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Business News of Friday, 12 October 2018


GIHOC launches Apet Dry Gin; raises concern over foreign drinks

GIHOC Distilleries yesterday outdoored Apet Dry Gin, the newest addition to its range of products.

Board Chairman of the company, Squadron Leader (Rtd), Ebo Bartels, expressed grave concern about the influx of foreign alcoholic drinks into the country.

“Indeed, there are local hotels and restaurants in the country who patronize these foreign drinks, and yet refuse to sell or even display locally manufactured drinks on their shelves, and they do this without any sense of guilt; this is affecting the local alcoholic industry.”

He said, “As chairman of GIHOC, I have travelled the world over, and I have patronized the best hotels and restaurants, and I can say without mincing words that no country will tolerate this.”

Ebo Bartels made a passionate appeal to the Ministers of Tourism, Finance and Trade, to convince the operators of hotels and restaurants to stop their reliance on foreign drinks and patronize the local drinks.”

“I believe by doing this, the vision of the president to make Ghana a nation beyond aid shall be a reality and there will be savings in foreign exchange. It is also our aim to boost export of our drinks in at less the West African sub-region to generate forex,” he emphasised.

Apet Dry Gin is made from the locally brewed ‘Akpeteshie.’

It has been brewed to take away the toxins that often come with the local beverage, and its associated unpleasant smell while maintaining its original taste.

Managing Director of GIHOC, Maxwell Kofi Jumah, appealed to all Ghanaians to patronise the product which has undergone quality controls for consumption.