By Simon Abaho
Nile Breweries Limited (NBL), Uganda’s leading beer manufacturer, has launched a Global Smart Drinking Week (GSDW) where it will partner with renowned delivery provider Jumia for consumers who order beer online to also receive food and water, to drive Smart Drinking.
The GSDW 2021 will run from September 13–17, which aligns with the first week of the United Nations General Assembly.
David Valencia, the Country Director of NBL shared that they aim to lead the industry in contributing to the reduction of the harmful use of alcohol in the country.
“NBL and parent company AB InBev have long taken their responsibility to help reduce and prevent the harmful use of alcohol around the world seriously and we put it at the centre of everything we do,” he said.
The AB InBev group established its Global Smart Drinking Goals in December 2015 to contribute to the World Health Organisation target of reducing the harmful use of alcohol by at least 10% in every country by 2025 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of strengthening the prevention of harmful use of alcohol globally.
Onapito Ekomoloit, the Legal & Corporate Affairs Director NBL explained that this commitment extends far beyond saying ‘drink responsibly’ and it spans various initiatives, to support their Smart drinking goals.
“Smart Drinking has become a part of NBL and AB InBev’s company culture, and we continue to strive to bring that culture to communities. This GSDW, we champion the many specific behaviors and social norms that encompass smart drinking and aim to make every experience with beer a positive one,” he said.
He added: “Some of the initiatives include guidance labeling on our beers, in bars activations (prior Covid19 pandemic), awareness campaigns in traditional media and social media, social-behavioral change campaigns such as No Excuse, road safety programs and most recently the interuniversity smart drinking challenge.”
The company spends at least Shs200M annually on Smart drinking initiatives. To drive the messages of smart drinking behaviors such as hydrating and eating a meal before or during consumption of our beers, NBL has partnered with Jumia in a promotion to encourage its consumers to take up responsible behavior.
Lucky winners will get free water and a food coupon on their NBL brands beer purchases on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week as the company crowns off the GSDW.
Paul Tesar, Jumia Uganda Chief Commercial Officer shared that Jumia is proud to support NBL’s GSDW initiative. He explained that through their platform, they not only enable consumers to conveniently order beers online but also want to play an active role in promoting responsible consumption.
“As consumers are increasingly looking to Jumia for supplies of consumables like beer, we leverage our online presence to promote messages around smart drinking. Together with NBL, we are building a convenient and safe destination for consumers to shop for beer,” he said.
NBL is also using GSDW to focus specifically on the role of young adults in driving Smart Drinking behaviors. One component of this focus is the ongoing Inter-University Smart Drinking Challenge Competition, which aims to uncover the best, most impactful Smart Drinking concepts aimed at influencing social norms and individual behaviors to reduce harmful alcohol and substance abuse.
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