 2009, the venture's business was to focus on building the Spirits business in Eastern Africa and driving the geographic expansion through greater focus to drive a total beverage business and through expansion into new markets such as The Great Lakes Region. EABLi operates in Southern Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and DRC through third party supply, exports, and covering the spirits portfolio for both domestic and duty-free sales as well as beer sales in the markets where the group does not have local operations.[12]
Bottle of Serengeti Premium Lager
  • Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL) - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - 51% Shareholding - SBL is the second largest beer company in Tanzania, with a market share of approximately 28% of the Tanzanian branded beer sector. The company was incorporated in 1988 as Associated Breweries Limited. Its name was changed to Serengeti Breweries Limited in 2002. EABL acquired 51% of the issued share capital of SBL in October 2010.[13]
  • East African Beverages South Sudan Limited (EABSS) - Juba, South Sudan - 99% Shareholding - EABSS commenced operations in 2013 with the set-up of a depot in Juba from which it would supply beer and spirits to its distributors.

Previous investmentsEdit

  • Central Glass Industries Limited (CGI) – Nairobi, Kenya - Established in 1987, as a wholly owned subsidiary, to produce glass containers in flint, amber and green to internationally required standards. CGI is the leading container glass manufacturer in Kenya. CGI exports more than 50% of it products to countries such as Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Eritrea, Seychelles, Réunion, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Angola.[14] CGI was acquired by South African-based Consol Glass in May 2015 for US$47 million.[15]

Ownership and listingEdit

The group's largest shareholder is Diageo Plc. EABL is listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange, Uganda Securities Exchange and Dar es Salaam Stock Exchanges. The shareholding in the group's stock was as depicted in the table below:[7]

East African Breweries Limited Stock Ownership
Rank Name of Owner Percentage Ownership
1 Diageo & Associate Companies 50.03
2 Others via NSE, USE and DSE 49.97
Total 100.0


Tusker brandsEdit

TypeBeer, pale lager, premium lager
ManufacturerKenya Breweries
Country of originKenya
Alcohol by volume4.2% (regular)
5.0% (malt)
4.0% (lite)
WebsiteOfficial brand website

Tusker is the main brand of Kenya Breweries with over 30% of the Kenyan beer market selling more than 700,000 hectolitres per year. Tusker is also the largest African beer brand in the Diageo group.[16] It is a 4.2% ABV pale lager. The brand was first marketed in 1923, shortly after the founder of Kenya Breweries Ltd, George Hurst, was killed by an elephant during a hunting accident. His remaining founder and brother Charles decided to name the company's first ever lager, Tusker, since large, male elephants indigenous to East Africa, were called tuskers.[17] It was in this year that the elephant logo, that is synonymous with Tusker Lager, was incorporated. The slogan "Bia Yangu, Nchi Yangu", means "My Beer, My Country" in Swahili.

In early 2008, the UK supermarket chain Tesco began selling Tusker, followed soon after by Sainsbury's.[18]


Tusker Lager, Tusker Malt Lager, Pilsner and White Cap Lager have received each a Gold Quality Award at the World Quality Selections, organised yearly by Monde Selection, a highly respected International Quality Institute.[19]

Other brandsEdit

The company also makes Uganda Waragi, a 40% ABV brand of waragi, a traditional Ugandan liquor, and the leading branded distilled beverage in Uganda. It is triple distilled and made from millet. It is known in Uganda as "the Spirit of Uganda". The main markets include other African countries such as Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.[20]

In 1965, "The Enguli Act" decreed that distillation would only be legal under license, and distillers should sell to the parastatal Uganda Distilleries Limited, which produced a branded bottled product, marketed under the name Uganda Waragi.

  • White Cap Lager 4.2%
  • White Cap Light3%
  • Pilsner 4.7% Pale Lager
  • Pilsner Ice – 5.2% ABV pale lager
  • Guinness Foreign Extra Stout – 7.5% ABV stout
  • Allsopps Lager – 5.5% ABV lager
  • Senator Lager – 6.0% ABV barley beer
  • President Extra Lager – 6.6% ABV lager
  • Bell Lager
  • Serengeti Lager

EABL FoundationEdit

The EABL Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of East African Breweries, founded in 2005. It assists people in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania through five areas of activity: water supply, education and training, health, environment, and special projects. Through the skills for life program, The EABL Foundation provides scholarships for undergraduates[21] in the three East African Countries.

Its ongoing projects include the construction of an optical center in Moshi, Tanzania, the support of the Sickle Cell Association of Uganda and the donation of an Ultra Sound Machine to Kirwara Hospital in Thika, Kenya. The foundation has supplied over KSh. 70 million (approx. US$972,000) in university scholarships.

The EABL Foundation conducts special projects in times of disaster and when emergency relief is needed. Most recently, the foundation took part in the Save A Life Fund, in which it donated over KSh. 14 million (approx. US$194,000) towards famine relief.[22]

Association football sponsorshipsEdit

Kenyan Premier LeagueEdit

On 21 August 2012, the company signed a deal worth KSh. 170 million (US$2.02 million; £1.28 million; €1.62 million) with the Kenyan Premier League for its renaming to the Tusker Premier League. This made it the most lucrative deal ever made in Kenyan football history.[23]

Tusker F.C.Edit

Tusker FC is a football club owned by East African Breweries. It is based in Nairobi, Kenya. It is the third most successful club in Kenya with eight Kenyan league championships and three Kenyan cup wins. In addition, it has won four East African CECAFA Clubs Cup titles.

The club was known as "Kenya Breweries" until 1999, when the current name was adopted. Tusker has two home stadiums, the Moi International Sports Centre, where it mainly plays its home matches, and the Ruaraka Sports Ground.


In August 2012, East African Breweries signed a sponsorship deal worth US$450,000 with CECAFA to have the CECAFA Cup renamed to the CECAFA Tusker Challenge Cup.[24]

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ a b c d e "EABL Information Memorandum" (PDF). EABL. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  3. ^ "History of TBL". SaaHiiHii (in Lithuanian). Archived from the original on 21 September 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  4. ^ "NSE 20 Share Index 2019 – Constituent Companies". Alchemy Kenya. 22 December 2018. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Tanzania Breweries Limited - 2013 Annual Report" (PDF). TBL. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  6. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "EABL gets nod to sell stake in SABMiller's unit". U.K. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  7. ^ a b "EABL 2011 Annual Report" (PDF). EABL. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  8. ^ "About Kenya Breweries Limited | KBL". EABL. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Uganda Breweries Limited | UBL". EABL. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  10. ^ "United Distillers Vintners | UDV". EABL. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  11. ^ "East Africa: EABL to Buy Distillers in Kenya, Uganda". All Africa. 24 June 2002. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  12. ^ "EABL International | EABLi". EABL. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  13. ^ "Serengeti Breweries Limited | SBL". EABL. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Central Glass Industries". EABL. Archived from the original on 7 March 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  15. ^ Mutegi, Mugambi (12 May 2015). "EABL to earn Sh4.5bn from sale of glass firm". Business Daily Africa. Nation Media Group. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ The Agora. "TUSKER : THE STORY BEHIND THE NAME". The Agora. Archived from the original on 30 May 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  18. ^ "Tusker lager wins Sainsbury's listing – Talking Retail". Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 12 November 2008.
  19. ^ Kenya Breweries Achieves Gold At Monde Selection, africanselect.com, Monday, 26 July 2004
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ EABL Foundation. "EABL Foundation Scholarships". www.eablfoundation.com. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  22. ^ "EABL Foundation - Eabl Foundation Success Stories". www.eablfoundation.com. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  23. ^ "KPL now Tusker PL in Sh170m deal". 98.4 Capital FM. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  24. ^ Bonnie Mugabe (30 August 2012). "Challenge Cup brought forward". The New Times. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  • Justin Willis, Potent Brews: A Social History of Alcohol in East Africa, 1850–1999, British Institute in Eastern Africa (2002), ISBN 0821414755

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