NBL forms part of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group of companies, the largest privately held group in Namibia. The Group’s overall revenue contributes about 4% to gross domestic product (GDP). The O&L Group has business interests in food production, fishing, beverages, farming, retail trade, information technology, property leasing and development, renewable power generation, marine engineering and the leisure and hospitality industry.
Established in 1920, NBL is one of the leading beverage manufacturing companies in Namibia and one of the few independently owned commercial-scale breweries in southern Africa. Ours is one of a few large-scale commercial breweries in Africa that brew according to the German Reinheitsgebot (“Purity Law”) of 1516, which requires the exclusive use of three ingredients: malted barley, hops and water. NBL’s commitment to the Reinheitsgebot provides consumers with a guarantee of quality and the use of safe, natural ingredients.
We have a significant share of the premium beer category in the region and are the leader in the Namibian beer market. Beer makes up 93% of total volumes sold.
Our full portfolio includes a range of soft beverages for sale to all consumers, a range of low and non-alcoholic beverages and alcoholic products for a wide range of adult consumer segments, spread across the price ladder. These products are widely available throughout Namibia and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region as a result of our extensive distribution network and are continuously enhanced based on market research and consumer feedback. Our partnership with Heineken South Africa is an exciting platform for growth in southern Africa.
Our products are exported to 17 countries outside Namibia and South Africa.
Through responsible drinking initiatives, NBL creates awareness of the potential consequences of choices made and the impact on society that can result from irresponsible alcohol use.