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The Company was established in Zambia in 1968. Its products include clear beers such as Mosi Premium, Castle, Carling Black Label and Eagle lagers.
Zambian Breweries Plc became part of Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) in October, 2016 the largest brewer in the world, with more than 400 beer brands and some 200,000 employees in over 50 countries.
Zambian Breweries evolved from Northern Breweries Limited, formed in 1963 by South African Breweries (80%) and Labatt Breweries of Canada (20%).
The Company was nationalised in 1968, when the state-owned Industrial Development Company (INDECO) acquired 55% of its shares from South African Breweries (SAB) and SAB’s remaining 25% was sold to ZAMIC, a subsidiary of the Anglo-American Corporation. In 1988, Labatt sold its 20% to INDECO and the Company was renamed Zambian Breweries Limited, operating from two production facilities: Lusaka (Central Division) and Ndola (Northern Division).
As part of the Government’s 1990s privatisation programme, the Company’s assets and liabilities were split into two newly incorporated companies: Central Division was transferred to Lusaka Breweries Limited while the Northern Division became Northern Breweries (1995) Plc. Lusaka Breweries Limited later changed its name to Zambian Breweries Plc, which owned the assets and liabilities of Central Division, and the Mosi trademark.
In 1994, SABMiller bought an additional 45% of Zambian Breweries and assumed management control in 1994. In 1999, Zambian Breweries acquired 100% of the shares of Northern Breweries.
In October 2016 SABMiller was bought out by AB InBev, and Zambian Breweries welcomed a new corporate culture centered on its parent’s global Dream “to bring people together for a better world through our products, brands, and investment in our communities”.
Our shared heritage, passion for brewing and commitment to quality will allow us to achieve more together than we could apart. We are building a Company to last – not just for a decade, but for the next 100 years.