Banks (Barbados) Breweries Ltd.
Banks (Barbados) Breweries Ltd. (BBBL), a Barbadian based Beverage Manufacturer and Banks Holdings Limited's (BHL's) flagship company, opened its doors in 1961 and commenced production of Banks Beer, Barbados' premier award winning beer. Subsequently, BBBL introduced a number of other indigenous brands including PLUS and TIGER MALT and secured responsibility as the local bottler and distributor of Guinness. The Brewery has since been recognized by the world-renowned Guinness brand for its quality and maintenance of international manufacturing standards.
Banks is among the region's leaders in employing state-of-the-art technology in its manufacturing processes. It is certified to the prestigious Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Quality Standards, the Food and Beverage Quality System most respected in Europe and North America.
Banks (Barbados) Breweries Ltd. produces over 50 million bottles of product per year. In addition to Banks Beer, the Brewery manufactures a wide range of high quality brands: For more on Banks (Barbados) Breweries Ltd. visit www.banksbeer.com.
From Idea to Reality
What started as an idea in the mind of Guyanese entrepreneur Peter D'Aguiar in January 1959, became a reality on September 7, 1961 when Banks (Barbados) Breweries Ltd. opened its doors to business.
Initially Banks Beer was the lone beverage produced but by 1963 the company had added two well received original products to its portfolio - Milk Stout and TIGER MALT. This capacity for creating world class indigenous beverages while producing franchised international brands is at the heart of the Brewery's history of success.
By 1968 Banks had begun exporting its products to St. Vincent and Dominica.
In 1971 the beer received its first international award, a Diploma of Excellence at the Lager Beer Competition in England. The company would go on to win many more such accolades in a history marked by quality products.
In 1973, Banks took its exports to another level with the acquisition of the right of perpetual use of the Banks name throughout the English-speaking Caribbean from its former parent brewery Banks (DIH) in Guyana.
The year 1991 proved a watershed in the Company's history. It marked the establishment of parent company Banks Holdings Limited (BHL), the rebranding of the then 30- year-old beer label to include the award-winning 'B' sail emblem; and the Brewery also commenced production of Guinness under franchise.
The World is the Limit.
In 2005 BHL signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Banks DIH in Guyana, removing barriers to marketing and distributing local Banks products throughout Caricom and all other international markets.
In 2009 the goal of BHL and Banks DIH to launch unified Banks Beer brand imagery became a reality with the introduction of a Banks Beer bottle featuring both companies' signature ship and 'flying B.'
The result? The world's now the limit.
Mr. Nigel Lobo
Mr. Nigel Lobo has been working with Banks Beer since 2007 when he embarked upon the challenge of introducing the beer into the United States Market. After completing his BBA in Marketing from the Florida Atlantic University, Mr. Lobo went on to enjoy a career in the beverage industry for almost 20 years, having worked with major beverage corporations in Trinidad & Tobago Bahamas, Atlanta and Tampa. Mr. Lobo joined the Banks Distribution Limited team in 2012 when he assumed the position of Sales Manager. Ever the consummate salesman, Mr. Lobo is always exploring new ways to expand the sales of the BHL portfolio.
The standards of quality achieved and maintained by Banks (Barbados) Breweries Ltd. (BBBL) are such that the Barbados Brewery's products have consistently won awards at the international level.This includes several gold medals won at the 'Oscars' of the beverage industry, Monde Selection International, international world Quality Diplomas of Excellence medals as well as silver and bronze awards earned in diverse competitive arenas.
Lager beer competition - London
BBBL received its first International Award, a Diploma of Excellence for its beer at the Lager Beer Competition in London, a feat repeated seven years later with its special Export Lager. Banks challenged the world's finest there again in 1983 and secured yet another Diploma of Excellence.
At the Allied Trades Exhibition for Bottling and Brewing in 1976, BBBL received two second prizes for its bottled beer. Four years later, it took bronze in class One and in 1980 two second place awards.
The Brewery also put its products to the test in the Monde Selection arena. The result was gold at the September 1983 show in Rome for PLUS, Tiger Malt and Banks Strong Ale and a silver medal for Canon Stout.
In September 1992, Tiger Malt enjoyed roaring success with gold at the Amsterdam show and a mere two years later, Banks Beer captured another Monde Selection gold for BBBL.
In 2001, as Banks (Barbados) Breweries Ltd. celebrated its 40th anniversary, six of its products were entered into the Monde competition and were awarded gold, with Banks Beer, PLUS and TWIST also achieving special quality trophies.
In 2003, Legends Premium Lager proved itself worthy of the BBBL name by capturing a Monde Selection gold after only five years on the market.
In 2013 Banks Beer was awarded its fifth gold medal from the Monde Selection, securing the blue ribbon in the Beers, Waters and Soft Drinks' category.
Banks (Barbados) Breweries Ltd. has also obtained a number of certifications through the International Organization for Standardization, namely ISO 9001 - Quality Management and FSSC 22000 - Food Safety Management.
In Barbados, Banks (Barbados) Breweries Ltd. (BBBL) has won its share of quality awards including the National Award of Industry for quality non-alcoholic beverages. In 2003 the BIDC also chose BBBL as its finest citizen, selecting it for the inaugural Pillar of Industry Award, an honour created especially for mature Barbadian manufacturing companies.