Kasapreko Alomo Bittters has been adjudged the best beverage product for 2016 at the maiden edition of the Ghana Beverage Awards (GBA).
Kasapreko Company Limited, the manufacturer of the product, also won the Manufacturer of the Year Award with Guinness Ghana Limited winning the Ready-To-Drink Award with its Orijin alcoholic drink.
The Wine of the Year Award was won by Uncle T Red Wine from T.T. Brothers Company Limited while Blue Skies emerged the Fruit Drink of the Year with Nestle Milo from Nestle Ghana taking home the Chocolate Breakfast of the Year Award.
Beer of the Year went to Guinness Foreign Exra Stout, while Energy Drink of the Year was won by Rush Drink from Trillium Industry with Castle Bridge Dry Gin winning Spirit of the Year, and Bel-aqua taking home the Water of the Year Award while Soft Drink of the Year went to Special Ice.
The event, which was on the theme, ‘Inspiring excellence in Ghana’s beverage industry”, was aimed at celebrating the efforts of the Ghanaian beverage industry and recognising the contribution of local manufacturers.
It was supported by the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), the Food Research Institute (FRI), Consumer Protection Agency (CPA) and the Food and Beverage Association (FBA).
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, in a speech read on his behalf, urged Ghanaians to patronise made-in-Ghana products to help promote local businesses.
He lauded the organiser’s vision to recognise local products and their manufacturers, adding that “the private sector remained the engine of growth therefore we all need to give them our support”.
Mr. Kyeremanten also urged the manufacturers of local beverages to work closely with the regulatory bodies in the country and demonstrate a high sense of responsibility in their operations.
He assured of the commitment of the government to support the growth of the private sector through strategic programmes and policies.
The minister therefore, urged the beverage industry to take advantage of the business-friendly environment being created to expand and create more jobs for the teeming youth of the country.
The Chief Executive Officer of GMA, Mr Ernest Boateng, expressed the hope that local beverage companies would become more competitive internationally if they were given the needed support.
He underscored the need for Ghanaians to develop strong interest in patronising products made in the country saying, “We need to support the beverage industry to enable them continue to thrive while producing quality products.”
Mr. Boateng said it was based on such reason that the GMA took the bold step to organise the event in recognition of their contributions to national development.
The Brands Manager of Kasapreko Company Limited, Mr Eugene Ntreh, commended organisers for recognising their contribution in the industry, saying the gesture would encourage them to continue to produce more quality drinks.
By Charles Amankwa