Kenya’s largest manufacturer of alcoholic beverages, East African Breweries Limited (EABL) on Monday announced increased prices for several of their local products.
EABL increases prices for alcoholic drinks, effective immediately [Full Price List]
The announcement came after the gov’t increased taxes
The beer maker placed several newspaper advertisement where new prices were announced in line with the additional tax introduced by Treasury CS Henry Rotich during the budget reading last month.
All local beers will have an additional increase of Sh10 with Guinesss Stout, popularly known as Guiness Kubwa, now retaining at Sh180.
EABL’s most popular beer brand, Tusker Lager, will now retain at Sh160, while Tusker Cider flavor will go for Sh170 – the same cost as the White Cap Lager which previously retailed at Sh160.
Balozi, the lowest priced beer from EABL, was not spared Sh10 increase and will now cost Sh150.
Smirnoff Ice Black Guarana and Smirnoff Ice Black will retain at Sh160 and Sh140 respectively.
Apart from beers, other alcoholic drinks including vodkas, spirits, whiskys, and gin will also have suffer a hike in prices of between Sh50 and Sh20.
Interestingly, most of the exotic alcoholic products consumed by the middle and wealthy classes have been spared from the increase in prices.
The controversial sin tax, which has been implemented by successive Finance Ministers, has been blamed for the upsurge of illicit brews – popularly known as second generational alcoholic drinks.
Majority of low-income earners are unable to afford the highly taxed alcoholic products and instead opt for cheap black-market drinks which pose an enormous health hazard.
However, Kenyans living in border towns are at an advantage as most of them are able to get alcoholic products from across the border in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania.
Beer prices in the neighboring countries are significantly lower with a bottle of Tusker retaining for as low as Sh90 in Tanzania and Sh80 in Uganda.
Here is a photo of the new price list:
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