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How to Start Drinks Supply, Distribution and Marketing Business in Nigeria

Have you thought of goods and products that you can supply that you can make money from? Have you looked around your environment to see what people need and try to supply the goods and products they need? Read How to Start Drinks Supply, Distribution and Marketing Business in Nigeria .

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There are a lot of goods and products that can be supplied to start a business and one of such products is drinks which you can supply to make money from.

So if you are have been looking for a business that you can do and guarantees you substantial income then you can start the business of supplying drinks to people and organizations for their various uses.

What this Business needs

The business involves you buying drinks at wholesale prices from producers, depots, distributors and major sellers of the product and supplying to people at a price to make some profit.

The business involves you having a bit of money to spare especially if you are willing to supply a lot of people including private individuals and organizations and events.

If you do not have such money to spare, you can start little by concentrating on supplying people in your neighborhood or around your area like to retailers who will then sell to the final consumer.

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Reasons this business is good for you

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High Demand for Drinks

People drink a lot which makes the demand for any type of drink high. We see drinks every where as people consume it a lot. It is taken to “cool off” especially when it is cold and people are relaxing, it is taken when people want to eat and do not necessary want to have water. Generally people take drinks a lot which makes the business a good one to start.

Also with drinks it is open to every one as there are drinks for children and adults depending on what they will like to take.


A lot of events take place on a daily basis. For example in Nigeria, people are fun loving and like to celebrate a lot and like marking a milestone achieved.

For this reason we have a lot of events taking place in a lot places around the country on a regular basis. We see events like birthday parties, wedding ceremonies, naming ceremonies, anniversaries, graduation parties, engagement parties and lots more where people celebrate a lot.

At such events people have a lot of drinks, which is a major item at such events. In fact there are people that will always say an event or party without having any form of drink at all is definitely not complete.

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Also apart from private individuals having their own parties and events the business world is not left out as they also have events they organize.

We see companies and organizations hold various events like seminars, forums, launching and lots more. We there fore see a lot of different type of drinks served at these events making the product to be high in demand.


Another good thing of this business is that there are a variety of drinks you can supply as there are a lot of choices and options available when you want to start the business.

You can choose to supply soft drinks or minerals, alcoholic or non alcoholic drinks, wine, fruit drinks, juices and lots more.

You can also decide to supply all types of drinks if you feel you can cope and manage the business well as this will help you increase your customer base as well as the money you will make.

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Key Requirement to Start this Business 

Learn the Business

The business may sound easy for you to start or do but to avoid entering any problem it will be better you take time out to properly learn the business.

You will need to learn where to buy the drinks or if possible to find out if you can be supplied by the various depots for little or no fee at all.

You can also learn the fast moving products in the market and what people demand more for and the quantities you can buy to make good money.

You can get some one who has been in the business to show you the way around the business as well as the things you will need to avoid.

How to do this Business

Before starting, you will map out your strategy of how you want to run the business including the people and market you want to serve.

Will you cater to people around your neighborhood and sell to retailers who in turn sell to people to consume or will you focus on supplying drinks to people and organizations that have intentions of hosting various events.

The profitability of drink distribution business depend on the customers you will get to supply the drinks.
All you need is to make sure you contact customers that will need the products such as drinking palour, restaurants, sitouts, event cetres and more.
After building your customer list, you can go ahead to place your order with the supply companies.

Staffing Strategies

As the business grows, you will need to employ people that will assist you in supply the drinks especially when you a lot of customers and events to supply.

Ensure they have some level of experience and are hard working and if they have no experience, they should be willing to learn on the job. They should be neat and presentable with good customer service skills.


When supplying the drinks you will need a vehicle to transport them. If you do not have enough money to buy a vehicle you can hire a vehicle to help you carry the drinks to their location until you are able to buy your own vehicle.

Before starting the business, make sure you do a feasibility study, register the business and fulfill on requirements needed by the authorities.

You can advertise the business buy networking with people around you at meetings and events among other places and tell them about your business.

Create business cards to give to people and you can also promote your business online.

This could be a good business to start! What do you think?

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Ifiokobong Ibanga

Ifiokobong Ibanga is the founder of InfoGuideNIgeria.com. You can get in touch with him on Instagram @ifiokobong. If you need a personal assistance on this topic, kindly send a message. Much Love!

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  1. My name is Monisola, i wish to start drinks business very soon, different kind of drinks, but please I need your help how to go about it….. Thank you

    1. Hello Bisola, 100k can help you buy the product if you have a delivery bicycle. Just get in touch with people or stores who will need drinks and start supplying them. Success!

  2. am interested in selling and buying different kind of drink both in wholesaler and retailer but there will be a kind of delay base on the important things to do, where to start from like environment and, how to start but I will like to follow up on * given information about it* important adverse on how I can achieve my aim till am ready.

  3. Please I want to find out between a chilled refrigerator and a deep freezer which one should I purchase for a drink business am about to set up?

  4. I will need a business plan and feasibility study for the soft drink distribution in Port harcourt

  5. This is a very Good business,have been cracking my brain on how to start my own business,pls I need your help concerning this business am interested..Kindly help me out with this I need your guidelines.Omotola

  6. I am into this business and I want to make it big, like how much do I need to start with and how can I get supplier that is well stocked

  7. Thanking you for this wonderful blog , been trying to get help on how to start an alcoholic beverage business been a distributor but still finding it difficult to see help on how to get started , will be happy to hear from you more on steps to follow . thanking you

  8. Adewale is my name, I wish to start both building and electrical material business, kindly help me through. How,how much, where to buy etc

  9. Thank you so much for ds wonderful piece.am about starting ds business av paid for shop my challenge now is how to go abt it. I really need ur assistance.thank u

  10. This is a good business idea I have jump into this business without knowing much about it thinking it’s easy I wish this could help me out because am starting all over again.my question is how can I make profit from this business and be able to boost the business more

    1. You can make profit if you can increase your sales. Look for more clients such as hotels, schools, bars, fast foods, etc.

    1. Hello Bukola, this business is profitable especially if you do it well. Kindly contact us for a custom business plan that will be based on your budget and location.

  11. interestingly,am on my way to the market to start buying though ave bin on it since 4months ago.Wiyh this write up, am really good to go

  12. Tnks for the post. Pls like how much can I use to start and also I stay in an estate,can I sell from home and make it?

  13. I would love it if I could get a personal assistant…. I want to venture into this business…. Please get back to me 08129647705

  14. Can you please link me up with a supplier around ajah and how much is the minimum I can use to start ….
    Am looking at been able to supply to retailers in packs

  15. Pls i want to start a soft can drinks business how do i get to know where to make my purchase
    And order for my request i stay in Adamawa state.

  16. This is a good write-up…actually this is the business i want to go into but the challenge i have now is to get suppliers who would supply me the products because i want to sell in cartons or packs to retailers and the way nigerians think its hard to get info about a supplier from others they dont want others to sell what they sell

    1. Hello Busola, just walk into a major dealer in your location and inquire on how to do the business in wholesale. Success!

  17. Please can you help me on how to start a boutique business, I want to start selling both wholesale and retail but my fair is how much will I start with,how many staff to take, what gender should I go for and how do I decorate it to be more classic because it’s going to be for both adults and children both sex .
    Looking forward for your reply


  18. Hello…very inspiring article indeed. I just wanted to find out if there is a possibility of importing drinks into Nigeria and how to go about it.

  19. I have been thinking of a business to go into, and that was what came into my mind. I want to rent a shop, where I can be selling drinks in whole sale price. now my question is,
    what’s the prices of most alcohol drinks and soft drinks if I buy from a distribution company, and at what price will i sell mine If am selling in whole sale price?

    1. Hello Dorcas, just do a little feasibility study about the business and you will find out more. If you need a personal assistance on this, contact us. Success!

  20. This is Good Business Idea, have been thinking about this business for a long time, but don’t know how to goes about it… I think this is going to be a guild line to me and way to follow up this business, only problem is that, where Can i see someone that can tech me and put me through the advantage and disadvantage… so that I can know what I am looking up to in terms of investing…

    1. Hello Gbenga, like in any buying and selling business you need to donate some amount of money as investment capital. This is the money you will use to buy your stock. The most important thing is that you will not be using this money for any other purpose if you want to succeed in the business. Its good to write and very good business plan before you start this business. The plan will act as a guide to you. Success!

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