Company History

GIHOC Distilleries Company Limited was the first modern distillery to be established in West Africa. It was established by the pre-independence Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in 1958 as the State Distilleries Corporation for the manufacture of alcoholic beverages. By NLCD 207. It however became a division of the then Ghana Industrial Holding Corporation (GIHOC) in 1968.

In 1980, the Distillery, together with 15 other divisions of GIHOC, was re-registered and incorporated as a Limited Liability Company and a wholly owned subsidiary of GIHOC, under the Companies Code, 1963 (ACT 179). Following the closure of GIHOC, and subsequently the repeal of the statute incorporating it in 1993, GIHOC Distilleries became and has since remained a Limited Liability Company, wholly owned by the Government of Ghana.
The principal activity of GDCL is the blending and bottling of a variety of alcoholic beverages under the following brand names: –

Type of Product Brands
Gin Castle Dry Gin
Schnapps Kaiser
Brandy Chevalier
Bitters Mandingo, Herb Afrik
Liqueur Takai, Buccaneer  Rum
Vermouth Sorrento


These products are blended and bottled with about 60% local raw materials. Currently GDCL has introduced some of its popular alcoholic brands into new packaging (G-Pet and G-Tot). The Products conform to very high international standards. This is evident by the fact that, after critical analysis by the Ghana Standards Board, certificates of quality and merit for the company’s products have been issued.

The products are distributed through a network of distributors throughout the Country. Also three products (Herb Afrik Bitters, Mandingo Bitters and Takai Liqueur) have been registered with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) of Nigeria and are on sale on the Nigeria Market.