The Company PLC is a leading beverage company and the pioneer of PET bottled Carbonated Soft Drinks in Nigeria. The Company PLC manufactures, markets, and presently distributes seven products, including Nirvana Premium Table Water in its stable across the nation and other parts of West Africa.
The Company PLC was incorporated in Nigeria in the year 2000, and is a member of the JOTNA Group of Companies. The La Casera Company Limited is a fully integrated beverage and related packaging group, based in Nigeria.
The Company PLC had a turnover of more than NGN 15 billion in 2015 and is employing 400 people. The plant and head office are located at the Mile2 Bus Stop along Badagry Expressway.
Over the years, The Company PLC has grown its presence and awareness continuously, driven by high investments into Marketing and Distribution. La Casera Apple is now one of the best distributed products across the whole of Nigeria, similar to Coca-Cola™ and Pepsi™. The company’s market share reached 7% in 2015, #3 behind Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd and Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc.
La Casera Apple carbonated soft drink was launched in Nov. 2001 and is a Spanish word which means ‘A drink from the home’. La Casera Apple is the 1st drink offered in a PET bottle and is the only soft drink that contains 4% real apple juice.
Nirvana Tonic Water and Nirvana Soda Water were launched in August 2012. Smoov Chapman was launched in September 2014, While Bold Bitter Lemon formerly Nirvana Bitter Lemon was re- launched in 2015.
The Company PLC is the pioneer of producing carbonated soft drinks in easy to carry and re-closeable PET packaging in Nigeria. Operations started in September 2001 with a modest 100 BPM (bottles per minute) line. This line could produce about 50 million bottles per year. Over the next 15 years, bottling capacity was increased continuously, in line with the growth in sales. Total investments amount to more than NGN 8 billion.
The company has an installed capacity of about 2000 BPM (bottles per minute) which translates into an installed capacity of more than 1 billion bottles of 50cl per year. The bottling lines are all supplied by the Krones company in Germany, the world’s leading supplier of beverage equipment. They are built to the most stringent quality standards and supported with 24/7 service.
Production standards have consistently been maintained at the highest levels, as attested by the successful certification from the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) and by annual technical and quality systems audits from Zenith International, a U.K. based consultancy checking adherence to international beverage production standards.
The Company PLC has received its ISO 22000 certification in 2012. Between 2011 and 2015, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Apapa branch, awarded the company every year with the 1st position of “Best Kept Industrial Premises in Lagos” in the SME category.