STUDENTS OF THE SCHOOL OF ORDNANCE OF THE GHANA ARMED FORCES TOUR ABL
5th November, 2018
Senior Non-Commissioned Officers of the School of Ordnance toured Accra Brewery Limited (ABL) as part of their educational experience to learn how contemporary warehousing practices are conducted in a private organisation.
The School of Ordnance is one of the main logistics training departments under the Military Academy and Training Schools of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF). The school offers courses in handling stores processes, tailoring and leatherworks for both military and civilian personnel of GAF.
Ms. Adwoa Aaba Arthur, ABL’s Director of Legal & Corporate Affairs, welcomed the students to the brewery site. She stated that “we are happy to host and support visitors who are interested in touring our brewery since this gives us an opportunity to share relevant knowledge that would impact individual career paths”.
Also, she mentioned that ABL’s educational and informative brewery tours are driven by our commitment to a Growing World where everyone has the opportunity to improve their livelihood. In addition, this commitment helps us to achieve our Dream of bringing people together for a better world.
The tour began with an orientation for the students on our safety rules and regulations. Afterwards, they learnt about how we store our raw materials, and the different types of packaging materials we use such as labels and crown corks. Next, was an informative session during the Grain to Glass tutorial on how ABL brews its beer to perfection. Finally, the tour ended with an observation of our packaging lines.
Warehouse and Storage
Mr. Theophilus Amening who is the Material Controller at ABL’s Raw Material Stores Unit, said that his department mostly handles the storage and disbursement of raw materials such as maize grits needed for brewing.
He explained that the warehousing department is important to the brewing process since it facilitates easy collection of raw materials by the planning team.
Ms. Millicent Ofori-Attah who is the Stock Controller at ABL, shared with the students information on how ABL stores its beer packaging material such as labels. Also, she mentioned that “the most important thing for our unit is to ensure that we receive the correct quantity of goods necessary to keep the beer production process running”.
Grain to Glass TutorialDuring the tutorial, ABL’s Sustainability Manager, Mr. Gilbert Ansu-Tachie, shared with the students the history of brewing, key ingredients used and the process of brewing beer.
Mr. Ansu-Tachie remarked that “even though some of the key ingredients required to produce beer, such as hops and barley, are imported, maize and cassava are locally sourced. This enables us to support the agriculture sector and improve the livelihood of our farmers”.
Packaging our BeerDuring the last stage of the tour, Ms. Georgina Kyei Baffour, ABL’s Training Controller, led the students on a guided tour of our packaging lines, where they learnt about our beer packaging process.
She mentioned that ABL ensures that its quality of beer is high and as a result, the beer goes through a number of quality checks, before it is finally packaged for nationwide distribution.
These quality checks include the Empty Bottle Inspector (EBI) which rejects flawed bottles, and the pasteurizer which kills microbial organisms capable of affecting the crisp taste of the beer.
Impact of the TourMajor Hawa Ackah, Senior Officer at the School of Ordnance said “the tour was truly informative, refreshing and exciting since we were able to add on to our store of knowledge. The tour also helped us realise that strict measures are in place to ensure quality and safety, which is not very different from what we do in the military.”
Major Ackah added that “we are so grateful to ABL for their time and warm reception and pray that they keep growing in success”.
A Better World In addition to our investment in a Growing World, we also invest in a Cleaner World where our natural resources are shared and preserved for the future; and in a Healthier World where every experience with beer is positive.
Accra Brewery Limited has been a major player in the Ghanaian alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage market since 1931. We proudly count CLUB Premium Lager, Eagle Lager, Eagle Extra Stout, CLUB Shandy Bͻsoԑ, Stella Artois; and our non-alcoholic malt beverage, Beta Malt, as brands available to our cherished customers.